UEBT and UTZ Certified offer a joint program for herbal teas. UEBT certifies the herbs used for tea, and UTZ traces them from producer to the shelf. Herbal teas with the UTZ label come from farming practices that respect people and planet.
Biodiversity in your tea cup
Herbal teas are made of leaves, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots and bark from all over the world. All carefully picked to bring delicious aromas to your cup of tea.
Plants used for herbal teas spring from earth’s biodiversity. They may grow in the fields and forests near you, or in exotic ecosystems far away.
The blueberries that flavor your tea can be collected from the wild in Romanian forests, linden blossom picked in family orchards in Turkey, or chamomile, peppermint, fennel or lavender grown by local farmers in Germany or Bulgaria.
The UEBT/UTZ certification is open to organizations that produce or process herbs for tea.
Steps towards certification:
Become member of UEBT
Apply the UEBT Standard & additional UTZ requirements
Comply with certification requirements checked by independent third party audits
Certified herbal producers commit to the principles of Ethical BioTrade. For instance:
Biodiversity conservation Farmers take action to conserve local biodiversity. They for example plant wild flowers around their fields, apply organic agricultural practices, or protect endangered animals on and around their farms.
Sustainable use Pickers assure that wild collected plants remain in abundance. Farmers apply crop rotation and any use of agrochemicals is minimized and strictly controlled. Organic agricultural practices are encouraged.
Respect for actors Farmers and collectors receive decent prices for their crops. Labor conditions are closely monitored, for instance, strict health and safety requirements apply to all farmers, from Europe to Latin America.