I am a teacionado (I just made up that word) of Clipper teas for the taste and because they are a Fairtrade company.
I pulled apart a Clipper Teas teabag a few months ago and lit a match to it to see whether I could smell the characteristic smell of burning plastic. No smell. Nothing.
So I thought Clipper teabags were already free of plastic.
I mentioned it in a reply to Clipper on Twitter and they said they were working on it but they still used plastic. So I was wrong with my test results. Good to see they are working at it, though.
Now the Guardian reports:
The UK’s longest-established Fairtrade tea brand has become the latest to ditch synthetic sealants in its teabags, amid mounting consumer pressure on manufacturers to help cut down on plastic pollution.
Clipper Teas – which champions the unbleached teabag – hopes to introduce a new, fully biodegradable bag free of polypropylene, a sealant used across the industry to ensure bags hold their shape, by the summer.
Adele Ward, brand controller at Clipper, said: “To help minimise our impact on the environment our aim is to create a teabag paper made from all plant-based material. Not only will it be biodegradable, but it will remain unbleached and adhere to our organic principles. The development of this new substrate, which is completely GM free and 100% unbleached, means it is taking a little more time to finalise, but is a key priority. We hope to have a plastic-free teabag in operation by the summer.”
Throwaway plastic like this can join the growing list of things we are slowly getting rid of – micro-beads, plastic straws, plastic cotton buds (Q-Tips)…
Now let’s get rid of supermarket single-use food coverings. That has to be an easy win.