Solved: Why your teabags won’t disappear from the compost heap
Green campaigners take on tea manufacturers after the revelation that their bags are not fully biodegradable
The British cuppa faces an anti-pollution campaign after the manufacturers of teabags admitted their products, excluding the leaves, contain up to 25% plastic.
Gardeners have long been baffled by the remains of teabags that appear in compost, but tea companies disclosed last week why this happens: most teabags are sealed with plastic.
Britons use about 57bn teabags annually, which pollute the environment with up to 2,400 tons of plastic each year.
Tea manufacturers are now being called on to remove the plastic — polypropylene — from bags.
Mike Armitage, from Wrexham, north Wales, a gardener and editor of the website Nature Matters, has launched a petition on the issue.
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