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Why Tea Packaging Matters (Now More Than Ever)

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 1 month ago 1298 Views No comments

Don't judge a book by its cover, they say...but if that cover is made from 100% recyclable cardboard, isn't the book worth a second look?

Many tea companies these days are focusing on the tea itself—sourcing it, blending it, and describing its taste. But what about packaging it? The packaging of gourmet loose leaf tea is essential to not only the taste, freshness, and presentation of the tea, but also to the Earth which it comes from. The team at Heavenly Tea Leaves has made one of its central missions a strong commitment to changing the way we think about packaging—namely, packaging that is environmentally conscious and helps dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.

It's worth taking a moment to pan out and understand the value of going green. Climate change is an inevitable reality, and human waste has a lot to do with it. Many of the greenhouse gases we produce through dirty farming practices, draining of natural resources like clean water, water and air pollution, and of course, contamination, are the culprits. As the earth becomes steadily hotter with each passing year, the weather becomes more severe, the air becomes less breathable, water levels rise, animals and plants suffer, people are displaced from their homes, and much of the land that used to be arable becomes dry and unusable. The secondary consequences of these primary consequences are immeasurable, and sadly, not always reversible.

In an effort to be kind to the Earth and maintain its "fertility," we believe that every consumer company has a responsibility to do its part in regards to keeping our waste and our planet in mind. We're talking about plastics and other cheap, synthetic materials that often take thousands of years to biodegrade. Heavenly Tea Leaves certainly takes this promise head-on. It's a huge deal, for example, to use products that are biodegradable, naturally wearing down with the Earth over time as opposed to piling up in a mountain of garbage that could very well end up in the sea, forming islands or choking wildlife.

The most obvious benefit for a tea company (or any other item that comes from the Earth) in going green is that our product, in fact, comes from the Earth. So the better we treat it now, the more (better quality and more fairly priced) tea we can continue to reap from the land. But if not? Good tea will become scarce and harder to farm, so we lose, you lose, and so do the hardworking tea farmers around the world who dedicate their lives to sustainably farming this special and beloved plant (not to mention, the number of artisanal tea farmers around the world is already in decline).

Whenever possible, we keep our teas organic and sustainably farmed, but our commitment doesn't stop there. Our multi-purpose, reusable tins, for example, are sturdy and beautiful enough to be upcycled and used for storage of tea as well as various other items in the kitchen or home (sewing kit, perhaps!). The Heavenly Tea Leaves tea sampler boxes are made of biodegradable kraft paper and are printed using soy-based ink.

Most striking is the compostable kraft paper pouches in which many of our loose leaf teas are sold. In addition, we are in the process of switching from foil liner (liner is the protective barrier for the inside of the bag) to a "bioplastic" liner made of corn starch, rendering the making of it "a self-sustainable process." Click here to read more about our specific mission to be an eco-friendly company from the bottom up.

Among the main solutions to the dilemma of global warming, as detailed by scientists, are renewable technology, consuming less, being efficient, sustainable development, and managing agriculture. The leadership at Heavenly Tea Leaves is proud to be making strides toward solving perhaps the greatest challenge of our time. By trying out our products, you can be part of the solution, too.

​Tea and Sustainability: Going Green

By Jasmine Dilmanian (In-House Writer) 1 years ago 4513 Views No comments

Agricultural sustainability has become a bigger issue than ever this year as a number of large corporations are taking steps toward reducing waste and pollution. As sales of loose leaf tea continue to rise, our duty to reduce our carbon footprint in enjoying tea should be at the forefront of our minds. After all, without Mother Earth, there would be no tea to enjoy, and wouldn't that be sad?

The huge recent push to ban plastic straws in the United States has come on the heels of controversial news about vast swaths of plastic junk crowding our oceans and even blocking the nasal passageways of precious marine life like sea turtles. By making tiny sacrifices on behalf of ourselves and our businesses, we can make a huge improvement in the lives of many people and animals around the world. Reducing our carbon footprint by lowering our daily disposable plastic consumption is a major step toward going green, but we can all undoubtedly do more. From kitchen utensils to office supplies to food and beverage, there are unlimited areas to which we can direct our attention and make a difference.

Tea is no exception – instead of being part of the problem, we want to be part of the solution. At Heavenly Tea Leaves, we are striving to make our full line of tea eco-friendly. Supporting organic and sustainable farming practices that help nurture the delicate earth from which our tea grows is just one step. All of our tea samplers are packed in 100% biodegradable kraft paper boxes; we encourage our customers to reuse their tins. Still, we are aware that this is just one of the many steps we can take to improve our carbon footprint. Ultimately, it's the small steps that we take collectively that will really make a difference in saving our planet.

We totally understand that making some of these changes may seem abstract. But there are plenty of tactics, large and small, that you can employ in order to contribute to saving the planet. We have compiled a list of some of the ways in which you can go green in your daily routine:

  1. Skip the disposable water bottle. This one is as straightforward as it seems. Reuse bottles like the S'well and save a ton of plastic. Unless you're in a dire situation, avoid purchasing disposable plastic water bottles! Plastic is one of the most significant problems we face on a daily basis, so making small strides is a huge deal.
  2. Get on your bike. Carpool. Ride public transit. In addition to raising your heart rate, biking is great for the earth, assuming you're doing it instead of driving, which burns dangerous fossil fuels. Carpooling and public transportation can really help in the grand scheme of things, too.
  3. Eat smart and plant-based. Natural and organic foods that come straight from the earth, like nuts, seeds, tea, fruits, and vegetables are your best bet in terms of avoiding chemical processing and supporting sustainable farming methods that treat the Earth well. Reducing your meat intake can have a huge impact as well, as over-farming and carbon pollution from cows have become increasingly problematic.
  4. Keep electronics out of the garbage can. Donate and recycle plastic and chemical-heavy items like old computers and CD players and make sure to dispose properly of hazardous waste, such as batteries.
  5. Think carefully about kitchen tools and grocery items. A metal tea strainer can be reused infinitely, whereas traditional paper tea bags are more wasteful. This also saves space (and money!).
  6. Switch your bulbs. LED lights give you amazing lighting without the electric waste. Plus, you save a ton on power bills.
  7. Support green institutions. Donating to environmental causes or staying at hotels that put sustainability first are great ways to create a strong economy around the cause, which in turn will help gain social and political clout.

It's pretty simple: The only way our planet will survive our current consumption, population growth, and environmental damage is if we acknowledge these problems and gradually make steps to bring change. Each one of us can get closer to becoming more sustainable and conscious of preserving our precious planet. Now is the time when we decide whether we want to sit back and watch, or make a change. And the will to change starts with each and every one of us. Are you in?