These are our individual, reusable, organic cotton, plastic free tea bags.
Perfect for leaf and fruit teas, even coffee. Fill the bag with your desired tea/coffee and stew. Squeeze the bag and enjoy your drink! They can also go in tea pots too.
It’s probable that most haven’t given much thought to the sustainability of teabags, but here’s some news for you if you didn’t already know: most paper teabags are only 70-80% biodegradable, as they are made with plastic polypropylene – Eek!
You may have noticed yourself that the teabags in your compost heap degrade mostly, but not completely. A lot of paper teabags are also treated with epichlorohydrin, a potential carcinogen used in the production of epoxy resins.
So what can you do? Drink loose leaf tea from a handmade organic cotton/linen teabag that you can use over and over again! It’s easy to clean and you can tip used tea leaves out into your compost garden.
It’s perfect for brewing your kombucha tea, or you can pop it in your teapot.
The bags are designed to be used over and over and can be boiled between uses if you wish or simply dry them flat.
Other uses: the bags can also be used for whole spices in cooking such as homemade bouquet garni.
Use to infuse or flavour sugars, sauces or even use in the bath for tea bath- just don’t mix them!
3 sides are stitched, with an opening for your tea leaves. A small drawstring to close. There’s also a little tag certifying that it’s made according to the GOTS standard.
Who are GOTS?
GOTS or the Global Organic Textile Standard are a world leader in certifying organic fabrics from farm to factory. As an organisation, GOTS play a vital role in the production and transparency of the organic textiles supply chain.
Why is organic cotton so important to our planet and to South West Coast?
When we decided to stock a range of reusable produce bags, we didn’t just want to solve the problem consumers were currently facing: using a single use, flimsy plastic bag typically found in abundance in the fruit and veg section of all supermarkets, but we wanted to ensure that the fabric used to make these bags were :
No harm to the cotton farmer or local ecology
Traceable and certifiably organic
Organic farming actively benefits the environment which is why GOTS are so important to us. Firstly the cotton farmers are not exposed to chemicals that are harmful to their health. Local eco-systems aren’t subjected or exposed to unnatural practices either as solutions are put in place that respect farmers and the local eco systems.
The Global Organic Textile Standard will only ever give their certification to farms that are committed to the GOTS standards.
We source all our organic cotton bags from the lovely Lowri at Ingreens who does her utmost to keep the supply chain as short and ethical as possible.
One Organic Reusable Tea Bag. Made with organic cotton (natural, unbleached), which is easier to rinse and wash.
Replace commercial tea bags with reusables. Reduces packaging waste and the energy and resources used to produce commercial tea bags. Most tea bags are not biodegradable and are actually made from plastic! This bag is made of GOTS-certified organic cotton. The string is long enough for using this bag with mugs or with a teapot.
The string is natural unbleached organic cotton, with no dye. Long-lasting, washable and a reusable alternative to disposable filters and to metal-based ones. GOTS-certified, this ensures that the cotton has been organically grown and that fabrics have been treated in an eco-friendly way.
Measures 9cm x 9cm
Simply add loose tea, enjoy a fresh cuppa, then rinse or wash and enjoy again and again.
How to hand wash - turn them inside out and compost all the tea bits. Soak in cold water to help prevent stains. Hand wash in your sink with a little washing up liquid, then a quick rinse under the tap. Line dry.
For a deeper clean, soak the tea bag for a few hours in vinegar and water(apple cider or white vinegar) 1 part vinegar to two parts water.
If the tea bag was used for tea with milk - hand wash after each use. If no milk, rinse and reuse 1-2 times (same day) and then hand wash.
Reusable Organic Cotton Tea Bag