The humble tea towel has been by our side in the kitchen for as long as we remember, but is it introducing plastics where we don't need them?View all products
- Synthetic fibres are everywhere and our tea towels aren't any exception. Unfortunately synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon are derived from petrochemicals, creating more demand for fossil fuels and shedding microplastics each time they're used and washed
- Natural fabrics like cotton are not always farmed sustainably and can be incredibly water intensive crops
- Intensive treatment processes for fabric manufacturing use a whole range of harmful chemicals and dyes, potentially leading to problems for wildlife and the local environment unless wastewater is treated properly
Opting for a more eco-friendly tea towel can help reduce demand for new plastic fibres, as well as supporting better impact materials where less intense growing and manufacturing processes are used.
Recycled Tea Towels
Did you know plastic fibres like polyester and nylon are created using fossil fuels? By opting for recycled fibres you can help reduce demand for virgin plastic and make use of plastic already in the system.
Natural Fabric Tea Towels
Opting for a tea towel made from natural fibres like cotton means you're not creating any demand for plastics. Natural fibres break much quicker than plastic and don't lead to microplastics entering our environment and waterways, which in turn can stick around for hundreds of years.
Organic Natural Tea Towels
While a natural fibre like cotton has many positive points, it can be very water-intensive to grow and manufacture into a final product. Other less intensive options can include organic cotton and hemp.