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To: Unilever and other food companies
Remove plastics from Tea Bags
Produce tea bags that are fully bio-degradable/compostable.
Why is this important?
I don't think that many people realise that their tea bags are not 100% paper but contain plastics - usually polypropylene.
Tea bags should be made from totally compostable/biodegradable materials, not just around 80%, as most currently are.
Polypropylene is a plastic and 20% is not a small or insignificant amount when multiplied up by the millions and millions of tea bags used daily around the world. All of these plastics remains un-degraded in the environment.
There have been many campaigns to keep plastics and micro plastics out of our seas, highlighting the harm they do to marine life. But the same is true of plastics on land as they can cause harm to birds and small mammals. We need to keep ALL plastics OUT of our environment.
I believe that it is possible to use another material that is biodegradable - plant or fabric based. In fact, I understand that there is already one brand of conventional teabag which is polypropylene-free made by Jacksons of Piccadilly, so it is technically and practically possible.
Lets make our environment plastic free and fully compostable with a change to the materials used in our tea bags.