None of our products contain anything artificial and they never will. We believe that all the small things we do add up to make a big difference. We are always looking for ways to be more natural and reduce our impact on the environment. It influences every single decision we make.
Clipper is fiercely committed to being organic and anything new we make will be organic certified. Guided by our organic principles, we are committed to being GM-free and will only use ingredients from non-GM sources. We actively discourage the use of chemicals such as pesticides amongst our growers, which we believe gives us better tea that’s better for the environment.
We belive simple is better and that’s true for our tea and our packaging, too. We never used chemically bleached teabags because who cares if a teabag isn’t white? After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Clipper switched to a plant-based, fully bio-degradeable bio-material over a year ago. As a result we have prevented tonnes of plastic from entering the waste stream. We’re working on a number of green packaging options, including reducing our packaging weight and improving our recyclability.
We know that it can be confusing to know what to do with your waste these days. So to make things really simple, we’ve put together a handy table which tells you exactly how each item of our packaging should be recycled or disposed of.
Completely free of polypropylene. Sealed with PLA a bio-material from non-GM plant material
Unbleached of course!
Bag- paper & wood cellulose based binder
String- 100% organic certified cotton
Proud to be plastic free & unbleached of course!
Paper with a heat seal coating
Paperboard & Ink
If all goes to plan, we will switch to a fully biodegradable wrap which will be in the shops as soon as possible
Our teabags are sealed with a plant-based bio-material which won’t contaminate your compost heap with a petro-chemical residue, but latest advice is that UK composts might not get warm enough to fully breakdown the teabags. We can only recommend that you put our teabags in the food waste bin.
While the paperboard in our boxes & tags is biodegradable, this could take a long time. So we believe recycling is best for these items.
We always want to be pioneers in what we do and strive to make our products better every day.
If all goes to plan, our teabags will be come in a home compostable, fully biodegradable wrap and will be in the shops by next February.
At Clipper, we’ve always set out to do the right thing for both people & planet and honesty is really important to us. In 2018 we were the world’s first tea company to switch our pillow tea bags to unbleached, non-GM and plastic-free. Hoorah! However, there are now clearer recommendations for how we talk about bio materials and we feel we need to be clearer about what we mean when we say ‘plastic-free’.
When we say plastic-free teabags, we mean our tea bags are free from polypropylene otherwise known as petro or oil based or fossil fuel based plastic.
Clipper teabags are sealed with a non-GM bio-material made from plant cellulose, known as PLA, also known as bio-plastic. PLA is made from bio material, is fully biodegradable, much more environmentally friendly and nothing like the damaging oil-based plastics that people are rightfully concerned about.
The bio-material we use is considered plastic-free according to the definition by environmental group A Plastic Planet. We want to be really clear about the difference between the two materials.
When we say plastic-free teabags, we mean our tea bags are free from polypropylene otherwise known as petro-based or fossil fuel based plastic.
Adding anything artificial to our products is a big no no, that’s why we never bleach our tea bags.
Clipper teabags are sealed with a non-GM bio-material made from plant cellulose, known as PLA, also known as bio-plastic.
All Clipper teas are blended and packed in the UK, limiting the food-miles on your daily cuppa. But that’s just the start…
Over the last decade we’ve offset over 31,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of 347,017 car trips from London to Paris!
Also, our Beaminster tea factory is carbon neutral and 98% of factory waste is recycled. Even our waste tea is used to generate green energy.