High Quality, Non- Organic, High Grown Tea
As a UK wholesale tea supplier, the majority of the teas Jenier World of Teas source are grown above 4000 feet above sea level (these are referred to in the tea industry as 'High Grown Tea'). Above this altitude pesticides are not normally used in tea cultivation, (aka Pesticide Free).
High Grown conventional tea estates do use fertilisers, but these are primarily natural nitrogen pellets. Nitrogen pellet fertilisers can double or even triple tea leaf yield compared to the leaf yield achieved where nitrogen pellets are not used.
The use of nitrogen allows the High Grown tea estates to produce good leaf yields and to continue to employ thousands of workers. The tea estates are located in remote rural areas and are often the most major employer, indeed often it is these tea estates that are the only employer. The High Grown tea estates we deal with provide housing, schooling, medical (usually short-term stay hospitals) and pharmacy facilities free of charge to their workers. These provisions are a huge benefit to the employees and their families who otherwise would not have ready access to this level of support.
High Grown organic cultivation leaf yields are 50% less compared to estates using natural nitrogen fertilisers. If the yields on all the High Grown tea estates were cut in half there would be a reduction in the need for the larger work force creating unemployment and loss of benefits to many families.
Jenier World of Teas truly believe that sourcing premium quality teas the way we do through our supply chain help to improve life for thousands of workers and their families in many rural parts of the world. We also know that the production of these teas is done in a safe, responsible way without detriment to our environment.
Jenier World of Teas only sources high quality teas and where flavouring is used, only sources flavouring that is described as ‘Organic Compliant’. This phrase ‘Organic Compliant’ means that the flavours are 100% natural and do not contain any synthetic solvents, carriers or preservatives. This does not mean though that the flavours are organic certified – that is a separate certification process and is independent of the flavour descriptions being of organic in nature.
Care & Responsibility
From the very beginning, Jenier have worked hard to manufacture and supply products we sell in ways which help to protect the world’s natural resources and habitats. Under the guidance of the UK government organisation Envirowise and Trading Standards, Jenier have worked to produce packaging that has the least impact on the environment but at the same time will be able to keep and store tea in as fresh a condition as possible. Where possible, all packaging used is already recycled and is bio-degradable. This includes all materials used in the making of our pyramid tea bags and 2 Cup Premium Tea Bags.
Clear view woven pyramid tea bags and non-woven tea bags are manufactured from the plant-based material PLA. This is a back garden compostable and biodegradable material woven from strands derived from corn or sugarcane. The string is also PLA, while the tag is composed of paper and PLA material. The teabag and string material are certified compostable based on the international standard ISO 14855 and the European standard EN 13432. Tea bags are vacuum packed in a custom bag that controls atmospheric pressure. This bag protects them from moisture, oxygen, and light.
We are members of the Ethical Tea Partnership and as such, all teas are sourced through members of the Ethical Tea Partnership wherever possible all tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land use practices. Tea estate land not used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been reforested as part of the estates managed forest program.
The Ethical Tea Partnership has a goal to provide consumers with a totally transparent perspective on where tea is grown and manufactured. All aspects of the quality of lives for those living and working on tea estates is covered including fair compensation health coverage, housing and childcare. The ETP runs monitoring and improvement programs to help tea producers improve against the Ethical Tea Partnership Global Standard and all audits are carried out by independent third-part auditors. Whilst similar to Fair trade, the ETP is totally focused on tea and is able to address the many individual nuances and regional peculiarities within the tea trade. ETP also differs from Fair Trade in that its primary focus isn't economics, but is also very much led by the social and environmental aspects of the tea trade. This approach is helpful as where higher prices are paid in developing countries it addresses the concern of unscrupulous companies bolstering lost margins further along the supply chain.
We aim to be at least Carbon Neutral and as such all materials and suppliers are assessed in relation to their manufacturing processes and recycling practices. Recent assessments show 80% of main suppliers have offset processes in place that yield them Carbon Negative.