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Week 2 of Plastic Free July - Free reusable teabag and sample of tea!

For orders placed between 7th - 14th July we are offering a free reusable teabag and a spoonful of loose tea of your choice – just pop the name of the tea that you would like to try in the ‘add a note’ section on the My Cart page to receive these with your order.

Why loose leaf tea?

A few years back I was reading an article about teabags and microplastic. Yes, the bags themselves can shed billions of particles of microplastics.

Polypropylene is often used to seal teabags to stop them from falling apart. As it isn’t compostable, recyclable or biodegradable, it can lead to plastic pollution as it won’t be broken down. Like most plastics, polypropylene is a known endocrine disruptor So… take a close look at the packing information on a range of teabags, is the bag made of plastic or is a bioplastic used to seal the bag? Do you want to drink plastic in your tea or go for a zero waste, plastic-free option? Also, I would recommend using a reusable cotton tea bag or a stainless-steel strainer. If either starts to get stained by the tea, just rub with some baking soda and vinegar.

Round Up from Week 1:

Plastic Free July Day 7 - 🌿 Who owns a reusable shopping bag??

There are some absolutely beautiful reusable bags out there that suit every style and taste. But really, any bag you already have will do – whether you bring a plastic bag, canvas bag, linen bag, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are reusing what you have. When the time comes that your current bag has come to the end of its life, then shop around for an eco-friendly alternative.

I found the trickiest part here when I first made the switch was remembering to take my reusable bag with me. There have been plenty of times that I was caught out with a shop – and just piled everything into the boot and bagged it up on the driveway to carry it into the house. So, I recommend keeping a couple of bags in the car and in your usual day to day bag! Once you’ve shopped with your own a few times this will become a habit. I’m still using mine – over 15 years old now and going strong!

Plastic Free July Day 6 - Reusable cups

Everyone who knows me knows that I always start the day with a good coffee (my personal favourite are our organic Peruvian coffee beans – as much for their story as for their taste.

When I worked in the city many years ago before I owned a coffee machine, I used to get my coffee in a single use disposable cup. Some were single use plastic, some were biodegradable. Then I discovered these lovely glass coffee / tea cups. They have a silicone lid too if you are sipping on the go. So, this very simple swap, has saved me sending 365 single use plastic cups from landfill every year. And that is just my use..

The same goes for water. There are so many health reasons not to drink water from plastic bottles as well as the eco reasons. I recommend getting glass where you can, or food grade (very important) stainless steel.