The Ethical Tea Partnership
All of our tea leaves are sourced through members of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The Ethical Tea Partnership's work on the ground spans Africa and Asia, and their far-reaching programmes have real impact. They work on deep-rooted, long-term change programmes that improve the lives of workers, farmers and their families and communities. They work to improve incomes and also empower women to be more independent, improve health and nutrition in tea communities and help the sector to deal with, and become more resilient to, climate change.
The partnership seeks to tackle the deep-rooted issues that are holding back the sustainability of the tea sector. These include: improving the incomes and well-being of farmers and workers; improving living conditions and nutrition; improving the lives and opportunities for women and young people in tea communities and reducing gender based violence; improving climate change resilience.
Our sustainability commitment
Our kraft pouches are not currently recyclable but, due to their resealable nature and FDA food-grade approval, are reusable and ensure a longer life span compared to other packaging formats. There is therefore no need to decant our tea into alternative containers as items can be stored for any length of time in the pouches so long as they are kept in a cool, dark place.
The pouches also offer a variety of economic and environmental advantages compared to rigid formats of packaging. They are cheaper and less polluting to manufacture, transport and store compared to rigid formats of packaging.
We are looking into recyclable alternatives as we understand what an important issue this is! Many thanks for bearing with us while we work on this. We are aware of a brilliant scheme run by Marks and Spencer where you can drop off your kraft pouches into one of their recycling bins and they will turn them into children's playground equipment! Read more about this here.
We use unbleached, 100% biodegradable, compostable tea bags.
All of our orders are packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes and are filled with recycled, eco-friendly tissue paper.