See our very first packs
jump off the line

We are excited to give you a sneak peek into the Clipper factory to see the very first plastic-free, non-GM, unbleached tea bags jump off the line.

What makes our tea bags
so special?


Our new tea bag paper is made from natural plant based materials


We would never use GM products, which is why we use a bio-polymer guaranteed to be from a non-GM crop, to seal our paper together


Adding anything artificial to our products is a big no no, that’s why we never bleach our tea bags

…now that’s a Clipper tea bag!

Plastic-free tea bag FAQs

Do your tea bags contain plastic?

From the 20th October 2018 we moved all our production to the first plastic-free, unbleached and non GM (genetically modified) tea bags and we won’t be going back! But we don’t believe in waste so please bear with us while the current packaging stock sells through the shops. This may take a few months but we are hoping that by the time you buy your next box it will have wonderfully plastic-free tea bags in it!

Why did you have plastic in your tea bags in the first place?

We needed a way to seal the two layers of our tea bag paper together, as paper will not stick to paper, and glue was never used. Unbleached filter paper containing polypropylene was our solution to this and provide the heat-seal function. We never used or considered using PLA (polylactic acid) material in the past (the biodegradable material used for some pyramid bags and other packaging) as it is derived from corn which may be from GM sources. But recent developments mean there is now a new source of PLA which is guaranteed to be from a non-GM source. We were delighted that finally a non-GM source had been found and we started work on development of our new unbleached plastic-free & non-GM paper straight away.

What are the new plastic-free tea bags made of?

Our new tea bag paper is made from natural plant based materials –  a blend of abaca (a species of banana), plant cellulose fibres and PLA- a  bio-polymer derived from non-GM plant material that helps hold the paper together –  and what’s great is that it does not contain any synthetic polypropylene material.

How will I know if my tea bag is plastic-free?

After lots of production trials throughout 2018 we are proud to say that all products produced from the 20th October will be made with the first plastic-free, unbleached non-GM tea bag paper and we won’t be going back! Look out for the on pack flash on some of our products. Don’t see it? Don’t worry. Change takes time. We won’t send perfectly good product or packaging to waste, so there’ll be a transition as shops make way for the new plastic-free bags. This may take a few months but we are hoping that by the time you buy your next box it will have wonderfully plastic free tea bags in it.

Will this affect the taste of my cuppa?

Absolutely not!  The same great taste and quality remains at the heart of all we do, it’s just that the used tea bags will be suitable to be popped into your food waste container.

How do I dispose of the used tea bags?

The new plastic-free tea bag paper is biodegradable and compostable to industrial standards. The best place to put the used tea bags is into the food waste container provided by your local council.  The paper and tea inside can be commercially composted and then used as compost elsewhere.  See following link for more information.

Can I place the used tea bags into my home composting bin?

The new paper is biodegradable and will break down over time, however this may take longer than is expected within home composting environments. While its certainly wet enough in the UK for composting, unfortunately it is rarely warm enough to make efficient home composting possible. We recommend  that you pop the tea bag in your home food waste container.


With love from Clipper!

We've gone a bit bonkers at Clipper HQ and decided we wanted to share the love with our lovely Clipper tea drinkers out there! We’ve created 3 Limited Edition tea caddies and each comes FREE with our special packs of Fairtrade Everyday Tea, Organic Everyday Tea and Pure Green tea (80 tea bags).

We’ve also made thousands of unbleached Clipper tea-towels and popped them into other packs of our Fairtrade Everyday Tea (80 bags). There are 4 different designs to look out for. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve only gone and put 100% more tea bags into boxes of our Pure Green Tea 26  Bags – yes we’ve squeezed 52 bags in there!

Read more about which gifts we’ll be bestowing by clicking on the images below.

All this Clipper loveliness will be in supermarkets from the end of October.


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