Who Invented the Tea Bag?
Teabags are definitely commonplace today. In this story, you’ll learn about the man who invented the tea bag, why he did it, how he did it, and how it was received.
Thomas Sullivan was a tea merchant who was based in New York. When he was shipping his product to customers, he sent it along in
Thomas Sullivan and the Teabag
New Age Tea Bags
These new bags were:
– Less expensive to make – Less expensive to buy – Sometimes compostable
The Technology Already Existed
Thomas Sullivan may have literally put the tea in the bags, but he may not have actually invented the idea.
Roberta Lawson and Mary McLaren
The first patent for a tea infusing apparatus was filed by two women from Milwaukee named Mary McLaren and Roberta Lawson.
There have been many different patents for various iterations of the teabag. Ironically, none of them were filed by Thomas Sullivan.
How Many Other Patents Were There?
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