Draft - Why You Shouldn’t Use Tea Bags?
Why You Shouldn’t Use Tea Bags?
🍵 Take a close look at the tea bag:
- it is structured and stiff (Epichlorohydrin) ❌
- it is white (Bleach) ❌
- it may or may not contain a staple (Lead) ❌
- it may or may not be perfectly sealed (Plastic) ❌
- please don’t tell us it’s the fancy all plastic one (A Lot of Plastic) ❌
Tea bags that have been chlorine-bleached contain harmful chemicals commonly found in processed tea bags and have been proven to increase the risk of disease. When they come in contact with water, they can hydrolyze into a carcinogen.
The paper used to make teabags contains Epichlorohydrin‼️
🚫 If you have ever gotten a piece of paper wet, you know that it tends to fall apart easily. The solution that companies created was to treat the paper with something to make it stronger. The chemical of choice for this treatment was Epichlorohydrin. Epichlorohydrin is a dangerous little bugger. According to Dow Chemical (who is the largest producer of this substance):
📛 Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. In the U.S.A. it is considered to be a potential carcinogen for purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazard communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.
If you look at the European Statement from Dow Chemical:
“The substance should be regarded as if it is carcinogenic to man. There is sufficient evidence to provide a strong presumption that human exposure to the substance may result in the development of cancer.”
Epichlorohydrin is not only used in teabags.
Other uses for this chemical include epoxy resins, textiles, inks, dyes and rubber. These aren’t exactly the ideal things you would want to eat or drink.
This isn’t just limited to generic teabags...
A lot of major tea companies use this chemical in their teabags. It probably has to do with the fact that a lot for these companies source their paper for teabags from the same vendors. While I can’t say specifically which teas companies use Epichlorohydrin, I can tell you for certain that very few companies (if any) have come out and stated they do not use it in an official statement.
⛔️ Plastic in teabags:
Some tea companies use plastic to seal the tea bag in lieu of the staple (watch for that perfectly sealed teabag)
Some companies, the fancier ones, have adopted fully plastic teabags
Both applications release billions of micro and nano plastic upon contact with hot water and you healthful cup of tea is a cocktail of toxic chemicals. Santé!
Let’s not forget the staple that some companies use to attach the teabag to a thread and then the tag. That is made out of lead that it’s sure to released in your cup of brew.
Once done steeping the teabag, some throw it away (more plastic waste) and some put it in their compost bin (awful mistake)
Post consumer waste resulting from using teabags:
1- big box made out of cardboard,
3- the sachet that the teabag comes in.
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