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Do Teabags Release Plastic? Two Friends Fight The Damage With 100% Biodegradable ‘Bagless’ Tea

Assam-based friends Upamanyu Borkakoty and Anshuman Bharali started Woolah to sell biodegradable and plastic-free teabags. Watch the video to learn more about their unique design and brilliant model.

Do Teabags Release Plastic? Two Friends Fight The Damage With 100% Biodegradable ‘Bagless’ Tea

In the morning, our thoughts often turn to tea or coffee — a comforting ritual before the day’s worries set in. While we innocently steep our tea bags in hot water, we may overlook the microplastic particles they release.

A single tea bag can release around 11.6 billion microplastic particles at brewing temperatures. Not only is this plastic harmful to human health, but it also pollutes the environment, making its way up the entire food chain.

Two friends from Assam — Anshuman Bharali and Upamanyu Borkakoty — have the perfect solution to the problem. With their Asaam-based company The Tea Leaf Theory (TTLT), the duo has come up with a one-of-its-kind dip with eco-friendly bags that are made of leaves.

Known as Woolah, these tea bags consist of two compressed leaves and a bud (the unopened leaf at the tip of a branch), weighing approximately two grams. They are shaped in a cylindrical form and tied with a raw, naturally grown cotton string.

These leaves enhance the taste of the beverage and can be used to brew up to four cups of tea!

Making these sustainable tea bags has helped them generate employment for 140 women from their region. They not only employ these women but also pay for their children’s education.

Woolah offers a variety of different flavours like filthy green (green tea), filthy white (white tea), dirty detox (green tea with tulsi), killer immunity (black tea with tulsi) and the brutal combo (a mix of all the varieties).

Would you like to try this unique teabag that promotes sustainabl-tea? 

Edited by Pranita Bhat

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