Pollution? Can my tea be environmental UNfriendly?
When thinking about environmental impact we immediately center our attention in global issues such as global warming, air and water pollution, as if environmental issues are large scale things happening far from our control. The kind of issues Governments discuss about every once in a while, but that have nothing t do with the rest of u in a day to day basis.
True to be told, environmental issues as far closer to us than we think, and our daily activities are meaningful. Anything from our transport choices, food selection to our energy consumption habits and even the fashion trends that we follow, have an effect on the environment. And your beverages and drink choices are not an exception.
In our quest to make things more beautiful and photogenic, we have resort to many new sources of materials for packaging. Tea is one the products that has been catching up with this trend in the last years. Many tea brands have chosen to replace traditional paper tea bags, more stylish nylon or PET tea bags.
Although aesthetics is very important for any product experience, it is important to consider that synthetic tea bags like nylon or PET ones are polluting because they are made out of plastic which is not degradable. In this case, going back to the basics is a wiser option. Using paper teabags, as well as other less harmful materials such as non bleached paper or tea bags made out of corn starch might be a more environmental friendly option at the end of the day (even thought they do not look as nice)