We all want to do “our bit” for the environment these days, especially as we learn more and more about the impact of our human presence on this planet we call home. Little changes to one’s life can make a significant difference, and that is why many Tea drinkers are making the switch to Organic Tea.
The term “Organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed without the use of pesticides or insecticides, bio-engineered genes and petroleum/sewage-based fertilisers. An Organic Tea is certified by the regulatory body within the producing country, and checked and certified again as it enters the European Union.
The EU regulations on organic products are notably robust and uniform across Europe. Each container of Tea is checked and sampled, and should a Tea fail inspection, the container is resealed and returned to its country of origin.
Not using synthetic fertilisers can help protect the environmental state of Tea-growing land and all areas surrounding. It promotes biodiversity in and around Tea gardens, supports the welfare of nearby wildlife and allows for a sustainable and progressive future in the world of Tea.
In stark contrast, the current mainstream practices utilised by a multitude of Tea producers around the world are far from sustainable and progressive. The heavy use of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers is slowly but surely depleting land that should be arable for much longer.
Scientists now recognise that traces of nitrogen contained in these man-made products can often be absorbed into the soil surrounding Tea-growing areas, as well as the plants themselves. The remaining residue can runoff into waterways where it creates massive algal blooms, which are nitrate-fed alga capable of starving bodies of water of vital oxygen.
It is estimated that 98% of sprayed insecticides, meanwhile, reach a destination other than their intended target, predominantly due to high winds and heavy rain. This means that the radius of damage is not just limited to the immediate area of production.
What’s the answer? Organic Tea. And here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we have plenty to choose from. Any type of Tea - meaning Black, Green, White, Oolong and Herbal - can be an Organic Tea providing it adheres to the regulations in place. This means that choices are seldom limited, despite the common misconception. Why not find out for yourself? Explore our range of Teas today.