On Earth Day 2010, Arbor Teas became the FIRST tea company in the United States (to our knowledge) to deliver a full line of organic loose teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging! With the release of this next-generation packaging, we at Arbor Teas advanced our environmental mission, continuing to lead the tea industry through our staunch commitment to sustainable business practices. For the first time ever, tea drinkers are able to compost their tea leaves AND tea packaging together in their home composting system!
Lately, we’ve had several customers ask, “Is it OK to place Arbor Teas packaging in worm composting bins?” We’ve contacted the manufacturer of the films used to create Arbor Teas packaging and we have great news! Yes, Arbor Teas backyard compostable packaging is also safe to use in worm composting bins!
“To meet the AS4736 standard, NatureFlex™ films had to undergo a stringent test regime, carried out by an independent accredited laboratory to the required global standards, in order to confirm that their inclusion will have no negative effect on soil, compost quality or earthworm toxicity.”
We also wanted to share this amazing video with you! Watch films similar to those used in our packaging decompose over the course of 12 weeks.
Note: the worms!
What Makes Arbor Teas Packaging Different?
Our exciting packaging is composed of a cellulose film made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed trees. Most of the compostable packaging available in today’s marketplace is only truly compostable in industrial settings optimized for rapid breakdown. By contrast, the film used for Arbor Teas’ new packaging can actually break down in a backyard compost setting. Because of greater variation in moisture and temperature, backyard composting environments have historically been incapable of breaking down so-called “compostable” packaging materials, such as corn-based plastic cups and take-out containers. However, the material in Arbor Teas’ new packages requires a less optimized environment for biodegradation, representing a major advance in low-impact packaging.