Clipper Teas had the world’s first plant based biodegradable, non-GM and unbleached teabag.
They are completely free of polypropylene – the oil-based plastic that is so damaging to the environment. The material they use is entirely natural, industrially compostable and much more environmentally friendly.
Their team in the Dorset factory worked tirelessly to create a new tea bag paper that’s free from conventional plastic but is also unbleached and sticks to their organic principles. The really tricky thing to solve is the issue of the glue that holds the paper together: the PLA. They needed to find a reliable way of making sure their teabags would stay together in a cupful of hot water.
It took over 12 months to the find the best solution and guarantee a reliable source of PLA that’s non-GM. That last part is essential for their organic products and something they absolutely insisted upon.
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