Lipton® and Sustainability
Lipton® has always led the way for tea. From Sir Thomas Lipton’s innovative Lipton® tea estate, to his exciting marketing promotions—Lipton® has always been ahead of the curve.
This is especially true when it comes to sustainability. Lipton® is doing more than ever to ensure that our refreshing tea tastes great not just today, but for years to come.
Where is Lipton® Tea Grown?
Today, Lipton® touches many parts of the world. Lipton® tea is grown in estates in Kenya, Argentina and Sri Lanka. Lipton® owns tea estates in both Kenya and Tanzania. Across the world, we work with the Rainforest Alliance to ensure that our tea is sourced sustainably, and workers get a fair deal.
The Rainforest Alliance and Lipton® Tea
The Rainforest Alliance is an independent organization that works with individuals, communities and companies to reduce environmental impacts and ensure sustainable livelihoods.
In May 2007, our parent company, Unilever, pledged to source tea sustainably by working with the Rainforest Alliance. From 2015 onwards, 100% of our tea for Lipton® tea bags is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea gardens.
What Does the Rainforest Alliance Do?
Rainforest Alliance certification encourages farmers to grow crops and manage estates sustainably in three ways: environmental protection, social equity and economic viability. Since none of these factors can support long-term success on its own, the Alliance helps farmers improve in all three areas.
By choosing tea that’s certified by the Rainforest Alliance, you’re making a positive difference to the future. You’ll be helping to support farmers working to improve their livelihoods and those of their families, while protecting the planet for the future.
Tea farming and the use of pesticides
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 some of 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.