About

Impact Story

Authentic Products and Experiences

Positive Impacts

Kindness “The language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Impact Escapes emerged from our search for genuine, meaningful travel experiences. This prompted us to focus on responsible tourism.

The company was born from a desire to leave a positive impact on wildlife, communities & environments. Following simultaneous nationwide lockdowns in both New Zealand and Sri Lanka due to the Coronavirus pandemic we were left wondering what we could do to support our friends and colleagues in Sri Lanka who were dependent on tourism for their livelihoods.

The Great Tea Story
Authentic Products and Experiences

Positive Impacts

Kindness “The language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Impact Escapes emerged from our search for genuine, meaningful travel experiences. This prompted us to focus on responsible tourism.

The company was born from a desire to leave a positive impact on wildlife, communities & environments. Following simultaneous nationwide lockdowns in both New Zealand and Sri Lanka due to the Coronavirus pandemic we were left wondering what we could do to support our friends and colleagues in Sri Lanka who were dependent on tourism for their livelihoods.

The Great Tea Story

Sustainability in Ceylon

Our Move To Tea

We believe sharing a cup of tea brings people together, to celebrate, commiserate and sometimes just to chat. It made sense that we could combine our love of tea with our goal to make a positive impact.

We reached out to some of our well loved tea estates and soon Impact Tea was born, read about our favourite tea estates and their unique flavours.

Sustainability in Ceylon

Our Move To Tea

We believe sharing a cup of tea brings people together, to celebrate, commiserate and sometimes just to chat. It made sense that we could combine our love of tea with our goal to make a positive impact.

We reached out to some of our well loved tea estates and soon Impact Tea was born, read about our favourite tea estates and their unique flavours.

Doing Good

The Impact Advantage

Doing Good

The Impact Advantage

Doing good has never tasted better. Each of the tea gardens we work with has been responsibly sourced, what does that mean? We ask questions and listen to the answers, there is always more to learn! We get to know the owners and the workers, we don’t just want to know about the quality of the tea (although that has to be fantastic) we want to be sure that each bag of tea we sell is doing good for the local community where our favourite tea gardens are.

This in itself is no small task but we like to aim high! .

Our Tea Estates

Supporting Local Social Enterprises

We have engaged with some tea estates who are already doing great things: following organic farming principles to ensure regeneration of the land they work on, far exceeding minimum government requirements for pay and benefits such as operating a revenue share scheme and a welfare fund for workers as well as training employees in all aspects of the artisanal tea making process.

Supporting local social enterprises and charities to purchase goods such as the handloom bags the tea is sold in. Like many things when you look deeper into the history of Ceylon tea you discover a far from perfect world where Colonialism dominated and enlisted a workforce of people with promises of work, better living conditions and quality of life for them and their families. Sadly for many people and for many years this was and is still not the case.

Our Tea Estates

Supporting Local Social Enterprises

We have engaged with some tea estates who are already doing great things: following organic farming principles to ensure regeneration of the land they work on, far exceeding minimum government requirements for pay and benefits such as operating a revenue share scheme and a welfare fund for workers as well as training employees in all aspects of the artisanal tea making process.

Supporting local social enterprises and charities to purchase goods such as the handloom bags the tea is sold in. Like many things when you look deeper into the history of Ceylon tea you discover a far from perfect world where Colonialism dominated and enlisted a workforce of people with promises of work, better living conditions and quality of life for them and their families. Sadly for many people and for many years this was and is still not the case.

Tea Leaf Trust

Supporting Tea Communities

Impact Tea has been very fortunate to connect with the Tea Leaf Trust who are well established in Sri Lanka with projects that work to enhance the future prospects of youths growing up on Tea Estates through a focus on employability skills and English as well as developing a focus on transforming marginalised communities from the bottom up by empowering young people to become positive and engaged citizens.

Tea Leaf Trust

Supporting Tea Communities

Impact Tea has been very fortunate to connect with the Tea Leaf Trust who are well established in Sri Lanka with projects that work to enhance the future prospects of youths growing up on Tea Estates through a focus on employability skills and English as well as developing a focus on transforming marginalised communities from the bottom up by empowering young people to become positive and engaged citizens.