Invested into Community in 2016fair premium funds for producers and communities
Certified organic herbsprotecting people, plants and planet
for the Planet£400,000 donated to environmental charities in 2016
Our name Pukka comes from an Indian word that means genuine, authentic and top quality. When our founders Tim and Sebastian set up Pukka, they wanted to reach as many people as possible to connect them with the wonders of plants. They also wanted to create a business that would bring benefit to everyone they came into contact with. Pukka is all about using business as a force for good, creating circles of benevolence so that people, plants and the planet can all benefit. Find out more about people, plants and planet.
Read more about our mission to connect people, plants, and planet.
PeopleWe strive to ensure everyone who Pukka touches, is treated fairly and with respect.
PlantsWe believe in the incredible power of organic plants to bring healthier, happier lives to all.
PlanetDespite our growth across the world we are still true to our original vision – protecting our beautiful planet.
The early days
After a period wandering the Himalayas, Sebastian Pole studied Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbal medicine before working on an organic herb farm. Meanwhile, Tim Westwell was looking to step out of the corporate life and contribute to a more positive world.
A meeting of two minds
Sebastian answered Tim's ad in a Bristol magazine. With Tim's spare bedroom as an office and Sebastian’s kitchen as the centre of herbal alchemy, they set out on their mission to spread the benefits of herbs.
Our first three organic, fairly-traded teas
We introduced our first three teas based on the Ayurvedic principles of the vata, pitta, and kapha doshas. The teas went went on to become our well known blends of Mint Refresh, Relax and Revitalise.
Spreading the power of herbs - through supplements
Following many visits to India, we formulated our first 20 Ayurvedic supplements, and Tim and Sebastian embarked on a UK tour to spread their herbal wisdom.
We launch Love and Detox teas and turmeric and ashwagandha supplements
We launch four new teas, including Love and Detox. We also capture the power of turmeric and ashwagandha in the form of an organic supplement.
A new look and a new book
Tim's first trip to India
As we (still) source most of our organic herbs from India, we wanted to support our farmers by creating a farmer's guide. Tim took his first trip to India to build a school. Elsewhere, Pukka launched teas in Norway.
20 million cups...
...of Pukka tea were enjoyed, and our teas launched in the US and Japan.
Housing all that tea
We created our first Pukka warehouse in Bristol.
After Dinner winner
Proving we have Great Taste
10 years & one billion cups of tea later...
As Pukka celebrated its tenth Birthday, someone somewhere drank the billionth cup of Pukka tea. We were now exporting to over 30 countries.
Pukka teas are FairWild certified
Launch of the first matcha tea
We launched our first matcha tea and 218 million cups of Pukka tea were drunk this year. Pukka teas also went on sale in China.
Our founders win a lifetime outstanding achievement award
Sebastian and Tim win a Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award at an important industry show. With the help of you, we were able to donate £200,000 to WWF to protect tigers, rhinos and elephants in the Eastern Himalayas. We also became a carbon neutral business.
Fair for Life, B Corp and 1% for the Planet
In 2016, all of our teas were certified Fair for Life and we became a B Company. We also pledged to commit 1% of our turnover each year to environmental charities through 1% for the Planet.
Happy 15th birthday
We celebrate 15 incredible Pukka years. On average, nearly two million cups of Pukka tea are drunk every day across the world.