After a walk on the beach last weekend I wandered into a health food store in Sandymount and found my next zerowaste improvement. An individual tea infuser! The lady at the store was almost apologetic that they came completely unpackaged but when I explained to her that I was trying to reduce my waste she was really interested and wished me good luck. Although I had zerowasted my caffeine addiction I don’t drink coffee after lunchtime and switch to herbal teas. At home we have a teapot that includes an infuser for loose tea but in my office I was using unbleached teabags as the best alternative. Tea wasn’t high on my list of things to zero-up-a-notch but I pick up things that will help make my transition to zerowaste easier when I see them.
So here I am, taking a break from a stressful PhD chapter, drinking zerowaste tea! I brought in the ends of a bag of loose tea from home to try out but now I have an extra motivation to visit my favourite tea house in Dublin at the weekend – Wall & Keogh. They have lots of types of loose tea in big glass jars that I can take away in my small glass jars (including ‘Happy Birthday Tea’ that my friend thoughtfully bought me one year). It’s a bit further away from me but I really like their cafe (they are not sponsoring this post so this is a genuine recommendation). I’m not sure I know of anywhere else to buy loose tea without packaging but I’m always interested to hear of more places that sell zerowaste products in the comments if you know any.
I’m delighted that this switch to zerowaste tea was so effortless.
Now it’s back to work for me, tea time is sadly over.