Our teabags are wrapped in plastic to preserve flavour and freshness and to ensure that the tea reaches our customers in the best possible condition wherever they may be in the world.
Some of our teabags are wrapped in paper envelopes and not plastic, the reason for this is that flavoured tea (such as Earl Grey tea blended with bergamot flavoured oil) needs a suitable barrier property; unfortunately this currently means that we have to use a plastic envelope. Tea with no flavouring such as Afternoon Blend tea can go into paper envelopes with no issue.
We are trialing plant-based home compostable alternatives to replace this plastic wrap in the future.
Find out more about our Future Matters program and the progress we are making to build Sustainability & Social Responsibility at Fortnum's here: https://www.fortnumandmason.com/future-matters