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TEA OR PLASTIC — WHAT ARE YOU REALLY DRINKING? 


Posted by Dinshay Luthiya (Kefi Organics) on 17th May 2021

TEA OR PLASTIC — WHAT ARE YOU REALLY DRINKING? 


Are you a tea-from-a-tea-bag drinker?

Tea bags are the most convenient option when tea is your on-the-go drink. No measurements, and no mess. Your cup of tea is brewed and kicking with a few dips and stirs.


But, while your favourite cuppa can give you the much-needed caffeine boost to rule the day, you might want to have a look at what you’re actually drinking.

Is yours a pyramid tea bag?

These also go by the names of Premium tea bags, Nylon tea bags, and Plastic tea bags. No matter what you call them, these tea bags are feeding you more than just tea. 

YOU ARE DRINKING PLASTIC.

Additions and infusions are common with tea. Milk, lemon, honey, sugar, ginger, even spices (masala chai, anyone?). But, if you are a tea-bag person, you are most definitely, hands-down filling your cup with one sneaky guest.


Plastics.


11.6 billion microplastics,

and 3.1 billion nano plastics,

to be exact. 

Dipping those fancy-schmancy pyramid tea bags into warm water at brewing temperatures — around 95ºC — contaminates your tea, and, in essence, your body and the environment with way more microplastics than you could ever bargain for.


TEA BAGS CONTAMINATE MORE THAN FISH, SALT, ALCOHOL, AND BOTTLED WATER.

This has been researched and proven. Researchers over at the McGill University at Montreal took an empty pyramid tea bag and steeped it in warm water just like one would while making tea. The results were alarming on multiple grounds.

  • One, because of the ridiculously high quantity of microplastics in that one cup
  • Two, because they found that the levels of microplastics in a cup of tea were higher than that of other highly contaminated substances such as table salt, beer, fish, shellfish, honey, chicken, and bottled water
  • Three, because exposure to these particles alone can cause dose-dependent behavioural and developmental effects

Another reason why all of this is alarming is that nobody seems to be talking about it. The World Health Organisation had even launched a health review against the potential risks of plastics found in packaged water, but contaminated tea seems to be nobody’s headache. 

CHOOSE TEA BAGS CAREFULLY — THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK.

Tea bags have gone through years of evolution to finally culminate into these premium plastic ones. There must have been a time when most of the tea bags around were paper tea bags. Some might have also had been cloth tea bags.

SIMPLEST WAY FORWARD? KEFI ORGANICS.

To make matters simple for you, we decided to step up and do something that’s NEVER been done in India. We went ahead and crafted the safest tea bag out there. Of course, safe and sustainable.


How?

Well, we source organic and unbleached cotton cloth from within the country. We fill these with our premium loose-leaf teas from the hills of North Bengal and Assam, and we stitch them up in-house. This is done with a special organic and unprocessed cotton thread procured from Germany to avoid adhesives. Also, all the products used are chemical-free and sustainable.

Long story short, we make:

UNBLEACHED

NO-ADHESIVE

HAND-SEWN

BIODEGRADABLE

100% SAFE

ORGANIC COTTON

TEA BAGS.




And, these exclusive tea bags are available for all of our flavourful teas and tea blends. Switch to 100% safe plastic-free tea today! Use Code NOMOREPLASTIC to avail a 15% discount.

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