Carbon Footprint case study: Pukka Herbs

Pukka Herbs was founded in 2001 to bring organic herbal teas to the world. Yes, they may have started as a health and wellness-minded business but it was only in recent years that they began to consider their carbon impact along with growing global climate concern. So what have they been able to achieve since 2017 – their first year of carbon reporting? By 2019 they have reduced their total carbon footprint by 26%. This even accounts for 43% of their footprint coming from us boiling the kettle.

Some of their achievements so far include reducing building emissions by 95% through switching to a renewable energy provider. They have also reduced the total weight of tea packaging by 71 tonnes (saving trees and carbon emissions). After 4 years in development they introduced new fully recyclable paper tea sachets which ensure the herbs and essential oils are preserved all the way to the customer.

There is plenty more to do though, so Pukka has set a target of 2030 to achieve net-zero emissions which includes reaching absolute zero across their direct production and operations (scopes 1 & 2). They will reduce scope 3 emissions by 89% (this will be largely in part due to decarbonisation of the wider electricity grid).

All this whilst aiming to make 3 times as many cups of tea for us thirsty customers.

If you want to find out more about what Pukka is doing you can check out their 2019 sustainability report here.

Pukka 2020 impact report