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Cuppa tea: Throw away or here to stay?

I get really frustrated by packaging. Especially when it’s frivolous.

Take tea for example.

Tea is an environmental contradiction.

It can be zero waste. The leaves itself are organic matter. They can return to the earth. The tea bag is also biodegradable. Though it can take time.

Herbal options, locally grown, variety…

What better way to quench our thirst?

The chimps in the seventies and eighties showed us an idyllic picture.

chimps tea party
Hmmmmmm!

So then how come tea has been hijacked?

These days tea isn’t just a hot beverage; it’s a trendy thing.

Take this for example.
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It’s a tea flower! In a teapot brewing. This flower comes in a metal capsule.

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I’m trying to find a decent ‘repurpose’ for it. It came in a set of six separate tea flowers. (not mine by the way!)

There seems to be a great deal of emphasis these days on ‘reinventing’ tea.

Pyramids, disc shapes, nylon bags, plastic sachets, tags with staples in. The packaging, the shape, the health properties, tea is big business.

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We’ve long resorted to using loose tea. It tastes better.
It has far less packaging.
It is more dense and available in more compact units to reduce transport costs.

And my regular cuppa won’t leave a residue that lasts longer than my lifetime.

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12 comments on “Cuppa tea: Throw away or here to stay?

  1. ladyofthecakes
    June 28, 2014

    Tea flower?! How has this passed me by???

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  2. bcparkison
    June 28, 2014

    I use loose tea too.but sometimes it is hard to find local.

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    • lizard100
      June 29, 2014

      It has definitely become rarer with all the fancy bagged teas in the shops.

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  3. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    many thanks for sharing Liz

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  4. elle
    June 30, 2014

    Completely agree! You read my mind here — this kind of thing is totally a pet peeve of mine haha 😛

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  5. Erin Kurnik
    June 30, 2014

    The nylon bagged tea is ridiculous, as it being wrapped in individual plastic baggies. All in the name of reinventing tea.

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    • lizard100
      June 30, 2014

      I know. It’s dreadful. Companies should face penalties for irresponsible design.

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      • Definitely all the externalities should be factored in. I’ve had a tea flower before (in China – I believe the idea originated there? but I could be wrong). I don’t remember any metal containers. That seems a bit OTT.

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      • lizard100
        July 1, 2014

        I think it was a Chinese thing. It was crazy.

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