Greening your Tea Consumption

16 May

Happy Wednesday folks – we’ve added a new regular contributor to the No Waste Wednesdays blog!  Erin will be working with MCCS for the summer months and we are very excited to welcome her into this space.  And as always – if you have suggestions of ideas/products/campaigns you’d like us to explore leave us a comment or email us at nowastewednesdays@gmail.com …  For today here’s a few helpful thoughts for all you tea drinkers out there:

One of the first steps in cutting down on packaging waste is to look at the things you consume consistently on a daily basis. Looking at how you can cut back on packaging waste from these seemingly simple daily routines, moves towards being better aware of how much waste packaging really creates.As someone who drinks on average three cups of tea per day, if I use each tea bag only once and throw it out afterwards I have thrown out about 1095 tea bags, as well as individual tea packages each year (although the average person prImageobably doesn’t drink quite as much tea as myself).

Tea bags can always be used more than once, whether that be for a second cup of tea or by using it for numerous purposes around the home.

Chasing Green offers 25 different ways which tea bags can be reused:

…for health and beauty

…around the house

…in the kitchen

…and outdoors!

Who knew tea bags could be so multipurpose?

One of my favourite ways I found to reuse tea bags is for composting and gardening found on TLC’s How Stuff Works:

Lots of people add their used tea bags to a compost to help reduce garbage and cultivate their plants. If you don’t have a compost, you can just steep a tea bag in water until the water slightly changes colour, and then use it to water your plants. You could even just bury the tea bag outside to help your garden grow. Don’t worry- the tea bag will decompose.

If you are not into reusing your tea bag around the house each time you have a cup, or if you just want to cut out tea bag and packaging waste all together I suggest the best alternative is loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea comes without individual packages and without the tea bag. It can be steeped through various ways, using different infusers and filters in a green way to meet all your tea needs!

If you would like tea on the go loose leaf tea can accommodate that as well without extra waste. David’s Tea makes travel mugs with built in infusers as well as an extra compartment to store extra loose leaf tea. 

Quite possible the best tea accessory is the hook handle infuser. I never use tea bags, or individual tea packages now thanks to this handy little thing.

Here are some other places you can find alternative ways to reuse your tea bags!

What are your favourite ways to reuse your tea bags? Any recommendations for eliminating tea packaging waste? Leave us a comment!

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2 Responses to “Greening your Tea Consumption”

  1. Kathy Klassen May 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    In my opinion loose-leaf tea always tastes better than any tea bag.

  2. Kristen May 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Love this! And love Erin!

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