The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company are proud to be in partnership with Tree-Nation, an organisation that gathers and coordinates reforestation efforts worldwide.

Through our association with Tree-Nation, every online order we receive means a tree is planted. It is our way of supporting mother nature while combating the effects of climate change with the aim to become carbon neutral as a business.

There are several reasons for this partnership. Most notably, as a family-run business with a global outreach, we’re increasingly aware of our carbon footprint and its impact. As such, we have taken steps to lessen our influence on the environment, thus ensuring the welfare of generations to come. Your support is likewise crucial. Please help us to make a difference.

Why Plant Trees?

Why Plant Trees?

Without plants and trees, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company wouldn’t exist. After all, your morning cuppa usually comes from either Camellia Sinensis (the Tea plant) or Coffea Arabica (the most common Coffee plant).

Yet this is but the beginning. The big picture is, indeed, far greater and immeasurably more significant than that. 

Trees are the lungs of our planet. They provide us with the oxygen we breathe while simultaneously removing earth-wrecking emissions from the air.

View Trees Planted

Planting more of these remarkable, natural skyscrapers works towards offsetting carbon, which is, unmistakably, the most life-threatening greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Simply put, trees help in protecting us from the degradation of our climate.

Recent statistics suggest that just 13% of the UK’s total landmass has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%). On a more global scale, meanwhile, the ever-vital Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed at an unimaginably rapid rate.

Every second, a forested area the size of a football pitch is lost to logging, fires and farming. We must act now.

How It Works

How It Works

Teaming up with our friends at Tree-Nation, we aim to grow a sustainable brand and, indeed, a sustainable future. The way this works is relatively straightforward.

Every time you place an order with us, you will receive the opportunity to plant a tree in return. This takes place shortly after purchasing one (or more!) of our Loose Tea and Coffee products online. 

An email will be sent to you outlining the required steps, whereby just a couple of clicks makes all the difference. You will be able to see the species of tree planted, as well as its location in the world.

Perhaps most importantly, the tool provided by Tree-Nation enables you to see the calculated amount of CO2 offset by your outstanding efforts.

Over time, the trees planted by you through our company become a thriving, beneficial forest. This contribution can be viewed on Tree-Nation’s CO2 neutral website.

Does It Make A Difference?

Does It Make A Difference?

Tree-Nation is home to 182 planting projects taking place in 33 different countries. From Brazil to Madagascar; Thailand to France, India and Nicaragua, the change is happening on a global scale.

By choosing The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, you’re working directly with them. By working directly with them, you’re supporting the continued protection of our planet.

But what about the specifics? What, in particular, can planting trees do to help? Trees improve air and water quality. They reduce flooding and erosion while tempering the climate.

View Trees Planted

They also create habitats for plants and animals and even reduce noise pollution. Promoting community, reducing crime, bolstering the economy, conserving energy and supporting one’s wellbeing are also factors contributed to more trees.

Tree food products complement agricultural crops and provide essential micronutrients, thus helping the 700 million people suffering from chronic malnutrition.

Agro-forestry and reforestation increase land productivity, create jobs and bring a secure, diversified source of income. Ultimately, this is key to avoiding mass migration and humanitarian/economic crisis.

Buy Tea and Coffee can Help Protect The Planet

Buying Tea and Coffee Can Help Protect The Planet

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to make a difference. Start today by buying from The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Not only do we work with Tree-Nation, but also pack every Loose Tea, Tisane and Coffee fresh to order.

This ensures not only quality but also consistency. Enjoy your scrumptious cuppa knowing you’re doing ‘your bit’ for mother nature. 

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.