Hot tea and beanies are the reasons why I survive winter.
If you’re a tea lover like me, you know that most teas will come in a box or tin of some sort, with another plastic or paper wrap over the tea bag, then the tea bag itself, with usually a string with some paper attached with a printed pithy quote about love and living life. So much packaging for a teaspoon or two of dried herb. Not to mention whatever the tea bag is made of is also steeping in your water. Yikes.
As always, there’s a way to consume without producing so much waste. So, I proudly present zero waste tea time.
Tea in Bulk
As my video shows, buying tea in bulk is insanely easy if you have a store with tea in bulk. But if you don’t, no worries!
You can also tea in bulk from some really awesome vendors. My favorite is an Oregon company called Mountain Rose Herbs which has a wonderful selection. The irony is that in buying this tea, you’ll still have packaging, BUT it will be less packaging than you would normally get. You also won’t have to worry about steeping pesticides alongside your tea. You’ll still also be able to compost your tea leaves and herbs without packaging.
Mesh strainers are a must have for me. These are found just about everywhere, online and in stores. I prefer to use a strainer without silicone- just metal. However, if you’d rather your strainer look like a whale or a person enjoying floating in a tea bath, that is possible.