We’re on to you tea. Looking good with all your health benefits and warm cup of feels, but there is something dark and twisted about what holds your perfect, dried leaves in place….and it is plastic! Specifically, tea bags usually contain polypropylene to seal them, which means they cannot be composted after use. They too, like the cup they wear, are garbage.
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world next to water. Most tea drinkers use tea bags, about 96% according to The Independent (Sep 3, 2018), and more often than not the bags contain plastic. How can you tell? The blog writer, Treading My Own Path, created this handy infographic below to help:
The best way to avoid trashing your tea bags is to use loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea, in my humble opinion, just tastes better. The added benefit is I don’t have to worry about where it goes when I’m done steeping it – straight to my home compost. There are lots of tools to use like tea balls, fine mesh strainers, muslin bags or infuser cups. Tea balls are relatively inexpensive and muslin bags even more so.
Now, let’s math!
Tea takeaway = $1.79 x 113% x 365 = $738.29
Tea takeaway with reusable cup = $1.69 x 113% x 365 = $697.04
Home brewed tea with tea bag = $4.47/20 x 113% x 365 = $92.18
Home brewed tea with loose leaf = $3.95/100g x 2-3g x 113% x 365 = $32.58 - $48.87
The costings are done based on a medium cup at Tim Horton’s for takeaways and a box of 20 Tim Horton’s tea bags for home brew. Loose leaf tea can be found package-free at Bulk Barn and is fair trade! You really can’t beat it. Paying 15x more than making a cup at home is what convenience and packaging really costs you.
The good news is that many tea manufacturers are listening and have plans to make biodegradable bags (you can read more here). The bad news is it’s likely that the new biodegradable bags will not be home compostable – and Sarnia does not currently have green bins...yet.
Check out our contest from our last post below:
We believe rewarding good behavior is better than punishing so we are running a contest on Instagram to be entered for a chance to win a 12-oz Joco in the available colour of your choice!
>Tag us @greatlakesrefillco
>Use the hashtag #therefillco
>Show us that you are using your reusable cup in your stories
Open to Sarnia-Lambton residents only. Multiple entries allowed. Contest closes January 31st, 2019 at midnight. Contest not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Feel free to tag the business you got your beverage from as well!