Arbor Teas

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1306 W. Madison St.
Ann Arbor, MI


Business Overview

Arbor Teas is an Ann Arbor-based on-line retailer of premium organic loose leaf tea nd accessories,emphasizing quality, authenticity, sustainability and social equity in all aspects of their business.  Enjoying steady growth since its formation in 2004, Arbor Teas now retails over 100 varieties of tea from the world's finest organic tea gardens to customers throughout the United States.

Sustainable Practices

Arbor Teas has taken a comprehensive approach to minimizing its environmental footprint.  Here is just a sampling of the environmental considerations built into Arbor Teas' operations:

  • Our entire catalog of teas is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
  • We've replaced our former tin-plated steel canisters (an old stand-by in the tea industry) with canisters made of parchment-lined paperboard, which generate less than one-fifth of the carbon emissions of tin-plated steel canisters.
  • By participating in DTE Energys GreenCurrents program, we promote the generation of energy from renewable sources, preventing approximately 10,000 pounds of carbon from being released into the atmosphere each year.
  • For those carbon emissions that we just cant avoid (yet), weve teamed-up with to offset them by promoting the development of green energy, energy efficiency and reforestation.
  • We aggressively recycle our solid waste, reusing office supplies and packaging materials wherever possible.
  • In addition to recycling boxes for shipping our orders, we also reclaim packing materials from local businesses and the local materials recovery facility for use in shipping orders.
  • We take a green approach to printing, which means we keep our printing minimal, use post-consumer recycled paper, and use low VOC soy- and/or water-based inks whenever possible.
  • Although all of our shipping (both to and from our facility) has been carbon offset through, our customers can elect to have their orders shipped via USPS Parcel Post, which doesnt rely on air transportation (except to Alaska and Hawaii). Air transit generates far greater greenhouse gas emissions than ground transportation.

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