sustainability & environment

We try to do the decent thing; tea is a natural product and that means it shouldn't be adulterated by anything nasty (including attitudes). We source our teas from top quality, well-run estates. Due to quality and sourcing reasons, not all of our teas are organic but they are always 100% natural and tested against pesticides. Our green credentials in a nutshell…

our packaging

tea temple

Made from corn starch and paper. Breaks down in industrial composting within 12 weeks, so best to pop in your commercial compost collection.

inner bag

Looks like plastic, but made from wood pulp, genius! Suitable for home compost and commercial compost collection..

outer pack

FSC certified paper board and printed with vegetable ink. Recyclable.

stuff we're working on

Our loose tea pouches and sample envelopes are made from recyclable materials (paper and polyethylene) but as this is a compound, the materials need to be separated for them to be recycled, which is currently not available with most councils. We’re working hard on changing the packaging, and you should see this start to filter out later this year – watch this space!

Our matcha sachets are also currently made from a composite materials which we’re looking to change. If you’re a regular matcha drinker, why not check out our range of recyclable matcha tins?

Questions? Checkout our packaing FAQ here.

packaging faq

rainforest alliance

Our everyday brew blend has Rainforest Alliance certification. Here is a little more about the work and objectives of the Rainforest Alliance and a nice little video which sums up the work they do.  We’re working with the RA to get our black tea estates certified so you can see the little green frog on loads more of our packs!

ethical tea partnership

teapigs are members of The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP); a not for profit organisation working to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced. 

sustainable restaurant association

We’re an approved supplier of the Sustainable Restaurant Association which helps guide restaurants in all areas of sustainability – from the way they source their products, to the way they impact society, staff and the environment.