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Almost all consumer Tea Bags are made from plastic and that plastic leaches out as Micro Particles in Nano size.... in the Billions! ..... One Tea Bag!


Some tea bags may shed billions of microplastics per cup

Tea Bags do not biodegrade


Plastic Teabags Release Billions of Microparticles and Nanoparticles into Tea

The increasing presence of micro- and nano-sized plastics in the environment and food chain is of growing concern. Although mindful consumers are promoting the reduction of single-use plastics, some manufacturers are creating new plastic packaging to replace traditional paper uses, such as plastic teabags. The objective of this study was to determine whether plastic teabags could release microplastics and/or nanoplastics during a typical steeping process. We show that steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature (95 °C) releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup of the beverage. The composition of the released particles is matched to the original teabags (nylon and polyethylene terephthalate) using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The levels of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate particles released from the teabag packaging are several orders of magnitude higher than plastic loads previously reported in other foods. ....Continue Reading

Study: Tea bags release billions of tiny plastic particles when steeping 

Some premium tea bags release billions of microscopic plastic particles when steeping in hot water, according to a new study authored by researchers at Montreal's McGill University.

The peer-reviewed study, published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal, found plastic tea bags – when steeping in nearly boiling water – shed more than 10 billion microplastic and nanoplastic particles into the water, a level "thousands of times higher than those reported previously in other foods," according to a Wednesday McGill University press release. .... Continue Reading

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