The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
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
So then how come tea has been hijacked?
These days tea isn’t just a hot beverage; it’s a trendy thing.
It’s a tea flower! In a teapot brewing. This flower comes in a metal capsule.
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.
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.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...