red espresso® is carbon neutral.

We offset 100% of our annual carbon emissions with the ReCarbon Hermanus project that diverts municipal green waste from landfills into organically certified compost that is used in a range of environmentally sustainable agricultural and gardening activities.

We practice sustainable farming.

In 2009, our primary farm was awarded the highest biodiversity rating in the Rooibos industry for farming as close to nature as possible. This means that our tea is grown in a sustainable, environmentally responsible way that has minimal impact on the biodiversity of the region. Although it takes much longer, our mountain tea grows naturally without irrigation. We also plant biodiversity corridors of proteas in between our tea fields to encourage bees to cross-pollinate. We follow organic practices and do not use herbicides, pesticides or irrigation.

Our cocoa is Rainforest Alliance certified.

Our cocoa in our Gourmet Hot Chocolate Range is Rainforest Alliance Certified creating a better future for people and nature.

Our paper is Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Our paper packaging is printed on FSC certified paper which means that it has been sourced in an environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.

We plant trees.

We are proud partners with Greenpop helping to restore ecosystems through forest restoration and more. In 2010 we partnered with CapeNature to help save the highly endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree (after which the Cederberg was named) from extinction. Through our Red Cedar Project, we planted more than 5000 Cedars back into the Cederberg.

Red HQ, the home of red espresso®, is

Red HQ, situated in Paarl in the Cape Winelands, is home to all our manufacturing, product and drinks innovation, packaging design and marketing. The building was designed to be as energy efficient as possible.

  • 70% of our annual electricity usage is powered by the sun through the use of solar panels installed on our rooves.
  • 22% of our annual water usage is rainwater that we capture in rainwater tanks around our building.
  • Insulated building blocks and double glazing moderate the temperature so we can minimize our use of air conditioning.
  • Large windows allow for natural light where possible.
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