Earth-friendly tea company

We all need to do what we can to limit our environmental impact

This is why at Alcimie Thé we keep our packaging to a minimum and always use materials as eco-friendly as possible. From the paper on which we print your Thank You cards to the materials used to wrap your orders through our tea packaging.  
Handmade -  Recycled - Biodegradable #PlasticFreeUK 

herbal tea box with compostable tea bags
 
When possible we reuse cardboard boxes to post out orders. Reusing, even recyclable materials, for as long as possible is always better as it reduces the environmental impact. 
Indeed, for the same energy/resources spent to produce one product, using it for longer reduces its initial environmental cost.  

 

Plus, even recycling can pollute by producing leftovers (smoke, ‘bin juice’) and it also in most cases requires a lot of energy (too often from coal and nuclear).  

 

relaxing herbal blend, relieve stress and sleep well

 

Unfortunately, it has been difficult to find a tea packaging that was recyclable or better compostable. Really difficult. There is not much available out there for small businesses and when you think you found something biodegradable you then learn that actually bio-degradable doesn't necessarily mean good for the environment as some plastics are bio-degradable when a bio-organism is added.

But the materials don't completely disappear or get transformed into natural components that the earth can process, instead it stays in the ground in the form of tiny particles we cannot see. 

Our biggest tea packaging are made from 40% recycled paper (25% post-consumer) and lined with a compostable film. Just remove the tin tie prior to composting.

Our other tea blend packaging are made from recycled paper but that's about it for their eco-friendly aspect. We are still striving to find a better, more environmentally friendly alternative.

You may see something that looks like plastic but is nothing like that nasty petroleum stuff. 

Made from corn starch it is fully biodegradable and compostable. 

eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging, handmade cotton tea bags, plastic free

 

Our self-fill tea bags are made from unbleached wood pulp. Biodegradable and totally chlorine-free.

compstable tea bag filled with hibiscus and rose petals, dark red infusion in glass cup on wooden background 
 

Did you know? Conventional bleaching using chlorine cause persistent environmental damage and is highly toxic.  

Our 100% cotton tea bags are washable, reusable (remember what I said above about reusing?) and healthier than normal paper tea bags. 

Handmade by women from rural Assam, where we also source our tea from a local cooperative. 

handmade cotton tea bags, unbleached, natural self-fill tea bags, organic cotton, reusable tea bags, tea strainer

 

Any question - drop us an email info@alchimiethe.co.uk

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