Unilever’s Tea Bags Now Use Biodegradable, Plant-Based Components

Unilever’s Tea Bags Now Use Biodegradable, Plant-Based Components
Food & Beverage

The brand replaces its previous plastic design with more environmentally-friendly materials.

Jiwon Kim
  • 7 march 2018

For years, teabags have been scrutinized for containing plastic. It’s an even bigger problem for places like the United Kingdom, where tea is the second-most consumed beverage after water. In response to calls to create more sustainable packaging, Unilever brand PG Tips recently decided to get rid of the polypropylene plastic that is found in its bags. This plastic was used to hold together the shape of the tea bags when they hit boiling water. The new tea bags are made up of 100% biodegradable plant-based materials.

The cornstarch replacement for the plastic component will still be able to retain the pyramid tea bags’ shape. The company states that used bags can be placed in food waste recycling collections or a home composter.

PG Tips

Lead image: Tea time via Shutterstock

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