Environment & Sustainability

What is our philosophy regarding the environment?

Madura Tea’s reputation for producing pure tasting quality tea stems from a commitment to sustainability. Our forward-thinking approach to environmental management is fuelled by a desire to nurture the northern New South Wales farmland that sustains our tea plantation. Our policies and procedures support ideals of sustainability, offsetting our environmental footprint and giving back to the community. We strive to implement practices and procedures that take only what is needed from the environment.  Water used to irrigate the plantation is drawn from three dams and clean underground springs. Annual tests ensure that water remains free of chemical residues and tea dust and other tea waste is collected and used as mulch on the plantation. We pick and pack on site to limit freight movements and have rationalised our warehousing and transport systems to further reduce our carbon footprint. Our 250,000 tea plant plantation (a carbon sink) and factory operation is powered by more than 400 solar panels providing us sustainable energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

We have won Australian National Packaging Covenant awards for our sustainable approach to packaging and waste minimisation. Our current Environment Management Plan maps out how we will improve on environmental policies and practices over the next five years.  The plan underpins the way we do business and demonstrates our diligent and strategic approach to environmental management. Future projects on the sustainability whiteboard include reviewing machine usage to coincide with maximum in-house solar generation and investigating a streamlined cleaning and blending system. We also want to be sure that our trading partners also employ sustainable and ethical processes.  We are definitely committed to increasing our use of Rainforest Alliance certified products and investigating buying more carbon-neutral tea and herb products.

What are Madura’s pyramid bag leaf infuser made from?

The pyramid leaf infuser mesh is made from a polylactic acid product sourced from corn starch and is a plant based material with no allergenic properties.

How do we ensure that our imported teas are safe from pesticides?

We test all our imported teas at an independent Government laboratory to standards in excess of the ANZFA standards for pesticide residues. Over the years we have identified a number of overseas estates who adopt the same business and sustainability rules as Madura, and as a result we continue to source teas from them, ensuring an ongoing degree of consistency.

Does Madura utilise any pesticides on our estate tea bushes?

We are extremely fortunate to not have any pests and diseases within our region, as a result, we do not spray any fungicides or insecticides on the tea bushes themselves. Our estate itself is not certified organic, however, we do test our teas using an independent laboratory, for any residues that could come in from neighbouring farms. The water quality is also monitored and we do test for E.Coli, Salmonella, Organochlorines, Organophosphates and Synthetic Pyrethroids.

The filter paper of the tea bag is white - is it bleached?

Yes, however not with chlorine but with oxygen. The filter paper is a highly specialised product which is also designed to remain stable under boiling water. It is completely neutral and does not impart any flavour or starch to the brew.

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