Sustainable Packaging Fact Sheet

A recently published McGill University study had caused concern with its revelation of micro and nano particles of plastic released from nylon and PET pyramid teabags, when steeped in hot water. We want to assure Dilmah Tea drinkers that none of our tea bags are made from the nylon mesh and PET that the researchers have studied, and that our pyramid teabags – which we call Luxury Leaf Tea bags - are made from bio based (corn starch) PLA material from high quality producers in Japan. These materials are independently tested for safety and meet European Commission regulation EU 10/2011 on plastics materials intended to come into contact with food.

There are strict regulations in place that govern the safety of materials used in contact with food and in addition to the monitoring that our own laboratories do, we ensure that the materials we use are compliant with the most stringent food safety standards. All paper-based tea bags used in Dilmah Premium and other range of products too are fully safe for use in hot beverage applications, and the filter paper materials fulfil the requirements of the legislation listed below for papers which are in direct contact with food:

  • European Commission regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
  • American FDA regulations 21 CFR Ch. I §176.170+176.180

We reconfirm our tea bag papers meet all applicable food safety requirements and are fully safe for the purpose of beverage filtration application. We do not use the nylon and PET materials and are actively working towards ensuring that all materials used in our products are sustainable and biodegradable by the end of 2021. We believe that the final solution to reducing the impact of packaging on the environment lies in compostable materials that are biodegradable within the time frames stipulated by standards on composting and biodegradable packaging, meeting final quality of compost suitable for sustainable ecosystems. Please visit https://www.dilmahconservation.org/initiatives/, to see some of the work Dilmah Conservation does in fulfilling our commitment to the environment, including harvesting plastic from marine and riverine ecosystems.

As a family business formed on the principles of Taste, Goodness and Purpose, we are committed to the safety and sustainability of our products, and make every effort to adopt the best available packaging materials for our teas.

  • 98%
    OF OUR
    TEABAGS ARE
    biodegradable

  • ALL INNER
    CARTONS ARE biodegradable

  • ALL OUTER
    CARTONS ARE biodegradable

  • ALL TIN
    CADDIES ARE recyclable

  • ALL PRODUCTS
    ARE
    ETHICAL & CARBON NEUTRAL

PRODUCT RANGE FORMAT ENVELOPE TEA BAG FOIL POUCH OVERWRAP
PREMIUM TEA SELECTION PAPER ENVELOPES biodegradable recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
FOIL ENVELOPES recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
STRING & TAG recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
TAGLESS recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
LOOSE TEA recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
GOURMET TEA SELECTION
GREEN TEA SELECTION
ENVELOPES recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
biodegradable recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
STRING & TAG recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
LOOSE TEA recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
FUN TEA SELECTION
HERBAL INFUSIONS
ORGANIC TEA SELECTION
ENVELOPES recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
STRING & TAG recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
LOOSE TEA recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
EXCEPTIONAL TEA SELECTION
SILVER JUBILEE GOURMET
t-SERIES
VIVID TEA SELECTION
ENVELOPES recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
biodegradable recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
STRING & TAG biodegradable recyclable
biodegradable by 2020
recyclable
biodegradable by 2021
LOOSE TEA recyclable
biodegradable by 2020

15 % FOR
HUMANITY

a minimum 15% of our pretax profits directly benefit people & planet.

THE COMPANY IS CERTIFIED IN COMPLIANCE WITH

ISO 9001: 2015

Quality Management System Standard

FSSC 22000

Certification scheme for food Safety Systems including ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1 and FSSC 22000 requirements for certification

BRC

Global Standard for Food Safety

ISO 14001:2015

Environmental Management System Standard

Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)