Are you drinking plastic?

I was recently  informed that there is plastic in tea bags. To start off with I was thinking – ‘surely not, I compost my tea bags’. Unfortunately it is true. Polypropylene is a plastic substance found in tea bags to keep them together making them non-sustainable. When I put my tea bag in the compost or landfill I am therefore contributing to plastic pollution. With 96% of all the cups of tea drunk in the UK coming from tea bags (Tea and Infusions Association), all of our cups of tea are going to add up and ultimately this is not sustainable.

What can be done?

Now it is not all doom and gloom. I have had a look at some of the companies’ websites and big companies like Yorkshire Tea have signed the WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, aiming  make packaging more sustainable by 2025. As well as this, they are aiming to make their teabags fully biodegradable by the end of 2019. Other companies like Clipper and PUKKA have already made their bags fully biodegradable.

I am all for this change, but it seems silly to wait until the end of 2019 to reduce my plastic consumption. Therefore I have  swapped to using loose tea and a tea strainer for a sustainable option. I would love to hear from you in the comments below whether this is something you would consider doing?

It is easy to get disheartened by all the overwhelming facts about plastic and the impact, I for sure do! But remember you cannot change everything and being a 100% plastic-free is hard! However, if everyone makes small changes this can amount to a larger impact. Let’s inspire and empower people around us to make a change with us!

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Author: admin

Physiotherapist, Yoga instructor and Pilates instructor

3 Replies to “Are you drinking plastic?

  1. I found out about plastic in tea bags a while ago and I was shocked! Who knew?! Luckily, I’ve been mostly using tea bags from Clipper and Pukka so this wasn’t a big issue for me. But I started to use loose leaf tea more often now that I am aware of this issue. Besides, loose leaf tea is a better quality tea with more antioxidants!

    1. Hello from Toronto

      I too did not know about the greater antioxidents! Lately I have been more a fan of loose leaf tea. I bought a stainless steel strainer and carry it around with me. There is a chain of stores that carry loose and mixed teas here called David’s Tea- and others that are doing a booming business in Canada.
      I know you can order online now but not sure about shipping internationally–but I would well imagine there are good loose leaf tea shops in the UK!
      I find the flavour is more intense. I do like strong tea — Prepping it takes a few extra minutes maybe, but I find that process helps me slow down and savour the tea and the break !

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