1st June 2018

What is in our Packaging?

FAQs
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Heath & Heather’s packaging design is inspired by wild English hedgerows, helping to communicate the brand’s close-to-nature philosophies. The ‘garden stake’ label that sits at the front of the hedgerow illustration harks back to Heath & Heather’s beginnings when Samuel & James Ryder first founded the company, selling seeds in penny packets.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Teabags

What are your organic teabags made from?

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.

Are your organic teabags compostable or recyclable?

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.

Do you use bleached filter paper?

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.

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Envelopes

What are the envelopes made of?

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.

Are your tea envelopes recyclable or compostable?

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.

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Tea Cartons

Is the tea box/carton recyclable?

Yes, our cardboard packaging is fully recyclable.

Is the tea box/carton made from recycled board?

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.

 

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