• Roxanne Tibbert

Is there plastic in my tea?

Updated: May 23

Whether you're a milk and sugar kind of tea drinker, or the hippy herbal kind - one thing I've learnt living in England is that pretty much everyone loves a good cuppa. Or brew. Or afternoon tea (pinkies up 👌🏻).


But does your tea contain plastic? Chances are - probably!


This was quite a shocker for me. They put plastic in teabags? Why?


Apparently plastic can be used to seal teabags. But that means that microplastics can end up in your tea, and it obviously means your teabags aren't as eco as you might have thought. How many of you chuck your teabags straight into the food bin 🙋🏼‍♀️. Well unless you're buying plastic free that might not be so good after all.


So which brands don't contain plastic? Keep reading for the top 5 brands.

5 plastic free teas

They're in alphabetical, not preference, order.


Clipper

Teabags: unbleached, biodegradable & plant-based.

They aren't plastic free - strictly speaking. Their teabags are sealed with a non-GM bio-material made from plant cellulose, known as PLA, which is a bio-plastic. This plastic is biodegradable but it is still plastic. So use your own judgement here.

Additional superpower: organic tea. They support organic and climate friendly farming methods. And as an extra bonus they're also Fairtrade. Winning.

Packaging: paper boxes and envelopes, although some boxes do also contain those sneaky plastic foil bags.

Disposal: teabags go in the food bin, paper in the recycling, and foil in the bin.


PG Tips

Teabags: almost plant-based.

So far they're produced over 9 billion plant-based teabags - but they haven't fully switched over yet. Look out for their new boxes.

Packaging: as of 2020 they're ditching plastic packaging and going all out paper.

Disposal: teabags go in the food bin, paper in the recycling.





Pukka Herbs

Teabags: plastic free.

They're made with a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana), wood pulps and plant cellulose fibres, stitched together with 100% organic, non-GMO cotton.

Additional superpower: they are certified Fair for Life. They donate 1% of their revenue to environmental and social causes. They source organic ingredients. And they're carbon neutral (since 2019).

Packaging: paper boxes and envelopes.

Disposal: teabags go in the food bin, paper in the recycling.


Teapigs

Teabags: certified plastic free (there's a new trade mark!)

Their teabags are made from corn starch and paper.

Additional superpower: they're a certified B Corp (which means you can trust their sustainability claims) and they have their own ethical scheme sourcing natural teas and giving back to communities.

Packaging: inner bags made from wood pulp and paper boxes.

Disposal: teabags and inner bags go in the food bin, paper in the recycling.


Twinings

Teabags: plant-based and biodegradable.

Their premium hot and cold ‘mesh’ teabags are plastic free, as are some of their ‘tag’ teabags (they're working to get all of these plastic free this year).

Packaging: some boxes have an inner plastic based foil bag.

Disposal: teabags go in the food bin, paper in the recycling, and foil in the bin.






Happy plastic free tea drinking friends!


Love, Roxy.

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