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Our current impact on the planet

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Planet organic

We’re passionate about organic farming and have only ever traded 100% organic teas and herbal infusions. Why are we so passionate about it? Because organic farming is the only way to ensure that our planet is properly looked after through agriculture for the present and the future. Our ingredients have never even had a whiff of chemicals (fertilisers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides) and that keeps the ecosystems around the teas, herbs and spices as natural and happy as possible.

Strictly no GMO

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have had their DNA modified by humans through a process of genetic engineering. The dangers and risks of mass GMO farming to the planet is well documented and many countries have banned or restricted their use as a result. With no standardised regulations on the labelling of GMOs in packaging and ingredients means that it’s often difficult or impossible to know where they hide. We guarantee that none of our ingredients or packaging contain any GMOs.

The waste debate

For any business, packaging, waste and compostability vs costs and resources means decisions, and these decisions aren’t always easy to make. Our pyramid bags, strings and tags are recyclable, our boxes are made from FSC recyclable board but not compostable inks, and our inner plastic bags and our foil bags for foodservice are not recyclable. See below for how we’re working towards making our packaging fully compostable by 2021.

Our pledge from 2021 and beyond

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2021 will see us switching to fully compostable inner packaging in our retail products by using Natureflex, a very clever plant based alternative to plastic. We don’t believe in wasting any materials so we have some stock to use up but we’ll keep you updated as to when you can see this on a shelf near you.

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FSC and veg inks

We already use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council Certification) cardboard for most of our packaging and we’re working towards this being 100%. We will also start to use vegetable inks across all our retail packaging. This will mean that our retail outer packaging will be fully compostable.

Bags, tags and string

We have been working closely with top global pyramid bag material manufacturers for a biodegradable version and have begun implementing the new material as of March 2021. Our pyramid bags, string and tag will be made from sugar cane, cotton and paper making them all biodegradable and suitable for your food waste bin at home. Again, we don’t believe in wasting any materials so we have some stock to use up but we expect you’ll start to see this come through at the end of summer.

Can you compost tea bags?

The con-postable debate continues and after months of research, we give you the facts on tea bag packaging.

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Our range of award winning organic teas

The best whole leaf teas and herbal infusions meet good-to-go pyramid tea bags, tastebud brilliant flavour and proper London passion.

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