Drax wrote:Huh, that second link was quite useful! The first one... well, just another example of somebody taking stabs in the dark at possible scientific explanations with no evidence either way.
I meant more the comments than the actual post itself.
Drax wrote:In any case, I'm not sure I've run into many cardboards that *don't* have a smell, to be honest. Granted, some of them are much fainter than others, but they always seem to have some sort of odor(and especially as they age...
I imagine you'd be looking for boxes designed for hobbyists. I think it's possible to find ones which have very little odor. Plus, if you're keeping tea in them, they'll pick up the scent of the tea pretty quickly. Cardboard boxes are cheap, so you could always replace it if it smells funny or picks up too much humidity.
There are actually some boxes built specifically for tea storage too... they might be a rip-off, but presumably they'd be designed not to have any unpleasant odor.
BTW, a lot of tongs are wrapped in paper bags instead of bamboo leaves, and have for quite some time... and I believe they are packed in cardboard boxes as well. This is how they're typically stored in warehouses, as I understand it.