Toronto Buffalo London Sydney
Toronto Buffalo London Sydney

Social Ethos & Sustainability

The healthier the planet, the better the tea.

Can you imagine a world without tea? Neither can we. That’s why we follow a multi-step approach to environmental stewardship. We also actively participate in promoting the fair treatment of the people who produce our products.

Too many corporations see these factors as too costly to implement. Others view them as indulging social ideals over profit. Our experience shows that a commitment to people and the planet has the opposite affect.

Our policies help us:

 •  Enhance efficiencies to help us better serve our customers
 •  Meet sustainability policies required by global customers
 •  Support positive marketing messages
 •  Generate corporate goodwill

Environmental, Social & Governance

As a company that deals with agricultural products and a global supply chain, concerns for the environment, sustainability, and governance factor into every facet of our business, and every decision we make.

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Metro Environment Action Program

Our commitment to the environment helped Metropolitan Tea win a Sustainability Award from the Toronto Board of Trade. Here’s how we did it.

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100% Compostable Packaging

Metropolitan Tea has always focused on and pioneered sustainable tea products. Most recently, we are especially proud to offer 100% compostable luxury whole leaf tea bags and tea bag envelopes.

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Solar Powered Facility

In 2011, we installed 2,600 solar panels on our roof as part of our Carbon Avoidance strategy. Annually they generate more than 3x the amount of electricity used by our factory.

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Social Responsibility & Ethical Policies

Doing our part to ensure respect for the environment, fair treatment of the labor force that makes our products, and responsible production of luxury grade teas, from hand-plucking to soil rehabilitation.

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Ethical Tea Partnership

Metropolitan Tea was the first non-UK company to join the ETP. Their mission: To improve the lives of tea workers and their environment.

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While we buy from many estates certified by Fairtrade, and many of their principles echo ours, we believe there is one important difference.

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