What Makes Our Tea Bags Biodegradable?

6 CommentsTuesday, 30 October 2018  |  The Tea Makers of London

Ever since Blue Planet and similar programmes hit our screens, we’re becoming more and more aware of the dangers of single-use plastics to our plant. You need only look at our own British seaside beaches to see the effect we are having on the planet, let alone the damage being done to sea life, birds and the rest of the environment. 
At The Tea Makers, we are embarking on a journey to become more eco-friendly, and this has started with our teabags. As many of you may know, almost all teabags sold in the UK contain plastic, and with 165 million cups drunk daily, that is some serious plastic waste. We are happy to say that we offer plastic free teabags and that each and every one is 100% biodegradable. 
So, what are they made of? There are 3 parts to our teabags: 
  1. The tea bag - made from biodegradable corn starch, which is a carbohydrate extracted from corn
  2. String 
  3. Label - made from paper
Since launching the range, we’ve been asked a few questions about our plastic free teabags, so we thought we’d put together a helpful FAQs section for you. 
Does the corn starch have any effect on my tea? 
No, the teabag being made of corn starch doesn’t’ have any effect on the tea itself, the flavour, or how you brew the tea.
How do I dispose of the tea bag? 
You can dispose of them as you would normally dispose of your teabags, but we suggest that you pop them in your compost bin or your local council food waste bin. 
How long does it take for the tea bag to biodegrade?
It depends on the environment, but they will biodegrade fastest in a compost bin.
How are your teabags made?
We have a tea bag machine at our headquarters, so everything is done right here at The Tea Makers. The loose leaf tea is poured into the top of the machine - nothing at all is done to change the tea so you get the same great loose leaf experience - which then filters down, is weighed and poured into our biodegradable teabags. They are then heat sealed and voila, you have a great tasting and plastic free tea bag! 
We are very excited to be amongst the few in the industry that have taken this leap and look forward to seeing other tea brands follow suit and help reduce plastic waste. 

Mr Darren Helliwell
Saturday, 24 November 2018  |  8:54

I salute you. This was shocking news when I found out the regular teabag contains plastic. It's good to know your delicious loose leaf or biodegradable tea bags are making a positive impact on the environment.

Jo Addison
Tuesday, 12 November 2019  |  7:51

I am delighted by the news that your tea bags are biodegradable, but was shocked to find they come individually wrapped in foil, which I do not believe is recyclable and in an enormous cardboard box. Unfortunately this will put me off buying them again.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019  |  9:16

Hi Jo,
Thank you for leaving your comment. Yes, the individually wrapped teabags are made of foil; we have been trying to find a biodegradable material that also keeps the tea fresh and so far, we have had no avail. Changing this packaging material is a key focus of ours for the new year. We are sorry this has urged you to be put off from future purchasing. Please do know we are taking this very seriously. You can find out more about the environmentally friendly packaging we do have with other products in our blog here: https://www.theteamakers.co.uk/blog/environmentally-friendly-packaging.html
Kind regards,
The Tea Makers of London

Monday, 6 April 2020  |  16:33

I would like to enquire if you could package my moringa into tea bags using your environmental friendly bags?

Tuesday, 14 April 2020  |  12:32

Hi Rose,
Thank you for commenting.
We are in the process of gradually introducing environmentally friendly packaging fairly son for all teas packs.
Kind regards,
The Tea Makers of London

The Tea Makers of London