We are world leaders in eco friendly tea bags.
spice.boutique was born in 2016 by the Brown family on the wonderful west coast of Scotland. There are six of us, and we all drink different types of tea. Dad loves spiced teas such as honey chai tea, Mum drinks strong black teas, the boys love to experiment with green and white teas and Rebecca is a fruit tea enthusiast. This means that our kitchen cupboards were always full of half finished boxes of tea bags, opened and unused after the initial tastes!
We were also increasingly concerned about how much standard tea bags were harming our environment with plastics, non-biodegradable materials, bleaching with dioxins and the use of genetically modified materials. And so, it became our family mission to save the planet one tea bag at a time! We called this mission spice.boutique because tea is a spice and we wanted to generate a boutique feel to how people buy planet friendly tea bags. As a principle, our family agreed that we only sell biodegradable tea bags with zero plastic, glue or micro-granule content.
Naturally, we had some obstacles to overcome. We first excluded plastics and glues by sourcing white paper tea bags that are sealed by a 100% natural cotton drawstring. The sides of the bags are sealed using an ultrasound and compression technology. We took that technology and applied it to unbleached paper which is light brown in colour. This means there are no harmful dioxins seeping into our customers' tea or the environment. Our spice.boutique empty self fill unbleached paper tea bags have been an incredible success in a very short time - selling all over the world to people who really care about what goes into their local environment.
Recently, we have been working to take our mission even further by developing a new technology for tea bags. We are using non genetically modified corn fibre as a base material. Instead of whitening with bleach, we make these tea bags white by blowing oxygen modules through the fibre to scour it. This again means no harmful dioxins leaking into the environment. Corn fibre is totally biodegradable and once again we seal with a 100% natural cotton drawstring. The tea bag sides are joined together using our ultrasound and compression method - so no glues, chemicals or micro-granules.
As a family we are excited to be developing and promoting environmentally friendly, self-fill tea bags so that each person can make their own perfect cup of tea and save the planet at the same time. That's why our slogan is Your Tea, Your Strength, Your Way.