Nylon Tea Bags - A Japanese Export Coming To Markets
We're going to play our hunches up front. Nylon tea bags are coming to market primarily to reduce cost of goods and hence increase profit for manufacturers. Due to nylon's high tear resistance, the number of bags torn and lost during assembly and filling, quality defects in other words, will be reduced. More profit. Plus, the fine mesh allows the use of tea dust, which ups process yield, and again more profit.
Possibly, the aromatic compounds that give a good tea a flavor and odor profile will be less prone to absorption on nylon than paper, allowing makers to get by with less tea per bag to reach the taste profile customers prefer. That's a WAG though. Can you think of any other rational reason for tea distributors to do this now, besides that consumers adore novelty and don't really think about composting and resource consumption when they are readying to titer-up the blood caffeine level?
Supermarkets have begun stocking teabags made from nylon mesh, rather than the traditional perforated tissue paper. Experts predict the nylon variety, said to be the next best thing to loose leaf tea, could come to replace the paper version.
Based on a Japanese innovation from the 1980s, Asda uses the new-style translucent nylon teabags for its Extra Special range.
Sainsbury's now sells St James fruit teas, made with silky, food-grade nylon. The bags are large enough to be filled with whole leaf tea, fruit, flowers and herbs. The nylon bags have proved popular with consumers, Asda says, despite their high price.
We'd like to hear from said "experts" as to why they think this will replace paper tea bags?