are teabags ruining the environment?

by:Kindeal Paper     2020-03-20
Some environmental activists are excited about the rainforest.
Others are concerned about the plight of polar bears or the danger of rising sea levels.
But for economist Diana Fox Carney, the problem that really makes her understand is that the really hot under the collar is the humble tea bag.
She described the leaves.
Filled sachet is one of her \"pet hats\" and says it\'s an environmental disaster.
\"Yes, they may be beautiful and convenient, but do we really need an extra 40 cm square meters of bleach paper and print paper for each cup of tea?
She wrote a review on her blog, eco-
Friendly products.
For the convenience of millions of people who like tea bags, this is enough to suffocate us.
So, what\'s the point of Mrs. Fox Carney?
Is the tea bag really causing great harm to the Earth?
The size of the tea bag threat tea bag was invented by American businessman Thomas Sullivan more than 100 years ago by accident, and he decided to send tea samples to customers with small tea bags.
Some people are confused.
Suppose the bag should be soaked in hot water like a traditional metal tea brew.
When Sullivan heard what they were doing, he found a gap in the market.
In this way, the tea bag was born unexpectedly.
At first, there was a complaint that the mesh hole of the bag was too thin, so it replaced silk with gauze.
As tea bags enter mass production, they are replaced by cheaper paper.
At first, the British were reluctant to give up loose leaf tea, but by the age of 1950, when families began to accept new Labor --
Tea bags keep gadgets like before.
Bill Gorman of the British tea association attributed the tea bag to saving the tea industry.
\"Without them, we wouldn\'t drink the tea we drink now,\" he said . \"
He will know.
\"Britain is the second.
The world\'s largest tea market per capita.
Ireland is the first.
Without tea bags, the industry will be stagnant.
Are they wasting paper?
Major brands like PG Tips and Tetley no longer use pulp for paper making, but rather a plant fiber derived from abaca plants --
A relative of bananas, mainly grown in Indonesia and South America.
However, we do use a lot.
According to the tea committee, some of the tea leaves we make are made in tea bags.
Especially when so many tea bags are no longer rectangular, it adds up to a lot of paper.
The least wasteful design of tea bags --
But round or pyramidshaped.
For example, the PG Tips pyramid bag is made of a perforated filter paper rectangle of about 70 cm square meters.
On the other hand, traditional square tea bags use about 50 cm square meters of paper.
Therefore, a tea lover who drinks five cups a day passes through 13 square meters of perforated paper every year.
A couple lives with two teenage children and can pass 50 m² of tea paper each year.
Looks a lot, but not from an angle.
According to a paper industry survey a few years ago, typical Britons use 80 to 90 rolls of toilet paper per year.
At the same time, the 50-square-meter tea bag paper we use is equivalent to only about two or three rolls of high-quality toilet paper.
If you count all the paper, cardboard, packaging, paper and telephone catalogues, a typical household uses something equivalent to six trees a year.
By contrast, 50 square meters of thin paper is dwarfed.
What about bleach?
Unless you buy something eco-friendly.
Friendly Companies that use unbleached bags, most of us consume clean white tea bags as a result of intensive chemical processes.
Once, the pulp or plant fibers used in tea bags were bleached with chlorine to whiten them instead of turning them into unattractive gray.
However, bleaching has drawn criticism from environmental activists because of a small amount of potentially toxic substances
Chemicals that cause damage after ingestion, such as dioxin and fur, may remain on paper and leak into a cup or cup.
The industry has been insisting that these chemicals are too small to pose a risk to health.
But there are also concerns that even a small number of drugs may be linked to cancer, hormonal disorders and developmental problems.
The manufacturer has now replaced chlorine with clo2
A drug that produces less toxic substances. products -or chlorine-
Free bleach for the past few decades.
The industry and food regulators say the level of food safety is within the scope of safety.
They are indestructible!
According to the government\'s garbage packaging, tea is the biggest element of \"avoidable food waste\" in our bins.
According to Wrap estimates, in the UK alone, 370,000 tons of tea bags and tea leaves, as well as vegetable skins, onion skins and coffee powder, are thrown away each year.
Most of this is in landfill.
If people simply throw tea bags on compost piles or flower beds, the environmental impact of tea bags can easily be reduced, says Wrap.
But it\'s not that simple.
While most tea bags are made of biodegradable paper, about 20 to 30 cents are not.
To prevent tea bags from bursting in transit or in cups, many tea bags are sealed with a hot strip
Polypropylene-resistant plastic.
Even after a few years, this plastic will not compost, and gardeners often find these small plastic nets in homemade compost (
With those non
Biodegradable stickers found on fresh fruits such as apples).
Wrap insists that a small amount of plastic in teabag will not do any harm to the plant, just pick it out from the compost pile by hand.
However, Wrap does suggest that you tear the bag apart if you want to speed up the composting process.
The storm in the teacup?
For environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF, tea bags have fallen on their list of priorities.
These charities are certainly concerned about the way forests are cleared to grow tea trees, the transfer of rivers and streams to irrigate plantations, and the poor working conditions of the pickers.
But their website does not have a page dedicated to the PG Tips threat, nor does it call for a boycott of the Tetley Tea pack.
There are good reasons.
In a world of real environmental problems, it is wrong for people to be anxious about most negotiable tea bags.
If you are worried about anything when you drink tea at 4, worry about the cost and waste of putting too much water into the kettle.
The government\'s Energy Conservation Trust is
Thirty people often fill the kettle when making tea.
A family can save $13 on electricity by simply cooking the water they need.
Carefully fill in the saved money for the week is enough to power the TV for the day.
This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In fact, tea bags can actually reduce waste.
People who make a pot of tea with loose leaves rarely measure leaves accurately --
And a lot of people use too much. Using a pre-
The bag filled can solve this problem. So when eco-
The Warriors began to beat the tea bags. The best advice was to sneak out of the room and make yourself a delicious and soothing tea.
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