Theme: Sustainable Design

Given the fact that rooibos is such a proudly South African ingredient, it’s surprising that not many locals have explored its nuances. That’s why we love what Sunbird Rooibos Tea introduced to the market: the first single origin range of rooibos teas, all made from organically grown rooibos plants from different parts of the Cederberg. This means no blending of different leaves, and no added flavours.

“We’re trying to elevate the status of rooibos,” says Sunbird founder Anton Louw, who, together with his wife Laura, launched Sunbird after living in Nepal and being introduced to the intricacies and diverse flavour profiles of teas in that part of the world. “Rooibos is really unique. I don’t think there’s anything as globally popular but still only grows in the indigenous place it comes from.” Louw adds that the complexity of single origin rooibos makes for a higher-quality tea than what we’ve become accustomed to.

With a winemaking background and a Masters in Environmental Science, Louw has combined his passions to produce a brand that celebrates the biodiversity of the land in which the tea is grown and supports the environment by having as little impact as possible. When Sunbird later introduced an additional range of blended teas, it used only natural ingredients, and all tea bags (when not in loose-leaf form) are completely plastic-free and compostable.

Loose-leaf rooibos is what Louw encourages. “Loose tea has a much better flavour and uses less packaging. When you brew a cup of loose tea, it gives rooibos a whole new dimension.”

100 Beautiful Things is presented by the V&A Waterfront in celebration of South Africa’s creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience. Every week we will be showcasing five amazingly beautiful creative things that make us proud. It is curated in partnership with Platform Creative.