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Questions & Answers2023-07-25T13:06:32+02:00

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Why does some packaging contain plastic?2023-11-12T16:46:56+01:00

For some articles you will find a note that the packaging contains a certain amount of plastic. We want to be absolutely honest and have therefore added this clear note:

But what is it all about? First of all, this plastic packaging does not come from us. True Tea will never add its own plastic packaging. If you see this notice, it means that the packaging from our supplier contains plastic.

This can be for various reasons, for example to protect the surface of the product or to prevent breakage. We are in constant contact with our suppliers in order to constantly reduce the proportion of plastic or even replace it completely with alternative materials.

We draw your attention to this fact with the notice shown above. We hope that this information will help you with your product selection.

Is grass paper sustainable?2023-05-10T08:43:05+02:00

And how! Compared to normal paper made from virgin fibers, grass paper saves 99% water and 95% CO₂ in production. Grass paper is grown relatively regionally (compared to wood). This saves transport distances.

Is sustainable packaging more expensive?2023-05-07T00:17:52+02:00

Yes, unfortunately that is the case. To put a concrete figure on it, our sustainable, compostable and plastic-free bags cost about ten times as much to purchase as the plastic bag most competitors use. The same applies, of course, to the other packaging material: from cartons, filling material to banderoles and labels.

Our vision is to package tea sustainably for all – only together can we make a difference. This is not achieved with eco-surcharges to optimize profit margins. Therefore, we try to absorb these high costs as much as possible or compensate them in other places (for example, the low-cost shipping via Deutsche Post).

What makes the bags so sustainable?2023-05-07T00:16:31+02:00

Our refill bags always hold at least twice the filling quantity of a Tin. So you can conveniently refill them. The bags are garden compostable and plastic-free. On the compost they become food for microorganisms. A clean sweep, from start to finish, that is.

What are the bags made of?2022-04-26T13:08:34+02:00

The bags are made of kraft paper, cellulose film, starch film and starch zipper. 100% Plastic Free & 100% Pollutant Free.

Are the bags really garden compostable?2022-06-27T21:25:41+02:00

Yes! This has even been confirmed by the TÜV. The bags decompose in a natural environment within 180 days. And completely without pollutants. Super, isn’t it?

You can find more details here.

How can I dispose of the bags?2023-05-07T00:15:57+02:00

Optimally: in your own compost! Within 180 days, the bags decompose completely.

If you don’t have compost, you can also dispose of them in the trash. Here you can see what happens to your bag:

  • In the organic waste garbage can, the bag is composted if it is correctly identified by the disposal company. If not, it is burned or goes to a landfill.
  • In the recycling garbage can, the bag is sorted out and incinerated.
  • The bag is also incinerated in the residual waste.
  • In nature, the bag is composted and a source of food for organisms. Important: Please do not dispose of bags in the environment!
What makes the cans so sustainable?2022-04-26T13:07:37+02:00

The cans are made of 100% paper and do not contain any plastic. Thus, they are easily recyclable. The core of the sleeve is made of 100% recycled paper. This again significantly reduces the ecological footprint.

What are the cans made of?2023-05-07T00:15:33+02:00

The cans are made exclusively of tinplate and grass paper labels. Compared to normal paper made from virgin fibers, grass paper saves 99% water and 95% CO₂ in production.

How can I dispose of the cans?2022-04-26T13:07:01+02:00

Please dispose of the cans in the paper trash. There, the paper fibers can be recycled and you give new life to the raw material.

Do you also have organic teas?2022-04-26T13:06:19+02:00

Currently, we are not allowed to offer organic goods due to a lack of organic certification. Many of our items are organic and we are aiming for organic certification in the future to be able to advertise them as such.

What does True Tea do for sustainability?2022-01-28T22:31:13+01:00

As you have probably noticed, sustainability is important to us. We think environmental protection should not be an extra, but standard. That is why we offer only environmentally friendly and plastic-free packaging. At no extra charge and without you having to do anything.

Shipping is also plastic free, we use paper/cardboard packaging material and corn starch packaging chips. In addition, the shipment comes to you climate neutral.

Our tea is available in either cans or bags. The cans are made of recyclable tinplate, and the bags are made of paper/cellulose and starch. The bags are easily garden compostable and of course plastic-free.

Last but not least, our website servers are 100% powered by green electricity. If you want to learn more about what we’re doing for the environment, check it out here.

What is environmentally friendly about packaging?2021-12-25T02:28:16+01:00

Good question! We firmly believe in the credo: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Therefore, we currently offer two packages:

Cardboard cans

The chic tins are handmade and are made of cardboard. The core of the sleeve is made of recycled paper. After use, you can refill them or simply dispose of them in the paper trash. The cans are of course food safe and plastic free.

The cans are made of only one material (paper). Thus, recycling is particularly easy. The use of already recycled paper in the cans also reduces the environmental footprint. A round thing, we think.

Reclosable bags

We rely on garden compostable and 100% plastic-free bags. And they are honestly good! These high quality bags are made in the EU and become compost after 180 days. This has also been confirmed by the TÜV. And the bags are also practical to reseal. The bags are made of cellulose, paper and starch.

We fill our shipping boxes only with paper material or floppies made of corn starch. Both can be recycled and are 100% plastic free.

And what about our tea accessories? Well, here, unfortunately, possibly (recyclable) plastic is used in the packaging, so that these arrive safely at your home. Unfortunately, this cannot be done any other way at present. As part of our transparency, we show you exactly how each item is packaged on the product pages.

 

We pay attention to sustainability in all steps and especially the elimination of plastic wherever possible. Not everywhere we have reached where we would like to go. But be sure: we will continue to do our best to further improve the packaging materials.

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