In a recent social media post, we highlighted that most commercial tea bags contain plastics. Not only are these awful for soil health, but our bodies don't enjoy sipping those toxins either.
There are loads of news articles and blog posts about frequent offenders to avoid and simple swaps you can make. Taking a couple moments to look over one or two is all you need to make a lifetime of different purchasing choices.
Snippet from "Greenify Me" blog:
Lets break it down:
- Regular pressed paper teabags with crimped edges: These contain plastic because these crimped teabags are pressed shut using heat, causing the plastic to melt to seal it together. Contains anywhere between 20 to 30 percent plastic. These usually come in square or circular bags.
- Premium 'silken' type: Always made from plastic - no silk at all. Usually come in triangular bags.
- String and tag variety: These are usually folded shut and secured with a staple or knot. Can be plastic free - but many suppliers still choose to use paper with plastic fibers (they say it adds extra durability).
- Organic tea bags: A majority of these contain plastic too...sadly. Unless stated otherwise on the package.
How to avoid plastic tea bags:
- Grow it Yourself
- Buy in Bulk
- Choose Trusted Brands: look for the little "compostable tea bag" symbol on the box