sustainability & environment

We’ve always tried to do the right thing, from having plant-based tea temples, giving back to tea growing communities through our ethical scheme and striving to make teapigs HQ a great place to work.  

As a business, we have a responsibility to use our platform and product as a source of good, which is why we were so passionate about becoming a certified B Corporation.

Read on to discover more about our packaging and green credentials…

b corporation

We’re incredibly proud to be a certified B Corp; joining a wonderful global community committed to using business as a force for good.

B Corp is about purpose, and the overall positive impact of a company. Rather than focusing on a product, B Corp analyse a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community, and environment.

To become B Corp certified, companies are assessed and audited (…and then audited some more), and have to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 

If you’re keen to find out more or feel it's time to get your own workplace certified, head on over to the B Corp website.  

certified plastic free

We were the first tea company awarded the Plastic-Free trustmark from A Plastic Planet. This certifies packaging which is free of conventional plastic derived from fossil fuels. Our 15s and 50s packs of tea temples, our tins of tea and matcha tins are certified plastic-free. You can read more about this here.

our packaging

tea temple

Made from corn starch and paper. Breaks down in industrial composting within 12 weeks, so best to pop in with council food waste collection.

inner bag

Looks like plastic, but made from wood pulp, genius! Suitable for home compost and council food waste.

outer pack

FSC certified paper board and printed with vegetable ink. Recyclable.

stuff we're working on

Our loose tea pouches and sample envelopes are made from recyclable materials (paper and polyethylene) but as this is a compound, the materials need to be separated for them to be recycled, which is currently not available with most councils. We’ve been working hard on changing the packaging, and you can see our new loose packaging is starting to filter out now. 

If you're unsure of what your local council can recycle then find out more here.

Our matcha sachets are also currently made from a composite materials which we’re looking to change. If you’re a regular matcha drinker, why not check out our range of recyclable matcha tins?

Questions? Checkout our packaging FAQ here.

Packaging FAQ

rainforest alliance

Our everyday brew blend has Rainforest Alliance certification. Here is a little more about the work and objectives of the Rainforest Alliance and a nice little video which sums up the work they do.  We’re working with the RA to get our black tea estates certified so you can see the little green frog on loads more of our packs!

ethical tea partnership

teapigs are members of The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP); a not for profit organisation working to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced. 

Sustainable Restaurant Association

sustainable restaurant association

We’re an approved supplier of the Sustainable Restaurant Association which helps guide restaurants in all areas of sustainability – from the way they source their products, to the way they impact society, staff and the environment.