Sustainable Tea Swaps

By Rachel Walters

Making sustainable tea swaps is a wonderful way to reduce your environmental impact while still enjoying your favorite beverage. Here are some sustainable tea swaps you can make: 

Loose Leaf Tea Instead of Tea Bags: opt for loose-leaf tea instead of tea bags whenever possible. Loose-leaf tea typically comes in packaging that produces less waste compared to individual tea bags, which often contain plastic or other non-biodegradable materials. 

Reusable Tea Infusers or Filters: Instead of using disposable tea bags, invest in reusable tea infusers or filters made from sustainable materials like stainless steel or organic cotton. These can be used multiple times and are easy to clean, reducing the amount of waste generated from single-use tea bags. 

Support Local Tea Producers: Whenever possible, choose a tea from local or regional producers. This reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting tea long distances and supports local economies. Many small-scale tea producers also prioritize sustainable farming practices and have a smaller environmental impact compared to large-scale tea plantations. 

Compost Tea Leaves: After steeping your tea, compost the used tea leaves instead of throwing them away. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and can help enrich your compost pile, reducing waste and contributing to healthy soil. 

Reduce Packaging Waste: Look for teas that are packaged in eco-friendly materials, such as recyclable or biodegradable packaging. Buying tea in bulk or in larger quantities can also help reduce packaging waste over time. You can even reuse your tins after you finish your tea!   

By making these sustainable tea swaps, you can enjoy your favorite beverage while reducing your environmental impact and supporting a more sustainable tea industry. Cheers to a greener cup of tea!