Clipper Teas had the world’s first plant based biodegradable, non-GM and unbleached teabag.
They are completely free of polypropylene – the oil-based plastic that is so damaging to the environment. The material they use is entirely natural, industrially compostable and much more environmentally friendly.
Their team in the Dorset factory worked tirelessly to create a new tea bag paper that’s free from conventional plastic but is also unbleached and sticks to their organic principles. The really tricky thing to solve is the issue of the glue that holds the paper together: the PLA. They needed to find a reliable way of making sure their teabags would stay together in a cupful of hot water.
It took over 12 months to the find the best solution and guarantee a reliable source of PLA that’s non-GM. That last part is essential for their organic products and something they absolutely insisted upon.
This enables the used tea bags to be placed into the household food waste bin, so not only meaning the filter paper avoids landfill but also the used tea inside.
Clipper teabags are sealed with a non-GM bio-material made from plant cellulose, known as PLA, also known as bio-plastic. PLA is made from bio material, is fully biodegradable & nothing like the damaging oil-based plastics that people are rightfully concerned about.
In 2020, the regulations about how we talk about PLA have changed and all the tea companies are going to talk about PLA as plant-based and biodegradable, rather than plastic-free. Their clever little teabags haven’t changed since 2018, they are just talking about them in a different way, and they’re still unbleached and Non GM.
Biodegradable means something that nature’s micro-organisms can break down.
Compostable means something that will break down but under certain conditions.
Clipper teabags are sealed with a plant-based bio material which won’t contaminate your compost heap with petro-chemical residue.
If you want to make a choice that’s better for the planet – then make a switch to plant-based, biodegradable teabags, sealed with PLA.
You can pop Clipper teabags onto your compost heap but the British weather might not get warm enough to fully break the tea bags down – but you can sift out any bits left and put them in the bin, on the bonfire or in your food waste bin.
If you don’t have a compost heap, you can put them in your food waste bin.
So, no more excuses just buy your next packet of teabags from Clipper Teas Biodegradable range.
Source : Clipper Teas