Tea is a continuous crop

Unlike other crops like wheat or many varieties of vegetables, tea grows all year. Certainly there are peak production periods, but quality tea can be plucked and processed throughout the year. Tea is also a very hearty plant. Some varieties can yield suitable leaf for 30 – 100 years, reducing the need for replanting and any of the emissions associated with replanting.

A continuous crop also means no downtime for tea pluckers and tea factory workers in the developing world – income continues all year long.

Quality teas are hand-plucked
Due to the mountainous terrain and high altitude of the world’s greatest tea growing regions, luxury teas must be hand-plucked. This means that for many of the world’s finest teas, and virtually all of Metropolitan’s products, the plucking process consumes very little fossil fuel and subsequently releases virtually no CO2.

Note: This is not necessarily the case with some lesser quality teas. For example, blending stock used in bulk supermarket teabags may have been machine harvested.

Tea - great for the body and the environment
Unlike many other commercial crops, tea has a very low environmental impact. Tea plantations have long been considered environmentally friendly, and continue to be so.

Tea plantations absorb CO2
As a rule, tea plantations are net absorbers of CO2, rather than emitters.

Most estates use timber, or refuse wood for fuel as often as possible. Root-stock from exhausted tea bushes is also used. Unlike fossil fuels, wood is much cleaner to burn and is a renewable resource.

A great cup of tea makes helping the planet easy

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