Well, this is certainly not good news in the tea world, but it's not surprising. One of the many reasons I was so happy to learn to brew with a gaiwan, or with a yixing clay pot such as pictured above, was that I could abandon tea bags and get typically better quality tea in one fell swoop.
Still, a simple walk through any grocery store and it's evident that the mass majority of tea drinkers are consuming it with the convenience of bags. My husband uses them frequently for his morning brew, and I keep a stash of them for both variety and entertaining guests who may be intimidated by my scientific setup.
I've seen so many sustainability choices made in the tea industry and hope that this news will reach the ears of decision makers who will seize the knowledge and make appropriate changes in their packaging. With the sustainable packaging industry practically exploding, we've so many amazing alternatives that it seems to be a no-brainer to abandon the poly bags and choose safer alternatives — for the tea drinkers and the planet.
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