Harris Freeman is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Our efforts are focused in four main areas: eliminating waste, reducing energy usage, reducing packaging, and increasing usage of renewable energy sources.
Renewable Energy Sources: Both our Anaheim, CA and our Moorestown, NJ facilities operate on solar power making us the first tea company in the United States to operate on solar power. Together, the two facilities will create a 720 kW AC solar system, enough to offset 38 million lbs. of CO2, or the equivalent of 40,000 barrels of oil annually.
We publicly communicate the progress of our Anaheim and Moorestown facilities through the Carbon Disclosure project.
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• Diverting waste trash from landfills – 314 tons in 2015 was recycled – 55% increase in recycled material in 5 years. Total waste down 24% in 4 years. Set a goal of 10% reduction in landfill materials by 2017.
• Waste Audits – identifying prime components for reduction, reuse, recycle
• Energy Audits – identifying opportunities for reduction
• Electricity Usage Reduction – solar installation along with high efficiency lighting use reducing KWH consumption – almost 16% decrease in 6 years
• Packaging Reduction – designed self-sealed cartons eliminating plastic overwrap, redesigned corrugate packing boxes, reduced excess packaging from suppliers
• Vendor Score Cards – rating suppliers on their environmental commitments
• GHG – contribute to greenhouse gas reporting and participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project – Greenhouse Gas emissions down about 28% in a 6 year period. Reported a 22% reduction in GHG emissions from employee air travel in 2015.
We provide farmers with programs on productive farming techniques that support biodiversity and safe environment farming practices. This is achieved through methods that improve the quality and consistency of crops, while achieving higher yield and increased return on investments.
Simple techniques such as hygienic and clean practices, limiting the use of pesticides, and improving water retention are some of the initiatives to sustainable farming. Through our Backward Integration Farming Program (BIFP), we work directly with farmers to develop and implement scientific and sanitary agricultural practices, processing methods, and storage techniques.
Our field representatives work with farmers to encourage application of organic soil inputs to increase soil fertility and improve water retention. We educate farmers about hygienic drying and grading of harvested product. Another initiative under the BIFP, we set up approved collection centers to ensure that we are able to screen and select raw materials that match international customer specifications. The result is increased value of crop yields while ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices.
Harris Tea Company, the leading US supplier of Private Brand Tea Bags, Instant Tea and Iced Tea Mixes has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in the Food, Beverage and Agriculture (FBA) Sector of the organization.
TSC is an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. TSC develops transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a credible, scalable, and transparent process and system. The organization boasts over 90 members from all corners of business employing over 57 million people and whose combined revenues total over $1.5 Trillion. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and University of Arkansas with additional operations at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and has recently launched an office in China.