Co-op 'working on biodegradable teabags'


Co-op Food says it is 'working on a fully biodegradable paper teabag' with a view to rolling the design out across its own-label standard tea range this year.

In a blog post by Co-op Food CEO Jo Whitfield, she outlines the issues about composting standard teabags: most contain a plastic called polypropylene, which simply won't biodegrade in your compost bin. In the UK, around six billion cups of tea are made every year, totalling about 150 tonnes of polypropylene.

"A cup of tea is part of our national psyche, so we felt it was imperative that we fix the problem as soon as possible," says Whitfield.

Co-op will undertake 'rigorous testing' of a new paper teabag for its Co-op Fairtrade 99 Tea Blend in February, with a full roll-out planned for later in 2018.

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