Sustainability & Plastic-Free Tea
Sustainability : Taking Care of Our Planet
Since the very beginning, sustainability has always been at the heart of everything we do here at eteaket.. The wonders of tea are made possible by the natural world, and we want to protect it. From the packaging we use, to the business practices we employ, we are constantly streamlining and staying at the forefront of any innovation made available to us.
We are incredibly proud of our plastic-free packaging within our loose leaf tea caddys, refills, sachets and teabags!
Firstly – our loose leaf tea caddys:
These cardboard tubes have an aluminium top and are fully recyclable. Our loose leaf tea is packaged inside them with a material called NatureFlex. NatureFlex is a biodegradable material created from wood-pulp and this is heat sealed to secure the tea inside.
Our refills and sachets:
We love our tea tubes and our refills mean we can re-use them. Our 10g sachets also allow you to purchase small amounts of different teas in order to find a new favourite! All refills & sachets are also all 100% plastic-free. The same NatureFlex biodegradable packaging is used for the tea and the labels attached are also biodegradable (created with 100% plastic-free plant material).
Our Teabag Cartons:
We have always had plastic free, fully biodegradable pyramid tea bags. They are made from Soilon which is made from cornstarch (it is composed of biomass material derived from plants). The teabags are also not bleached and ultrasound is used to attach the string and the tag. The tag is paper (it is not laminated) and the string is made from string. Our teabags are also compostable but not categorised as ‘home compostable’ as it takes more than 30 days for the decomposition to happen. The teabag boxes are made from cardboard and are also completely recyclable.
Yet, we also encourage everyone to swap to loose leaf. Not only is it more cost effective, it is better for the environment.
A little more about NatureFlex…
According to them, “These bio-films are based strongly on renewable resources (wood-pulp from managed plantations) and are certified to the European (EN13432) and American (ASTM D6400) norms for Industrially compostable packaging. In addition, the majority of grades have been certified by Vinçotte to the OK Compost Home standard for home composting and certain grades have been proven to biodegrade in a waste-water environment. Further testing has proven that most NatureFlex™ grades are also suitable for anaerobic digestion”.
Our Tea Room & Our Concept Store
Sustainability is equally important to us in both our Tea Room, & our Concept Store. We have been working hard on making our Edinburgh Tea Room and Concept Store as environmentally friendly as possible and we are constantly reviewing all of our practices. We want to ensure that we are always at the forefront for innovation & sustainability. Our Tea Room (with the help of Changeworks) has a robust method for recycling. Our team make sure to separate all food waste as well as recyclable materials.
We also encourage patrons to bring their own cup if they are taking away a tea. We offer a 25p discount if you bring your own cup and we sell Keep Cups, and other re-usable cups in both our Tea Room and Concept Store. One of our favourites is the HUSKI cup – made from rice husks! Our Concept Store also recycles everything possible and continues to spread the positive benefits of switching to whole leaf tea. Drink sustainably with our 100% plastic-free, biodegradable packaging alongside either a reusable infuser mug or 100% plastic-free self-fill teabags. We love the planet, and you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure eteaket operates in the most sustainable, responsible way. Happy Brewing!