Here’s a fact! Around nine billion PG tips tea bags are enjoyed by cuppa lovers every year in the UK. That’s a lot of tea and tea bags. And we take that super seriously.
Make no mistake, we're committed to you, the community you live in and good old planet Earth.
Teabags matter. With this in mind, we’re on a journey to make all ours biodegradable. We're getting there…
Over the last year, we’ve been stacking up the shelves with plant-based tea bags (we’ve already produced over 4 billion!) and hope to have our entire range of tea bags switched over as soon as possible. Tea-riffic news!
Look out for our new boxes in store soon but bear with us whilst they arrive at slightly different times. We obviously didn’t want to waste any cardboard on our sustainability journey so we’ll be using up all our old boxes first!
And whilst doing this, we’ve also never compromised on the great-tasting brew you’ve come to expect from us.
How did we do it? Time for some science.
PG tips’ Pyramid tea bags are mostly made of paper. In the past, we did use a small amount of polypropylene (the most common type of plastic) as the seal to keep our signature pyramid teabags’ structure intact.
Our tea boffins have been busy finding a replacement for polypropylene. And good news, they found it! It’s a plant-based material derived from corn.
This means that everything inside our boxes of tea are now plant-based. We’ll raise a cuppa to that!
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN
BIO VS. COMPO
Fact time. Biodegradable refers to something that nature's microorganisms
can break down. Compostable means that the material of packaging
can only biodegrade under certain conditions.
Take your biodegradable tea bag out of your cuppa, pop it in your food waste bin and boom it’s going back to nature!
WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FOOD WASTE BIN?
Putting your tea bags in the Food Waste bin will allow your tea bags to biodegrade faster, as it goes to an industrial composting facility to biodegrade.
But don’t worry if you don’t have one! You can also dispose of your used tea bags in your home composter, but this takes a bit longer to compost than in a food waste bin. Or, if you really need to, you can dispose of them in the general waste bin.
Does your local council collect food waste? If not, give ‘em the hurry up!
To find out more about waste collection
GOING, GOING, GONE!
We aren’t stopping with just biodegradable tea bags. We’ve been working hard over the past few months on ways to remove the plastic film that covers our boxes. We’ve already tested it on two of our pack sizes! Expect to see only naked PG tips boxes in 2020 - the year of fully plant-based packaging.
OUR RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFICATION
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the UK. In fact, our Trafford Park tea factory in Manchester is now the biggest tea factory in the world, producing approximately 9 billion tea bags every year!
That’s why we’re so committed to working towards a better planet. For everyone.
At PG tips, we’re not only passionate about making your cuppas as tasty as they can be, but also making sure we continually reduce the impact that all our tea has on the environment.
Did you know that we were the first major UK brand to sell fully Rainforest Alliance Certified teas? We’re proud of that.