Our Ethics

We are always trying to put in more than we take out, from our organic only farming to home compostable tea bags. We want to create tea that is kind to nature.
- Kiran, Founder of Hampstead Tea

 

We are extremely pleased to share that we are the number 1 most ethical tea brand in the UK by Ethical Consumer for a 4th year running!

 

organic tea

Every single one of our teas and ingredients is certified organic. Organic 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.

plastic free compostable tea

As part of our mission to give back to the earth, our packaging and tea bags are plastic-free and home compostable* . We were the first to bring stitched (not glued) tea bags to the UK; many other tea companies still use plastic or GM tea bags. The microplastics found in these tea bags find their way into the soil, sea and even the human body. Which is why it’s so important to us that our organic tea is in plastic-free packaging. 

biodynamic

Biodynamic is super-organic; it's at the heart of who we are and what our tea is. Biodiversity goes beyond Organic, encapsulating the entirety of farming. Biodynamic farmers prioritise encouraging natural processes over yield, for example, the way soil is prepared to strengthen it's growing qualities. It ensures the best practices for the workers, the tea plants and the earth. When packing has the Demeter logo, you know it is biodynamic. With our biodynamic tea you can be assured that the earth is richer, the wildlife blooms, that the tea plants are healthy and full of nutrients.

Makaibari tea gardens

The Makaibari Tea Gardens are a secret paradise nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Makaibari was amongst the first in the world to carry the Fairtrade, Organic and then Biodynamic certifications. At Makaibari tea bushes grow under jungle canopies, and wild tigers roam the hills among exotic birds and flowers. As the wildlife flourishes, from the nutrient-rich soil grows the most delicious tea. Here the tea is plucked by hand following the earth's natural calendar.

 

Fairtrade tea

Way back in the late 1980s we were among the first in the UK to produce Fairtrade certified products, so we’re a bit sentimental about it. Since then our Fairtrade range has grown and our passion has remained. As part of our mission to give back more than we take, that also includes supporting the workers and their families. Fairtrade is an excellent organisation which, among other great things, gives the workers a premium which they invest into healthcare, education and housing.

 *The Earl Grey and Green Tea with Jasmine envelopes which hold the tea bags have a thin layer of plastic to act as a barrier for the organic bergamot oil.
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