Our Mission

Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and integrity we use to craft our products, with sustainability and great taste for all.

Fair Trade Certified

In 2014 we paid $200,124 back to our tea and sugar sourcing communities in the form of fair trade premiums. These funds have helped to establish improved farming, healthcare and education initiatives.

USDA Organic

In 2014 we purchased 6,722,336 pounds of organic ingredients, meaning they are grown without synthetic chemicals and pesticides, genetically modified organisms or irradiation.

The Honest Tea Source Map

Our organic ingredients come from all over the world.
Check out our Source Map to learn more about how
we use them and the people that supply them.

View the Source Map

6,722,336 lbs organic ingredients purchased in 2014

$200,124 fair trade premiums paid to sourcing communities in 2014

561,000+ beverage containers collected at The Great Recycle since April 2012

20,000 tree plantings funded in rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America

2,590,000+ lbs diverted from landfills by TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade™

We strive for direct connections with our
ingredients and suppliers.

Honest Origins: the Source of our Tulsi

Honest Origins: Paraguay; Discovering Organic, Fair Trade Sugar

Honest Origins: Our Korakundah Tea Garden Story

Seth's Blog

Honest Fizz: Organic vs. Affordable

How do you make the right decision when your new business idea doesn’t align perfectly with your current mission? A recent experience at Honest Tea helped me realize there are


Honest Tea Blog

Supporting Whole Kids

Imagine a world where children, in search of an after-school snack, reach for sugar snap peas; where carrots are gobbled up with gusto, and peas are eaten with pleasure.


The Honest Tea Office

Sustainable, Repurposed, & Efficient.

We’ve converted a former mortgage broker’s office into an open area workspace right in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD – where Honest Tea was born in 1998. Employees enjoy access to the Metro and the Capital Crescent Trail, as well as lots of natural light; and by incorporating upcycled materials and (gently) used furniture into our space, we’ve helped protect Planet Earth a little bit too.

  • Energy Saving Refrigerators

    One for tea only, and one for our lunches, our refrigerators on wheels are estimated to be 15% more efficient than current Federal Energy Standards.

  • Open Office Space

    No walls! Our one-room office space allows natural light from the windows to reach the entire office, cuts energy costs for lighting and promotes open communication.

  • Reclaimed Brick

    Originally on their way to a landfill in Baltimore, these bricks cover the pre-existing columns well and add a feeling of history and individuality.

  • Reused Desks and Furniture

    Instead of buying new furniture, we mainly purchase (gently) used desks and furniture.

  • Reused Tea Crates

    Tea crates were salvaged from an Honest Tea manufacturer and are reused throughout the office and at trade shows.

  • Vertical Gardens

    The planters are crafted by Florafelt from 100% recycled PET bottles. The thick plastic felt wicks water to the plants and enables a root structure to grow. Because plants take in CO2 and emit fresh oxygen, a vertical garden helps to purify the office air quality.

  • Energy Saving Lighting

    When we do turn the lights on, our CFL bulbs use less energy than standard bulbs, provide the same amount of light and last longer, saving energy costs over each bulb's lifetime. They generate less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with cooling.

  • Recycled Rubber Flooring

    Made from recycled tire rubber, our hall and kitchen flooring is manufactured with a 'green' process using minimal water, and scrap is reused to reduce waste. The product is not heated during the manufacturing process and the plants where it is produced have good air quality with minimal odor and no smoke stacks. The flooring contains no formaldehyde or PVS and is applied with a low-VOC emission adhesive.

  • Bamboo Floors

    Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, growing 2 to 3 feet in the first 24 hours after sprouting and reaching mature height and diameter in only six months. Bamboo's broad root structure helps prevent soil erosion. Our floors are from Dragonfly Bamboo, which uses a zero-formaldehyde glue.

  • Bamboo Plywood

    Bamboo plywood is made from 100 percent rapidly renewable bamboo, using adhesives that are both strong and urea formaldehyde (UF)-free. Our 12-foot long, custom built bamboo plywood work table, used by employees and interns, houses an original tea brewing basket used in early production runs of Honest Tea.

  • IceStone Kitchen Island

    IceStone surfaces are made with 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix and reduce the amount of glass in the waste stream. Our multi-purpose kitchen island is used for tea-tastings, lunch and the occasional office birthday party.