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28. December 2017

Packaging – As little as possible

Packaging should protect the product in the best possible way. But we do not want to use more material than is absolutely necessary to do this; and most preferably what we do use should be able to be easily recycled.
Tea boxes with FSC seal and mineral oil-free inks

The packaging for our boxes of tea has been made from virgin fibre since 2006 and is completely recyclable. They have been sporting the FSC seal since 2011. We consciously opted for wooden virgin fibre. Consequently, our products should be kept from traces of mineral oil as much as possible. The current situation is that recycled paper in Germany is heavily loaded with mineral oil due to printing practices. We need to break this cycle. That is why we also opted for vegetable oil-based inks – 100% mineral oil-free. At the same time, this is also an important contribution to the protection of finite resources.

Cellulose instead of plastic

The “plastic” which envelopes every single one of our tea boxes has been cellulose-based since 2012. Within a few weeks, the film – which has been produced in a CO2-neutral way – decomposes into its natural components in the household compost. The large composting plants are lagging behind us in this regard. Unfortunately, they do not recognize compostable film as such, and this is therefore sorted out as conventional film. In spite of this, we want to refrain from using plastic produced from finite resources. Someone has to make a start.

Tea bags from Manila hemp

Our tea bags made from Manila hemp are compostable anywhere. The solitary metal staple on the paper tag does not harm the compost. We have had this checked by external experts. We are, however, working on completely doing away with metal staples.

Halve the amount of packaging material

Regarding the pallets on which we ship our goods, we refrain from using single-use and plastic pallets. Instead, Euro pallets made from wood are used which are systematically reused. Loaded pallets must be wrapped with stretch film for secure transportation. In 2011, we were able to halve the amount of packaging material that we require for this by changing from blown film to cast film. The two films differ in the way they are produced: cast film is poured, while blown film is blown up like bubble gum from a liquid state. 

Recycling in a local paper factory

Our film is not only thinner than its predecessor, it can now also be stretched much further and is thus more economic in terms of consumption. Despite these savings, we are looking around for compostable alternatives. We use the large covering boxes to cover our finished goods several times if possible to minimize carton waste. And if there is anything left at the end, this is recycled in a local paper factory.

To others this may sound excessive, but to us it is self-evident: good products deserve good packaging.

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