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The box

Yorkshire Tea boxes are cardboard, made from wood from FSC® Certified sources. The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes responsible forest management, harvesting wood in a way that assures the forest's biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes are preserved. We actually have our own FSC Chain of Custody Certification, to confirm that every step of our box production process involves only wood from FSC certified forests and controlled sources, from the forest to the shelf.

This goes in your paper and cardboard recycling.

The tea bags

5% of our tea bag material is natural-based fibres: a mix of wood pulp and either abaca (a kind of banana plant) and rayon (made from cellulose waste). 25% is an oil-based plastic sealing material called polypropylene, but we're working on a switch to a renewable, plant-based, compostable bioplastic called Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is made from cornstarch. Lastly, they contain a tiny amount of wet-strength resin (0.5-1%).

At the moment, these should go in your normal bin. Once we've fully switched to bioplastic, they should go in kerbside composting bins (garden waste or food waste). They're not suitable for home compost heaps because they won't get hot enough to break down.

The outer wrap

This is made from oil-based plastic (polypropylene) - and it's the next thing we want to change after our tea bags. We haven't finished researching yet, but we're hoping to start removing the wrap in 2021.

This isn't currently recyclable, so it should go in your normal bin.

bulk-bags

Bulk bags

The pack

Our biggest packs are made from polyester and polyethylene. We'd like to change this packaging once we've completed our tea bag material switch and changed the outer wrap on our tea boxes (both of which involve a higher overall volume of plastic).

This isn't currently recyclable, so it should go in your normal bin.

The tea bags

5% of our tea bag material is natural-based fibres: a mix of wood pulp and either abaca (a kind of banana plant) and rayon (made from cellulose waste). 25% is an oil-based plastic sealing material called polypropylene, but we're working on a switch to a renewable, plant-based, compostable bioplastic called Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is made from cornstarch. Lastly, they contain a tiny amount of wet-strength resin (0.5-1%).

At the moment, these should go in your normal bin. Once we've fully switched to bioplastic, they should go in kerbside composting bins (garden waste or food waste). They're not suitable for home compost heaps because they won't get hot enough to break down.

loose-leaf

Loose leaf

The pack

Our loose tea packs are made from a triple-layered mix of metallised polyester and oil-based plastics (polypropylene and polyethylene). We'd like to change this packaging once we've completed our tea bag material switch and changed the outer wrap on our tea boxes (both of which involve a higher overall volume of plastic). We've been sizing up a bunch of recyclable options, including plastic and paper - and it'll need a new factory machine. The plan is to start serious work on it next year and have it ready in 2022.

This isn't currently recyclable, so it should go in your normal bin.

speciality-brews

Speciality brews

The box

Yorkshire Tea boxes are cardboard, made from wood from FSC® Certified sources. The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes responsible forest management, harvesting wood in a way that assures the forest's biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes are preserved. We actually have our own FSC Chain of Custody Certification, to confirm that every step of our box production process involves only wood from FSC certified forests and controlled sources, from the forest to the shelf.

This goes in your paper and cardboard recycling.

The tea bags

5% of our tea bag material is natural-based fibres: a mix of wood pulp and either abaca (a kind of banana plant) and rayon (made from cellulose waste). 25% is an oil-based plastic sealing material called polypropylene, but we're working on a switch to a renewable, plant-based, compostable bioplastic called Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is made from cornstarch. Lastly, they contain a tiny amount of wet-strength resin (0.5-1%).

At the moment, these should go in your normal bin. Once we've fully switched to bioplastic, they should go in kerbside composting bins (garden waste or food waste). They're not suitable for home compost heaps because they won't get hot enough to break down.

The inner wrap

The inner wrap is made from metallised polyethylene (an oil-based plastic). We'd like to change this packaging once we've completed our tea bag material switch and changed the outer wrap on our tea boxes (both of which involve a higher overall volume of plastic). At the moment we're hoping to change this pack in 2022.

This isn't currently recyclable, so it should go in your normal bin.

takeaway-cups

Takeaway cups

Our cups are made from paper and lined with a renewable, plant-based bioplastic called Polylactic Acid (PLA) on the inside, which keeps the tea in. They're and we provide dedicated bins for them at events we run.

Disposal of compostable cups is complex at the moment. They're not home compostable, so they need to go in food waste or garden waste bins - but they're often removed during processing because they look like standard takeaway cups (which contain oil-based plastic). So right now they're best collected on their own in dedicated bins, which we provide at events we run. If there isn’t a dedicated bin to put them in, the best place to put them is in a normal bin.

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