Sustainable Packaging

Every step of our supply chain is made with sustainability in mind. By minimizing unnecessary packaging, opting for biodegradable and upcyclable options, and donating 1% of total sales to 1% for the Planet, we are dedicated to putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to minimizing our impact.

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Pyramid Sachets - Compostable, Tag and String Free

Did you know that most conventional tea bags contain plastic? Due to the plastic content they cannot completely decompose and do not belong in the compost bin. Not to mention the harmful endocrine-disrupting health effects of ingesting microplastics. This is just one reason loose leaf tea has gained in popularity. Turns out, plastic isn’t really anyone’s cup of tea.

Clover tea bags (sachets) are biodegradable, made from compostable biomesh otherwise known as (PLA) and sealed ultrasonically without glue. Enjoy the convenience of bagged tea without worrying about glue, plastic, staples, bleached strings, or other questionable things that would contaminate the blends.

PLA, also known as polylactic acid, or polylactide is obtained from renewable and natural raw materials such as corn. The starch (glucose) is extracted from the plants and converted into dextrose by the addition of enzymes. The dextrose is then fermented by microorganisms into lactic acid, which in turn is converted into polylactide. Polymerisation produces long-linked molecular chains whose properties resemble those of petroleum-based polymers.

Upcyclable Steel Canisters

Our blends are packaged in canisters made from recycled North American steel. We encourage customers to upcycle, reuse or recycle their canisters after use.

Iron and steel are the world's most recycled materials, and among the easiest materials to reprocess, as they can be separated magnetically from the waste stream. With an overall recycling rate of 88% in 2012, steel is North America’s most recycled material. In fact, more steel is recycled each year than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined.

Since January 1, 2016, it is estimated that 25,482,452 tons of steel have already been recycled, and this number continues to rise each day. Steel, unlike other recyclable materials can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of strength or durability. When you buy steel, you are ALWAYS buying recycled. Allcan West reclaims and recycles 100% of the steel not used for production. Recovered metal feeds the production cycle — it isn’t waste — but rather an infinite recycling loop can be created with no “down-cycling” or degradation in quality or strength.

Using recycled steel also saves energy. Compared to production from virgin raw materials, producing steel exclusively from scrap requires 75% less energy. Through using recycled material, the steel industry saves enough energy in one year to electrically power more than 18 million homes. In fact, the amount of recycled steel recovered in 2005 through packaging alone (more than 1.4 million tons) would yield enough steel to build 185,000 steel framed homes.

Production Facility

Our production facility provides the following features to ensure safety and sustainability:

• Organic Certified Processor.
• cGMP food safety audited.
• Make-up Air system.
• ISO class zero oil free air.
• Mars air door receiving portal.

These are a few of the ways we are committed to minimizing our footprint through sustainable packaging choices. As new green technologies emerge we will continue to analyze our production chain and make decisions that prioritize people and the planet over profits.

Clover our process - sourcing, crafting, packaging, and giving back

1% for the Planet

As a member of 1% for the Planet, we’re proud to donate 1% of our sales to the Plastic Free Coalition, bringing us one step closer to a plastic pollution-free future. Learn more about why it's important to us and what you can do to help.

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