We are committed to removing unnecessary and non-recyclable plastics from all parts of our supply chain. In 2018 Tata Consumer Products signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, an initiative led and managed by sustainability experts WRAP. The commitment by 2025 is for 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
We have made great strides in our journey towards being 100% recyclable, with much of our packaging and our out-of-home envelopes now meeting this criterion. We are also making good progress on our commitment to eliminate the use of non-biodegradable materials in our tea bags so they are compostable through food waste bins. The roll-out of fully biodegradable bags across our core black tea ranges is planned for this year.
Tetley has invested £1.2m working with partner organisations to help communities at home and abroad, enhancing the health and livelihoods of neighbourhoods near and far.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and an important producer of tea. Our work there has included the Malawi 2020 project to support and develop the tea industry so farmers can earn a decent income and workers receive a better wage.
We are working with the ETP to set up Village Savings Loans Associations across two suppliers’ estates to function as a community bank for savings and loans, and we have committed to distributing 4,500 solar lights to estate families with no access to electricity.
Tetley is supporting Unicef UK to implement an early childhood development programme in and around targeted tea estates in the southern growing regions in Malawi. Two Early Childhood Development Centres will provide nutritious food, early years education and opportunities for stimulating play for children 0-5 years old.
Tata Consumer Products has also been supporting communities at a local level in the UK. We received a Gold award from GroceryAid, the charity that provides assistance to grocery industry workers in times of need, in recognition of our support. This included a £150,000 donation to help make up a shortfall caused by the cancellation of the charity’s fundraising events as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
We are also helping to tackle hunger in local communities and minimise food waste by supporting FareShare, an initiative that redistributes surplus food to charities who then turn it into meals. Tata has provided 16.6 tonnes of surplus products, enough to contribute towards 39,451 meals served to people in need at community centres in deprived areas, day centres for vulnerable adults and the elderly, hostels for the homeless, breakfast and after-school clubs, and to supply food banks for low-income families.
The constant evaluation of our waste processes reinforces our commitment to the sorting and elimination of waste, with our waste management programmes recognised as among the best in the field.
We are proud to be a supporter of green energy; all our UK sites use 100% certified green electricity as well as energy from our biomass boiler and dedicated solar farm site. Our energy management and carbon reduction programme mean that our factory does not contribute to CO2 emissions.
Shipping now accounts for over 95% of our inbound and outbound transportation activities and swapping trucks for a coastal feeder service has resulted in 730,000 fewer road miles and equates to the removal 828 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.