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Sustainability hero



Make the world
a brighter place,
one sip of tea at a time

Every sip of Lipton is an opportunity to make the world a brighter place. As the world’s biggest tea brand, we’re leading the way in sustainable tea sourcing. This way, we create opportunities to positively impact communities and the environment.



In 2007, the Lipton Kericho estate was the world's first tea plantation to become Rainforest Alliance Certified™. This means it uses sustainable business practices and pays its workers fairly. Since 2016, all of our Lipton leaf tea is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ tea gardens.

With their help Lipton is making its tea production more sustainable and rainforest friendly. We take pride in maintaining biodiversity in and around our tea estates while raising the living standards of the people working there.

For our ready to drink iced tea we are aiming for certification of our green teas in 2020.

What does the

Rainforest alliance do?

The Rainforest Alliance helps farmers grow their crops in a more sustainable way, increasing the quality and quantity of their yield, as well as their income. Through a combination of environmental protection, social justice and investment, it also trains farmers and their families while protecting their rights and wages.


We’re making progress in

Pesticides reduction

The negative impact of pesticides on both environmental and human health is an ongoing problem.

Lipton is dedicated to working with governments and regulatory agencies to reduce and, where possible, stop the use of pesticides altogether on our tea leaves – especially those classified as Class III by the World Health Organization.

We also work closely with our tea farmers, traders and producers to reduce or eliminate their use of pesticides on our tea leaves. Using the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code, we set specific goals with real deadlines that they’re required meet to continue working with us.

Less water, more tea.

Sustainable tea production needs responsible water management. That’s why we're currently working on a number of programs to reduce our water use. With the right support, we can boost yields and adapt to climate change in a water-efficient way.

We have implemented over 4,000 water management plans through our sustainable sourcing programme. Some  positive innovations at our tea estates include:

• The introduction of drip irrigation, preventing wastage by delivering water straight to plant roots
• Introduction of high-quality crop varieties
• Better soil and nutrient management, enhancing soil structure so it can hold more water




On our Kericho tea estate, over 96% of our electricity is renewable (we’ve even built our own hydroelectric power stations to help with this).




Lipton has planted over 1.3 million trees since 2000. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to encourage biodiversity in our tea fields in Kericho, Kenya.

We also grow eucalyptus trees on less fertile land so we can use their blue gum to power the boilers that dry  our tea (many other producers use diesel to do this).




Biodiversity is a key ingredient for life. That’s why we make it our mission to promote local wildlife, like supporting the endangered Colobus Monkey sanctuary in Kenya.

At one factory in Kenya, we’ve encouraged a boom in biodiversity. By improving waste water treatment, we’ve seen an abundance of aquatic life in the created woodland!

In our Lipton tea estates we have also observed 174 bird species, which is more than the Mau forest.


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