Do you take your tea with milk, sugar, or microplastics?
Plastic tea bags may sheds billions of particles of micro plastic into each cup. A team has found that steeping a plastic tea bag at a brewing temperature of 95°C releases around 11.6 billion microplastics which is a tiny pieces of plastic between 100 nanometres and 5 millimetres in size into a single cup.
We are consuming more than 75000 of particles of micro particles every year in different food and drinks. A tea-drinker would swallow with each cup - 2.3 million micron-sized, and 14.7 billion sub micron particles. But currently we are unaware of any possible health issues responsible but many researches are going on.
Teabags have been mostly out of paper but now some companies have been using plastic meshes instead. So eventually these particles will have adverse effect on the environment. So purchasing of paper tea bags or as loose-leaf tea will eliminate single-use plastic packaging to some extent.
We pack our food with plastic wrap, cans with plastic straws and many more. We begin with plastic and end with plastic. We are heading towards eliminating plastic from our lifestyle but the damage has been done. Let us spread awareness to others and ourselves.