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Our Values


At Luponde Tea we are involved in every step our tea makes on its journey from being planted on the estate to being purchased in our shop. We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible and support charities and projects close to our hearts.
We have introduced refill packs for all our teas. They are made from cardboard, so not only can you reuse your tin you can recycle the refill pack.
We have collaborated with our team at the estate to turn some of the disused areas back to indigenous forest. By planting 30,000 trees, we hope to counterbalance our use of tissue paper and cardboard boxes for gift wrapping in our shop.
The Luponde tea estate supports small, independent farmers, social welfare projects and endeavours to preserve and improve the natural environment. It is Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and KLBD Kosher certified.

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Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. They envision a world where people and the environment prosper together.

Rainforest Alliance believe that the best way to keep forests standing is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so.

That means helping farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses realize greater economic benefits by ensuring ecosystems within and around their operations are protected, and that their workers are well-trained and enjoy safe conditions, proper sanitation, health care and housing. Once businesses meet certain environmental and social standards, they are linked up to the global marketplace where demand for sustainable goods and services is on the rise.
The Rainforest Alliance uses the power of markets to arrest the major drivers of deforestation and environmental destruction: timber extraction, agricultural expansion, cattle ranching and tourism. They work to ensure millions of acres of working forests, farms, ranchlands and hotel properties are managed according to rigorous sustainability standards. And by linking those businesses to conscientious consumers, who identify their goods and services through the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark, we demonstrate that sustainable practices can help businesses thrive in the modern economy. The Luponde estate became Rainforest Alliance certified in 2012. Due to artwork restrictions of the seal and mark set by Rainforest Alliance, Luponde Tea are unable to use it on our packaging.
For more information on the Rainforest Alliance please visit,

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KLBD Kosher

KLBD Kosher Certification is one of the world leading kosher certification agencies operating in 60 countries across 6 continents and certifying many of the multi-national food processors and raw material manufacturers alike.

The word kosher means proper or acceptable.

The main principles of Kosher have their origin from the Five Books of Moses in the Bible. They are classified as "Statutes" - no reason is given for keeping them other than Jews are commanded to do so. Rabbis have always stressed their essential role in preserving Jewish life. Just as a healthy diet is good for the body, so Jews keep kosher because it is good for the soul. In the Jewish home, the table is an altar and the kitchen is a domestic sanctuary. The Kosher laws have been applied to the increasing complex world of food ingredients and food production. Foods that are neither meat nor dairy are called pareve. This means that they contain no meat or dairy derivatives, and have not been cooked or mixed with any meat or dairy foods. Fish, fruit, vegetables, grains, and juices in their natural, unprocessed state are common pareve foods. Other pareve foods include pasta, soft drinks, coffee and tea, and many types of candy and snacks. Although pareve foods present fewer kosher complexities than either meat or dairy foods, certain points must be kept in mind:
Pareve foods may lose their pareve status if processed on dairy equipment or when additives are used. The label may give no indication of this processing.
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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 The Luponde estate is certified by Ecocert,

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The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK. It was established in 1992. The Fairtrade Foundation is a member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) which unites the Fairtrade bodies of 21 countries, and producer networks from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Fairtrade works in a few ways:
- It guarantees that the workers have decent working conditions and are paid the national minimum wage.
- For organic tea, the growers and buyers must negotiate a price, which under Fairtrade standards must cover the cost of sustainable production.
- Buyers must pay an additional Fairtrade premium. This is paid to a Joint Body which is made up of management and elected workers. The Joint Body decides on the social development projects of benefit to the workers and their communities in which the premium funds will be invested.
The Luponde estate has been certified Fairtrade since 1994. The premium has been used to help build and maintain nine nursery and junior schools. In January 2012, 29 out of 31 students passed their junior school National exams. The premium is also used to help run the hospital and pay the bus fare to away games for the Luponde estate football team.
Companies that market Fairtrade products in the UK pay a licence fee to the Fairtrade Foundation for use of the FAIRTRADE Mark, which goes towards the costs of certification and to promote Fairtrade.
Due to restrictions with the Mark we have been unable to use it on all of our packaging. The Fairtrade premium is paid on all of our teas and herbs whether they are sold under the Mark or not.

For more information on the Fairtrade Foundation visit