Earth Day 2017: A “Green” Tea Revolution

Nearly fifty years ago, an estimated 20 million Americans took to the streets to rally for a more healthy, sustainable and protected environment. This movement unified citizens from coast to coast and ever since, April 22nd has become an annual event celebrating the bounty and health of the planet: Earth Day.

Here at The Republic of Tea, we honor the spirit of Earth Day every day in the hope of inspiring a “green” tea revolution. On this holiday, we are proud to shine a light on our own sustainability and ecological practices.


Refill, Reuse, Recycle: Tea Tin Recycling

Did you know that our cylindrical steel tea tins – our signature package – were designed with sustainability in mind? Instead of discarding empty tea tins or boxes in the trash bin, we encourage all Citizens of The Republic of Tea to refill, reuse, or recycle.

  • Refill: Rather than purchasing a brand new tea tin each time you are running low, opt for our airtight refill bags. These bags come at a slightly reduced price and contain the same amount of tea as their tin counterparts. Simply refill your tea tin with the contents of the refill bag, reducing the number of tins that go to waste.
  • Reuse: There is no limit to the ways in which you can reuse your steel tea tins! Store pens, pencils and scissors on your desk, or use them as a container for growing herbs and flowers. Alternatively, use your empty tea tins to stash spare change, organize craft or sewing supplies, or even to make your own candles. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Recycle: If you cannot refill or reuse your empty tins, then it is time to recycle! Made of recyclable steel, our tea tins can be recycled by most community recycling services.


Growing a Greener World with The Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization that works in more than 70 countries around the world to conserve biodiversity. By partnering with local farmers, foresters, hoteliers and carbon project managers whose livelihoods depend on the land, The Rainforest Alliance can help transform land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

The Republic of Tea is honored to offer a selection of Rainforest Alliance Certified Teas, creating a cup that is both environmentally sustainable and a treasure for your taste buds. For tempting teas that carry this gold standard of sustainability certification, we invite you to browse our full selection of teas certified by The Rainforest Alliance.


Pollinator Conservation

Did you know that 85% of all plants on earth exist thanks to the hard work of pollinators like bees? The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates, pollinators and their habitats.

The Republic of Tea is a proud partner of the Xerces Society, and is committed to supporting pollinator conservation with our Biodynamic Honey Chamomile Tea, available at select Whole Foods Markets. With this partnership, we are honored to donate $5,000 annually to support the Xerces Society.


Sip for Clean Water

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. They work in more than 46 countries to help save the lives of malnourished children by installing and decontaminating wells, protecting natural springs, piping water into villages and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure.

Because of The Republic of Tea’s connection to the vital importance of clean water, we are proud to have Action Against Hunger as a non-profit partner. To support them, we have developed our Sip for Clean Water initiative in 2013, introducing our Hibiscus Watermelon Herbal Tea. Currently, all of our Hibiscus Superflower™ Teas further support Action Against Hunger’s initiative.

We are honored to donate $1 from the sale of each Hibiscus Superflower™ tin up to $40,000 in contributions per partnership year, to help Action Against Hunger save the lives of children in need of nutrition treatment and clean water.


Biodynamic® Teas

Biodynamic agriculture grown with a conscious approach to agriculture that emphasizes self-sustainability. By focusing on ecological and holistic practices, these farms are able to improve the soil health, water quality and biodiversity year after year. Our premium teas are sourced from a variety of Certified Biodynamic farms around the world that are committed to certain sustainable practices that improve the health of the farm’s entire ecosystem. Explore our entire line of Biodynamic® Teas, which include spicy and satisfying blends such as Biodynamic® Turmeric Cinnamon and Biodynamic® Ginger.

As the leading purveyor of premium teas, we recognize that we have a duty and an obligation to contribute positively to society on a global scale through ecological responsibility. We strive to lead by example and are proud to honor the spirit of Earth Day everyday!