Queensland’s Nerada Tea company is marking Plastics Free July with news it is expanding its commitment to removing plastic from its products.
The company already sells tea in boxes made from recycled cardboard, and which comes with a pour spout that folds out to dispense the loose-leaf tea into a brewing pot.
Nerada Tea, which sells 1.5 million kilograms of tea a year, is also currently trialling a 100-per-cent plastic-free paper for its tagless pot bags which it hopes to roll out in stores by the end of this year.
And in what it describes as “a high priority,” further research is ongoing into a plastic-free solution for tea bags which the company hopes to bring to market within a year.
Launched in 2010, Plastic Free July has reportedly inspired more than 326 million participants around the world to reduce their household waste and recycling by 21kg per person, per year – equivalent to almost 5 per cent – contributing to a total saving of 940 million kilograms of plastic waste annually.