Updated: Sep 26, 2019
I love tea and drink so much of it that I could almost dedicate a whole draw to it, in fact, I will but I will be a little more picky with my tea now. Why you ask well recently after doing a bit of research I found out some things about those little bags that have left me horrified!
Most tea bags produced are made with plastics that can't be recycled and are chlorine-bleached. When you subject tea bags to heat, the molecules begin to break down and can leach into your tea along with the chemicals such as Dioxin that can be created as a result of the chlorine used to bleach the bags. It has been found that Dioxin is toxic and can cause infertility, damage to the immune system and cancer with prolonged use.
Why not paper tea bags then? Well, here lies the problem paper tea bags are frequently treated with epichlorohydrin which is a compound found in pesticides, it breaks down to the carcinogen 3-MCPD when contact with water and is known to cause cancer in animals... why the hell would I want to drink that.
The method in which the tea is crushed and refined, stresses the tea leaves and results in the release of a large number of phytins which has the tendency to lessen the quality. In fact, tea bags predominately contain dust and fannings from broken down tea leaves so the tea leaves used in tea bags tend to be low quality. They are ... the bottom of the barrel so to speak.
Tea bags first appeared around 1904, they were meant to be removed but they stayed because people specifically requesting their tea be in bags for convenience, so tea bags went into full-scale commercial production in the 1920's as a result.
How do you avoid all these harmful properties in your tea without having to give up tea all together? Easy switch to a certified organic loose leaf tea brand and use a metal or glass tea strainer or an infuser. Not only will you be making a positive change by reducing the amount of plastic in our environment, but you also get to watch the beauty of the tea leaves unfurling in the water before your eyes and the colours of the tea swirling like perfect little ribbons through the water.
If you still prefer to have your tea in a bag the following companies have confirmed that they are plastic-free when it comes to tea bags then Pukka Teas bags are organic cotton stitched bags, biodegradable and pesticide-free. Numi Organic tea uses plant fibre bags that are Non-GMO, biodegradable, pesticide-free. Then there is Yogi tea they use plant fibre bags, Non-GMO, biodegradable and also pesticide-free.
Which do you prefer for your tea fix, loose leaf or bagged tea?