Our Sustainability Mission

Our mission is to create a self sustaining tea plantation with a balanced ecosystem that regenerates its resources and a happy, healthy, economically strong community that calls Chota Tingrai their home. To achieve this goal we have been working with our sustainability partner, Mana Organics, who develops and implements our sustainability projects. 

Socio-economic Sustainability

Chota Tingrai has a total resident population of 2200. We run two primary schools, a hospital, host several health camps and provide housing and other amenities to our workers and staff. We encourage a healthy, engaged and happy community. Our worker unions are very strong, and closely involved in making all our labor related management policies. We ensure fair and equal opportunity to all and continue to improve our social welfare systems to create a progressive, self sustaining, strong community. 

Some of our recent projects are described below. For more details and updates on our projects please follow our blog. 

 

Introduction of Waste Disposal System at Chota Tingrai Tea Estate.

 

We have successfully implemented a waste disposal system for our community, where all waste is segregated into compost and recycle bins. The estate management is responsible for regular pick up and maintenance of the waste disposal infrastructure. We use the compost waste to produce additional compost for our field requirements, or re-distribute this compost to local growers who are connected with us for organic cultivation of tea. 

Moving forward, we are looking to create biogas from the collected bio-waste to generate cooking fuel for the housing community instead of relying on wood, which has been the source of fuel for the whole industry for the last 100 years. 

 

Re-construction of drainage systems for health and sanitation.

 

Due to heavy, unpredictable rainfalls in this region in the last few years, the communities have been facing tremendous hardship dealing with water logging. We are in the process of re-constructing our entire drainage system for the worker housing communities to better capture rain water to avoid water logging during the high monsoon seasons.  Improving the overall drainage system reduces the chances of spread of water borne disease and physical damage to homes. This system also helps capture rain water and help re-generate the natural reservoirs. 

 

Environmental Sustainability

We believe in a closed loop system to maintain our natural resource balance. We have converted 100 hectares to certified organic and we produce all our organic inputs from within our plantation. All our agricultural waste is re-used, and we aim to be a carbon neutral estate moving forward. 

 

Our organic sections are free of any chemical use and we have reduced soil and water pollution from our gardens considerably. We encourage biodiversity of the ecosystem that helps maintain the natural balance.Our pest management is integrated, with several physical traps, natural predators and bio-controls that help eliminate pests without disturbing the natural biodiversity.

 

We grow several fuel wood trees for re-generation of timber that is used as fuel by our housing community. Green manuring plants to increase soil fertility, and produce vermi-compost in a large scale to increase our natural carbon content and microbial activity in the soil.

 

Moving forward, we wish to expand our projects to include water harvesting and renewable energy to power our factories. We are actively look for partners to help us achieve these goals.