Sustainable Packaging Fact Sheet
A recently published McGill University study had caused concern with its revelation of micro and nano particles of plastic released from nylon and PET pyramid teabags, when steeped in hot water. We want to assure Dilmah Tea drinkers that none of our tea bags are made from the nylon mesh and PET that the researchers have studied, and that our pyramid teabags – which we call Luxury Leaf Tea bags - are made from bio based (corn starch) PLA material from high quality producers in Japan. These materials are independently tested for safety and meet European Commission regulation EU 10/2011 on plastics materials intended to come into contact with food.
There are strict regulations in place that govern the safety of materials used in contact with food and in addition to the monitoring that our own laboratories do, we ensure that the materials we use are compliant with the most stringent food safety standards. All paper-based tea bags used in Dilmah Premium and other range of products too are fully safe for use in hot beverage applications, and the filter paper materials fulfil the requirements of the legislation listed below for papers which are in direct contact with food:
- European Commission regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
- American FDA regulations 21 CFR Ch. I §176.170+176.180
We reconfirm our tea bag papers meet all applicable food safety requirements and are fully safe for the purpose of beverage filtration application. We do not use the nylon and PET materials and are actively working towards ensuring that all materials used in our products are sustainable and biodegradable by the end of 2021. We believe that the final solution to reducing the impact of packaging on the environment lies in compostable materials that are biodegradable within the time frames stipulated by standards on composting and biodegradable packaging, meeting final quality of compost suitable for sustainable ecosystems. Please visit https://www.dilmahconservation.org/initiatives/, to see some of the work Dilmah Conservation does in fulfilling our commitment to the environment, including harvesting plastic from marine and riverine ecosystems.
As a family business formed on the principles of Taste, Goodness and Purpose, we are committed to the safety and sustainability of our products, and make every effort to adopt the best available packaging materials for our teas.