Responsible sourcing - Preserving nature.
Sustainability: A Prior Core Of iTeaworld
While maintaining exceptional taste and quality, we've consistently sought ways to drive change and offer sustainable solutions.
The Beginning Of All Things Sustainable
“As a tea drinker, I have always been deeply passionate about the art of the tea ceremony and traditional Chinese culture. These values, particularly the ancient Chinese philosophy of "the unity of heaven and mankind（天人合一）," have resonated with me on a profound level. They have not only shaped my perspective but have also become guiding principles in both my words and actions.
Choosing to devote my life to tea, I found inspiration in contemplating how I could contribute more to nature. My journey as a tea merchant took me to numerous remote corners of China for high-quality tea. Along this path, I encountered scenes of neglect and areas in dire need of protection. These experiences fueled a growing realization and a sense of responsibility.
I began to envision a mission for myself – a commitment to safeguarding wild and ancient tea trees, preserving traditional handcfated tea-making techniques, and supporting tea farmers in these remote areas. Witnessing the environmental challenges firsthand, I became determined to take steps toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach.”
-----------Mr. Liu, Founder of iTeaworld
Protecting Wild Tea Trees
Since 2015, iTeaworld has taken it upon itself to protect wild tea in Guilin, Guangxi. We have a 4 million square meter ecological reserve where tea trees grow naturally in the forest, undisturbed by human activity. We harvest only once a year from this vast tea plantation, producing only 300 kilograms, reflecting our considered choice and emphasizing our strong commitment to preserving the true essence of wild tea.
Protecting Centuries Old Trees
At iTeaworld, we witnessed the unfortunate decline of century-old tea trees due to the widespread cultivation of cedar and the impact of pests. Faced with this reality, our founder took action. Collaborating with the Guangxi Tea Research Institute, we established a sanctuary for ancient tea trees in Longsheng County, Guangxi.
Currently, we have successfully safeguarded over 2,000 century-old tea trees. Our approach is rooted in natural conservation methods, steering clear of pesticides and fertilizers to ensure their pure, unadulterated growth. We harvest only once a year, allowing these venerable trees to thrive in their natural state.
Preserving the Heritage of Traditional Tea Crafting.
Tea boasts a rich history in China, dating back three millennia with explicit documentation found in the "Huayang Guo Zhi《华阳国志》" Modern tea-making techniques have evolved from traditional craftsmanship. We are dedicated to preserving the diversity of these traditional tea-making methods, collaborating with seasoned tea masters, employing traditional practices such as hand-picking, sun-drying, and using wood charcoal for roasting. This not only ensures the preservation of the authentic taste of tea but also safeguards and passes down age-old craftsmanship.
Supporting Tea Farmers in Remote Tea Regions.
We source fresh tea leaves and early-stage processed tea directly from farmers in remote tea regions. This ensures our tea comes from the pure air of mountainous areas, and we aim to positively impact the livelihoods of farmers in these remote regions.
Bringing sustainability to our tea production.
We prioritize environmental consciousness in our packaging choices. By opting for FSC-compliant paper and plastic-free cotton materials, along with eco-friendly soy-based printing, we aim to contribute to a sustainable future. Even when using a protective plastic film for moisture-sensitive tea leaves, our commitment is to incorporate as many biodegradable and environmentally friendly materials as possible in our packaging design.
Biodegradable Corn Tea Bags
We are one of the few companies offering biodegradable tea bags for loose-leaf tea. Understanding the convenience many seek with tea bags, we provide an extra option to meet this demand. Adhering to our commitment to environmental responsibility, our choice for these tea bags is made from biodegradable corn starch.
What we're currently working on...
Applying for EU Organic Standard Certification
We are currently in the process of applying for EU organic standard certification to ensure the quality and authenticity of our products.
Sustainable Single-Tea Packaging
In our future packaging endeavors, we are committed to using recyclable iron tins paired with low-cost eco-friendly replacement bags. This initiative aims to minimize packaging waste and promote sustainability.
Expanding Handcrafted Tea Collection
We plan to collaborate with more tea farmers to introduce handcrafted teas, supporting the livelihoods of artisanal tea makers and preserving traditional tea-making techniques.
Promoting Traditional Tea Plantation Methods
We are actively working to promote traditional tea tree cultivation methods among tea farmers. Our goal is to encourage more tea gardens to adopt traditional farming practices, reducing the reliance on pesticides and fertilizers.