As little as possible
Our raw materials are not the only things subject to strict requirements. We also place the highest standards on our packaging. While it must optimally protect our products, we don’t want to use more than is absolutely necessary. And what we do use should be as environmentally friendly as possible.
For example, our tea boxes are made of thin cardboard which is made from virgin wood fibre and is completely recyclable. They have been sporting the FSC seal since 2011. We also opted for plant-based inks – 100% mineral oil-free. At the same time, this is an important contribution to the protection of finite resources.
The “plastic” wrapper on all of our boxes of tea is made of a cellulose-based material. The film is produced in a CO2-neutral way and provides optimal product protection. Within a few weeks, it decomposes into its natural components in the household compost. The teabags themselves are made of banana fibre and the threads are made of organic cotton. A few of our products are packaged in tins. Tinplate is a material that can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of quality.
We are continuously working on optimizing the packaging of our products. In the case of spice and herb bags, for example, we have decided to dispense with the resealable clip in the future. In the course of this, we have also adapted the film. Measured by 2020, this changeover will mean a total of around 10 tons less packaging material. This corresponds to around 31 metric tons of CO2 equivalents that will not be released into the atmosphere as a result.
But there is more to it than that: we are working towards ensuring that all our packaging does not constitute waste, but becomes part of a closed cycle as a reusable resource.