Best Plastic-free Tea Bags
Plastic can be hidden in most unexpected places. Turns out that we've been making our cuppas with plastic sealed tea bags.
With 165 million cups of tea consumed each day in the UK and over 95% made from tea bags, that's a lot of potential plastic waste.
A lot of tea bags containing polypropylene, a synthetic resin, but things are changing. Here is a guide to plastic-free teas...
100% Plastic-free Tea
These tea bags are 100% plastic-free including the packaging:
- Teapigs - all tea bags are plastic-free, and the packaging is a home compostable bioplastic, Natureflex. Widely available in most supermarkets.
- Nemi Tea - all tea bags are plastic-free and packaging is compostable Natureflex
- Bird & Blend Tea Co.
- Plastic Free Pantry - pyramid tea bags available online
Another, and often cheaper option, is to switch to tea leaves. These tea leaves are sold in 100% plastic-free packaging:
- P&G Tips - loose tea leaves (cardboard box)
- Plastic Free Pantry - loose tea leaves: breakfast, peppermint, green and decaf (home compostable bioplastic)
Plastic-free Tea Bags
These teas have plastic-free tea bags but are still shipped in some form of plastic packaging, such as an inner foil wrapper.
- Abel & Cole
- Aldi 'Specially Selected' range only
- Brew Tea Co - all tea bags are plastic-free
- Clippers - all tea bag products manufactured since 20th October 2018 are free from plastic. Widely available in most supermarkets.
- Good & Proper Tea - all tea bags are plastic-free, and they are working towards 100% plastic-free packaging. Available direct online.
- Hampstead Tea
- PG Tips - pyramid tea bags only
- Pukka herbal teas
- Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range
- Steenbergs - organic pyramid tea bag range
- Twinings – Loose Leaf Pyramid tea bag range are plastic-free. Their other tea bags still currently contain plastic.
- Waitrose - 'Duchy' range only
- We are Tea - all tea bags are plastic-free, and they are working towards 100% plastic-free packaging. Available direct online and from Ocada.
- Yogi Tea - (organic) available from Holland & Barrett and online from Ethical Superstore
Soon to be plastic-free Tea Bags
- Yorkshire Tea - some tea bags are already plastic-free; they aim to completely remove plastic from their tea bags by the end of 2019
- Plastic-free tea bags are biodegradable and can be put in your food waste collection bin, if you have one. They can be put into your home compost bin but will take a long time to breakdown (~18 months).
- If you’re looking for a reusable travel mug, the rCup reusable travel cup is a Which Best Buy and rated Best Buy by The Independent. It’s dishwasher safe, leak proof and comes with a 10 year guarantee. It’s also made from recycled paper coffee cups (40%) and is recyclable at end of life.
- Find more recommended reusable travel cups.
- Also drink coffee? We’ve started a guide to plastic-free coffee
This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
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