The Steenbergs Sustainable Christmas List

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About Steenbergs

“Based in rural North Yorkshire, Steenbergs Organic was established in 2003 by Axel and Sophie Steenberg.  Since the outset, we have been centred on sourcing and packing the best organic spices, herbs and teas that we can find.  We are one of the leaders in Fairtrade spices.  We also blend spices and herbs into our own recipes creating a range of organic seasonings. Two-thirds of the people who work at Steenbergs (including the management team) are women.

What are our differentiating features:

Completely focused on organic and ethical trading – we source most of our spices direct from growers and grower groups, many of whom are in the developing world, e.g. India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Turkey.  We know down to the region and often the exact 1-hectare farm that grew the spices or herbs.

One of the original Fairtrade spices businesses – we worked (and continue to work) with Fairtrade to develop standards for spices, becoming one of the first Fairtrade spices businesses (the other 2 were Italian), launching the first Fairtrade spices range in Europe.

Determined to develop organic and Fairtrade into the quality standard for spices – since the outset, we have been continuously developing the technical side of our spices and herbs.  We work with our producers to improve the quality of their raw materials, as well as having the widest range of low micro spices and herbs in the organic spices/herbs sector.  Our new factory is to the highest food technical standard with food-grade walls throughout the production and warehouse area and resin floors.  At the same time, we brought in new metal detection, check sieving, blending and grinding capabilities.  All staff are trained in food hygiene and safety using external trainers.

Carbon neutral – Steenbergs has been carbon neutral since 2020. Environmental features in our eco-factories include sun pipes, green energy, rainwater harvested toilet, linoleum floors (in changing areas), solar panels and a living roof. We offset the carbon from transport of our goods (mostly from the pallets as DPD and the Post Office are quite low carbon contributors) by planting trees in Wales.

If you’re looking for a full range of sustainable, environmentally friendly gifts this Christmas, look no further than the festive range from Steenbergs. Packed with organic spices and teas, hand blended in North Yorkshire and all in plastic-free, fully recyclable packaging, there are gifts for all budgets and palates!

Here at Steenbergs, we take sustainability very seriously. We have recently achieved the rigorous B Corp certification for both the Steenbergs and Old Hamlet brands, joining the 700+ UK businesses who choose voluntarily to be held accountable to higher standards of social and environmental performance. Both the packaging of our products and the packaging used to transport them are plastic free and fully recyclable and we have been carbon-neutral since 2020.

All of our products are available to purchase online at and many are also stocked in independent retailers across the UK.

Please find below a handy list of some of our key festive products with highlights, sustainable credentials and for whom they are the perfect gift!

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Mulled Wine Spice Pouchettes – 4 muslin spice bundles packaged in a colourful box, each one enough for a bottle of wine or fruit juice Home compostable spice bundles, blended & packed in the UK, recyclable packaging, plastic free

Great for: Stocking fillers, Christmas tree baubles

Mulling Spice Envelopes – Great stocking fillers and perfect to send in the post! Many Fairtrade, blended in the UK in small batches to traditional recipes, plastic-free

Great for: Stocking fillers, presents to send in the post

Christmas Chai Spices – A fusion between mulled wine and tea and a great spice blend for festive baking! Organic, vegan, sugar-free, salt-free, plastic-free

Great for: Bakers or tea drinkers looking for a festive tipple

Mini Candle Gift Box – 4 mini candles in a Kraft gift box with fresh, botanical, and citrus flavours to fragrance the kitchen. Hand poured in north Yorkshire, recycled ribbon, Kraft recyclable box, plastic-free

Great for: Keen cooks and bakers who want to make the kitchen smell wonderful

Essential Spices Gift Box – 4 of our most popular spices and flavourings – salt, curry powder, black peppercorns & vegetable bouillon. Organic, hand blended in North Yorkshire, recycled ribbon, Kraft recyclable box, plastic-free

Great for: Teenagers, students, first homes

Loose Leaf Christmas Tea – A festive blend of loose-leaf tea with cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and orange & lemon peel. Organic, Fairtrade, salt & sugar-free, plastic-free

Great for: Everyone who wants a festive pick-me-up!

Christmas Drinks Gift Bag – A jute shopper filled with organic tea, tisane, mulling spices and a Steenbergs mug. Organic, reusable shopper, recyclable packaging and plastic free

Great for: If you can’t decide which gifts to go for then this bag has it all!”

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