Recently, a study from McGill University came out that showed that teabags made of PET and nylon plastics released microparticles into the water. Understandably, this has caused a lot of concern about the environmental and health impacts of using transparent teabags. The study itself emphasizes that the health impacts of consuming microplastics are unknown, but regardless it is already known that plastic teabags are bad for the environment.
As a primary solution, we encourage everyone to drink loose leaf tea. Not only do you get more tea at a better price per ounce, you also have a higher quality brewing experience and zero plastic exposure.
However, we do understand that many people still prefer the convenience of teabags. This is why our Organic and Enrich line of teabags come in municipally compostable sachets made from polylactic acid (PLA), a bioplastic made from starch that was not covered in the McGill University study. They are not a perfect solution yet, but with their plant-based origins and biodegradable capabilities, they are definitely a large step in the right direction for tea lovers who aren’t quite ready to switch to loose leaf.
The following teabags of ours are made from PLA:
We hope this is helpful to you and are grateful for your concern about this issue. Feedback from you is always very important to us. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at anytime.