Saturday, September 16, 2006

Coming to a Landfill Near You

The NYTimes has a much forwarded story about the next "revolution" in tea drinking in their story "Tea's Got a Brand New Bag" (with inadvertent mental connections to the always scatalogical Derek and Clive's "Bo Duddley," a vicious skewering of clueless white critics 'interpreting' soul music). The new bag, in Lipton's case, is nylon. This "gossamer mesh" has a hidden agenda: a plan to stick around for 30 to 40 years. That's about how long it takes nylon to biodegrade. Lipton, the future landfills thank you.

If you have a question about the use of nylon bags by Lipton, you should let them know. Perhaps before their big launch of the product on October 4 in New York...


The Queen said...

Why, thanks, Kate- I sent them my two cents......or 27.5 cents, more likely.

C. Margery Kempe said...

Here's the response from Lipton:

Hi Kathryn,

Thank you for writing.

The translucent Pyramid tea bag is made of PET, the same food grade
material clear water and juice bottles are made of. As with any plastic, it would not be considered biodegradable. PET is completely safe and is 100% recyclable within the plastics waste stream.

We hope that this information is helpful.

Your friends at Lipton