Our Tea Packaging
At Two Leaves and a Bud, we are keenly aware that tea lovers are concerned about the environment because we share those concerns! We strive to make our tea and packaging environmentally friendly, despite added costs.
Two Leaves and a Bud Whole Leaf Tea Sachets
To minimize waste, our teas are packed in a sachet that is certified compostable. The material is made from plants, not petroleum. It will biodegrade into water and CO2 after about one month in a compost-rich with microorganisms at a temperature of 122°F (50°C) and 80 percent humidity. (So home composts likely will not provide the needed environment for the decomposition of these sachets.) This material is safe and non-toxic and doesn’t melt in hot water.
Packaged for freshness
The best way to keep the tea fresh and flavorful is to individually package our sachets. Half of our teas are wrapped in envelopes that are certified compostable, the other half use a material designed to decompose. Why two different materials? Our teas are packed in two different locations based on where they are sourced in order to reduce transport miles and time from garden to packaging (to keep our tea super fresh). Also, our packing facilities use different materials for the clear envelopes based on their equipment and resources. You can identify which teas are packed with which material very easily: Flip over your box of tea. If the tea was packed in Germany, it’s Natureflex. If packed in China, it’s Reverte.
more about our sachet envelope materials
The envelopes made with Natureflex are certified compostable. The renewable raw material used to make these envelopes is non-GMO wood pulp typically sourced from hardwood like eucalyptus from plantations. (The plantations are certified by Forest Stewardship Council® and the PEFC®.) The envelopes will biodegrade in soil, salt water or in an industrial or home compost! The material is food-safe and non-toxic.
The other half of the envelopes are made using Reverte™ — an innovative product used around the world to degrade plastics. Reverte™ will decompose when exposed to air and natural light. Reverte™ additives comply with FDA and EC Food Contact regulations and are harmless to humans, animals, and plant life and are non-toxic, leaving no known harmful residues in the soil or waste streams. To learn more about the product visit http://www.reverteplastics.com