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Is there anything better than a cup of hot tea or coffee? A hot, steaming cuppa is the first thing many of us go to in the morning.

Added: 01st November 2018

If you’ve not heard already, For over 500 years Tea has been harbouring a secret… plastic! Not just the plastic wrapper on the box, or the plastic pouch but mixed in the contents of the Tea itself.

Let’s just digest this for a moment, there is 
plastic in the teabag!
This is our 2018 Update, from plastic tea to plastic-free:
Liquidline is partnered with brands such as Clipper who are fast to respond to this news:

Q&A from Clipper (Updated 20
th October)

Do Clipper tea bags contain plastic?

From the 20th October 2018, Clipper has moved all production to the first plastic-free, unbleached and non-genetically modified tea bags.

Why did Clipper have plastic in their tea bags in the first place?

All Tea companies needed a way to seal the two layers of tea bag paper together, as paper will not stick to paper, and glue was never used. Unbleached filter paper containing polypropylene was the solution to this and provided the heat seal function. Clipper never used PLA (polylactic acid) material in the past as it is derived from corn which may be from GM sources.

What is the new plastic-free tea bag made of?

Clipper now produces their tea bags using a natural plant-based material – a blend of abaca (a species of banana), plant cellulose fibres and PLA – a biopolymer derived from non-GM plant material that helps the paper hold together.

How do I dispose of the used tea bags?

The new plastic-free tea bag paper is biodegradable and compostable to industrial standards.

You can read further information about what Clipper are doing to be plastic free in 2018.