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THE BIG PROBLEM WITH YOUR LITTLE TEA BAG

THE FACTS

While tea bags can be a convenient and quick option to drink tea, most are made with plastic and nylon-based fibers, contributing to our world's massive waste problem. On top of that, the vast majority of tea offered in bags are not whole leaf tea: it’s the crushed “fanning” left at the end of the process, which often ends up as bottom-of-the-barrel, processed powder.

Most single-use tea bags use 20-30% polypropylene in order to seal the bag and retain it's shape in hot water --  getting plastic in your lovely cup o' tea and preventing the bag from fully composting

Tea bags are primarily made of leftovers of the tea harvest, crushed in order to fit inside the tea bag, and kept on store shelves for years

Over 80 percent of large-scale tea production has been found to contain multiple illegal chemicals and pesticides, leading to unhealthy consumption and soil deterioration in farms 

This is why Alaya is committed to the freshest loose leaves, ordered seasonally and in small batches. 

 

You can learn more about our source, values and packaging here.