We at Bigelow Tea believe if we do the right thing, good things will follow. Every day, tea is shipped from our facilities to supermarkets and other retailers across the country, providing over a billion cups of tea each year. As a part of our commitment to reduce emissions associated with transporting our products, we are working to plan more efficient shipping routes and to decrease idling time of trucks. By consolidating our shipping loads, we have reduced shipping miles by over 50,000 a year.
Our "No Idle" policy is designed to eliminate wasted fuel and harmful emissions associated with delivery trucks idling at our facilities. According to the EPA, "each year, long-duration idling of truck and locomotive engines consumes over one billion gallons of diesel fuel and emits 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, 200,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen, and 5,000 tons of particulate matter into the air."
Through this policy at our facilities, Bigelow Tea has done its part by eliminating 240 hours of idling, 192 gallons of wasted fuel, and 3,832 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.