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Zero-Waste Tea

What do you mean I can have my tea without it coming in a plastic wrapped cardboard box containing 20 individually wrapped teabags with string and paper tags stapled on? Will it taste as good without all that stuff?

Darn right it tastes good! I bought Earl Grey Cream Tea and Rootbeer Roobios and they are both delicious. Even better than the taste is the fact that I will not have to recycle any packaging just to drink some tea. The tea shop I visited, Once Upon a Tea Leaf, even gave me a quarter off each tea for bringing my own containers. I already owned the tea strainer so it finally will be put to good use. This was a very successful zero waste food attempt. The taste difference was so incredible that I don’t see myself going back to packaged.

My zero waste food journey will soon take me to a local cheese shop, family owned market and a local honey place. Will they be interested in meeting my requests? Well, that’s just part of the fun!

After a note to the teacher I found out the kindergarten was interested in my recent collection of bottle tops. They are from me, my husband, my co-workers, milk bottle tops etc… I’m glad they are off my counter…for now. I wonder what they will do with them!What other little things that normally are discarded would classrooms use?


“Anything we do randomly and frequently starts to make its own sense and changes the world into itself. Anything you want there to be more of, do it randomly. Don’t wait for reasons. It will make itself be more, senselessly. Scrawl it on the wall: Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.”

Anne Herbert and Margaret Pavel


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Zero-Waste Tea

  1. I love this. I have boatloads of individually wrapped tea bags that we need to use, but once they’re gone I’ll definitely be looking at local tea shops for loose tea. Great idea!

    Posted by Kandice Bridges | April 7, 2012, 1:29 pm
  2. Hi Stephanie – after you commented on my blog, i thought i’d come visit you and have been trawling through your adventures. What fun you’ve been having – and how inspiring! I am also a tea-lover and buy my market spice tea at Beans and Leaves in Abbotsford in bulk. it really is the best way to make tea. i have other teas that i love and buy in tea-bag form because they are fair-trade teas, which i haven’t been able to find in bulk. do you know of a source for that?

    Posted by thriftshopperforpeace | April 16, 2012, 11:51 am
    • To be honest I forgot to look and see if the tea I bought is fair-trade. I know where to get fair-trade bulk coffee (Bruce’s Market in Maple Ridge) but I will call T’s and ask them. I just went to Lepp’s Farm Market in Abbotsford. They have agreed to fill my Rubbermaid containers with their deli and meat. I’m so excited for the next time I have to go out that way! I was happy to find another lower mainlander/BC’er that loves thrift and reducing their excess. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

      Posted by stephanieough | April 16, 2012, 12:25 pm
  3. When we lived in Japan we bought little teapots with strainers at the spouts, and it’s been loose tea for us ever since. It’s usually much fresher, and you can throw in a little ginger or cinnamon with the leaves to spice things up.

    Posted by Jean-François | August 25, 2012, 8:30 am


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