If you’re a tea drinker, like 88% of the population, you enjoy one of the 165 million cups of tea brewed each day in Britain. All this tea we drink translates into 370,000 tonnes of waste per year, which is about 14kg of waste per household. With small actions, we can help reduce this.
At Unilever, we’re on a mission to reduce waste. As the largest tea buyer in the world, we want to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem. That’s why our brand PG Tips is not only passionate about making all your cuppas as tasty as they can be, they are also committed to ensuring we continually reduce the impact of all that tea on the environment.
A bright future has already
PG Tips recently became the first major UK tea brand to sell fully Rainforest Alliance certified black and green teas. This year, focus has been on reducing waste and helping spread the word to tea-drinkers across Britain to recycle or compost your tea bags.
When you choose Unilever, you help create a bright future. PG Tips has reduced the amount of tea in original and decaf tea bag waste that goes to landfill by almost 1000 tonnes a year – that’s the equivalent of three Boeing 747s!
As a tea drinker, you too can make a big impact with just small changes to your everyday habits. Adding your tea bags to local food waste collections will help reduce waste. 55% of local councils in the UK provide such a service and that number is rising every year. So if your council offers food waste collections, start recycling your tea bags today!
PG Tips fruit, herbal and green tea ranges use a different tea bag material than our other PG tips pyramid bags. To compost these ranges, put the contents of the used bag on your compost heap, and dispose of the bag with the rest of your household waste.
For those of you without access to food waste collections, why not try composting at home? Home composting is simple and produces rich, free compost that is great for the garden.
Top PG tips for composting:
- Chop up your waste and add a few sprinkles of water before throwing it on your compost heap – this speeds up the process.
- Layer green waste (tea bags, leaves, vegetable peelings, cut grass) on top of brown waste (dry leaves and grass, wood chips, shredded newspaper, pet bedding).
- Place your heap in the sun.
- Regularly rotate your heap to allow in oxygen.
- Keep a waste caddy/bin in your kitchen to make collection easier.
Get involved and help make a difference with every cup:
- To find out how to start composting, visit: www.recyclenow.com/
- Like the PG Tips facebook page to show your support and keep up with Monkey’s whereabouts.
- For more information about how PG Tips is helping Visit the PG Tips website
When you choose Unilever you help create a bright future.