Here at Teaturtle we want you to enjoy delicious teas without the use of damaging plastics, whether that be the plastic packaging or plastic in the humble teabag. We will provide you with a loose leaf tea subscription box that is totally plastic free!
Although the first individual tea bag patent was issued to a Mr A V Smith in London in1896, it was in America that the idea first caught on following the use of the metal tea ball with perforated holes, just like the free gift that Teaturtle give with your first order. Many patents were granted in America for systems whereby the ball, suspended on a chain, could be raised after a set infusion time.
Tea bags were successfully marketed about 1908 by the tea and coffee importer Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his silk tea bags around the world. The loose tea was intended to be removed from the bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea with the tea still enclosed in the porous bags. Quite rightly, in England the ‘teabag’ was treated with scepticism but it was popularised in America from the 1920s.
These bags all had a string attached for easy removal from the liquor, once infusion had reached the desired strength.
The paper found in a teabag today is related to paper found in coffee filters and is a blend of wood and vegetable fibres. The latter is a bleached pulp hemp. Most modern teabags have a heat-sealable thermoplastic such as PVC or polypropylene as a component fibre on the inner tea bag surface. ‘Paper’ tea bags are commonly sealed using this polypropylene plastic.
Pretty unpleasant reading what teabags are made of isn’t it? Teaturtle want you to enjoy a loose leaf tea subscription box without the use of plastics and bleach that are so damaging to the world. Our mixed tea subscription boxes make superb gifts.