Teapigs were one of the first tea brands in the UK to go plastic free and to take the plastic problem seriously. We caught up with co-founder Nick Kilby…

Tell us where the idea for teapigs came from?
“Myself and Louise (Cheadle) started teapigs in November 2006 with one mission – to get the nation drinking real tea again.

We met whilst working for a big tea company, where we learned all about tea and drank lots of it. And the more we learned, and the more we drank, the more we came to realise something: that there’s a whole world of quality teas out there that simply aren’t getting the attention they deserve. 12 years later and we now have an office in Brooklyn (NYC) and you’ll find us in over 35 countries.”

How would you sum up the brand in three words?

“Quality, quirky, sustainable.”

Summarise your products and range for us?

“We’ll only source real, whole tea leaves, whole herbs, berries, flowers and spices – no dust in sight! We offer it as loose tea or in our biodegradable tea “temples”. A roomy, mesh bag made from corn starch. We were the first tea company to bring this style of bag to the UK… and many have followed – huzzah!”

Where can people find teapigs for sale?

“Various supermarkets, farm shops, delis and online at teapigs.co.uk.”

Tell us about your supply chain, packaging and environmental impact/commitments?

“We source our teas from top quality, well-run estates. Due to quality and sourcing reasons, not all of our teas are organic but they are always 100% natural and tested against pesticides. Our tea and packaging is 100% plastic free and are temples are biodegradable. A lot more info here.”

Why do you think large brands have been slow to respond to the issues?

“It largely comes down to cost and the infrastructure to make the tea bags and packaging out of more sustainable products.”

Do you see reasons to be hopeful?

“Of course. As more customers demand sustainable products, the bigger brands will have to adapt and many already have which is great.”

What next for teapigs? Will see see coffeepigs?

“No coffee on the horizon for us… we are experts in tea after all! We are however continuing to expand our range and we have some delicious winter limited editions launching in October.”

You can find us on Facebook by searching for Plastic Free Home or at http://www.facebook.com/plasticfreehomeuk.

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