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Lebensbaum - Tee
Top brand: Buy! Click here for score rapport: 16 out of 19

Sustainability summary

Lebensbaum has achieved the A-label. Lebensbaum is one of the most sustainable tea brands and we therefore recommend buying this brand.

Brand owner: Ulrich Walter GmbH
Head office: Diepholz, Deutschland
Sector: Tea brands
Categories : 
Free Tags: Lebensbaum, EU organic, Demeter, Bio Suisse, Naturland, Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Allianc

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Lebensbaum - Tee sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 September 2018 by Romina
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

4 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Lebensbaum implements several measures to reduce its climate emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as the use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet (see link, page 122-128). Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Although Lebensbaum slightly increased its own operations climate footprint from 731 tons of CO2e in 2015 to 735 tons of CO2e in 2016, it fully compensated these emissions through Gold Standard certifications (see link, page 12). Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Lebensbaum has reduced its climate footprint for its emissions beyond own operations from 3592 tons CO2e in 2016 to 3322 tons CO2 in 2017, though actual absolute emissions are probably lower due to the carbon-negative emissions of Lebensbaum's raw materials (see link, page 12). Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Lebensbaum has already reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum through the use of renewable energy for its own operations. All remaining emissions are fully offset by Gold-Standard certificates (see link, page 122-128). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? All of Lebensbaum tea is organic (see link) and carries labels such as Demeter, EU Organic, Naturland and/or Fairtrade (see link). As such, their score regarding environmental certification is at least 96%. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 30% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 70% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Lebensbaum breaks down all of its packaging materials, at least for its Diepholz facility, by whether they are renewable and reports using 1030 tons packaging material in 2016, 13% less than in 2015 (see next link, p.13). It also reports using 100% FSC-certified paper and mostly compostable materials (see link). Source
7. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Lebensbaum reports the annual waste by type, weight and way of disposal, and has decreased its waste footprint from 330.44 tons in 2016 to 305.04 tons in 2017 (see link, p. 14). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Lebensbaum does not provide concrete information about measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification (see link page 44, 63, 102, 103 & 188). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? Most of Lebensbaum's tea carries labels such as Fairtrade and Utz, making that its social certification score is 83% (see link). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) use socially certified tea for at least 95% of its volume, thus combating child labor and forced labour, and providing a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Lebensbaum does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source