Assuring the commitment – Arte & Zayne teas are CERTIFIED organic
At Arte & Zayne, we sell only 100% organic teas and tisanes. And this is not just a claim we make. Since control authority Skal Biocontrole has identified us as a certified organic company, we can be absolutely, 100% certain of it. And we’re proud of it! But what does organic certification actually mean, and why do we need it in the first place?
Organic is booming
As more and more consumers make a conscious decision to choose organic products over conventional ones, the worldwide demand for organically grown food is on the rise. And that is great news. It shows we are reconnecting human and nature while addressing the basic needs of the population. It’s up to all of us to do our part to stop the harming of our earth. And going organic is a great place to start.
However, an increasing demand naturally means supply needs to find ways to keep up too. And while in the early days of the organic movement small farmers would sell their products directly at farmers’ markets, nowadays consumers are purchasing their organic products through traditional channels, like supermarkets. But how can you be certain that the products you are buying through a large retail chain are in fact genuinely organic? Simply: you can’t. To assure you are actually getting what you’ve committed to (and paying for), i.e. a product marketed as organic was in fact produced according to organic production standards, organic certification was needed, and created.
Organic is not just a label
Organic is a legally protected term. A product may only be called organic if the production process complies with legal regulations: governments determine the rules, organic entrepreneurs comply with these and control authorities monitor compliance. By issuing the organic production logo, they make the reliability of organic products visible, for both buyer and consumer.
In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. Control authorities, like Skal, are responsible for the implementation and administration of the organic rules for food producers, importers and trading companies. They inspect and award organic certification to farms and businesses that meet the organic standards, inspecting each of the certified businesses at least once a year, including unannounced and random visits.
Certified organic tea
The growing of organic tea is relatively new and the rules under which organic tea is produced are fairly complicated and tightly controlled. This is because It relies on totally natural organic matter such as compost, plants and trees to provide the necessary nutrients and ground cover. So when a tea is labeled certified organic, quite a few efforts have been made.
At Arte & Zayne, we believe the best tea comes from biodiverse, organic tea plantations. Not only do organic tea farms work with mother nature instead of fighting it, we have found the tea just tastes better. This is the reason we committed ourselves to become a certified organic company, assuring us we are using only 100% organic ingredients to compose our 100% organic signature tea blends. And we are absolutely, 100% certain of it 🙂