Fancy a cuppa? Let’s sit and have a chat for a sec, I’ll put the kettle on.
A nice hot cup of tea is a staple in British culture. Sad? I’ll make us a tea. Bored? Let’s have a brew and a gossip. It’s just how we approach a situation. Tea provides comfort – how many of you cradle the cup in your hands as you drink? That’s what I thought. And don’t even get me started on the biscuits.
We really are a nation of tea lovers. According to the UK Tea and Infusions Association, we drink 60.2 billion cups per year! That’s a whole lot of tea.
The only problem I have is, you guessed it, plastic waste.
*This post contains gifted items from Adagio Teas. All opinions stated are my own and haven’t been influenced by any third parties. For more information about how I label my sponsored posts please see my disclaimer.*
Yes. Even our tea isn’t safe from plastic pollution. Aside from the more obvious culprit (the packaging), our tea bags may also be to blame.
The sneakiest are our paper tea bags. Why? They may be sealed with polypropylene. This is a heat resistant thermoplastic which is often used to seal the edges of our paper tea bags.
Then there’s the issue of the fully plastic pyramid tea bags. They’re the ones with a silky sort of appearance. It wasn’t until recently that it dawned on me they could contain plastic materials.
So instead of researching for plastic free tea bags, I decided to make the switch. To what? Loose leaf tea. I wanted an option that would produce less waste in the long run, and loose leaf was the most obvious option.
Adagio Teas kindly offered so send me a selection of their teas to try out just in time for Christmas. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen me unboxing the package. For those who haven’t, feel free to check that out here. *Hint hint*.
But I’m not just here to ramble about their incredible teas. Adagio are also committed to reducing their overall impact. Through their Carbon Offset programme, they’re reducing the impact of the packages they send all over the world. So much so that they’ve offset 119.100 tonnes of CO2 in 2019 alone! For reference, 1 tonne of CO2 is equal to 27 feet cubed.
They also connect their consumers with their farmers through their Roots Campaign. Here you can learn all about the farmers who grow their tea from all over the world. I love this because it helps give a voice and a platform to people who may not have one otherwise. We all deserve to share our story.
For the perfect cuppa, you take a tablespoon of tea leaves (any flavour of your choosing) and pop it into the IngenuiTea with some hot water. Then leave to steep. Each tea is different so steeping times may vary. Luckily Adagio have specified how long to aim for on the back of each packet.
There’s no need to worry about messily pouring your cup, either. The IngenuiTea has a pressure pad on the bottom that releases your brew straight into your cup! Simply place on top of your cup and let the IngenuiTea do the rest.
Finish off by pairing with a pack of your favourite biscuits. Hobnobs are always my first choice. What’s yours?
You know I couldn’t make it one full post without a terrible pun. My favourite tea from the Adagio range so far is definitely the candy cane Holiday Cheer black tea. It has a sweet scent, isn’t too overpowering, and the taste has a hint of mint.
Adagio has lots of festive artisan teas to choose from on their website. This includes Reindeer Fuel tea, their teabag advent calendar, and seasonal stocking stuffers. All of their teas are vegan, gluten free, and all flavours are derived from natural essential oils. So kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice antioxidant kick with every cup.
I’ll be unboxing my tea advent calendar throughout December and will upload a video at Christmas Eve over on IGTV so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.