Consumers have recently learned that many of the UK’s teabags contain plastic. Since the news broke earlier this year, we have learned that major teabag companies are pledging to eliminate plastic from their teabags within the coming year.
Pioneering tea brand, teapigs’ range of whole leaf tea temples are ALREADY plastic free and they are the first tea brand to be awarded the Plastic-Free Trust Mark by A Plastic Planet.
“Our tea temples have always been biodegradable. They’re made from corn-starch and you can put them in your council food waste bins. Our temples are packaged in a clear inner bag to keep them fresh: late last year, we switched from a plastic inner bag to a material called Natureflex – it’s made from wood pulp so it’s 100% plant-based and compostable. It’s great!” says Louise Cheadle, teapigs’ tea taster.
“We’ve always tried to do the right thing and made these greener changes to our packaging as soon as they were available to us despite the increased cost. The recent news that most teabags contain plastic has really surprised consumers and we’ve had a big wave of concerned customers asking us for more information.” It was recently announced that 96% of the nation’s teabags contain plastic.
“We’re really pleased to have been accredited with A Plastic Planet’s Plastic-Free Trust Mark – it’ll make it easier for consumers to make the right decisions about the products they buy – there are so many logos on packaging these days and it can be confusing to know what they actually mean”.
The A Plastic Planet Trust Mark was launched on 16th May 2018. Designed to sit clearly on the front of the pack, the Trust Mark will instantly inform and empower consumers to make plastic-free choices. The confusion around different logos and abundance of plastic packaging in the supermarkets means that those with innovative packaging will be nice and easy to spot.
Trust Mark-accredited packaging will include materials such as carton board, wood pulp, glass, metal and certified-compostable biomaterials.
A Plastic Planet Co-Founder Sian Sutherland said: “Now we all know the damage our addiction to plastic has caused, we want to do the right thing and buy plastic-free. But it is harder than you think and a clear no-nonsense label is much needed. Our Trust Mark cuts through the confusion of symbols and labels and tells you just one thing – this packaging is plastic-free and therefore guilt-free. Finally shoppers can be part of the solution not the problem.”
teapigs are committed to being the UK’s greenest tea company. The cardboard across their whole range is FSC certified and they print using vegetable ink. Their signature everyday brew is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and they are an approved member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Learn more at teapigs.co.uk