Let’s be frank about.. tea bags

As some of you might know, our tea journey started with loose tea. Loose tea from the plantation into your letterbox. We started getting requests from companies that wanted to serve more awesome tea at the office too, so we did.

Used to drinking tea in bags, office kitchens quickly became messy and office workers started complaining. “I don’t have time to scoop loose tea into a filter, before running to my next meeting”. While technically, it takes just as long to unwrap a tea bag from its packaging, as it does preparing loose tea, it’s all perception, and who are we to judge…

We’re on a mission to change the tea game. In our version of the game, this means buying directly from tea producers, producing & packing at origin instead of importing bulk, and investing in farmer training programs. Tea bags are only a tiny part of the equation, and if serving our tea in bags means we get y’all drinking more tea, and creating more impact, it’s our duty to do so.

In 2018, we started introducing Frank about tea in compostable tea bags that were hand filled in the Netherlands. Can you imagine… it was crazy work. So in early 2019, we finally found the right partner to produce tea bags for us, right at the tea source, in Sri Lanka.

This meant two things:
We could now shift the entire production process to the tea producing country, creating more value locally
– The tea was now produced and packed carbon neutral using solar energy. Awesome!

Next up dilemma, what tea bag material to use?
We certainly knew we did not want to use nylon pyramid bags. However since we only source higher quality, orthodox tea; the leaves are much bigger and need space to expand in the tea bag, for the full flavour to be released. Stuffing the tea into the standard low quality bags was not an option (would’ve certainly been better for our margins though..) 

In the end, we opted for a biodegradable version of a square sized pyramid bag, on the basis of corn fibre. 
It felt like a good step in the right direction, but we know it’s not the perfect solution. 

Due to the scientific process involved turning corn fibre into a bag material, the final product technically belongs in the bioplastic category. We, therefore, cannot claim that our tea bags are 100% plastic-free. In fact, the same goes for any of the plant-based, biodegradable packaging out there (think plant-based cutlery, to-go cups or chocolate wrapping).

Sorry to break it to you, even though it’s compostable, it’s still packaging..

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