London-based and family-owned Birchall Tea has become the first tea company in the world achieve the Carbon Neutral International Standard.
The tea company was the first of its kind to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, which invites organisations to work towards global climate neutrality, and has now achieved the Carbon Neutral International Standard by measuring and offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions and supporting verified volunteer reforestation projects around the world. This means that all of Birchall’s products – including its award-winning Great Rift Breakfast Tea – are now completely Carbon Neutral.
The recognition is the latest in a series of steps taken by Birchall to help avoid the worst effects of climate change, such as droughts, flooding and heatwaves. The company has significantly reduced excess and single-use plastic from its supply chain and in 2019 unveiled the Birchall Tea Factory – the UK’s first solar-powered tea production facility, in Amesbury, UK.
“Becoming a signatory to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now pledge is a clear reaffirmation of Birchall’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable future” said Daniel Graham, managing director of Imporient, the company which owns Birchall. “We recognise that climate change is a threat to the livelihoods and wellbeing of everyone on the planet and that we must all take action now. That’s why we have worked hard to do our bit, achieve net zero emissions and win One Carbon World Carbon Neutral Gold Standard Status.”