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T2 Planet

Conscious of
everything we do

We're always striving to reduce our footprint and give back to the ground that gives us so much. We have big plans to revolutionise the way we do business to ensure we are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as we can be.

See our 2019 sustainability report

Every cup of T2 is an opportunity to have a positive environmental impact.

Your favourite tea is now B Corp certified

We are proudly part of a global community of over 3,000 companies doing business that puts people and place first – by reducing inequality, lowering levels of poverty, creating healthier environments, building stronger communities and imbuing jobs with dignity and purpose. We’ve made some radical changes and we’ve now got the top certification in the world to prove it.

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Redefining success in business

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

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Sustainably sourced tea

As a commodity, tea throughout history hasn't had a great track record in caring for the livelihoods and prosperity of growers and pickers. At T2, we believe that people and community are the beating heart of what makes tea so special. In order for tea cultures to continue to thrive, we must ensure that we source from suppliers that treat workers fairly, support communities, and contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of all people involved in bringing us this magical elixir.

Our definition of sustainably sourced tea is in line with the Unilever Responsible Sourcing Policy. We look for teas, herbs, fruits and spices that fulfil a number of different certification schemes; from UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fair for Life and organics certifications. We only have one planet, and we want to ensure that we contribute to improving it and caring for it in every way possible.

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Just a sip of how far our tea has come

In 2019 we went from less than 36% to 60% sustainably sourced Camellia sinensis.

We are working ingredient by ingredient through each herbal, fruit and spice every single one of our blends so that we will be 100% sustainably sourced by 2021.

In 2019 we went from less than 4% to 10% sustainably sourced tisanes.

Beautifully designed, ethically sourced

At T2 we pride ourselves on offering not only beautiful teas and gifting solutions, but also a variety of beautifully designed and ethically sourced teawares.

We have been working diligently on ensuring all of our teawares are ethically sourced through our manufacturers using auditing standards SMETA 6.0 and BSCI. Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) and Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) are social audits that look at a company's business and environmental practices. This includes no forced and child labour, fair wages and environmental impacts.

We will have a 100% ethically certified supplier base by the end of 2020

Recyclable, reusable or compostable

Our approach to packaging has always centred on fusing innovation with quality, delivering a product experience that is grounded in experimentation and unexpected in design. With an increasing focus on our sustainability credentials, we’re working diligently on design and with all our suppliers to ensure we deliver on our goals.

In the sustainable packaging space, our goal is twofold:

First, to remove any unnecessary packaging from our products and consumables. Second, for the packaging that we do need, it must be either recyclable, reusable or compostable. Additionally, we aim to use materials that are from post-consumer waste or have been sourced from responsibly managed forests.

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Here's a wrap of where we're at with our packaging

  • Currently, at least 92% of our packaging and consumables are either reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • All 15,000,000 tasting cups consumed yearly in-store are now made with a PLA (corn starch) lining which allows these cups to be compostable. This change will divert up to 30 tonnes of cups annually containing fossil fuel plastics from landfill.
  • We are transitioning our petroleum based plastic polybags to plant based, compostable bags, diverting over 80 tonnes of plastic per year.
  • T2 was one of the early adopters of the Australasian Recycling Label. The ARL is an evidence-based system that provides consumers with easy to understand recycling information when they need it most—those few seconds when working out which bin their packaging goes in.
  • We transitioned our retail bags to uncoated paper without any plastic lamination - these bags are now 100% recyclable. We go through approximately 2,000,000 retail bags per year, meaning this change will divert over 250 tonnes of waste from landfill annually.
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Carbon footprint

In 2019, our emissions dropped to 4288 tonnes CO2-eq, meaning an 8.2% reduction, or 383 tonnes, from the year before. This was driven by a move to renewable energy.

Read more about how we're reducing our carbon footprint in the annual T2 sustainability report.

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Taking action: Qantas Future Planet

The planet won't change if we don't act and joining Qantas Future Planet is one of the ways we've turned our words into action.

Through our partnership with Future Planet we're supporting the Winds of Change renewable energy program and for every carbon credit we buy, we reduce 1 tonne of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So far we have purchased 4,670 carbon credits to offset our emissions at T2 and be carbon neutral across our global operational footprint.

Carbon credits from Winds of Change fund the installation of wind turbines in farming communities in Madurai, India. These turbines prevent power outages for these communities, and create revenue to fund water wells which bring irrigation to crops in areas that may otherwise experience drought each year. Each wind farm is positioned to provide social support where it's needed most – which means funding local schools, establishing a vaccination program and supporting equal employment opportunities for local people without an education.

But it doesn't stop there. These wind farms introduce clean energy to the grid which would otherwise be generated by a coal-fired power station. Wind power is clean in two ways: it produces no emissions and also avoids the local air pollutants associated with fossil fuels. Additionally, in constructing the turbines, new roads have been built, improving accessibility for locals. The boost in local employment by people engaged as engineers, maintenance technicians, 24-hour on-site operators and security guards also boosts local economies and village services. Importantly, 5% of revenue earned by investment in these projects, goes directly to the community's temples, schools and health services.

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