Celebrating Earth Day With Tea

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd. What are you all doing to show respect for the earth? Kat and I try to do various things on a daily basis to show our love for mother earth. We actually do a few tea-related things, which got me thinking that it’s time to share our tips with everyone! Here’s what you can do to combine staying green with your love for tea:

Composting- You can compost your loose tea or tea bags. Add your leaves or bags right to your compost bin. if you have paper tea bags or tags with staples, you need to remove those staples first. The paper tags are even fine to throw into the mix. You should let the leaves decompose a little bit before you add any of the compost to your garden- tea could change the acidity in your soil. Kat makes sure not to waste a drop of brewed tea, and uses it for her plants.  She dilutes leftover tea (doesn’t happen very often!) and waters her houseplants. If you have acid-loving plants, you can even sprinkle those leaves right over the base of the plants. You’ll want to mix the leaves with a bit of the dirt to get them closer to the roots.

Cleaning with tea- go green with your cleaning supplies. Cleaning with tea is safe and easy! It is all natural and tea is actually quite a good cleanser. You can clean windows, floors, even use as a room deodorizer. Check out my previous post on the subject. I think you’ll find it economical and easy.

Planting herbs- A great way to avoid buying herbal tea and wasting lots of packaging is to grown your own herbs and make your own tea! I posted about great herbs for tea awhile back and you can find the post here. It’s just so lovely to walk into your own herb garden, pick your herbs and brew up a fresh pot of tea. Kat doesn’t have a large backyard, and she grows her herbs in small planters. It still works perfectly! She even has a friend that has a windowsill herb garden. I also recently came across a wonderful idea on pinterest- Dearies, you can make your own tea herb garden seed kit! This would make a lovely gift. You can include seeds for herbs such as chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, mint, and basil. The combinations are really up to you! You can include herb markers, even a little gardening shovel. Put it all in a pretty box, and it’s ready for gift giving.

Dear readers, I know you are all very good and staying green. Do you have any tea-themed tips we can use for Earth Day? Please let us know. We can never do enough to help our earth.

Taking Tea Outdoors

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I’m a teacup that has been on the go. Char used to carefully stow me in her suitcase on her world-wide adventures, and Kat has taken me jet-setting as well. But sometimes I need to stay at home, especially when rugged outdoor activities are involved. For steep’s sake, I wouldn’t want to risk a chip or crack! There are times like this when Kat has a few other trusty vessels to use.

This time of year, Kat is always on an outdoor excursion. Hiking, apple picking, and leaf peeping. There is so much to do, and she still needs tea to fuel her day. Here are her tips for taking your tea outdoors:

First thing you need to do is get a good tea travel vessel. First, decide on material. Stainless steel is durable, and not too heavy. Double walled glass tumblers are effective and look beautiful, but can be a bit delicate. If you are going to be doing many activities, you may want to stay away from a glass tumbler. Whatever you choose, be sure to get one that has a good seal. You don’t want leaks! Kat’s tumbler is always in her backpack, and any leaks would cause quite a mess. It’s also sad to lose even a drop of tea.

You’ll want a vessel large enough for the amount of tea you’d like to drink. Kat has a few sizes at the ready. A 12 ounce thermos is perfect for a few sips of tea over a short period of time. Kat usually prefers at least 16 or 18 ounces to make sure she has tea for the duration of her outings. There are even larger sizes that are great if you want to bring tea for a small group. If you are purchasing your tumbler online, be sure to read as many reviews as you can and learn the best product for your money. You can also get one that is made to sip right from the top, or there are versions that have a detachable cup.

Once you have your tumbler, you can either brew the tea right in side, or make it in a separate pot and pour in to take with you. Some come with tea infusers or have infuser attachments you can purchase, so you can put loose leaf tea right in there and remove when steeped so the brew doesn’t get bitter.

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Sometimes I will get to participate in her outdoor activities, mostly when it’s a civilized picnic. Kat usually brings her trusty tumbler filled to the brim with hot water, and a few convenient teabags. This way she can make freshly brewed tea for her picnic! You can take enough teabags to brew per cup, or take a small teapot to brew in. If you’re not worried about decorum, you can brew right in the thermos.

These days Kat is carrying orange spice black tea from Private Selection in her tumbler. She’ll either steep it at home and sip it throughout the day, or put a few of the individually wrapped teabags in her backpack to brew up when she’s ready to drink. The warming spices of orange, cinnamon, and clove are perfect paired with an autumn outdoor activity. The sweet and spicy flavors enhance the fall colors and golden sunshine. A co-worker actually gave her a box of this tea as a birthday gift this year. Kat is known as the tea drinker in the office, and she often gets new and interesting teas to try as gifts. As soon as she tasted this tea she knew it would be perfect for fall gatherings and invigorating afternoon walks.

Dearies, now you know there is no need to leave your tea at home! With the right equipment you can take your tea anywhere you want to go. What outdoor activities are you planning for?