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PG Tips Switches From Plastic To Fully Compostable Tea Bags

By Tessa Love

It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when steeping a wholesome cup of tea, but the bag that holds your favorite herbs and flowers might be harming the environment. While many tea bags are made from paper or silk, in recent years, many tea companies have turned to pouches woven from nylon. In other words, they're made from plastic. 

Their production generates significant amounts of nitrous oxide, which functions as a greenhouse gas and depletes ozone, and when they are thrown away, they live on in landfills for 30 to 40 years, leeching chemicals into the environment and further contributing to climate change. 

Fortunately, some tea companies are recognizing the environmental damage their products are doing and are switching to more eco-friendly options. And the latest company to do so is U.K. favorite, PG Tips, which is opting to go with biodegradable teabags made from plant-based material that is 100 percent renewable and biodegradable, according to The Guardian. The company will begin selling its first green bags next week in the U.K. and plans to clear the supermarket shelves of all its nylon-based products by the end of the year.