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Celestial Seasonings & sustainability


Celestial Seasonings
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Sustainability summary

Celestial Seasonings has achieved the E-label. Although a significant part of the tea is organic, it is not clear for what percentage of total tea. Celestial Seasonings does not report much concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries / fair trade. For us as consumers, it is unclear to what extent Celestial Seasonings is committed to sustainability.

Brand owner: The Hain Celestial Group
Head office: Lake Success, NY, United States
Sector: Tea brands
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Celestial Seasonings sustainability score report

Last edited: 25 January 2016 by Annika
Last reviewed: 25 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Celestial Seasonings implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the use of environmentally friendly packaging and shipping methods. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Celestial Seasonings doesn't publish the annual climate footprint of last years. Therefore, it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual carbon emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Celestial Seasonings doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Hain Celestial (brand owner) aims to reduce their climate emissions by 10% year-over-year through 2020 (see link, page 5). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Celestial Seasonings doesn't communicate a policy to reduce the climate emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 10
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Celestial Seasonings purchases some of its tea from an environmentally certified source, namely: Certified USDA Organic. However, the brand doesn't mention what percentage this is of the total volume. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (such as fruit, herbs or sugar) for its products? Celestial Seasonings doesn't mention any environmental certification for ingredients other than tea. Source
8. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging and does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Celestial Seasonings implements several measures to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, such as packaging its teas in natural fiber, pillow-style tea bags that don’t need a string, tag, staple or individual wrapper. Also, 100% recycled paperboard (including 35% consumer waste) is used. Source
9. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? While policy is implemented to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, Celestial Seasonings doesn't report an up to date packaging material footprint. Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Celestial Seasonings doesn't communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 9
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Celestial Seasonings doesn't provide concrete information about policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? Celestial Seasonings doesn't specify, which share of its current tea supply is socially certified by standards such as Fair Trade USA, or can be considered compliant in accordance with respective standards. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase 100% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruits, herbs or sugar) from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce these additional ingredients? Celestial Seasonings doesn't mention any social certification for ingredients other than tea. Source
9. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Celestial Seasonings doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source