Here's the premise of my question: I am on a mission to create a reusable tea bag that is easy to use on the go. I lead something of a nomadic lifestyle and it's important to me to have a system for brewing and enjoying quality tea while I'm away from home.
After trying out literally dozens of different tumbler designs, I settled for this one here, called the 'Tao tea tumbler': https://www.taotealeaf.com/tao-tea-tumbler-with-disassembly-set/
As you can see, the bottom cavity that holds the leaves is difficult to clean, especially when the leaves are small - hence the desire to have a tea bag. I would therefore like to use a textile that is non-toxic (for context: nylon releases microplastics when exposed to boiling water), is hydrophobic (so that it's easy to clean), is flexible, dries quickly, doesn't mold, lends itself to repeated use, doesn't impart any flavor onto boiling water, and has a high melting point.
And now to the actual question: I came across a new fabric developed by NASA (of all people) that appears to fit these criteria. Here's the link: https://www.teacoffeepackingmaterial.com/product/pla-mesh-neosoilon/ Is this material suitable for what I'd like to use it for? If so, where do I get it?
Here are some steps that I have already taken:
- I created a prototype of my design with a mix of silk and cotton. I tested it and concluded that it doesn't suit my needs. Finally, I adjusted my design for the next iteration.
- I reached out to the manufacturers of the NeoSoilon fabric - they have yet to respond to my request.