Reason #27 we sell premium quality, organic, fair-trade LOOSE-LEAF TEA: Plastic in Tea Bags
Reason #28 we sell premium quality, organic, fair-trade LOOSE-LEAF TEA: Epoxy in Tea Bags
Reason #29we sell premium quality, organic, fair-trade LOOSE-LEAF TEA: Poison in Tea
Reason #1 is because we really think you deserve to drink real tea, and we believe tea should come with life-given botanical health and beauty benefits.
Reason #2: Flimsy tea bags whose contents haven't been on a plant in years are just flavored water, and if I want flavored water I'll add a bit of juice. Or make a margarita.
Reason #3: We are your health + beauty advocate Reason #4: Greenwashing or Healthwashing is lame. Reason #4-10: Real Tea Tastes Better.)
Here's some of what's going down in steeping land:
Plastic and Cancerous Compounds in Tea Bags—A Surprising Source of Potential Toxins: "
The other bad news is that paper tea bags may be just as bad, or worse, than the plastic ones because many of them are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound mainly used in the production of epoxy resins.
Considered a potential carcinogen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health2 (NIOSH), epichlorohydrin is also used as a pesticide. Besides making its way into tea bags, it can also be found in coffee filters, water filters, and sausage casings.
When epichlorohydrin comes in contact with water, it hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD, which has been shown to cause cancer in animals. It’s also been implicated in infertility (it has a spermatoxic effect in male rats3) and suppressed immune function4.
This chemical is already a well-known “process contaminant” associated with modern food production. According to the American Oil Chemicals Society5 (AOCS), 3-MCPD can also be found in variable levels in refined vegetable oils, which is yet another reason to avoid such cooking oils and replace them with organic coconut oil." (The article goes on. and Scarily on. Worth a read. HERE)
Are Tea Bags Turning Us Into Plastic?
Could plastic tea bags also be bad for our health? They are most commonly made from food grade nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are two of the safest plastics on the scale of harmful leaching potential. Both have very high melting points, which offer some assurance to consumers, as one would think the melting point of plastic is the temperature at which one would need to worry about accidentally eating it.
There is another temperature point for plastics, though, that we may need to worry about, called the "glass transition" temperature (Tg) . That is the temperature at which the molecule in certain materials such as polymers begin to break down. As a rule, the Tg of a material is always lower than the melting point. In the case of PET and food grade nylon (either nylon 6 or nylon 6-6), all have a Tg lower than the temperature of boiling water. For example, while the melting point of PET is 482 degrees Fahrenheit, the Tg is about 169 degrees. Both nylons have a lower glass transition temperature than PET. (Remember that water boils at 212 degrees.) This means the molecules that make up these plastic tea bags begin to break down in hot water....So polymers will only leach out harmful chemicals, like cancer causing phthalates, at their glass transition temperature if there are said phthalates to begin with. It almost seems silly to think that either of these materials would have toxins to begin with, considering we eat off of them and in them. That's what food standards are for, right? The Lipton website reassures us their Pyramid Tea Bags made of PET are "the same food grade material clear water and juice bottles are made of and ... are microwave safe." LINK HERE
'Dangerously high pesticide levels' found in Celestial Seasonings teas
A scathing new report on Celestial Seasonings teas and parent company Hain Celestial, shows 91% of the samples of Celestial Seasonings teas tested contained pesticides in levels that exceed U.S Federal limits.
High pesticides in 91% of samples
10 out of 11 varieties of Celestial Seasonings teas, one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America, were found to contain excess pesticides. (LINK HERE)
Need some tips for incorporating loose-leaf tea into your life? See this guest post on Fig & Sage from awhile Back: HERE
Also remember: Loose-leaf tea is less expensive. You can steep it several times, and you're not paying for manufacturing/filling of tea leaves. Our blends are actually teh same or lower per ounce than most celestial seasonings, even though they are a gazillion times better quality.
Most tea boxes only contain .7-1.2 actual ounces of tea, and that tea is made form teh dust collected when tea leaves are processed. Most tins of loose-leaf tea contain 2.5-4 (ours is 3.7) of teh actual tea leaves.
Tea is one of the most important economic commodoites in teh world. Millions of people's lives depend on tea industry for livelihood. Buy fairly-traded, organic tea. Chocolate, Tea, Coffee, Honey: These should ALWAYS be fair;y-traded. Not necessarily certified, because there's issues with that too. But know your sources.
We happen to be moving through some inventory of of Fairly-Traded Glass Tea Tumblers right now to get new images printed. Want one? It makes drinking loose-leaf tea so much easier. Use code "intheknow". If you have a local retailer, pick up tehre (it'll be about the same price since you don't have to pay shipping). Otherwise, a little discount love is on us.
Here's to good health. Tea yourself right.