Recently I decided I needed to cut back on coffee, and much to my addiction’s dismay I am trying to swap out tea for coffee. I can’t stop cold turkey or I get headaches, that’s how bad it has gotten! Kids, I tell you, they can suck the energy right out of you when they’re having trouble sleeping, or get teeth, or are sick, and on and on. I absolutely love coffee. I love the ritual of it –my mug, sipping something hot, and most of all the time I take to wake up for the day while I sip it. I do also love tea, so I decided I’m giving it a go instead as I transition away from such an excess of coffee (which yes, it turns out there is such thing as an excess amount of coffee).
Tea is a different experience entirely, the way I see it. I remember when my husband and our friends were in London experiencing “high tea” at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. We had no idea what was going on but it was fancy and delicious. There was an assortment of tea cakes, cookies, and treats and then a variety of teas with creams, sugars, and the works. I would have tea like that every day if I could! (I do recommend this experience if you’re traveling to London and looking for fun activities.)
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I’m all about sharing great organic products with you, so I’m here again this time with an award winning, certified organic tea company, Teatulia. These days I rarely select a product without researching it a little too much, to be honest, and this one is one I can stand behind. They are certified organic but that is just the beginning to this eco-friendly company.
Teatulia is a produced in a natural tea garden that works in a closed-loop process which restores the eco-balance to the land that is used for farming the tea. Biofertilizers are used, wildlife is protected, no pesticides are used and tea is then processed in bio-gas plants. This brand, like others for other products I’ve written about, prides itself on accountability, transparency, and purity; all standards I value when shopping for my family.
The journey of Teatulia tea is shorter than most tea manufacturers on the market now due to the lack of a middle-man a.k.a. a warehouse in between the garden and the market. This means the tea is fresher than other teas on the shelf. Most importantly, in my opinion, this company does not harm the environment in production. In fact, this company enriches the land where it produces teas, therefore, giving back to the land! Additionally, the employees at the garden in Bangladesh are treated well with health and education programs, various work programs as well as advocating for advancements of women into managerial positions.
The containers that Teatulia tea is sold in are created from post-consumer waste thereby removing potential waste from an overflowing landfill somewhere and recycling it to put it to use again. I love it! Imagine if every company committed to such practices, knowing that, “According to the American Forest & Paper Association, every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. According to the Environmental Paper Network, waste paper accounts for more than one-third of solid waste, and solid waste in landfills account for 34% of all human-related methane emissions. Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. from human activities and contributes to Earth’s depleting ozone layer” (source). Many tea companies use strings, tags, staples and other unnecessary packaging additions that create even further waste; Teatulia aims to cut the unnecessary waste and keep their eco-canisters and tea bags 100% recyclable with the least amount of waste possible.
These are important things to consider when making a purchase! I know most people don’t even think twice when selecting something off a shelf or ordering online, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right way to live. We have a voice and we can use our wallet to show companies and by extension lawmakers what we value and what we are willing to support. I support companies who value our planet and the people who work for them. I support companies who care about the products my family consumes and provide transparency from all angles.
There are single teas, loose leaf teas, samplers and gift sets. There truly is something for every kind of tea lover, connoisseur, and novice alike. I enjoy black, green, chamomile, lemongrass, and anything berry. Let me know if you find one you enjoy!