Solutions To Overcome Your Tea Bag Obsession Now

How many tea bags do you think you’ve used in your lifetime? It’s hard to beat the convenience of plopping your tea bag in a hot mug of water and carrying on with your day. Tea bags are wonderful, easy to carry, and an affordable way to drink tea regularly. 

If you are an avid tea bag consumer, you probably haven’t thought much about loose-leaf tea at all. You feel like you don’t need to spend your very limited time on that kind of tea. You leave loose-leaf teas to the self-proclaimed tea connoisseurs. 

But you are still curious about it. Does loose-leaf tea really taste all that much better than bagged tea? Isn’t it the same tea just put in a tea bag? 

You might be thinking what’s so great about loose-leaf tea anyway? 

What is Loose Leaf Tea?

You probably know that every single kind of tea — black, green, oolong, and white — comes from the exact same stalky plant. But what you might not know is that most loose-leaf teas are harvested using an orthodox method.

The topmost tea leaves are plucked by hand to make some of the finest white teas. Larger older leaves are harvested so they can withstand the many intricate stages of oolong tea creation. And all of these marvelous teas are made in the hands of people who cherish the flavor of honest-to-goodness tea.

Loose-leaf tea is made with intention. They have a more delicate and exact flavor. Loose-leaf teas aren’t chalky, acidic, or bitter — unlike tea bags. Why is the flavor so different?

What is a Tea Bag Made From?

Most tea bag drinkers assume that tea bags are just leftover remnants of those good quality loose-leaf teas — but most of the time this isn’t true. While some tea companies do use leftover tea bits to fill your little tea bags many of them harvest your tea in a completely different way. 

What is the Tea Made From?

A majority of your tea bags are made with tea leaves that are harvested using the CTC method. It’s an abbreviation for cut, tear, curl — which is what happens to these tea leaves as they are processed. 

Loose-leaf tea takes a long time to pluck by hand and create. The CTC method uses machines to harvest your tea leaves from the fields. This results in stalks being plucked from the ground accidentally, along with not-so-ideal and harsh tea leaves from the bottom of the stalks.

These tea stalks and leaves are cut, torn, and crushed to create the tea powder, dust, and particles that are found in most of your tea bags. The end result is a harsh, strong, lower-quality tea that is bitter, strong, and acidic. 

What is the Bag Made From?

The low quality of the tea in your tea bag is only half of the problem. Your tea bag itself might be causing harm to the plant and to your own health. 

Your tea bag might look innocent, small, and insignificant, but tea bags are ruthless. Many are made with paper, nylon, and plastics that are sealed with harmful glues and toxic chemicals. When they steep in your hot water, they can release billions of microplastics in one single cup of tea. This makes its way into your system — but the harm of tea bags doesn’t stop there either.

Tea bags cannot be recycled — when they are broken down, more microplastics make their way into the landfill which causes harm to the planet and in turn to you. Most tea bags are marketed as biodegradable, but you might be surprised to learn that this term means very little.

Almost everything can be labeled “biodegradable” because most items will eventually break down over time and return to the earth — even if it’s decades from now. There is no clear definition for biodegradability when it comes to labeling merchandise and food. Biodegradable is widely used for marketing purposes in many industries — especially in the tea industry. In the same way that “natural” doesn’t mean “healthy”, “biodegradable” doesn’t mean “sustainable”.

The Best of Both Worlds - The Tea Sachet

So if you can’t trust biodegradable tea bags, what kind of tea should you drink? You still don’t want to deal with the headache of steeping loose-leaf tea. It might taste good, but it’s tiresome and you only want to deal with it for special occasions — it isn’t good for your everyday lifestyle. 

With a tea sachet, you can have your tea and drink it too! A tea sachet is made with all the convenience of a tea bag — but with higher quality tea! And you will find that there are some tea companies who are striving to leave a positive mark on this planet by taking tea sachets to the next level. 

Environmentally conscious tea businesses are stepping up and creating tea bags that go beyond biodegradability. Some tea sachets are made from a silky-soft material that is actually made from natural sources like corn. This material — along with the sealer, glue, and tea tag — is completely compostable. 

Within two months, your tea sachet can break down in your garden. Tea sachets can be used to nourish your plants as they return back to the earth. What’s even better is some of these tea companies go the extra mile to fill these beautiful pyramid tea sachets with full-leaf tea — or quality loose-leaf tea. 

Now, you can enjoy the best of all worlds. You can revel in the convenience of using your tea sachets. You can enjoy that delicious delicate flavor of quality tea — that loose-leaf tea others always rave about. You can rid yourself of the harm of microplastics and biodegradable tea bags. And you can literally give your tea sachet back to the planet when you’re done.  

You Can Make a Big Difference

When you take a small step and switch out your tea bags for loose-leaf teas or tea sachets, you make big difference. You make a difference for yourself — for your health and your tastebuds. You make a difference for the planet — every tea sachet you use is a tea bag that doesn’t end up in the landfill. At the end of the month —  or year —  that is a lot of tea bags! 

Teabloom was founded around the idea of health and wellness — they hope to leave their mark on the tea industry by creating cleaner and healthier teaware and teas. Their health-conscious teaware, USDA organic and kosher teas, and 100% compostable tea sachets are opening up the doors for people who want to enjoy healthy tea solutions. 

Explore Teabloom’s vast selection of beautiful, functional, and sustainable teaware. Start your new clean tea sachet routine today.