We love both waking up and winding down with a hot cup of tea. A good tea is not only comfort in a cup, but it can also give us a boost, help us sleep, or nourish us – all depending on what’s in it. Especially when we’re on-the-go, it’s handy to have pre-divided, portable tea bags containing your favourite blends. But, buyer beware…
Not all tea bags are created equal.
When steeping our favourite teas, the last thing on our mind should be the harmful chemicals soaking in our cup. Most tea bags are manufactured using paper that’s been bleached with chlorine (hey – at least they look good?). The bags are sealed with thermoplastic and coated in epichlorohydrin and dioxin to strengthen the paper. If you think epichlorohydrin and dioxin sound scary, you’re right. When steeped in water, they both have carcinogenic effects. Kind of the opposite of what you wanted when you reached for the healthy herbal remedy on the shelf, right? Don’t even get me started on tea bags made from nylon.
Always choose unbleached, organic tea bags – or loose leaf tea.
When it comes to your tea, consider everything that’s in your cup. Choose tea bags that are good for your body and for the planet (it’s no surprise that the two are correlated). The best tea bags will be unbleached, organic, and biodegradable.
My favourite bagged tea is Numi, which makes their sachets from natural, biodegradable filter-paper (as a bonus, they only use organic teas, and their packaging is recyclable and made from 85% post-consumer waste, and printed on soy-based inks).
Or, skip the tea bags all together and use a glass tumbler with a stainless steel filter (like this one) for your loose leaf teas.
Sip well! For a complete list of our favourite clean teas, click here.
Image from British Council