Our Sustainability

Naturally a Better Cup

Our Sustainability

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.

Our Commitment to Organic

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.

Why Make the Switch to Organic?

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Decaffeination... the Organic Way

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Our Commitment to Organic

here at Clipper we’re committed to being organic & anything new we make will be organic certified

Packaging fit for our tea

simple is better

We Believe Simple is Better

That’s true for our tea and it’s true for 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.

Packaging pioneers

We’re Packaging Pioneers

Now we’ve developed an unbleached, plastic-free, non-GM tea bag, there’s no stopping us! We’re working on a number of green packaging options, including reducing our packaging weight and improving our recyclability.


Our Handy Packaging Guide

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.

pillow tea bag
Pillow tea bags

Made from:

A blend of abaca (a species of banana), plant cellulose fibres and PLA- a bio-polymer derived from non-GM plant material.

Proud to be plastic free & unbleached of course!

Biodegradable
Put in food bin
string and tea bag
String & tag tea bags

Made from:

Bag- paper & wood cellulose based binder

String- 100% organic certified cotton

Tag- Paper

Proud to be plastic free & unbleached of course!

Recyclable
Biodegradable
Envelopes
Envelopes

Made from:

Paper with a heat seal coating

Recyclable
Put in recycling bin
pack cartons
Pack cartons

Made from:

Paperboard & Ink

Recyclable
Biodegradable
Put in recycling bin
tins of tea
Tins of tea

Made from:

Tinplate

Recyclable
Put in recycling bin
Reusable
foil inner bag
Foil inner bag

Made from:

Laminated foil

Put in waste bin
good to know

Good to Know

We’ve worked really hard to make sure that all of our tea bags are compostable! However, this may take longer than expected in your home compost. While it’s certainly wet enough in the UK for composting, it’s rarely warm enough. We recommend that you pop the tea bag in your home food waste container.

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 are working hard to find an alternative, more sustainable material and you will be the first to know if we crack it!

what's next

What’s Next?

We always want to be pioneers in what we do and strive to make our products better every day. Currently the only way to make sure that you receive the perfect cup of tea is to foil wrap our pillow bags for freshness. Unfortunately, the current recycling systems in the UK are not set up to process these types of materials. We are working hard to find an alternative more sustainable material and you will be the first to know if we crack it!


Plastic-Free Tea Bags

Plastic free tea bags

In 2018 we were the world’s first tea company to switch our pillow tea bags to unbleached, non-GM and plastic-free. Hoorah! Our special tea bags are made from a blend of abaca, (a type of banana), plant cellulose fibres and PLA sourced from non-GM plant material. We couldn’t make this switch before because the alternative was a PLA which usually comes from corn which we couldn’t guarantee to be non-GM. If it’s GM, we’re not interested so it took some time to find an alternative.

Our sustainability plastic free tick

Plastic-Free

Our new tea bag paper is made from natural plant based materials.

Our sustainability plastic free tick

non-GM

We would never use GM products, which is why we use a bio-polymer guaranteed to be from a non-GM crop, to seal our paper together.

Our sustainability plastic free tick

Unbleached

Adding anything artificial to our products is a big no no, that’s why we never bleach our tea bags.

Find out more about how we created the world’s first plastic-free and non-GM pillow tea bags.


Cutting our Carbon Footprint

All Clipper teas are blended and packed in the UK, limiting the food-miles on your daily cuppa. But that’s just the start…

we've saved 347017 car trips

Offsetting Emissions

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!

98% of factory waste recycled

Carbon Neutral Cuppas

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.

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