Are there Microplastics in our Tea Bags?

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There has been a recent study which reveals that, in some premium tea bags, billions of microplastics can be shed by the tea bag during a brew. We all know how bad these microplastics are, if they get into the sea. The World Health Organization say that these microplastics don’t pose a health risk to humans, but the research is in the early days, and it is still unclear how bad the problem is.

Most tea bags are made from paper, using a small amount of plastic to seal the edges. But a number of premium tea bags, often the pyramid shape, use a lot more plastic to keep the integrity of shape, to help the tea leaves mingle & create a better brew.

But researchers found that these premium tea bags release over 10 billion microplastics into the water. These microplastics are invisible to the naked eye, but pose a problem for marine life when they eventually get into the sea.

At Welsh Brew Tea, we take environmental issues seriously & we are working with our suppliers to minimise all use of plastics, in our packaging & our tea bags.

But to reduce any chance of generating microplastics, why not try some loose leaf tea? We think that using loose leaf tea also creates a stronger, more tasty cuppa too! We have our Original Welsh Brew loose leaf tea, or a range of premium tea blends, including Earl Grey, Moroccan Mint, Jasmine Green or Chamomile Flower… plus a few more loose leaf tea blends.

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  1. Genevieve Loxton
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    Please could you tell me what the price per cup would be for the 1kg original brew loose leaf tea? Is it cheaper than the catering pack of tea bags? We want to be plastic free as far as possible and avoid using tea bags.

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