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Sustainability is paramount and implemented in all areas of the business. Through research and innovation, the company has been able to switch approximately 80% of its packaging materials to renewable raw materials.

Another 12% of packing is made of glass and 4% is metal. Consequently, 96% of all packaging materials are recycled or reused.

1. Cellulose film (NatureFlex™)

• Based on renewable raw material cellulose, which is derived from wood. Certified as biodegradable and compostable in accordance with EN13432.
• Excellent barrier properties for the preservation of the aromas of spices and teas.
• NatureFlex ™ films have been scientifically tested (UHC Zurich) and have also proven to be an effective barrier against mineral oil residues.

1.1 Cellophane "carton overwrap"
NatureFlex™ has been used since August 2012 for covering tea boxes. The film is made of cellulose and is compostable.

1.2 Spices
• All bags (tubular bags) that are filled by machine are made of NatureFlex™, a material made from renewable resources.
• Equally, Spelt-Habermus and Risonno are packed in NatureFlex™ bags

Exceptions: for the following products, bags are currently made of plastic (PP - Polypropylene)
• Cinnamon
• Bay leaves
• Sage leaves
• Saffron threads

1.3 Tea - Loose teas
Since February 2012, only NatureFlex™- lined paper bags have been used.

1.4 Sample bags
• Spices
• Pyramid bags
• Coffee beans
• Films for ‘Try It” spices

Exceptions: Sample packs for ground coffee are made of plastic (PP - Polypropylene)

2. Albacá fibre (a member of the banana family)
Mainly, the up to two meters long, hard fibres of the Abaca leaves are used. The fibres strengthen the teabag. The rest of the tea bag is made of normal cellulose.
All bags can therefore be disposed of in the compost.

2.1 Tea Bags
Both single and dual-chamber bags

2.2 Teabag chains

2.3 Herbal baths

3. Cornstarch
• The raw material is starch, which is derived from corn.
• The biodegradable mesh decomposes rapidly when put into compost of organic material. The decomposition is initiated by temperature, moisture and alkaline material and cornstarch is completely degraded by microorganisms after the rate of decomposition is accelerated. The time required for form-collapse is approximately 5 ± 3 days when it is kept in compost and approximately 3 ± 0.5 years in soil or water.

For your information: GMO maize starch
• The first priority in the selection of packaging materials for SONNENTOR is whether it can be composted.
• Accredited analytical results confirm that NO GMO-modified material was used in the packaging material.

3.1 Pyramid tea bags

4. Paper, cardboard
The raw material for paper and cardboard is pulp and wood pulp. Both are derived from wood and essentially consist of cellulose. For shipping and transportation, cardboard made from recycled paper is used. For primary packaging, cardboard made from fresh wood is used.
Both are disposed of through the paper collection system.

4.1 Tea boxes, spice boxes

4.2 Tea boxes for Premium Pyramid Tea
The outer box of the new Premium PURE teas no longer contains aluminium. The existing Premium Pyramid Tea products will be converted to aluminium-free printing, therefore eliminating the need for an aluminium and plastic layer.

4.3 Outer box for Symphonia coffee
These cartons are covered with a thin layer of plastic and aluminium. However, the amount of aluminium is miniscule and can therefore be disposed of with recycled paper.

4.4 Outer envelopes for single chamber teabags
These are made of 100% paper.

4.5 Aroma protect packaging
Most teas need special aroma protection to preserve precious essential oils. SONNENTOR protective sleeves consist of a combination of paper and plastic.
Recently, these have been switched to an improved ratio of 80% paper and 20% plastic. In Austria, these items may be disposed of with recycled paper, and in Germany, with general waste.

4.6 Cartons for product units, transport cartons

5. Metal
Tinplate or aluminium is used. These valuable materials are collected and recycled.

5.1 Shakers
Consist of tinplate

5.2 Tea tins
For pyramid tea bags

5.3 Caps and lids
On honey, fruit spreads, tea jà vu, syrups…

6. Glass
Glass recycling is the main source of raw material for new glass. Our glass consists of up to 90% recycled glass.

6.1 Glass jars for honey and fruit spreads

6.2 Tea jà vu and syrup bottles

6.3 Spice mills

6.4 Instant spelt coffee and Instant Viennese Temptation

6.5 Essential Oils

6.6 Vinegars

6.7 Vanilla beans