A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. --Eleanor Roosevelt
Clipper Teas... I've been loving this brand of delicious teas and infusions! Loving their fun, happy, cheerful packaging! I like very much that their teas and herbs are organic, natural, fair, high quality. And I've liked that the boxes have NO plastic wrap on the outside. I thought their tea bags were plastic-free. And I was happy until I recently discovered that, in fact, some of their tea bags do, indeed, contain plastic... :(
Here is part of the tea section of the tea and coffee aisle of the local supermarket we frequent most often. A LOT of lovely Clipper Teas. I've tried most of them. ;) There's also a large selection of Twinings teas, mostly their infusions, some of which I don't care for much. And Twinings teas usually have a plastic wrap on the outside of the box. There's also Lipton's Yellow Label...
But some of these teabags --like above, with the pressed, crimped edges--at a glance they look plastic-free. And while the bag itself is papery, plastic (polypropylene) is woven into the paper, and when melted, seals the bag. 20-30% of each bag is plastic.
Many of the string-and-tag teabags might seem like a better alternative... But they, too, I found out, have the same plastic (polypropylene) woven into the paper fibers, which apparently strengthens the bags. And the individual wrap around the bag--contains plastic! Is that individual wrapper really necessary?
The great majority of tea bags on the market have plastic connections. It's all very sobering... :(
A loose leaf brew can be plastic free... if the bag or box it comes in contains no plastic, or plastic wrap. And a lot of the boxes are wrapped in plastic, or the tea is in a plastic-foil pouch inside the box. Unless you can get tea in bulk... There is nowhere here in Norway yet offering tea in bulk, plastic free.
Confused??!! Me too! This article Is There Plastic in Your Teabag? from the eco-blog Treading My Own Path is one of the most comprehensive about tea and plastic. I LOVE this blog--one of my favorites!
What's in your cup today?!