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OUR APPROACH TO
GROWING TEA

SUSTAINABILITY

There are billions of tea drinkers out there. In fact, tea is the most popular non-alcoholic drink after water. And because Lipton® is the world’s leading tea brand, it means we have a big responsibility when it comes to what we put in ours.


IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS

People care about what goes into their bodies. That’s why we care about what goes into our teas. We believe in tea that is safe to drink and sourced sustainably, without compromising on taste and quality.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROMISE

We are committed to sustainability. By 2020, all the raw materials that go into making Lipton tea will be sourced sustainably, using practices that reduce the use of pesticides and are considerate of the environment and the health, safety and livelihood of farmers. 

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE

We are dedicated to working with governments and regulatory agencies to reduce and, where possible, stop the use of pesticides – especially pesticides classified as Class III by the World Health Organization ( This link opens a 2.1MB PDF file in a new browser tab ).

We also work closely with our growers, traders and producers to help them reduce and eliminate the use of pesticides, setting specific goals with real deadlines they must meet if they want to continue to work with us.

QUALITY CONTROLS (AND TEA)

We are at the forefront of the industry in its work to reduce – and when possible, eliminate – the use of pesticides in farming. We do this through our global initiatives such as the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code.

All Lipton® tea estates are Rainforest Alliance Certified. Rainforest Alliance farms meet very stringent standards, requiring farmers to reduce their overall use of pesticides and use biological alternatives where possible. Additionally, workers on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms must receive proper training in the application of any pesticides and must only use pesticides when they are absolutely necessary to protect our beautiful crops. Trace amounts of pesticides may still be found in our teas, although we are continuously working to reduce those amounts as much as possible. Our efforts are aligned with those of international authorities, including the World Health Organization. If you have any concerns, please reach out on our contact us page and we will be happy to share more information with you.

PICKING OUR SUPPLIERS AS CAREFULLY AS OUR TEAS

All growers and suppliers who want to work with us must have a plan in place for how they intend to reduce chemicals and pesticides – especially WHO Class III pesticides. 

What’s more, they will need to have a provable track record of having reduced pesticides and chemicals in the past.

PICKING OUR SUPPLIERS AS CAREFULLY AS OUR TEAS

All growers and suppliers who want to work with us must have a plan in place for how they intend to reduce chemicals and pesticides – especially WHO Class III pesticides. 

What’s more, they will need to have a provable track record of having reduced pesticides and chemicals in the past.

EDUCATION PLAYS A PART TOO

We’re also committed to our education program, which helps suppliers understand our long-term goals for sustainable tea production and sets out the strict standards of pesticide and chemical use they must meet.

All of this is part of our commitment to help not just brighten your day with the perfect cup of tea, but to help brighten the future of our planet too.

References 

Unilever Global Guidelines on Use of Pesticides in Sustainable Tea Sourcing ( This link opens a 482KB PDF file in a new browser tab ).

Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in international Trade

Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code ( This link opens a 1MB PDF file in a new browser tab ) 

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

World Health Organization. The WHO recommended Pesticides Classification - hazard and guidelines  : (2.1MB PDF) 2009. ISBN978 92 4 154796 3.