Respecting the planet
Being a responsible business means being kind to the planet. We want our environmental impact to be positive, not negative. Over the years, we’ve done a lot to try and achieve that.
We‘ve worked very closely with the Rainforest Alliance to help to reduce the environmental impact of tea growing through smart and sustainable farming techniques, major reductions in use of agrochemicals, and better waste management and water treatment.
Trees for Life
We’re the family business that loves trees. We’ve been planting and protecting trees since 1990, and with the help of our customers we’ve planted 3 million trees worldwide and protected an area of Amazonian Rainforest larger than the Yorkshire Dales. Read more at our Trees For Life website.
We're now working on a project to plant a million more trees in the UK and Kenya – you can read more about that here.
Our grant scheme
Our grant scheme, which invites suppliers to apply for match funding towards projects which will benefit their communities, has helped to fund hundreds of projects from tree nurseries and recycling to secondary school scholarships and environmental education.
All our tea now arrives in port at Middlesbrough rather than the south - which saved around 100,000 road miles a year. We’ve also reduced our landfill waste and installed solar panels and a rainwater collection system on our roofs for providing power and ‘grey water’ for flushing the loos, and our vehicles are cleaned with a van-washing system that uses recycled water. And our warehouse is designed to make the most of natural light and motion sensors switch lights off when they’re not needed, and installing ‘variable speed drives’ on factory equipment reduced CO2 emissions by around 38%.
Our unique Cone Exchange community project has been recycling and charity fundraising for over a decade (and it even earned Chris, who runs it, an MBE).
Our Yorkshire Tea boxes carry the trademark of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) – a not-for-profit organisation which promotes responsible forest management, harvesting wood in a way that assures the forest's biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes are preserved.
And we even have our own FSC Chain of Custody Certification, to confirm that every step of our box production process involves only wood from FSC certified forests and controlled sources, from the forest to the shelf. Click to read our FSC Product Group Schedule, our policy of association with FSC and our list of Yorkshire Tea products carrying our FSC license code.