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Family owned, Sustainability & Values -- When is big big enough?

By Joerg Mueller 13 September 2017 151 Views No comments

In the light of the recent Pukka takeover by Unilever, I want to share some thoughts as a teablender and tea business owner: Per se I am not averse to selling a company -- but it does matter to whom. I would argue that the structure and interests in large corporations, where profit maximisation is priority will not enhance or further ethical behaviour or sustainability. Currently it is on everyone's agenda because it sells. But statements by Unilever such as "...we have committed to sourcing 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. Whether the crops we use are conventional or genetically modified..."

How can GMO's or the methods used (monopolisation, terminator seeds, pesticide use, reduction in biodiversity, etc) be called sustainable? The word Sustainable is a polarity to GMO and how they are used. I would argue consumers have to make their own choices, but this is difficult in a world of information overload -- especially since big companies do have the budgets that outstrip our small family business resources... I guess all we can do is contribute in our own way as best as we can. And I do believe that the intent or motivation behind why something is done is crucial -- which is very different when you do something out of conviction or because your motivation is gain... The first one is sustainable the second one is not...

Bloom In The Park 2016

By 18 May 2016 5813 Views No comments

Hiya! It's been a while - we know!

We'd just like to say that we'd love to see you at Bloom, so we're giving away some FREE TICKETS!!!

Sustainable Solaris joins Origin Green

By Solaris.Tea 15 May 2016 1635 Views No comments

The Solaris Team are thrilled to announce that we are now a member of the Bord Bia Origin Green Progam. This is a unique programme in which some of Ireland's leading foodservice companies and farmers have joined together in an attempt to increase sustainability amongst exports.

The Personalised Christmas Tea Option

By Alvy Carragher 3 December 2014 1378 Views No comments

Christmas is all about showing people you care. If you’ve got someone you really appreciate in your life and you want to give them something they’ve never seen before, this is the present you’re looking for. Lets have a look at our Personalised Tea Blend Gift Set.

Our Crowdfunding Efforts- The Results are Revealed

By Jörg Müller 10 September 2014 1320 Views No comments

Teabags MachineAs you probably know we recently did a stint of crowdfunding to try and raise funds for a Pyramid Teabag Packing Machine. Find out how that went and see some pictures of the machine here.