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Teabags and Microplastic

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

A few years back I was reading an article about teabags and microplastic. Yes, the bags themselves can shed billions of particles of microplastics. The Journal of Environmental Science & Technology published an article showing “that steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature (95 °C) releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup”. Shocking right! https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.9b02540.

Polypropylene is often used to seal teabags to stop them from falling apart. As it isn’t compostable or biodegradable, it can lead to plastic pollution as it won’t be broken down. Like most plastics, polypropylene is a known endocrine disruptor. A quick google search will bring up a lot of published information about the range of health issues (some chronic) which can stem from endocrine disruptors. https://chemicals.news/2017-11-30-polypropylene-toxicity-si…. So… take a close look at the packaging information on a range of teabags - is the bag made of plastic? or is a bioplastic used to seal the bag? do you want to drink plastic in your tea or go for a zero waste, plastic-free option? Why not browse through our range of loose-leaf teas, loose leaf tea infuser and reusable cotton tea bags! Our teas are Organic and Biodynamic meaning they are also free from pesticides and herbicides etc. Also, I would recommend using a stainless-steel infuser / strainer or reusable cotton tea bag rather than a plastic one for the reasons above. A good stainless-steel infuser / strainer should last for decades. If it starts to get stained by the tea, just pop some baking soda and vinegar onto it and give it a good rub. It will come back to it's original sparkling self in no time.

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