Sustainable Tea Packaging

At Dragonfly, we're striving for sustainability. Learn about our tea packaging materials and how best to dispose of them.

A Dragonfly Tea string-and-tag teabag line-up against a grey background. The string is wound around the teabag and the visible tags have the Dragonfly Tea logo and different messages printed on them.

Our Packaging

Tea packaging requires careful thought. For each tea, we must decide the best way to preserve its freshness and ensure the tea in your cup remains the tea we so carefully selected.

At Dragonfly, sustainability is just as important a consideration. We use biodegradable and recyclable materials wherever we can and continue to seek alternatives for where we can’t (yet!).

And we know you care too! We’re often asked about sustainable packaging. Plastic-free teabags vs plant-based-plastic? Compostable or biodegradable teabags? Is our tea packaging recyclable?

Read on to find out!

STRING & TAG TEABAGS 20s

Our core organic string & tag range: card boxes containing 20 tea envelopes

String & Tag Teabags

* Materials: Folded and cotton-stitched teabag paper made from 100% plant-based abaca, wood pulp and cellulose fibres.

* Disposal: These teabags are biodegradable. Add them to your food waste bin or to your normal household bin. If you’re a keen composter, you can also tear the bag to empty the leaves into your compost pile.

Envelopes

* Materials: Paper with a very thin barrier coating of BPA and PVC plastic.

* Disposal: Household paper recycling.

Box

* Material: Card.

* Disposal: Household paper recycling.

Why it's best not to put biodegradable teabag paper in your home compost.

PILLOW TEABAGS 40s

Larger packs of organic rooibos and organic rooibos blends.

Teabags

* Materials: Teabag paper made from wood pulp, sealed with a natural plant-based material.

* Disposal: These teabags are biodegradable. Add them to your food waste bin or to your normal household bin.

Inner Pouch

* Materials: Foil containing plastic.

* Disposal: Recycle with flexible plastic packaging at most large supermarkets.

Box

* Material: Card.

* Disposal: Household paper recycling.

LARGE LEAF PYRAMIDS 12s

Boxes of 12 biodegradable large leaf tea pyramids.

Teabags

* Materials: Plant-based, renewable and sustainable biopolymer, Polylactic acid (PLA).

* Disposal: The pyramids are fully biodegradable, petrochemical plastic-free and staple-free. Simply add them to your food waste bin or to your normal household bin.

Inner Pouch

* Materials: This wood-pulp-based material looks like regular plastic, but it is fully biodegradable.

* Disposal: Add to food waste caddy for industrial composting or pop in your household bin.

Box

* Material: Card.

* Disposal: Household paper recycling.

LOOSE LEAF TEA

Our classic tins of fine loose leaf tea.

Tea Leaves

* Materials: Tea leaves!

* Disposal: Add these to your household compost or food caddy to go on to biodegrade.

Inner Pouch

* Materials: Foil

* Disposal: Not currently recyclable. Please dispose of these in your general household bin.

Tin

* Material: Tin Plate.

* Disposal: Household metal recycling.

Loose Leaf Tea Tins

You can read more in our blog ‘Do Dragonfly Teabags Contain Plastic?’. Explore our full range here.

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