Sustainability

Blue Lotus Chai Company : Our Precious & Sacred Planet Earth

As we create and share our delicious, unique masala chai on our planet, we always try to keep the big picture in mind. In addition to serving the greater good by donating 10% of our net profits to charitable organizations, we choose sustainable materials and processes whenever possible to manufacture our products.

Below is a summary of how we practice sustainability at Blue Lotus Chai.

 

PACKAGING: We utilize sustainable packaging

  1. We purposefully designed our top selling 2 oz. and 3 oz. tins to be reusable and refillable
  2. We designed the tins without a paper label and printed directly on the tin, which saves paper and trees
  3. The tins are beautiful which encourages people to reuse them
  4. At end of life, our tins can be recycled
  5. Every 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon in each tin or pouch is made from renewable bamboo
  6. Our bulk bags (1 lbs. and 5 lbs.) are made of a revolutionary material that is designed to break down in water or a back yard compost pile, leaving a bit of plant food behind
  7. All elements of our 1/2 oz. stand-up pouches are recyclable
  8. Our printing utilizes soy inks and post-consumer paper stock whenever possible
  9. Our on-shelf packaging is kept to a minimum; our pouch display boxes are composed of card stock that meets structural integrity needs, but are as thin, light & sustainable as possible
  10. We reuse packing material and recycle everything that we possibly can

PRODUCT: We source the highest quality & financially sustainable ingredients that are available

  1. Non-GMO Project Verified across our line (our newest variety is in the process and is pending)
  2. 100% Certified Organic spices across our entire line of products
  3. Certified Organic Rooibos tea in our 100% Certified Organic Rooibos Masala Chai
  4. 2 year shelf life: long shelf life combined with advanced/efficient packaging protocols means less wastage overall, from warehouse to consumer

RESOURCES: We up-cycle & reuse whenever possible

  1. We reuse paper for in-office use, and by default, print on both sides of paper
  2. We purchase 100% post-consumer paper for our printer/copiers
  3. We recycle packing materials whenever possible
  4. We have installed power strips to lessen ‘trickle’ draining of electricity
  5. We utilize non-toxic cleaning items in our day-to-day janitorial activities and pest prevention/control protocols

TRANSPORTATION: We embrace more sustainable transportation options

  1. We encourage carpooling and biking with our team members
  2. When purchasing our company vehicle, our objective was to obtain a high mileage per gallon vehicle, rather than a traditional ‘delivery’ truck — we succeeded with an ICE (internal combustion engine) of 28 mpg, remarkable for its class and size
  3. We embrace the bike-to-business delivery model through a long-term partnership with Hummingbird Wholesale Distributors

SOCIAL: We value our community — local, regional, and planetary

  1. We donate 10% of our net profits and in-kind donations towards groups that support the environment , social justice and planetary harmony
  2. We support a safe, warm, respectful, diverse, gender-safe (and fun!) working environment
  3. We support medical insurance for our employees
  4. Our wages/compensation are generous, including deep employee discounts towards product purchases
  5. We support flexible schedules

The FUTURE: We’re actively and enthusiastically looking for ways to increase sustainability. We are always receptive to suggestions.