When the weather starts to turn chilly, one of our favorite ways to warm up is with a nice, hot cup of tea.  Did you know you can green your tea routine – literally?   With some simple steps, you can make the environment as happy as you make yourself with a simple cup of tea.

Here are five simple ways to green your tea routine:

  1. Use a traditional stovetop kettle, instead of an electric one, and start boiling your water with lukewarm water rather than cold.   Only boil enough water for as many cups as you’ll be drinking, it saves energy and gets you your cup of tea faster.
  2. Look for Earth friendly packaging.  Brands like Celestial Seasonings use as little packaging as possible with pillow tea bags that are free of strings, tags, and wrappings. That helps keep more than 1500 tons of waste out of landfills each year.
  3. Try loose-leaf tea.  Argo Tea makes amazing loose-leaf tea flavors and you can dip them in any sort of tea strainer.  Some tea drinkers swear by loose leaf tea.   Look for strainers in cute shapes like submarines, sharks, or classic round stainless steel balls.  Here are a few cute options from Toxel.com.
  4. Buy responsible tea.  Fair trade tea does exist.  Check out your nearest locally owned coffee shop for options or shops like Trader Joes and Whole Foods.
  5. Bring your own mug.  Whether you drink your tea at home, the office, or the nearest café, bring your own mug.  You’ll save hundreds of tons of waste from the landfill and look chic at the same time.  Fall and winter is the perfect time for shopping for a new travel tumbler as they make great gift ideas.  Look at your nearest tea/coffee shop for some cute and functional (bonus: tea stays hot while your commute) travel mugs or shop your nearest thrift store for a cheap, quirky mug to take to work.

What’s your favorite cup of tea?

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