We are committed to sustainable business practices, and we firmly support the conservation of natural resources—both in our café as well as in how we operate and grow our business together with our business partners.
We believe in maintaining a sustainable operation by committing to earth friendly business practices. We firmly support the conservation of natural resources and look for ways to lessen our impact on the environment.
Fair Trade, Organic and Certified Coffee
Our coffee beans are 100% organic and fair trade. By making this commitment as a company we are helping our customers and business partners to directly support a better life for farming families through fair prices, direct trade, community development and sustainable growing methods and environmental stewardship.
Organic certification eliminates all pesticides and fertilizers while conserving the natrual resources of land and water.
Shade grown coffee is cultivated under a natural canopy of sun-filtering trees, which helps reduce deforestation and erosion, and promotes bio-diversification.
Argo Tea promotes volunteerism and the importance of a strong community. We believe in contributing back to our local and global communities and frequently support organizations in our local area and beyond. All TeaMembers are encouraged to join our company VolunTear Day held at least once a year to create a positive impact on the world outside of our cafés. Individual store locations also organize local neighborhood clean-up events and CommuniTea™ days.
All Argo Tea Cafés in the US are powered by wind! We support the generation of clean energy in the US by purchasing Green e-certified renewable energy credits from wind farms to offset 100% of electricity usage at all stores, as well as our Argo Brewery. In 2009 alone, as an example, this effort avoided carbon dioxide pollution equal to planting 5,745 mature trees or not driving 1,424,527 miles!
Reduce. Recycle. We Brew.
We encourage conservation of the earth’s resources by offering a discount for the use of ceramic mugs for in-café service or the use of personal travel tumblers to enjoy our drinks on-the-go. All customers are encouraged to recycle their cups and other recyclable materials using the recycling receptacles in our cafes when possible.
Materials and Equipment
Our café equipment is ENERGY STAR® rated; our millwork is fabricated with sustainable materials and practices. We construct our café using metal and wood laminates fabricated with recycled materials, flooring containing 40% post-industrial waste, and water-based low-emitting adhesives and sealants. In addition, we proudly use solid ink (cartridge free) printing and install CFL lighting in cafes and offices whenever possible.