Before I start, I would ask you to think of these things first.
First think environment and our children, and petroleum byproducts, then plastic/nylon.
I have had several emails about this “new” tea bag that people have been seeing on TV being offered by a huge tea company.
Last year, I wrote an article about this very thing that was being flushed into the tea market by other tea merchants. My worst feeling has come true.
This is the article (below), it can also be found in our blog if you would like to link to it to spread the word:
I am interested to know what you think about these new revolutionary tea bags.
This is why we really try to promote re-usable infusing methods like the amazing brewer or tea balls (and you know how much I like tea balls lol).
I also feel it is VITAL that we spread the word about this environmental scam as well.
This is something that we have been wrestling with for months now.
How to provide products in packaging that is re-usable and environmentally responsible.
There is a new rage in the tea world of a fancy albeit cool looking new tea bag or some call it a tea sachet (how elegant).
It contains (usually) quality loose leaf tea and is in the shape of a triangle. It allows you to have loose teas “on the go”. What the manufacturers and merchants don’t tell you is the bags are made of are made of a “high quality nylon that is heat tempered” and are NOT biodegradable.
Worse yet is the fact that large manufacturers are now “private labeling” these “revolutionary” bags so they are now available to every tea Tom, Dick and Harry to propagate our land fills with yet more plastics.
If there were going to be a revolution in tea, I would prefer it to be focused on Fair Trade implementation and less exploitation of tea estates, people and the planet.
The earth doesn’t need a revolutionary tea that fills our dumps with more plastic products. Besides who knows what the long term effects of drinking plastics that have had boiled water poured over them or even been put in a microwave?
We have finally started to see major players in the tea arena get away from the bleached tea bags that they have been using for years. A step in the right direction… is this a classic case of one step forward two steps back?
Something to ponder over a cup of tea that is for sure.