Green tea anyone?

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
My tea bag bag is keen to announce Tetleys' enthusiasm for the Ethical Tea Partnership:

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Well I prefer my tea ethical, so that's good.

They're also keen on the rainforest & that:

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Hey, we all like those little green frogs, right?

They even have time for a wee environmental tip:

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Thanks Tetley tea folk, I will.

The only thing the pack doesn't have is any kind of info about whether it's recyclable.

My guess would be, because it isn't.

Cheers, Tetley!
 

glasgowcyclist

Charming but somewhat feckless
Location
Scotland
Are their teabags still made with a high quantity of plastic?
 

Tenkaykev

Veteran
Location
Poole
My tea bag bag is keen to announce Tetleys' enthusiasm for the Ethical Tea Partnership:

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Well I prefer my tea ethical, so that's good.

They're also keen on the rainforest & that:

View attachment 585503

Hey, we all like those little green frogs, right?

They even have time for a wee environmental tip:

View attachment 585504

Thanks Tetley tea folk, I will.

The only thing the pack doesn't have is any kind of info about whether it's recyclable.

My guess would be, because it isn't.

Cheers, Tetley!
I think it’s called “ greenwashing”
 
Location
London
Apparently not. According to my domestic goddess our PG Tips bags now have minimal plastic in them.
They all go in the compost bin then onto the garden.
interesting - so i can put tea bags in general (i use the odd one) into the council's veg matter/organic cycling?
(tho there is of course paper in them)
 

glasgowcyclist

Charming but somewhat feckless
Location
Scotland
Apparently not. According to my domestic goddess our PG Tips bags now have minimal plastic in them.
They all go in the compost bin then onto the garden.
Their site says they have now gone plastic free, using plant-based materials instead.

There's an interesting BBC video about the use of plastic tea bags here. Wait till you see the results of the tests for Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire :eek:

View: https://youtu.be/l0PnkwOsHkE
 

annedonnelly

Girl from the North Country
I've gone back to loose leaf tea & have made my own little bags to put it in. One of the huge advantages of working from home is that I can make tea in a pot rather than a mug and that I can use PG Tips rather than Yorkshire that the tea fund insisted on buying.

The loose leaf tea comes in a box with a single plastic inner cover, so not too bad.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
I've gone back to loose leaf tea & have made my own little bags to put it in. One of the huge advantages of working from home is that I can make tea in a pot rather than a mug and that I can use PG Tips rather than Yorkshire that the tea fund insisted on buying.

The loose leaf tea comes in a box with a single plastic inner cover, so not too bad.
Can see you now, sat at the sewing machine stitching the bags up.
 

Ridgeway

Senior Member
My tea bag bag is keen to announce Tetleys' enthusiasm for the Ethical Tea Partnership:

View attachment 585502

Well I prefer my tea ethical, so that's good.

They're also keen on the rainforest & that:

View attachment 585503

Hey, we all like those little green frogs, right?

They even have time for a wee environmental tip:

View attachment 585504

Thanks Tetley tea folk, I will.

The only thing the pack doesn't have is any kind of info about whether it's recyclable.

My guess would be, because it isn't.

Cheers, Tetley!
It's most likely made from LDPE (not sure i know the pack though) which certainly is recyclable, whether your local recycling point "bothers" or is capable of recycling it is another story.

I would recycle that, no question.
 

BrumJim

Forum Stalwart (won't take the hint and leave...)
We've gone back to loose leaf tea too. Drinking a mug of it as I type. Co-op 99 tea, so it is fair trade as well as plastic free. Although they come in what appears to be a very non-recylcable bag.

There are a lot of bag residues in my garden due to composting bags before I realised that they were made with plastic. Keep digging them up when I plant things in the garden. Nowadays when my wife has a fruit tea I just dry the bag out, remove the contents for composting and then bin the bag.

On a side issue, neighbours, who are American, were complaining that you can't get boxes of tea bags any smaller than 80 bags. Their friends offered the opinion that 80 bags was indeed a small box.
 

bitsandbobs

Senior Member
Their site says they have now gone plastic free, using plant-based materials instead.

There's an interesting BBC video about the use of plastic tea bags here. Wait till you see the results of the tests for Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire :eek:

View: https://youtu.be/l0PnkwOsHkE
The Unilever site doesn't seem entirely clear to me. If you read it carefully, they don't say the newer teabags are plastics free. They say they are using a plant-based biodegradable material made from corn starch. They don't say what it is, but I'd assume it's PLA which is itself a plastics material, albeit one derived from plants. Unilever want to give the impression that they don't use plastics without actually stating that (maybe because they are not allowed to).

Yorkshire Tea is clearer that it is switching to PLA and that they are still therefore using plastics.
 
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