PG Tips teabags to be made plastic-free

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Image caption Teabags are to be sealed with hammer toe starch

Tea maker PG Ideas is to switch to fully biodegradable, use of plant teabags, parent company Unilever provides announced.

Most producers currently use polypropylene to close off teabags – they say it fortifies them and stops them disintegrating in a cup.

Unilever said the move to plant-based sealants was based on “cutting edge technology and technology”.

The very first eco-friendly pyramid teabags go on purchase next week – other teabag forms will follow later this year.

The move comes as companies plus supermarkets look to protect the environment simply by decreasing the use of plastics .

PG Tips are currently made mainly with paper, but a small amount of thermoplastic-polymer plastic is used to seal the particular bag and this takes a long time in order to down.

The alternative material is made from corn starch, producing the 10 billion PG Ideas teabags produced every year, fully eco-friendly.

Noel Clarke, vice president of refreshment from Unilever, said: “We are really thrilled that, starting from now, the PG Tips that you know and love should come from 100% plant-based material from the renewable source that’s fully eco-friendly. ”

Plant-based options have already been used in PG Tips runs throughout Canada, Poland and Philippines.

Pollution risk

In December, gardener Paul Armitage, from Wrexham, started the petition after finding “white” remains from teabags in his garden compost.

The petition known as on manufacturers, including Unilever, to prevent producing teabags with polypropylene and also to date has attracted over 232, 000 signatures.

Paul Falconer Hall, organics programme supervisor at waste action group COVER, says recycling is the best way to cope with traditional plastic teabag seals.

“If you have a food waste materials recycling collection in your area, you can place your used teabags in there. inch

Mr Corridor added home composting is an choice, but stressed it is important to “sieve out there the leftover part of your teabag and discard it or get in with the compost. ”

In January, convenience merchant Co-op – which sells close to 367 million teabags annually — announced plans to test a eco-friendly teabag within its own-brand variety.

Its chief executive, Jo Whitfield, said teabag seals be aware of around 150 tonnes of plastic-type material waste that is either “contaminating foods waste compost collections or simply likely to landfill”.

Tetley, Yorkshire Tea and Twinings previously showed the BBC that their teabags contain polypropylene.

Yorkshire Tea also said they were “actively developing plant-based and biodegradable alternatives”.

Tea is the most taken drink – after water : in the UK, according to the Beverage Standards Organization, with 165 million cups of green tea drunk every day and 62 billion dollars cups a year.

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