I read an article in December in The Times newspaper that said gardeners have been noticing that the Tea bag was no longer disintegrating into the earth, after popping used Tea bags in the compost bin and then using that in their gardens. Small pieces of the T-bag was turning up in the soil when turning the earth. I was surprised to hear that and a little upset as my morning routine consists of making a nice cuppa before getting started on the day.
It turned out that Tea bags have up to 25% plastic in them. Our humble tea bag has been sealed with a plastic glue and therefore was not fully biodegradable. The article also mentioned that Mike Armitage of Nature Matters has launched a petition to get the main manufacturers to remove the plastic – you can sign it here.
In the past few days The Guardian has reported that the Co-op have taken notice and are now developing a 100% biodegradable Tea-bag (read article here) which is great to hear and I really do hope that the others manufacturers follow suit. So that we have a choice of tea bags to choose from.
Moral Fibres blog post about plastic in our tea-bags is an excellent resource to find out if your favourite brew includes plastic and some great suggestions of getting rid of the bag all together and going back to leaves and a strainer.
Please sign the petition and also you can email the major companies to request the removal, all contacts provided in Moral Fibres post.
Lets help our hug in a mug be truly that again.