Packaging for tea

November 15, 2023

        Tea is a common beverage in our daily life. Compared with coffee, the preservation of tea is relatively easy, but we also need to pay attention to some details to extend the shelf life of tea while maintaining the aroma and taste of tea.

        Tea is a very special commodity. The ingredients in tea are prone to moisture and deterioration under environmental changes, so the materials of tea packaging must be moisture-proof, anti-oxidation, and be resistant to high temperatures as well. Therefore, many kinds of tea packaging emerge as the times requires.

        Today let’s take a look at what packaging materials are available for tea!

Plastic laminated film packaging


        Plastic laminated film packaging (including packaging film and packaging bags) is a relatively convenient packaging method that is moisture-proof and anti-oxidation for tea.

        The films have many advantages such as light weight, not easy to be damaged, good heat sealability as well as affordable price. They are widely used in packaging.

        There are many kinds of laminated films used for tea packaging, such as:

        moisture-proof cellophane/polyethylene/paper/aluminum foil/ polyethylene;

        biaxially stretched polypropylene/aluminum foil/polyethylene;

        polyethylene/polyvinylidene chloride/polyethylene, etc.

        Plastic films have excellent gas barrier properties, moisture resistance, fragrance retention, odor resistance, etc.

        Due to the light transmittance of 80% to 90% which the majority of plastic films all have, in order to reduce the transmittance, ultraviolet suppression can be added to the packaging materials or the light transmittance can be reduced by printing or coloring.

        In addition, aluminum foil or vacuum aluminum-plated film can be used as the composite materials of basic materials are used for light-shielding packaging.

Laminated film bags packaging

        laminated film bag packaging is the main form of tea packaging. Composite films have excellent gas barrier properties, moisture resistance, fragrance retention, and anti-odor permeability. Laminated films with aluminum foil have even better properties, such as excellent light-shielding properties. Composite film bags can be used in small packages, such as 100g or 200g bags, or in medium packages, such as 10kg or 20kg bags. They have good printability and has a unique effect as a shelf product.

        Laminated film bags have various packaging forms, including three-sided sealing bags, self-standing bags, etc. Because laminated film bags have good printability, using them for sales packaging design is very attractive to the public. It has a unique effect in attracting customers and promoting tea sales.

        Among them, aluminum foil packaging is a relatively common method of tea packaging at present. 

        Aluminum foil has the characteristics of moisture-proof, anti-oxidation, and preservation, and can effectively protect the aroma and quality of tea. In addition, aluminum foil can also prevent ultraviolet rays and prevent tea leaves from deteriorating due to exposure to light. Therefore, aluminum foil packaging is an ideal tea packaging material. Thus, nowadays the structure of bags-kraft paper/pe/aluminum is one of the most popular for tea.

Paper packaging

        Paper packaging is an environmentally friendly and healthy packaging method.

        Compared with aluminum foil packaging, paper packaging is more breathable, allowing the tea to breathe better. At the same time, paper packaging also has a certain degree of moisture resistance and can maintain the humidity of tea leaves. However, the moisture-proof ability of paper packaging is relatively weak. If stored for a long time, tea leaves are easily affected by moisture and damaged.

        The most popular method of packaging tea bags at present is teabag packaging, which is a bag packaging made of thin filter paper.

        When used, the paper bag is put into a big bag or a tea set. The purpose of packaging with filter paper bags is mainly to improve the leaching rate, and also to use the tea powder fully utilized. The kind of tea bags have good performance so the tea bags adapt to the fast-paced life needs of modern people and are naturally popular in the international market. Now due to environmental protection requirements, tea bags without bag strings are now becoming increasingly popular.

        The kind of tea bags is always packaged in large tea packaging bags. 

        Nowadays, the popular tea packaging bags are paper laminated plastic packaging bags. The kraft paper is as the printing surface to present the product with more characteristics, and the aluminum foil layer is the inner layer to effectively protect the tea bags which are impervious to moisture.

        In a word, tea packaging materials should be comprehensively considered based on the type of tea, storage conditions and other factors. Generally speaking, aluminum foil packaging is a relatively good packaging method and can better protect the quality of tea. If you pay attention to environmental protection and health, paper packaging is also a good choice.

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