Did you know that most teabags contain tiny plastic particles?!! I certainly didn’t! Tea is supposed to be cozy and calming, but knowing that I am probably drinking micro plastics, doesn’t make me feel calm. Haha
For the longest time I just assumed they were ALL compostable, but I have come to realize that is wrong.. Don’t fret if you did compost them.. as they do partially break down, but your garden may have some empty teabags left in there.
Now I don’t know about you, but I find plastic seems to be hidden in everything – from paper coffee cups to our teabags. I have come up with a list for you to make it easier to find the few companies with compostable tea bags and yummy loose leave tea as well.
Below you will find my favourite loose leaf teas and some fun accessories for all you tea obsessed people like me, plus some fairly easy to find brands that have compostable and PLASTIC FREE teabags.
First thing you will want to invest in when buying loose leaf tea is a tea ball, and a French Press or a nice tea pot.
I got my tea ball as a gift for Christmas and my teapot is a nice glass one from IKEA for under $15. You can find it here. Teapots like the one linked can be found else where, I was just already at IKEA and the price was right!
If you still like to have some teabags to put looseleaf tea in to just throw it all in the compost after, you can find some plastic free ones at David’s Tea. I have some cotton sachet’s that I use. I just wash them with soap and water after I’m done and reuse them. You can find them on Amazon here or at your local kitchen store. I love mine.
I have dried some of my own things for tea like Mint, Lavender, Lemon Balm and trying to grow some Chamomile – without much luck yet. I’ve managed to kill the little shoots twice! 🙁
For some lovely Earl Grey – I like to buy from 49th Parallel. They are based in Vancouver.
Karla’s Tea comes in little tin’s that are great to reusing for things (YAY for no plastic packaging) and is based locally in the Fraser Valley.
David’s Tea is well known to most people. Their prices are good, you can smell the teas before buying and a rewards program. I have a few favourites with them, but really don’t shop there often.
Bird and Blend – discovered this gem while I was living in England. Similar to David’s Tea, but some different flavours. They ship around the world for a reasonable price. I have their advent calendar for this year!
Mighty Leaf – I haven’t had many of their tea’s, but they sell loose leaf and the flavours I have had are delicious.
Granville Island Tea Co – This is one I discovered a while ago, and they have DELICIOUS teas. Cute little shop right in the Granville Island Market with tea samples and a huge menu of teas. Ship to Canada and the US.
Plastic Free Teabags:
Teapigs: started in 2006 and available in 35 countries. I love their Darjeeling Earl Grey and the Chili Chai. They also sell matcha, but all their teabags are compostable and full of whole leaves/berries, not the fine ground stuff.
Clipper: another UK based company, now available worldwide. Lovely teas. No plastic, just the box and teabags.
David’s Tea: Pre made teabags or fill and steep bags; individual teabag packaging is biodegradable.
Mighty Leaf: unique flavours, available in both bags and loose. Fair trade and organic.
Bird and Blend: The Rhubarb Custard is my latest favourite flavour of theirs!
Questions for ya:
1. Did you know teabag contain plastics? Whether it be in the bag or the glue sealing the bag together?
2. Do you prefer loose or bagged?
3. Any other tea companies I should add to the list?
Happy steeping! 🙂
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