Our tea is and always will be bag-free. Here's why:
Single-use tea bags are not good for the earth
- The average person uses 1,400 tea bags a year - that all go to landfill (they aren't recyclable).
- Tea bags contain microplastics, chemicals like bleach, and glue - all harmful to the environment.
Single-use tea bags are bad for you
Research shows that steeping a single plastic teabag at a brewing temperature of 95°C releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into your cup of tea.
Whole leaf tea tastes better
The majority of tea bags contain crushed tea, or broken bits left over from whole leaf processing. These small particles have a much higher surface area, so all the flavour is released instantly - and all the bitterness too. Which is why milk and sugar is often added.
Tea bags are convenient, but you're missing out on great flavour. It's like having instant pot-noodles instead of a bowl of real Japanese ramen. Or instant coffee instead of a nice pourover.
Even tea bags that contain whole leaf tea aren't ideal, because the tea leaves need space to fully unfurl, in order to extract the best flavour.
Whole leaf tea can be re-brewed
While tea bags are single-use, whole leaf tea can be re-brewed multiple times. So you get much more flavour, with none of the microplastics. And strainers make it easy to brew every day.