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Organic September!

It is Organic September! A UK celebration of all things organic and this year the Soil Association are asking everyone to make a Small Change to be part of a Big Difference.

The Luponde estate is one of the oldest organic tea estates in the world and we are keen to highlight the importance being organic is to us. You can make a difference simply by switching your tea to a Luponde one. It really is that easy!

As this month is all about being organic I thought I would share with you the details behind this system.

Organic is a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and food production. It recognises the close interrelationships between all parts of the production system from the soil to the consumer.

Luponde Tea Ltd is certified by Soil Association Certification Ltd, the UK’s leading and most recognised organic organisation. They have established a comprehensive set of organic principles that guide their work and standards:
- To work within natural systems and cycles throughout all levels, from the soil to plants and animals
- To maintain the long term fertility and biological activity of soils
- To respect regional, environmental, climatic and geographic differences and appropriate practices that have evolved in response to them
- To foster biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats and landscape features
- To maximise use of renewable resources and recycling
- To minimise pollution and waste
- To provide a fair and adequate quality of life, work satisfaction and working environment
- To develop ecologically responsible production, processing and distribution chains, emphasising local systems.

From these principles the practices that form the foundations of organic farming have been established:

- encouraging biological cycles involving micro-organisms, soil fauna, plants and animals
- sustainable crop rotations
- recycling of nutrients using composted manure and vegetable waste
- cultivation techniques that enhance and protect the soil and its life
- avoiding soluble mineral fertilizers
- avoiding agrochemical pesticides.

With over 36 years' experience, the Soil Association has worked with more businesses than any other certification body - certifying over 4,500 farms and businesses all over the world. In the UK 86% of households buy organic products with shoppers spending more than £33 million a week on them. For more information visit Soil Association.The Luponde estate is certified by Ecocert.

Remember make your tea a Luponde one this month and support the Soil Association in their organic celebrations. Why not Tweet us with a picture of you enjoying one of our fantastic organic teas.

Luponde Tea Plantation

Melissa, September 2013