1. USE A REUSABLE CUP
Such a simple change can make such a big difference!
It’s estimated that Australians use over 1 billion disposable coffee cups per year. That’s approximately 2,700,000 single-use coffee cups thrown out each day!
While it looks like many of these cups are made from paper, most have a plastic lining and are therefore not recyclable.
The greenest choice is to carry your own reusable coffee cup. And the bonus is that many coffee outlets will offer you a discount off your tea.
If you have a café in your local area that’s signed up to Responsible Cafes, you can typically save 50c off your brew.
Click HERE to view the range of reusable coffee cups at Sustainahome.
2. DRINK YOUR TEA LOOSE
Drinking loose tea not only results in a superior brew, it’s also gentler on the environment. Tea bags often come with metal staples and additional packaging, all which took additional resources to produce. The added bonus for you is that loose tea is more economical than tea bags.
3. PACK AN INSULATED FLASK
You don’t need to just be going to a football game to pack an insulated flask of boiling water or tea. Pack one in the car for long trips, take one shopping, even take one to work!
Packing an insulated flask of tea saves you from purchasing tea on the go when out and about. The added bonus if you forget your reusable coffee cup is that you can use the lid of the flask as a cup!
4. CHOOSE AN ETHICAL BREW
Not all tea was created equal.
To ensure your brew contributes positively to our world, choose a Fairtrade tea (organic if possible).
When consumers purchase products with the Fairtrade Mark, they are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their livelihoods and provide better support to their communities. The Fairtrade Mark shows that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.
The standards include protection of workers’ rights and the protection of children, the preservation of the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in initiatives to support local communities or business development. Sounds like a fair enough choice, right?
5. COMPOST YOUR TEA LEAVES
When you’ve finished your cuppa, pop your tea leaves in your compost or Bokashi bin to guarantee a zero-waste tea. The nutrient-rich fertilizer you produce will be welcomed by your garden.
An ethical and sustainable cup of tea is possible! By switching to a reusable cup, drinking your tea loose, packing an insulated flask, choosing an ethical brew and composting your tea leaves you’ll save money, waste and contribute to a cleaner, greener and fairer future for us all.
OVER TO YOU!
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