Our Commitment to Sustainable Practices in Tea Packaging

Observing the plight of polar bears dwindling due to melting ice, witnessing the annual temperature shifts, and making efforts for the environment are now considered natural for everyone. Simple actions in our daily lives can make a significant impact. Choosing not to use one or two items that won’t decompose, whether it’s ten people, a hundred people, or even 1% of the population of each country, can lead to substantial change.

In our tea business, sensitivity to storage conditions and humidity led us to use sealed packaging, often in the form of plastic bags. One effort we made was to eliminate a machine—one that individually wrapped each tea bag in a plastic pouch. While every production day may not be perfect, sometimes, many plastic wrappings end up as waste. Even products produced normally can be torn open by customers and eventually accumulate somewhere. We got rid of that packaging method.

Of course, complete freedom from plastic bags may not be achievable. Though we explored paper-based bags, we couldn’t find a perfect solution that guaranteed shelf life. Efforts to place multiple tea bags in one bag, minimizing printing, and using filters made of PLA (corn-based) have become routine. It’s not entirely corn, but it’s undoubtedly a better choice than nylon.

Launching LOEY TEA, we spent a long time contemplating the packaging type. To maintain consistency with our existing business identity, we kept the blue color while aiming to create a sustainable form for the future. Thus, we opted for aluminum with minimal labeling—a sealed aluminum cap. Its design embodies a modern texture and form, reflecting our intentions toward contemporary individuals.

While using PE Pack for the bag, we also commit to minimizing printing or diverse usage. If a better option arises, we’ll gladly make the switch. Although there are large aluminum cans available, the issues of deformation during transport and potential price increases due to rising packaging costs may arise. The key point is not to linger on environmental concerns in documentaries but to execute what can be done now.