Why not teabags?

A lot of people in my life ask me why I no longer use teabags.

While many understand that I no longer purchase them, as they often come in plastic, I also refuse them if they are offered to me in the office, and I won’t order them in a restaurant.

Did you know that most teabags contain plastic? Sure, in pre-industrial times, teabag lining was made of paper, but those tea bags also fell apart very easily. To combat this issue, manufacturers began putting plastic fibers in the lining, and this is the same practice that is used today. While this might seem like a harmless, genius way to fix a problem, small pieces of plastic in tea bags can create a number of problems.

Firstly, this plastic will very quickly become microplastics and will either end up in landfill or worse, in our oceans. Secondly, based on a recent study conducted by the University of Newcastle, and commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund that says that we already consume roughly one credit card worth of plastic each week, the idea of drinking something that I knowingly put plastic in, doesn’t really appeal to me.

The biggest reason for me, on top of all of this, is that it simply isn’t necessary. When it comes down to it, I enjoy the flavor, and the benefits of loose leaf tea much more, and the money I save on not buying tea at a cafe is undeniably beneficial.

Have you tried loose leaf tea? I encourage you to give it a go. There are so many wonderful teas out there that you cannot even try in bag form. I would love to hear about your favorite loose leaf tea in the comments below. And If you have given up tea bags, I would love to hear all about that too!

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