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You Don't Need to Buy Bottled Tea!

Posted Jun 05 2009 5:07pm

I have written about the Wall O’Plastic, also known as the beverage aisle, at my local grocery store before (March 25 and March 28). So many of the beverage products in this aisle are packaged in plastic and/or are absolutely not necessary. One of those products is tea. It is amazing how many types of bottled tea there are now. Diet green with citrus, iced sweet tea, green tea with ginseng and honey, white tea, teas flavored as mojito, orange, lemonade and raspberry - to name only a few. Black, green, white or oolong are some of the common types of real tea. Herbal teas are not really tea at all. Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. It is good for your health because it is full of antioxidants called polyphenols. It is said to fight allergies, cancer, arthritis, cholesterol, bad breath. It may build bone strength,strengthen the immune strength and health with weight loss and more.

Ten years ago you did not see bottled or canned tea, because it is so easy to make. In our society’s quest for convenience, we now have ready-made tea. This is not good. First of all, the excess packaging ends up as waste in the environment. Second of all, tea is best if is freshly brewed. If you want all the health benefits of tea and you desire to be kind to the environment, make your own tea. It only takes 3 to 5 minutes and requires a minimum of equipment.

It can be a relaxing ritual and it’s so easy. First, heat some water to boiling (not quite boiling for green tea). Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup of water to a tea pot. It is best to preheat the tea pot with warm water first. Let the tea steep 3-5 minutes and pour. If you want iced tea, use the power of the sun by making sun tea. Simply put your tea leaves in a clear glass jug of water and let the sun heat it to the desired strength.

Avoid the packaging of bags by using loose tea. The tea in bags is lower quality, usually tea crumbles or powder. When tea bags are steeping, water cannot circulate into the leaves properly. The same goes for tea infusers. Tea made from loose leaves has more antioxidants than tea bags. Loose tea is the way to get really well steeped tea with full flavor and less packaging.

My point is that tea is a beverage that you can fix yourself, no packaging, no plastic. Buy a nice artsy porcelain tea pot like this one from Scott Frankenberger and enjoy your tea!
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