Our Packaging is Going Compostable.
We’re making our packaging fully compostable. Because we can. Because all food businesses will have to eventually.
We’ve all seen the recent dire climate warnings from the UN. And, we’re all aware of how bad the throwaway plastic situation is across the food and drinks industry. With bigger companies dragging their feet, it’s our opinion that it’s up to the new wave of small businesses to lead the way in better eco-packaging.
Right from the start, we wanted to be a business that was doing everything it could to give people great herbal products, whilst putting as little harmful waste out there as we could. That’s why we refuse to use tea bags, because they add up over time to create a lot of extra waste. Even so, we’ve been far from perfect! As a start-up, it’s difficult to know what eco-packaging solutions are out there, and it’s sometimes difficult to access them at low volumes.
We’ve flip flopped between various styles of Kraft pouch since we’ve launched. However, the longer we’ve stuck with them, the less we’ve liked them. Whilst they look the part, most have either a plastic of a foil lining, which drastically reduces their capacity to be useful as part of a sustainability chain.
Our aim has always been totally compostable, not just biodegradable, packaging. So, we kept researching and speaking to new suppliers. We kept looking for better materials, with less plastics, foils and other wasteful coatings involved. Finally, we’ve got there!
Our new packaging – what to do with it.
One we finish making the transition to our new packs in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to compost anything we sell our teas in at home. Or, if you don’t have a compost bin, you can add it to your garden waste.
Here’s a quick rundown of the new packs and how you should treat them:
- FSC certified board from sustainable stocks
- Made from chemical-free, recyclable printing plates
- Vegetable inks, not petroleum
- Printed using wind power
- Storage: In a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
- Disposal: Recycle with paper (preferable) or compost at home
- Made from renewable wood pulp
- Excellent moisture and air barrier
- Composts at home
- Will break down in a few weeks if it ever gets into the sea by mistake
- Storage: In a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, store sealed.
- Disposal: Compost at home (preferable), compost using local schemes or add to garden waste
Composable Packaging Timeline: Lattes – complete for new stores in Ireland plus online in both Ireland & the UK. Working through final stock for events and existing stores. Teas – saving up to buy new packaging for the signature teas range – approx. 6-10 weeks.
We’re proud of a step in the right direction and we’ll do our best to keep improving. We hope these changes allow you to keep enjoying loose leaf tea, whilst putting ever less harmful waste out into the environment.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for our packaging, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.