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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