R.C. Bigelow, Inc. dba Bigelow Tea said Thursday it has lightened its carbon footprint by 12 million pounds after buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to all its electricity use.
The Fairfield, Conn.-based family-owned Certified B Corp. maintains three facilities that are all certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
The company said it manufactures two billion tea bags annually under 150 varieties, said all the electricity for its facilities in Fairfield, Boise, Idaho, and Louisville, Ky., now comes from renewable, carbon free sources – 90 percent wind and 10 percent solar – certified under the Green-e Energy certification program.
“We have always been committed to our environmental, sustainability and community programs,” said Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO. “Doing the right thing has been part of the company’s DNA since it was founded by my grandmother Ruth Campbell Bigelow 75 years ago. This is who we are as a company.”
The Green-e certification program is run by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions(CRS), the leading seller of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market.
To receive Green-e certification from CRS, a company’s energy supply must come from at least 50 percent renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal.
Bigelow said it will adhere to the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct and meet strict disclosure and truth-in-advertising requirements. It will also undergo an annual third-party verification audit and review of marketing materials.