Simple Sustainable Swaps – Clipper Tea

Clipper Organic Everyday Tea – Plastic free tea bags

Did you know that most tea bags contain plastic?  And how many of those have ended up in food or compost bins?!

So even though it may not appear to be the most groundbreaking recommendation, given the amount of tea we Brits drink, it will make a difference!

Clipper organic everyday tea plastic free tea bags

Episode 3 – plastic free tea bags

The product – Clipper Organic Everyday Tea

Clipper have always been ethically minded and have been part of the Fairtrade programme since 1994.  They are, in fact, the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand in the UK.

I know we all have our favourite tea brand, which may even have been inherited from previous generations!  But not all teas are created equal.  Not only does Clipper look after the people in it’s supply chain, it looks after the planet too.

Key points:

  • Treat their growers fairly including paying the Fairtrade premium, an additional sum of money which farmers and workers can invest in any projects they choose to help improve standards in education, health and housing
  • Organic = less pesticide use and non-GM crops
  • Biodegradable teabags – they CAN go in your compost or food bin
  • Unbleached teabags = fewer chemicals used

The only issue I have with the at the moment is the outer foil packaging (per 50 teabags).  At the moment this isn’t recyclable but they will soon be replacing this with a biodegradable wrap 🤞.

Other tea companies are getting with the programme so if you’d rather stick, you will hopefully get plastic free bags in the not too distant future.  Although they may not have the ethical supply chains that Clipper does.

You can check out all of Clipper’s eco-credentials at the bottom of this post in our handy infographic.


How much is it and where do I get it?

You can get it in your local supermarket which is what makes this one such an easy swap.

At £3.80 for 100 it’s close to some of the bigger everyday brands too.


That’s a wrap

I’m hoping all the major tea brands produce tea in plastic free bags soon.  But for me, being sustainable isn’t just about plastic or the impact on the environment but is also about ethical practices and this is where Clipper really stands out against the big names.

Drop me a message if you have any questions or recommendations of your own.  If you want to watch the video for this one then head to our Instagram.

Leanne xx

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The details

Clipper organic plastic free tea bags inforgraphic

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