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Social Environmental Responsibility

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Since our start in 1972, Stash Tea has sought to balance social and environmental responsibility with economic reality. Although a small company, Stash Tea is aware of our responsibility to the environment, both locally and globally, and strives to be a green, responsible, and socially conscious organization.

Tea Garden Selection

We take great pride in carefully selecting the tea gardens from which we purchase our teas. Through the years, we have chosen to do business with tea gardens of the highest quality and that treat their workers honestly and fairly.

We also sell premium organic teas that meet our exacting standards. All of these teas are 100 percent natural and USDA and QAI certified organic.

Renewable Energy & Transportation

At Stash Tea, we are committed to renewable energy and purchase green power through our local electric utility, Portland General Electric.

A 2005 lighting upgrade project in our plant replaced metal halide high-bay fixtures with new energy-wise fluorescent light fixtures and other energy-efficient lights and saving nearly 50,000 kWh annually and improving the quality of lighting for employees.

We also encourage the use of public transportation by paying for half the cost of monthly bus passes for our employees.

Recyclable Paper & Packaging

We reuse and recycle packaging materials, office supplies, printer cartridges, scrap paper and newspaper. In fact, we began using recycled paper for packing material in our shipping department more than 12 years ago when bubble wrap and foam peanuts were still the industry standard.

We also use recycled paper and paper from sustainably managed forests for our packaging and other printing projects.

We always look for a greener option. In an effort to create more sustainable packaging, we have eliminated our packaging overwrap. Our tea boxes are 100% recyclable.