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The Huge Problem With Tea Bags and Microplastics

Posted by Elysia Groberman on
The Huge Problem With Tea Bags and Microplastics

What's in your cup of tea? How about billions of microplastics!

One of the primary reasons we decide to go with a loose leaf tea blend for Parallel Tea instead of packaging it in tea bags was because of the recent body of research from McGill University on teabags and microplastics. In 2019, a group of researchers uncovered that the typical plastic teabag (aka - most of the teabags on the market) soaked at 95 degrees celsius will release approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into the cup of tea. Yep, that’s right - billions of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate particles, plen-tea of them. Nevermind of course, the obvious fact that most single use teabags are not biodegradable and are extraordinarily wasteful.

We put together a handy guide about the findings in this post! Scroll through to find out more.

Join us in ditching the bags and embracing loose leaf instead of micro plastics🍵

If you are ready to kick the microplastics and give up the bag, grab a bag of our incredible loose leaf original superblend HERE.


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