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 20th 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?