Ask PG Tips to start using biodegradable tea bags that don't contain plastic
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Every year, the UK consumes more than 60 billion cups of tea, of which, approximately 58 billion are made with tea bags. The average tea bag weighs 1g and whilst 80% is made of biodegradable paper, 20% is produced from non-biodegradable materials including plastics.
This means, that every single year, the UK alone releases over 11,500 tons of plastic into the environment via landfill and recycle centres just from tea bags!
The plastics from these teabags break down into smaller particles quickly, but do not biodegrade and are being consumed by small organisms. These in turn are eaten by larger animals, and so on and so forth, all the way up the food chain.
If you watched the finale to the recent BBC series, Blue Planet II, you will know that young dolphins are dying from what scientists believe is the concentrated level of pollutants in their mothers milk, from the plastics contained within the fish they are eating.
The same thing can, and is happening on land and we are at the very top of that food chain as well!
PG Tips are the biggest selling bagged tea in the UK, and whilst they have launched a campaign asking customers to recycle their tea bags, they still contain 20% non-biodegradable plastics.
This petition asks PG Tips to follow in the foot-steps of some smaller brands, be an inspiration to larger competitors, and do their part to help save the world by switching to fully biodegradable tea bags.
Please sign and share to help show PG Tips that we care, and let's help make tea an environmentally friendly enjoyment!
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