The Tea Room

Member Since: 2016

Baseline Year: 2015

Baseline GHG Emissions: 8.48 tonnes CO2-equivalent


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.

  • Click here for the Tea Room's full Sustainability Case Study!

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.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: