Tea Bags and the ENVIRONMENT
Branded tea bags contain plastics.
Firstly the tea bag material is coated in about 25% heat resistant polypropylene to ensure the tea bag does not degrade in hot water after a long time holding tea on the supermarket shelf.
Secondly, tea bags are heat sealed again using polypropylene or micro granule plastics to keep the tea inside.
Pyramid tea bags are 50% worse for the environment because they are sealed on three sides.
Some manufacturers even state that their tea bags are made from nylon or non woven material (even sometimes called silk to disguise the non natural material).
spice.boutique teabags have ZERO plastic content because they do not contain tea for any length of time, which would require us to consider this option.
Our tea bags are sealed on three sounds using an ultrasound and compression technique, and the drawstring is 100% natural cotton.
This means all our tea bags are 100% PLASTIC FREE, GENUINELY 100% BIODEGRADABLE and even home compostable.
Conventional white tea bags are bleached to make the colour white. The bleaching of chemical pulps has the potential to cause significant environmental damage primarily through the release of organic materials into waterways. Pulp mills are almost always located near large bodies of water because they require substantial quantities of water for their processes.
"Conventional bleaching using elemental chlorine, produces and releases into the environment large amounts of chlorinated organic compounds including dioxins."
"Effluents from Pulp Mills Using Bleaching - PSL1" ISBN 0662187342 DSS. Health Canada 1991.
Dioxins are regulated on an international basis by the STOCKHOLM CONVENTION ON PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS.
"They are highly toxic, and health effects on humans include immune, reproductive, hormonal, and developmental problems. They are known to be carcinogenic. Dioxins accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals."
"Dioxins and their effect on human health" World Health Organisation 2010.
spice.boutique unbleached self fill teabags are made from wood pulp and certified from source manufacture as a TOTALLY CHLORINE FREE (TCF) Process. That is why spice.boutique unbleached paper self fill tea bags are brown in colour - they are your visible assurance that we care for the health of our customers and the wellbeing of our planet.
PAPER PULP MILLS
Depending on which source you quote, paper pulp mills are around the 5th largest contributor to global warming. This is not why many of the big brands are turning to nylon and other non-woven man made fabrics - but because these are cheaper.
If paper can be taken out of the tea bag process, then it will make a significant improvement to climate change.
This is why spice.boutique has developed a new natural manufacturing process where tea bags are made from corn fibre. Some other manufacturers in the USA use corn fibre - but the raw materials are genetically modified. Our raw materials are NOT genetically modified.
Even better, the corn fibre is whitened using a revolutionary new process whereby oxygen molecules are forced through the fibre to scour it white - meaning there is no requirement for bleaching.
Once again spice.boutique uses an all natural cotton drawstring.
Therefore, this new and exclusive tea bag has no plastics, no bleach, no genetically modified materials and is 100% natural, biodegradable and home compostable.
If you cannot use our tea bags, the next best thing to help the environment is perhaps to use a tea strainer. However, we would simply observe that cleaning the strainer afterward uses water, a very expensive world resource.
Please help us save the planet, one tea bag at a time!