Developments in Sustainability at Hoogly Tea
I think it is important that we all ask ourselves this question from time to time. Whether the answer is simply that we remembered a bag for our supermarket shop, or that we have started to cycle to work, what matters, fundamentally, is the process.
We have spent the last year trying out some new methods to improve what, as a company, we can offer our customers in the way of sustainable packaging. In industries such as ours, it is packaging which offers one of the biggest challenges. We have always tried to use sustainable business practices within this area. We have used sustainable packaging for our teabags and gusset bags since we started, both plastic free and fully compostable.
While this is all well and good for our retail packs and refill bags of tea, we were still using non compostable packaging for our sachets! These are an individually wrapped tea bag used mainly by hotel and conference centres, are one of the most crucial and best performing aspects of our business. We have therefore decided to use a new sachet design which we can proudly say is entirely biodegradable and compostable!
We are one of the first Tea Companies in the UK offering this range! This is such a big step in offering our service as entirely plastic free, and we are very proud of this decision. Over the past year, we have been introducing them bit by bit, trialling out our various blends. Now, however, we are pleased to introduce our new envelopes as a fully completed range!
Here is our whole range in the sachets:
A delicious mixture of African and Sri Lankan tea, this is our take on a good ol’ cuppa. Strong and warming with a delicious kick.
A luxurious Black Tea which sits somewhere in that afternoon glow between an Earl grey and a Lady Grey.
Decaffeinated English Breakfast
Our own Decaf Black Tea is great if you want a traditional cup of tea but don’t want it to keep you up.
This is even better if you want to sleep! Packed with various things such as chamomile and lavender, this will relax you in no time!
Rhubarb and Vanilla
Our take on the traditional sweet shop delicacy. A wonderfully tart green tea!
Lemon and Ginger
Lemongrass is the secret behind our take on the lemon and ginger herbal infusion!
A strong and fruity berry flavour mixes perfectly with the subtle sweetness from the dandelion root to create a well balanced tea
Chill Out Mint
An elegant mint tea. Perfect to finish a meal with!
It is important to note that we also transport our envelopes in eco-friendly packaging, so rest assured you won’t be caught out there!
As well as introducing new envelopes, we have also shifted to a fully electric delivery service for our local Brighton-based deliveries, and have introduced a scheme which means that all of our staff now commute to work either via bike, foot, or electric vehicle. We want to keep that wonderful sea air as fresh and emissions free as we can!
Written by Euan Reid