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Friday, 16 February 2018

Taking the plastic out of your teabag

There has been huge pressure over that ultimate plastic throwaway, the teabag:
Is There Plastic In Your Tea? | Moral Fibres - UK Eco Green Blog
Why Is There Plastic In My Teabag? - Huffington Post
Most UK teabags not fully biodegradeable, research reveals | Environment | The Guardian
Tea bag brands to avoid if you're eco-conscious - There's plastic in these tea bags - Country Living

With the focus on the market leaders in the UK:
Tetley - About us - Frequently Asked Questions
Are Tetley Tea Bags Compostable? - YouTube

And a campaign to get one in particular to do something about it:
Remove plastics from tea bags | Campaigns by You
Non-biodegradable teabag petition led by gardener - BBC News
Petition · PG Tips: Ask PG Tips to start using biodegradable tea bags · Change.org

Here's a press release from a competitor:

The New ‘Green’ Tea: Co-opBrews Up Solution To Plastic Tea Bags

30 January 2018
The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage.
The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections.
The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million teabags) has joined forces with its tea supplier, Typhoo, and Ahlstrom-Munksj√∂, specialists in sustainable fibre solutions, to develop the new method of heat sealing bags which will eliminate the use of the more widely-used plastic seal.
The new bio-degradable bag which is due to undergoing rigorous testing in February, could be on shelves later this year. Intended to be rolled out across the Co-op’s entire own-label standard tea range, it will be fully compostable in food waste collections after use.
Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food, said: “Many tea drinkers are blissfully unaware that the teabag from their daily cuppa is sealed using plastic. Even though it’s a relatively small amount, when you consider the six billion cups of tea that are brewed up every year in the UK, we are looking at around 150 tonnes of polypropylene – that’s an enormous amount of accumulated plastic waste that is either contaminating food waste compost collections or simply going to landfill.
“A cup of tea is part of our national psyche, so we felt it was imperative that we fix the problem as soon as possible. We’re absolutely committed to reducing plastic in our packaging and want to ensure that tea lovers can enjoy a guilt-free brew.”
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The Co-op is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its products and has a long-term ambition for 100% of its product packaging to be recyclable with an interim target of 80% by 2020. This includes reducing the use of unnecessary and hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and using more recycled content wherever possible.

The New ‘Green’ Tea: Co-op Brews Up Solution To Plastic Tea Bags - Co-op
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