How Sustainable Is Your Tea Or Coffee?

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My journey with Grand River Tea has taken me to many different subjects on sustainability.  
According to the Oxford Dictionary sustainability means:
"involving the use of natural products and energy in a way that does not harm the environment."
Our journey began in 2018 looking for a North American grown tea. We found this wonderful plant called Yaupon Holly which grows in the southern United States and is the only plant in North America to contain caffeine.
So what makes the Yaupon Holly so unique when it comes to sustainability?  It doesn’t require to be irrigated because it loves drought or boggy conditions.  As long as its not too cold, grows best in zones 7B-9. 
Unfortunately it would not grow in Canada zones 0-7A zones. Possibly in a greenhouse.
So our farm that we purchase our Yaupon from uses no irrigation, pesticides or chemicals.  It just grows wild and all that touches this wonderful caffeinated plant is sunshine and rain.
Now I know you're going to say "but Yaupon requires shipping to Canada and that uses fossil fuel."  Yes, you are correct but we think this is a better alternative travelling 2500KMS from Texas versus over 15000KMS from Asia and Africa.  And more than likely the supply chain will not be broken.  
Grand River Tea is not perfect when it comes to being sustainable.  But we are striving to move forward in a way that is responsible and sustainable.  That is why we've chosen to offer Yaupon a truly North American grown plant.
Were so in love with Yaupon!  It's a perfect choice for a delicious and refreshing drink or as a replacement for tea or coffee.
Next time you reach for you favourite caffeinated beverage ask yourself how far does this travel?
Our next blog will highlight some of the health benefits.
Lets get "Hoppin For Yaupon."
Happy summer!
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