Established in 2010, English Tea Shop shares a passionate belief in doing things differently.We believe in putting the people and our Prajava (the Sri Lankan word for a united, passionate community) at the heart of our business before profit. Our mantra of ‘celebrating communities from farm to cup’ guided our road to success in over 55 markets worldwide. We believe that if a business looks after its community, the community will look after the business. Having a strong relationship with the community creates opportunities for growth and incredible results.
The power of customers, employees and suppliers’ interests, encourages stronger, more fruitful relationships to be formed. As a business, we see no value in a quick win. We prioritise long-term strategy, with sustainable relationships at its core.
Growing food without GMOs has important environmental and sustainability benefits that are visible throughout the production process. From the growing stages to the harvest and transportation of our products, we ensure that the benefits remain. This is something that we maintain in the collection, storing, and as the product is processed to the market channel.
Non-GMO verification shows our products are meeting the Non-GMO Project requirements. This means that all legal conditions relating to the labelling and traceability of non-GMO have met the authorised standard.
A number of our certifiers, including our certifier, UK’s Soil Association have declared a ban against the use of corn starch based biodegradable mesh. They believe GMOs do not fit with the principles of organic agriculture as they pose potential risk to the environment and human health.
As a result, the entire industry is now moving towards the development of a non-GMO based biodegradable tea bag material. According to the world’s leading tea bag paper/mesh manufacturers such a product would become a possibility in the next couple of years. At English Tea Shop, we pride ourselves on our laser eye focus and commitment to achieving results which don’t just benefit the business but are better for the world at large. This is why, we are fully committed to staying clear of GMOs for both ingredients and packaging.