An incredible 165 million cups of tea are consumed by the British public per day – despite being the UK’s favourite drink, the by-product of a cup of tea usually ends up on a landfill. Therefore it is important that each household disposes its tea bags responsibly.
The good news Birchall has always taken their responsibilities for the environment very seriously and is committed to continually reducing the impact of the company’s trading activities upon it. This means that consumers can enjoy tea in a more responsible way.
This week, Birchall launched its new Afternoon Tea Collection, available as part of its 100% biodegradable tea bag range. A great solution if you’re unable to visit your favourite afternoon tea spot this weekend. Enjoy afternoon tea at home with the new trio of Birchall Afternoon Tea favourites.
• 1x pack of Birchall Virunga Afternoon Tea – 15 Prism Tea Bags
An elegant, bright, light and refreshing single origin tea grown in Rwanda, close to the Virunga National Park.
• 1x pack of Birchall Virunga Earl Grey – 15 Prism Tea Bags
A quintessentially British tea flavoured with oil from the rind of bergamot orange, a citrus fruit. Similar to Birchall’s Virunga tea, it is sourced from the finest tea gardens in Rwanda, found close to the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga National Park.
• 1x pack of Birchall Darjeeling – 15 Prism Tea Bags
An exquisitely delicate orthodox tea that showcases the distinctive muscatel character of one of the world’s most famous teas. Golden in colour it’s infusion releases the pronounced, rich flavour and floral aroma with muscat grape notes. Cultivated high up in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range
Birchall will donate 10p from the proceeds of each collection sold to help save Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and protect its mountain gorillas and other wildlife.
Birchall prides itself in being an ethical tea producer. Its tea and tea bag range are plant-based and therefore biodegradable, and have been for many years. It is currently working on making sure its packaging, which is fully recyclable, is 100% plant-based too. Birchall is also particular about the non-tea part of its herbal blends, only ever using natural herbs – nothing artificial.
The Afternoon Tea Collection uses Birchall’s award-winning Prism™ tea bags – made from a biodegradable corn starch called “SoilOn”, which originates from plants. This means that they will break down under certain environmental conditions, through a process which takes between 2-4 years in soil or water. So, be sure to dispose of your Birchall Prism™ tea bags via your food waste bin or compost heap. It’s also useful to note, Birchall tea bags degrade much more rapidly (within 12 weeks) when disposed of through an industrial food waste system, and the company strongly recommends that you find out from your local council if it offers a food waste recycling collection service in your area.
As with all Birchall products, these are 100% Carbon Neutral too!
Beyond the bag
A core part of life at Birchall is a long-term commitment to ensure that all of its teas are sustainably sourced in a manner which respects both the environment and our tea producers. For this reason, the company is a long standing member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, an independent body who makes sure tea producers meet social and environmental standards. Addressing issues that tea workers face in their community, such as poor nutrition and exploitation.
For 14 years Birchall has offered Fairtrade Teas and for 11 years it has offered teas from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Today, the majority of its black teas have the Rainforest Alliance’s famous green frog seal.
Climate Neutral Now
Birchall is officially the first tea company in the world to officially join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Initiative, which invites organisations to work towards global climate neutrality by addressing their own climate footprint.
By supporting verified volunteer reforestation projects, Birchall has also become the world’s first tea company to achieve the Carbon Neutral International Standard. This is obtained by measuring and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions.
This means that all of Birchall’s products – including its award-winning Great Rift Breakfast Tea – are now completely Carbon Neutral!
The UK’s first solar-powered tea factory
Birchall has significantly reduced excess and single use plastic from its supply chain and it recently unveiled the Birchall Tea Factory – the UK’s first solar-powered tea production facility. Located in Amesbury, Wiltshire, the factory is complete with a roof-top solar installation featuring more than 460 solar panels.