doing our part for the planet, one tea at a time
It's no secret that tea is good for you,
but tea should be good for the planet too.
What We're Doing
DAVIDsTEA is now part of
the Ethical Tea Partnership.
We've joined forces with the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), an organization that's been working to improve sustainability in the tea industry since 1997. All of our Camellia sinensis teas give back to the ETP's efforts to create a fairer, more sustainable tea industry for tea workers & farmers, their families and the environment.
And the positivitea doesn't stop there. In November 2020, we launched our Impact Fund to create even more meaningful, systemic change in our industry. Today, we're working closely with the ETP to identify the needs of tea workers and farmers in the countries where we source our tea. We're also looking into a project that would benefit communities and the environment over the long term.
All of our Camellia sinensis teas give back to the ETP’s efforts to create a fairer, more sustainable tea industry for tea workers, farmers, their families and the environment.
sourcing is our priority.
Going organic is a great way to support our planet, and DAVIDsTEA is home to one of the largest organic tea collections in North America. So why aren't we 100% Organic? Simply put, many of the ingredients we love, such as willow bark, just aren't available as Certified Organic in the quality and quantities we need. Getting Organic Certification is a rigorous process, and not all farms have the resources or capacity to do it. At the same time, purchasing Organic helps encourage farmers to make the transition to more eco-friendly practices. It's a long process with many rigorous steps, but we're dedicated to making it happen.
Right now, 30% of our tea collection is Organic. We want to increase this to 50% organic by 2023.
Fair Trade CertifiedTM
Fair is fair. But this logo represents more than fair wages & ethical treatment for farmers. Our products marked Fair Trade Certified™ contribute to a Community Development Fund – putting money directly into the hands of tea and farming communities so they can use it democratically on whatever improvements they see fit.
Right now, 4% of our teas are Fair Trade. We want to increase this to 6% by 2022.
This lovely non-profit works with tea gardens to create conditions where humans and endangered elephants can live (and grow) safely together. It's about promoting safer, more sustainable farming practices while shielding elephants from habitat change.
Today, 2% of our teas are Elephant Approved; we want to increase this to 3% by 2022.
Conflict & cruelty-free ingredients
We're proud to share that 87% of our collection is vegan! When crafting unique, complex blends, it can be challenging to source vegan-friendly ingredients. We obsessively seek out alternatives, like milk-free chocolate, to keep our rich palette of flavours exciting and accessible to everybody.
Tea garden partnerships
We treat our tea partnerships as consciously as we create our blends. That means making sure our tea delivers delicious flavour while supporting the communities it came from. We recently partnered with two tea gardens in Nepal and South Africa to help launch long-term social sustainability projects.
Give Clean Water Project in Nepal
(World Water Day)
We've partnered with the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden (a family-owned garden) to help provide three government schools in Nepal with long-term access to clean drinking water. It's a feel-good collaboration that impacts the lives of 2,630 students and 100 teachers & staff.
in South Africa
In collaboration with Johan, a South African rooibos tea producer, we're building a homework facility that will provide a safe space where the children of tea farmers can study.
We acknowledge that packaging and shipping can be incredibly wasteful –
less is best. That's why we're avoiding unnecessary plastic and doing
everything we can to make our tea shine by using as few extras as possible.
What we've done so far
All our silver & printed loose leaf bags are recyclable. After YEARS of experimenting with different keep-fresh compostable packaging, we're finally seeing results. Stay tuned!
We cut out tissue paper, stickers and bubble wrap wherever possible. We love to look our best, but not at the expense of our planet.
Our top teas are available in bulk sizes to help reduce packaging on bigger orders. More tea, less packaging – win, win.
We're transitioning our beautiful gift packaging to 100% recyclable and even compostable materials (when possible). That may mean less shiny foil printing on some, but we're confident we can create packages that are both pretty & recyclable.
How You Can Help
Tips for sipping sustainably
Loose leaf tea is a fantastic addition to your compost pile. In the wild, plants continuously recycle nutrients back into the soil beneath them, so any nutrients they use up eventually get replaced — a beautiful cycle. To add some nutrients to your vegetable patch or flower bed, sprinkle wet, steeped tea leaves over the soil and watch your plot perk up. That's right: your garden loves tea (almost) as much as you do.
Environmentally friendly steeping
Steeping loose leaf tea? Our reusable stainless steel tea infusers are an easy way to enjoy a waste-free cup again and again. If you prefer using a filter, our drawstring filter bags are biodegradable and chlorine-free.
Prefer a tea sachet?
Plant-based and biodegradable, ours is the tea industry's most environmentally responsible sachet to date. If you're into the individually wrapped sachets, you can rest easy knowing the overwrap is recyclable too.