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Arbor Teas celebrates 6 years of partnership with Carbon Fund!

Carbon Fund Partner LogoFor the past six years, Arbor Teas has ”neutralized” its annual operational emissions and its product shipment emissions in partnership with Carbonfund.org.  We are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and have taken many steps to reduce emissions by offering only organic teas, packaging our tea in backyard compostable packaging, and using renewable energy sources.  However, our teas come from all corners of the world, so the shipping emissions are unavoidable.  To mitigate these emissions, we have maintained a CarbonFree® Shipping program to offset the carbon footprint of annual product shipment emissions, and to offset all internal operational emissions, by supporting Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.

Until technology allow us to eliminate carbon emissions entirely,  we agree whole-heartedly with CarbonFund.org’s motto:

“Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t.”

March 20 2013 | Energy and Green Business and Sustainability | No Comments »

Shipping: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

It’s so easy nowadays- just point, click and buy. Depending on where you bought from and the availability, you could have your item delivered to your house in about a week. Sounds easy, simple and energy free, right? Well, sort of. While you didn’t necessarily power up your car and drive from store to store scavenging for the perfect item, a lot of fuel energy was probably used in your delivery. So, if an item is being delivered to you what is the best method and why?

Fossil Fuels: What & How

We use biologically-based fossil fuels to power most of our locomotive machineries. Fossil fuels are naturally made from the anaerobic decomposition of dead animals.  In fact, the ones we use today are typically millions of years old (some fossils exceeding 650 million)!  When animals and plants decompose, they release carbon into the atmosphere at an incredibly slow rate. However, when fossil fuels are burned in order to make fuel energy, the carbon from the decomposing organisms are released at a much higher rate. So, the amount of carbon that should have been released over the span of tens of millions of years is ultimately released in the span of a few hundred years. This extreme release of carbon as carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gasses drives the greenhouse effect responsible for climate change. While it would be difficult to regress back to environmentally “healthy” shipping options such as horse and buggy, it is important, as a consumer, to know your different shipping options and their individual impact on our fragile environment.

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March 18 2011 | Energy and Green Business and Sustainability | 1 Comment »

Cold Brewing Tea: Why You Should, And How To Do It!

Cold-Brewed TeaTea is a relatively energy-efficient beverage. A cup of tea, made by boiling only the amount of water you need, produces only about a tenth of the carbon footprint generated by a large cup of cappuccino (Source: “The World’s Water, 2008-2009″ by Peter Gleick, et al, www.waterfootprint.org). To put this into perspective, if you drink four cups of black tea every day for a year, you would have only used up as much energy as a single 40-mile car ride.  On the other hand, the energy involved in a three-a-day latte habit is equivalent to flying halfway to Europe!

What Does Carbon Have To Do With Cold Brewing Tea?

Actually, there is even more you can do to reduce your CO2 emissions when it comes to tea-making. We covered a variety of “green brewing” techniques in a previous post.  These are certainly great ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but there is yet another easy and practical alternative to the regular brewing process: cold-brewing! As its name suggests, this technique involves making your favorite tea with cold water, slashing energy consumption by eliminating the water-heating process.

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November 06 2010 | Energy and Sustainability and Tea Preparation | 21 Comments »

Drinking Tea in Groups is Good for the Environment!

Steaming Tea Kettle on StoveAs you know, we learned that by delivering our teas in our new paperboard canisters (instead of our previous steel containers), we cut the carbon footprint of tea delivery by approximately 80%.  We’re very excited about this, but, of course, it’s only one piece of the story.  We also learned that, pound-for-pound, the energy required to brew the tea once it reached the customer rivaled that of delivering it to them in the first place (in our new-and-improved packaging)! 

Now, unless your super-power is to boil water spontaneously, energy will certainly be required to boil (or nearly boil) water to brew tea in the traditional fashion.  So what’s an environmentally-conscious tea drinker to do?  Here are a few suggestions: continue reading »

February 14 2008 | Energy and Tea Preparation | 9 Comments »