Chances Are Your Beautiful Porcelain Teapot is Secretly Poisoning You

By Erika Robertson

There is nothing quite so divine as brewing a relaxing and delicious pot of tea. In fact, tea is your escape from the busy world. Tea brings you together over pleasant and not-so-pleasant conversations. There are few occasions where tea isn’t welcome. 

Tea reigns as the most popular beverage in the world. Next to water, it’s the most consumed beverage in the world. Tea is healthy. Tea is affordable. And tea is delicious. — But, tea can be deadly.

The bad news is if you drink tea, you are most likely brewing yourself a daily dose of toxic chemicals.

The good news is there are ways to turn your tea routine around and relish each chemical-free pot of tea.

Is Your Teapot Safe to Use?

Chances are you drink tea from a traditional porcelain or metal teapot. You know the proper water temperatures for brewing tea. You know how to measure loose tea leaves. And you love to bundle up your teapot in a cute little tea cozy. — But tradition and ritual have a price.

Teapots have a long and turbulent relationship with toxins and chemicals. Namely, ceramic teapots are made with porous materials. Because of this, most of them are covered with glaze to help keep moisture out. The ceramic isn’t a problem but the glaze is toxic. 

How Toxins Affect Your Body.

Most teapots carry lead, cadmium, and other metals. Dietary exposure to lead is a huge public health issue. As a matter of fact, the FDA warns that the glaze that is used in the making of ceramic ware can contain components of lead and cadmium.1

Ceramicware includes porcelain and stoneware. Metallic teapots have a significant source of lead, nickel, and other chemical elements.2 Also, prolonged lead exposure can lead to anemia, weakness, kidney failure, brain damage, and even death.3 Long-term exposure to cadmium can lead to organ system toxicity and cancer.4

Lead-free, Lead-safe, and Leaching.

Most companies claim to produce lead-free teapots. But, many of these same companies don’t know the chemical breakdowns of the glazes they use. Sometimes they refuse to comment on the kinds of glazes that they use in production. Of course, It’s important to know the difference between a lead-free and a lead-safe teapot. It’s also important to understand what leaching is.

Lead-Free

A lead-free teapot is free from any traces of lead. You might question if the glaze on your lead-free teapot is toxic. It’s always a good idea to test the glaze on your teapot if lead is a big concern to you. Kits are available online that allow you to test the glaze at home.  

Lead-Safe

A lead-safe teapot has minimal traces of leachable lead paint. The lead in the paint doesn’t exceed two or three parts per million.5 These decorative paint designs are usually found on the outside of your teapot. Moreover, the paint doesn’t come into direct contact with your tea. This means lead doesn’t leach into your beverage.

Leaching

Leaching is when lead paint chips off or seeps into your tea or food. Also, leaching is more likely to happen when food or beverages are hot and they come into contact with the glazes. 

What is the Healthiest Teapot?

Studies show that the purest and safest material for both tea kettles and teapots is glass — But not any kind of glass. Borosilicate glass is by far the most beneficial material for your teapot. 

Borosilicate glass teapots don’t release toxins or metals. In fact, they have quality and long safety records. And they far outweigh the negative health impact of porcelain and metal teapots.7

How to Salvage Your Lead-Safe Glass Teapot.

Sometimes companies use glaze to paint their brand logos on teaware. These small marks are underneath the base of lead-safe glass teapots. The good news is that these marks have no direct contact with the tea that you drink. But if you aren’t comfortable using your lead-safe glass teapot there are a few ways to remove the glaze:

Nail Polish Remover

Dab a little bit of nail polish remover on the paint. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a microfiber cloth. 

Rubbing Alcohol

You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove the paint marks. Let a small amount saturate the paint and remove it with a cloth.

Vinegar

If you prefer a more natural method use vinegar. Heat a few tablespoons of water and mix it with a splash of vinegar to create a paint-removing solution.

What are the Benefits of Borosilicate Glass?

Using a glass teapot might seem intimidating at first because they look so fragile. In fact, glass teapots might even seem tacky or gimmicky to you. You might also associate them with novice blooming teas and amateur tea drinkers. 

But don’t let the quick opinions of seasoned tea-drinkers fool you. Borosilicate glass teapots are healthy, durable, and the clean future of the tea industry.

Strength and Temperature Superiority

Borosilicate glass has more silicone dioxide than other glass. This means it’s much less likely to break and crack. It can also handle extreme temperature changes. So, this means you can brew your hot tea without worrying about shattering or cracking the glass.

Chemical and Corrosion Resistance

Borosilicate’s amazing resistance to water corrosion is better than most metals and materials. As a matter of fact, it’s so resistant to chemicals that it’s used to store nuclear waste. This means your new teapot won’t leach chemicals into your delicious and healthy tea. 

Easy to Clean

Glass is non-porous, anti-stick, and very easy to clean. Smooth glass surfaces are resistant to staining and don’t need a lot of scrubbing. Because your glass teapot is completely clear you can get rid of every dirty spot. In fact, tea stains are a thing of the past with revolutionary borosilicate glass teapots.

Affordable and Long-Lasting

Traditional porcelain and metallic teapots can be expensive. They flake and deteriorate over time. On the other hand, revolutionary borosilicate glass teapots are a healthy and affordable option for every tea drinker. With proper care, your borosilicate teapot can last a lifetime. 

Friendly for the Environment

Toxic chemicals are horrible for you and the environment. Lead and cadmium can leach into your tea leaves and leftover tea water. Scrubbing your glazed teapot can release toxins into the water. This water can make its way into landfills, lakes, and oceans. 

Borosilicate teapots are made with natural materials. These materials are easier to source than oil and have a smaller impact on the environment.6

Tea Tastes Much Better

Do you ever notice that sometimes your tea tastes a little off?  — it’s chemical and metallic and doesn’t taste as good. This is because toxins from lead paint and other materials leach from your teapot into your tea. 

This doesn't happen with a borosilicate glass teapot. — Now, you can enjoy the pure and perfect flavors of your favorite teas without the fear of leaching toxins.

Where Can You Buy a Borosilicate Glass Teapot?

More tea companies are opening their eyes to the benefits of borosilicate glassware. Glass teapots and blooming teas are a fun way to introduce new tea drinkers to the exciting world of tea. But borosilicate teapots also promote toxic-free living, health and wellness, and environmentalism. 

Teabloom is on a mission to change the tea narrative. They introduce tea-lovers to a pure and clean way to enjoy tea in its most natural form. Teabloom’s revolutionary borosilicate glass teapots are the perfect starting point for your new clean tea wellness journey. 

Teablooom’s elegant lead-free teapots are beautiful, strong, and 100% lead-free. Their lead-safe teapots are marked with a minimally-pigmented glass logo. This glass mixture surpasses the lead-safe standards of traditional lead-safe glazes. Now you can enjoy your tea with peace of mind.

Switching out your old teapot can be an emotional journey. But once you taste pure and clean tea from a Teabloom teapot you won’t want to brew your tea in another teapot ever again. 

Buy your life-changing and planet-saving Teabloom borosilicate glass teapot today at www.teabloom.com

References:

  1. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_122.html
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51485767_Tea_brewed_in_traditional_metallic_teapots_as_a_significant_source_of_lead_nickel_and_other_chemical_elements#:~:text=Most%20teapots%20showed%20a%20high,the%20market%20by%20the%20FASFC. 
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/lead/health.html#:~:text=Exposure%20to%20high%20levels%20of,a%20developing%20baby's%20nervous%20system. 
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5596182/#:~:text=Long%2Dterm%20exposure%20to%20cadmium,peripheral%20nervous%2C%20and%20respiratory%20systems.
  5. https://thegoodlifedesigns.com/how-to-tell-if-dishes-have-lead/
  6. https://www.ddpsinc.com/knowledge/what-are-the-benefits-of-borosilicate-glass