Blended with Care: From Seed to Sip
For more than 50 years, we’ve made teas that are good for people and good for the planet. See the steps we take to ensure that our teas always taste great and are made with responsibly sourced ingredients.
The Celestial Difference
Celestial Seasonings was founded in 1969 with one goal: to provide delicious, high quality teas that are good for our customers and good for the world. We think it’s important to share with you the steps we take to ensure that our teas are of the highest quality, deliver the great taste you expect and are produced in a way that protects the Earth’s natural resources. Celestial Seasonings and our parent company, Hain Celestial, supports “Right to Know GMO” for you to make informed purchase decisions when it comes to GMOs. We call our sustainability story “Blended With Care: From Seed to Sip”, and we’d like to take you through it in eight steps – from the farmers’ fields to your teacup.
We select only the highest quality herbs, teas and botanicals that our farming partners grow according to Earth-friendly practices. Our farming partners meet strict standards for purity, quality and consistency by using sustainable agricultural practices that are better for the land, produce better ingredients and result in better teas.
Sourced from Around the World
We blend all our teas are in our hometown of Boulder, Colorado but we source our 100+ botanicals from more than 35 different countries around the world. We purchase 70% of those ingredients directly from the farmers and local communities. Going “straight to the source” whenever possible allows us to select only the highest-quality ingredients and to continually monitor each crop. Many of our ingredient suppliers have been part of the Celestial Seasonings family for more than 40 years. We buy quantities of fresh crops that will only last until the next harvest and return to the same farming communities year after year.
We test all incoming raw ingredients for purity and quality. We rigorously test every incoming shipment of ingredients to ensure that all of our products adhere to strict industry standards and our own “gold standard” for high product quality. Working with outside experts, we continually evaluate and refine our already stringent testing protocol to address changes in environmental and agricultural practices. Any raw ingredients that do not meet the standards established by leading government and industry agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Union Pharmacopoeia Convention, are rejected. In short, we believe we have the best, most up-to-date screening process in the industry.
Our experienced staff cleans and mills all raw materials in-hous. By purchasing our botanicals whole rather than pre-milled, we are better able to test the quality of our raw ingredients to ensure they meet our high standards for purity and quality. Cutting our herbs on-site and at the time of packaging ensures freshness and maximizes flavors.
Expert blending goes into every batch of tea we make. Once we milled our ingredients, we blend them into recipes formulated by our experienced Product Development team. Our Blendmaster, who has 40 years of experience with Celestial Seasonings, tests every batch of our tea to ensure each batch matches the “gold standard” for that recipe.
The goodness of our packaging matches the goodness found inside. We package our teas in natural fiber, pillow-style tea bags that don’t need a string, tag, staple or individual wrapper. Doing this saves more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills each year. Our artful outer boxes consist of 100% recycled paperboard (35% post-consumer content) that can be recycled again when empty. In addition, we recently reduced the thickness of our plastic outer freshness wrapper to reduce material usage.
Our commitment to social responsibility does not end when our teas leave our facility. We use carriers that participate in the USEPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership. SmartWay aims to accelerate the availability, adoption and market penetration of advanced, fuel-efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain, while helping companies save fuel, lower costs and reduce adverse environmental impacts.
Where it all comes together. Celestial Seasonings is one of the largest, most beloved specialty tea manufacturers in North America, with tens of thousands of passionate fans of our teas. It’s all possible because of the care and quality we put into our products. If you are ever in Boulder, stop by and visit us! We have over 140,000 visitors come through our Tour Center every year.
Our commitment to ensuring that our teas are Blended With Care: From Seed to Sip means:
– Confidence in where and how our suppliers grow the ingredients for our tea.
– Consistency in quality and flavor in each cup of our tea.
– Commitment to sustainable practices.
– Care for the health of our people and our planet in each and every sip.
Here at Celestial Seasonings, we believe in the safety, purity and quality of our products, and we commit to social and environmental responsibility in everything we do. Thanks for taking the time to read about our continuing efforts to make sure every cup of Celestial Seasonings tea is the very best cup we can make.