Plastic Pollution

A Top Tip for Tea-Drinking Types

I was astounded when I discovered, maybe a couple of years ago now, that teabags contain plastic. Once I knew, it seemed obvious – of course they’d disintegrate if they were just paper – but I was shocked at the time. I was also somewhat disturbed by this fact, given the amount of tea that I drink (I am English after all) and how many people throw teabags in their food waste bins. I was immediately on a mission to eradicate teabags from my life.

Loose tea is an obvious answer, and indeed I enjoy the process of selecting different varieties, making and drinking the tea. But sometimes loose-leaf just isn’t practical, you don’t have the time or, if you’re anything like me, you just fancy the type of brew that only comes from an English Breakfast tea bag. Not only is this problematic because of the plastic, but also because most teabags are bleached, which isn’t good for the body either. There must be a better way…

You can imagine my delight when I discovered that Clipper Tea bags are not only unbleached but plastic-free too. What’s more, their Everyday variety is about the tastiest I’ve ever come across – amazing! Oh, and of course it’s Fairtrade too…

Even more happily, it turns out Clipper originated right here in my home county of Dorset. I feel rather proud of that! On writing this post, I worried that it would only be relevant for people living in the UK, but no: Clipper has branched out internationally to over 50 countries, including the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan. So wherever you are, I hope you find yourself able to sample this wonderful English tea, guilt-free.

I invite you to make a brew, sit back, relax and browse the rest of my site. Aaah.

3 thoughts on “A Top Tip for Tea-Drinking Types”

  1. Hi Lauren, I’m Lesley, your mum’s friend from choir. Have really enjoyed your two posts about the bike and Clipper tea bags. So interesting about the tea bags, and I’ll very look for them next time I shop, and will follow your posts. Best wishes x

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  2. What part of the teabag is plastic Lauren? What part of the tea bag is bleached and why?

    Clipper is everywhere so easy switch to make 😊

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  3. Bleach – to make it look nice. That’s all. Unbleached tea bags are brownish which is apparently unappealing; personally I like the natural look! Plastic makes a kind of seal to waterproof the bag, which Clipper have managed to do with a plant-based substance 🙂

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