About the Member:
The Tea Room is a zero consumer waste, student-run coffee shop on Queen’s University campus. Since its establishment in 2006, the organization has been founded on three pillars: Environmental Responsibility, Community Education, and Fiscal Sustainability. The cafe specializes in loose-leaf tea, coffee, and espresso while offering a variety of wholesome lunch and snack options.
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Highlighted Sustainability Projects:
Power Down for the Planet educational campaign continued to promote how to live more sustainably at home (ongoing).
Partnership with Queen’s University Experimental Sustainability Team to review and improve business sustainability (ongoing)
All Tea Room products and packaging are biodegradable, and linked to a commercial composting waste flow
Published an internal Compost and Waste Management Report.
Initiated a vermicomposting lab to refine the on-site composting process.
Contracted thinkBIG consulting on sustainable business and published a recommendations report.
The Tea Room formed a partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation's Corporate Carbon Neutral Program
The Tea Room achieved carbon-neutral status with respect to its operations.
Inauguration of the annual Teas for Trees campaign (ongoing)
Official zero consumer waste status reached, all products and packaging were diverted from landfill.