Plastic-Free Tea Bags
Did you know that brewing a plastic tea bag at 95°C releases around 11.6 billion microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic between 100 nanometres and 5 millimetres in size, into a single cup(source)?
Comparing that to other products, Nathalie Tufenkji of McGill University in Quebec, told The New Scientist, “Table salt, which has a relatively high microplastic content, has been reported to contain approximately 0.005 micrograms plastic per gram salt. A cup of tea contains thousands of times greater mass of plastic, at 16 micrograms per cup.”
That's not something we wanted to serve with any cup of Tielka tea, which is why, when we started packaging our award-winning organic Fairtrade teas in tea bags (pyramid infusers) in 2017, we opted for a plant-based tea bag fabric.
Our plastic-free tea bag fabric comes from a sustainable, bio-renewable source. We also opted not to seal our tea bags with harmful glue, but by ultrasound.
Tielka tea bags are also industrially compostable.
Tielka is committed to sourcing and using materials that are both good for you and good for the planet. As the packaging industry develops and becomes even more technologically advanced, we are making every move possible to ensure our business will continue to support your health and the environment.