Sip a Nice Cup of Plastic!
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know that when I write, I generally have a steaming mug of tea next to me. I have been a big tea lover for many, many years. From black teas to green, and herbals like chamomile, Rooibos, Peppermint and Ginger, I firmly believe that teas can be medicine and help treat what ails us.
So you can imagine my absolute SHOCK and HORROR to recently learn there could be as many as 11 million microplastic particles in each cup of tea you or I drink! As if that’s not scary enough, some studies have found there to be as much as 1 billion microplastic particles in your cup of tea!!!
Those little tea bags that make drinking tea more convenient… many of the manufacturers use PLASTIC to keep those bags sealed shut. And I don’t mean the plastic outside wrapper, I mean the actual tea bag. THAT ONE is often sealed with plastic. Because putting plastic in boiling water, steeping it for 5 minutes and then drinking it is such a GREAT idea!!
In addition to plastic sealants being used, there are some tea bags themselves that are made of nylon, which is another form of plastic. Be particularly cautious of those silky pyramid looking bags, those are the ones made of nylon.
While some tea companies are committed to eliminating plastics completely out of their product as soon as possible, not all manufacturers are transparent, so you’ve got to be vigilant.
This whole microplastics topic has really gotten me fired up. These particles are in so much of our food supply. A terrifying 2019 report by the World Wide Fund for Nature found that adults consume an average of a CREDIT CARD’S WORTH (about 5 grams) of plastic… not each year, not each month, but EACH WEEK!!!
The potential health impacts of microplastic pollution cannot be understated. We should all be very concerned and take whatever measures we need to keep ourselves and loved ones as educated and free of them as possible.
To that end, if you are also a tea drinker, here are a couple of ways you can still enjoy tea without the millions, or billions, of microplastic particles:
Switch BrandsTry to find brands that state their tea bags are 100% plastic-free. I did some digging and of this writing, I have found some tea companies that make this promise:
- Traditional Medicinals
- Numi Teas
- Republic of Tea
- Yogi Tea
- PG Tips
If you don’t see your favorite brand on this list, you can always give the company a call and ask if they seal the bags with plastic or use any plastic in the manufacturing process.
Use Loose Leaf Tea
Sure, tea bags are a bit more convenient, but once you get used to loose leaf tea, it’s really just as easy. I often use a tea ball. You just simply scoop your loose tea and fill the tea ball then submerge that into your boiling water.
You can use a French Press for tea just as you would with coffee grinds. You can also boil the water and add it to a tea pot with the loose tea in it, then simply pour your tea out through a strainer into your cup when it has steeped.
We’ve all got to be so diligent about what we are putting in and on our bodies. Manufacturers don’t always put our best interests over their bottom line. So it’s up to us to pay attention, read labels, and alert friends and loved ones to some of the dangers lurking in our everyday foods and household products. Let’s make a commitment in 2024 to educate ourselves on which products contain microplastics and remove those from our homes and lives!
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