Pukka's sustainable packaging
We scour the globe in careful search of the finest organic, fairly-sourced, practitioner-grade herbs for our teas, supplements and lattes. How we sustainably package those herbs is extremely important to us to ensure they get to the you in the best possible condition and are as light as possible on the planet.
Our tea packaging is 100% recyclable.
Our tea boxes are made from FSC® certified card, and printed using vegetable-based inks.
Our teabags are 100% compostable and we even use organic cotton string.
Our latest Packaging Policy
Right now, 98% of our packaging is widely recyclable in the UK and our tea packaging is 100% recyclable.
By 2025, all packaging will be recyclable or compostable and a minimum of 50% of our packaging will come from renewable or recycled materials.
Here’s a handy guide to show where our packaging materials come from, and what to do with them when you’ve finished using them.
Our tea boxes are made from FSC® certified card, and printed using vegetable-based inks. Once used, you can pop our tea boxes in your paper recycling bin.
The good news is after four years of research and development, we’ve made a tea envelope that can go in your paper recycling bin.
Our FSC® certified paper envelopes include a very thin coating of plastic that is free from BPA and PVC but is a requirement to protect the high quality organic herbs and essential oils in our tea blends.
Look out for the recycling logo on the envelope, and if it's there you can place it in your paper recycling bin.
Tea bag, tag and string
Our tea bag paper is made from a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana), wood pulps and plant cellulose fibres – all of which make up over 99% of our tea bag paper. The natural fibres require reinforcement to hold our organic herbs when added to boiling water. Like many types of paper used in our daily lives, a resin needs to be added in the process of making the paper, so that it doesn’t fall apart. In the case of our tea bag paper, a resin makes up less than 1% of our paper.
Our tea bags are staple-free and stitched together with 100% organic, non-GMO cotton, instead of heat sealed using plastic.
The tags we use on each tea bag, to remind you which blend you are enjoying, are made from FSC® card.
What do I do with the tea bags once used?
You can pop the tea bag paper, organic string and organic herbs in your food waste bin. We are currently applying for an independent certification to give you added peace of mind that our teabags are 100% home compostable but we’re confident they’ll pass.
The tag can be popped in your paper recycling bin.
Supplements packaged in glass jars
We are happy to say, by weight our supplements packaging is 99% recyclable.
The boxes our bottles sit in are made out of FSC® certified card.
The bottles themselves are made of amber glass which is 40% recycled. The powders, tablets and capsules are protected inside the bottles by a plastic seal and an aluminium lid, apart from our Castor Oil bottles which have a plastic lid.
Once used you can recycle the carton, aluminium lid and jar. The seal and the Castor Oil lid will need to be added to your normal waste bin.
Our Aloe Vera Juice bottles are made of glass, which is then covered in a plastic sleeve. The juice is protected inside the bottles by an aluminium and plastic lid. You can recycle the bottle and the lid. The sleeve will need to be added to your normal waste bin.
Supplements packaged in cardboard tubes
We are pleased to introduce our new and improved supplement packaging. You can now buy many of our supplements in specially developed cardboard tubes.
The tube is made from sustainably sourced cardboard and is 100% recyclable. Our new cardboard tubes are 73% lighter to transport than glass jars which significantly reduces emissions. This contributes to a reduction in the carbon footprint of our supplements by 64%. We are seeking external verification on this reduction figure.
The plant-based cellulose bag which is packed inside the inner tube is based on renewable materials and is compostable.
Once you have finished your supplements you can put the cardboard tube in with your recycling. The inner bag is certified for industrial composting, please check your local council guidance to see if they accept compostable materials, otherwise dispose of it in your normal household waste.
Author: Eleanor Jeffrey
Eleanor has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and Postgraduate Certificates for Environmental Management (IEMA) and Enterprise, Innovation and the Circular Economy from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (CE100). Eleanor has over 8 years of sustainability experience working for a broad range of organisations in both manufacturing and retail, including start-ups (bio-bean Ltd), consultancy and multinational plcs (Kingfisher). At Pukka, she works to deliver Pukka's climate strategy, targets and commitments across the business.
Years of experience:
8 years in sustainability
Postgraduate Certificates for Environmental Management (IEMA) and Enterprise, Innovation and the Circular Economy from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Masters degree in Chemistry (University of Manchester)