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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 02:27 PM Sep 2019

These tea bags release billions of plastic particles into your brew, study shows

A couple of years ago, Nathalie Tufenkji stopped by a Montreal cafe on her way to work and ordered a cup of tea. She sat down with her mug, enjoying its warmth, before she noticed something strange: Her tea bag appeared to be made of plastic.

“I thought, ‘That’s not a very good idea, putting plastic into boiling water,’ ” she told The Washington Post.

Tufenkji was worried that the plastic bags could leach particles into the beverage that she and her fellow customers were consuming, and as a professor of chemical engineering at McGill University, she was well positioned to investigate. She dispatched her student Laura Hernandez to purchase tea bags from stores in the area and bring them back to the lab.

It turns out Tufenkji’s hunch was right. The bags were releasing plastic particles into the brewed tea. Billions and billions of them.


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These tea bags release billions of plastic particles into your brew, study shows (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
This validates my decision True Dough Sep 2019 #1
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Sep 2019 #2
I made the decision to switch back to glass for microwave cooking/storage some time ago hlthe2b Sep 2019 #3
Please use reusable containers TheFarseer Sep 2019 #4
I always wondered about that IronLionZion Sep 2019 #5
Great, just great. maxsolomon Sep 2019 #6
PG Tips IronLionZion Sep 2019 #8
Yay! maxsolomon Sep 2019 #10
Yikes. cwydro Sep 2019 #7
Most are paper IronLionZion Sep 2019 #9
Many of the paper bags use plastic to seal them shut. maxsolomon Sep 2019 #11
saw em at my local gas station. 912gdm Sep 2019 #12

Response to Zorro (Original post)


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3. I made the decision to switch back to glass for microwave cooking/storage some time ago
Sat Sep 28, 2019, 03:07 PM
Sep 2019

Plastic is lightweight, granted, but the disadvantages pile up after that.

I was fortunate to have a milk delivery service in glass bottles, but they've gotten really expensive. I HATE having to throw out two 1-gallon plastic milk jugs each week. I do clean them out and put them in recycle, but from what I can tell, this plastic is getting landfilled regardless.


(46,091 posts)
5. I always wondered about that
Mon Sep 30, 2019, 01:19 PM
Sep 2019

I've been drinking mostly matcha, which is powdered green tea leaves with no bag. Most tea bags would be paper, I think. I try to use less plastic in general.


(959 posts)
12. saw em at my local gas station.
Mon Sep 30, 2019, 02:24 PM
Sep 2019

I got one about a year ago and thought it was a little odd. I didn't make the particle connection though so I'm glad I just got it one time.

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