Our 100% Organic tea commitment
We believe the tea we produce should be regenerative to the earth and the first step to achieving that is to ensure we produce 100% organic tea.
Organic is at the heart of who we are at Hampstead Tea, it’s written on our logo. Every single one of our teas and ingredients is certified organic. Organic tea is so important, not just for our own benefits (though there are many) but for the earth’s as well.
Organic farming drastically decreases the amount of pesticides used, so neither the soil nor you have to ingest any harmful chemicals. It’s a more natural way of farming.
Organic crops have significant nutritional differences than non-organic with organic crops having up to 68% more antioxidants.
By continuing to switch to organic products we can give more and more farmers the confidence to switch to organic production methods, which means greater wildlife and fewer pesticides. So we benefit and the earth benefits.
What does organic tea production mean in practice? To be organic certified the Soil Association prohibit:
- The use of pesticides
- Controversial artificial food colourings, sweeteners and preservatives, like tartrazine and aspartame
- The use of hydrogenated fats
- And prevent organic fruit and vegetables from being washed in chlorine
Let Kiran explain why we believe in 100% organic tea...
“Walking around a biodynamic tea garden, you can’t miss the hundreds of cobwebs, large and small, clinging to every growing shoot in sight. Clearly no pesticides here.
Government guidelines state that to get a product organic certified, it needs to contain at least 95% organic ingredients. SO this means that we can water down our products by putting in 5% non organic “stuff”. Looking closely at other organic teas is a revelation. Earl grey with nature identical bergamot oil(which means it is nothing to do with nature at all), conventional flavourings(if it isn’t gingery enough why not just put in more ginger or a better quality ginger?), artificial flavourings – the list is endless.
How much more satisfying to seek out quality and encourage growers to use their skills to make great tasting food, naturally. And as we know now, food grown in accordance with nature’s rhythms tastes better, has more nutrition and is clearly a superior choice for the earth all round.
Seems obvious, no?”