Tea

3 ways to Green Your Tea

You don't have to drink green tea to imbibe a green beverage. Choose tea that has been grown with the protection of ecosystems and human health in mind. Teas that are organically grown or are Fair Trade Certified are often grown without the use of chemical pesticides that pollute waterways, lead to soil erosion, and can cause health problems for plantation workers, nearby communities, and possibly even the tea drinker. Teas sporting these certifications may also be grown in a way that preserves wildlife habitat, protects biodiversity, and decreases soil erosion and degradation. Next, decrease the waste associated with your tea-drinking habit by carrying your own mug and using loose tea, which requires less packaging.

  1. Choose fair trade and organic tea

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    Choosing fair trade and organic teas helps protect the earth and tea growers' health from chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

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  2. Use a tea infuser or strainer

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    Cut down on the waste created by your tea-drinking habit: replace disposable tea bags with reusable tea infusers and loose leaf tea.

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  3. Buy a reusable mug

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    If you're an on-the-go tea drinker, investing in a reusable mug can help keep paper and plastic out of the landfill, as well as preserve the natural resources required to produce disposable products.

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Comments

02/15/2010
3:33pm
Glenpar

I'm part of the Environmental Stewardship committee at St. Andrews United Church in Calgary. I have recently discovered that it takes 140 gallons of water to produce the coffee beans necessary in brewing a single 225 ml cup of coffee.

I would like to offer the paritioners at St. Andrews a less wasteful alternative, and was considering a carafe (or two) of green tea.

Unfortunately, I have no idea whether or not this is an improvement over coffee.

Any insight your members could provide would be much appreciated.

Cheers Glen

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