Posted By:The iYFA Team

Post Date:February 21, 2018

A nice cup of rosie lee (tea)!

In the iYFA office we are pretty cosmopolitan in our liking for a good cup of tea, from English Breakfast to Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, mint and the ubiquitous builders tea.

It is estimated that in Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea everyday (15 are down to iYFA staff!) and that 96% of those are made from a tea bag. That is a lot of tea bags and leads to an estimated 2,500 tonnes of plastic entering the British urban ecosystems each year due to the plastic hidden in those bags. The devastating effect of this was highlighted in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet programme; plastic pollution is eaten by fish and other wild animals, damaging their digestive systems and entering the food chain in large amounts.

In our war against plastic we need to ditch the tea bag, or at least those made with plastic, because even if you put your tea bags into food waste or compost heap they can lead to plastic pollution, as not all of the tea bag will be broken down.

But, it’s not all bad news as biodegradable or compostable tea bags with no plastic do already exist, so it’s worth checking your favourite brand’s labelling to make sure.

To help you, here are a few brands of tea bag without plastic. Twinings ‘Loose Leaf’ pyramid, Pukka Herbs, Aldi premium Specially Selected range, Waitrose Duchy range and Teapigs;the Teapigs website is very informative and details every part of their packing.

You can also make your own tea bag by filling fabric tea bags (100 bags for £6.99 from Tea Direct) with your own favourite loose leaf tea or, of course, making a lovely pot of tea with loose leaf tea; and there’s no need to worry about getting a mouth full of tea leaves at the bottom of your cup as many tea pots today have removable infuser baskets.

We need to do everything we can to avoid plastic use and help save our planet and one easy step is to enjoy a lovely, environmentally friendly cup of rosie lee.

The iYFA Team

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