Solaris Botanicals


Membership approved until 1st May 2018

Business Background

Sector
Beverages

Product Range
Whole Leaf Loose Herbal Teas, Whole Leaf Loose Tea, Whole Leaf Silken Tea Bags, Bebetter Chakra Teas, Flowering Tea, Matcha, Tea Accessories and Tea Gifts.

Specialists In
The blending and preparation of internationally award-winning whole-leaf organic teas.

 

 

Established in 2003, Solaris is a family business devised by qualified medical herbalists (BSc Hons) Joerg and Karin Mueller. Based in Galway, Solaris specialises in the blending and preparation of internationally award-winning whole-leaf organic teas.

From its humble beginnings, hand blending small batches of herbal teas in a converted attic, customer demand saw the range expand to include organic green teas, white teas and Oolong (Wu-long).

The company is currently exporting to high-end delis, restaurants, hotels and spas throughout the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland and Saudi Arabia.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Raw Material Sourcing

  • 100% of office stationary and office supplies environmentally certificated.
  • Identify printing factories which use environmentally friendly printing and use their service for 60% of packaging

Manufacturing Processes

  • Reduce energy usage by 10% by 2015 (actual reduction achieved was 27.7%).
  • Improve transport efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, which has resulted in a 28% reduction in emissions per kg of product output.

Social Sustainability

  • Increase engagement with the local community through initiatives including providing foraging courses, fundraising for local causes and providing training to food service staff.
  • Provide healthy smoothies for staff, and increase the amount time dedicated to personal development of staff in order to improve overall well being.

Unique Selling Points

Only organic material is used in Solaris’ extensive range of teas and health, purity and taste are the cornerstones of the company’s blends.

The teas created by Solaris contain no artificial aromas or flavours and use only paper and biodegradable packaging to minimise the impact on resources and the environment.

The company deals directly with tea plantations to ensure they are paid fairly for their work. Solaris’ philosophy is simple – to deliver high-quality tea that’s pure from leaf-to-cup.

Awards & Accreditations

  • Best Irish Organic Grocery Product Award 2008 / 2009
  • Great Taste Awards – 12 in total
  • Euro-toques Ireland Food Awards

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