1st June 2018
Heath & Heather organic teabags are made from soft woods, hard woods and long fibre e.g. Abaca – also called Manila hemp. Our teabags use a non-heatseal paper as they are simply folded and sewn with string. This means they do not contain any polypropylene, which is required for more traditional ‘heat sealing’ processes employed by many other tea companies.
Historically, our organic teabags were considered recyclable because the materials adhered to requirements of the ‘Sturm Test’ however, this test has recently been replaced with a new European Standard, EN 13432, and our current teabag material no longer meets these updated limits. This unfortunately means our current product range can no longer be considered recyclable or compostable.
We are actively trialling innovative new materials which will be recyclable and compostable and hope to roll this out as soon as possible this year.
All our organic teabags are comprised of a blend of unbleached long fibre and TCF (total chlorine free) wood pulps. The TCF processes, employed by the wood pulp suppliers, do not use chlorine in any form on the cellulosic fibres.
We do our utmost to provide our customers with products that are health conscious as well as great tasting and we would never employ any processes that we believe to be harmful to our customers.
Our organic teabag envelopes are made from paper with a thin polymer layer to stop moisture compromising the quality of the product, and to maintain fragrance and flavour of the ingredients.
Unfortunately our organic teabag envelopes are currently not compostable. We are actively trailing new recyclable materials which we hope to roll out as soon as possible this year.
However, we do recommend that you open the bag and compost the tea contents, then appropriately discard the bag.
Yes, our cardboard packaging is fully recyclable.
Unfortunately we do not currently use 100% recycled cardboard but we are consistently looking for ways to improve our products in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint and this includes the aim of sourcing recycled board for our cartons.