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New Teas

Dear Friends:

This is going to start with another rant. We have all heard about the pollution of single use straws and how many locations are banning them. My contentious single use item is tea bags.

For several years I have just been tossing my used teabags in my compost bins. After all, why wouldn’t I assume they are as compostable as the tea?

This is an aside: the difference between compostable and biodegradable is that compostable things require a specific set of circumstances to break down, whereas biodegradable products break down naturally. Typically composting is a faster process, but only under the right conditions. The problem with the term biodegradable is nearly everything will biodegrade in 10,000 years.

Back to the teabags, at the end of the summer there would still be little net bags in my composters. This is because some companies use plastic/nylon/polyester bags that do not compost. I have gotten wise to this now and make sure the tea bags are compostable, or I simply use loose tea.

Speaking of tea (good lead in eh?) we have expanded our line of teas to include eight Functional Teas. I have a few thoughts about this term, but basically it means teas that contain edible things that are linked to good health. Here are a few of them.

We have Golden Glow for beauty and skin that contains turmeric, ginger, carrot and beet.

How many cups do I have to drink before I look younger?

Or Lullaby for sleeping which contains camomile, peppermint, lemongrass and hibiscus.

Or Head To Toe for arthritis which contains fennel, turmeric, bamboo leaves and linden flowers.

After Tammy had a cup, she said her knees still hurt. I don’t think one cup is a large enough sample to make a judgement!

And finally Huh? for memory which contains rosehips, rosemary, tulsi leaves and green mate.

This is part of the blurb to promote the tea: “So, the next time you find yourself stumped for an answer, simply reach for a steaming cup of Huh? Drink in the sweet earthy character of this rich herbal melange and feel your memory grow. Now, if only we could find that teapot!”

The new teas are in jars that are not looking as nice as the other teas, but we have been promised new labels in a couple of months.

Most teas are caffeine free, kosher, vegetarian and vegan friendly, sourced from around the world, and blended in small batches in Canada.

They are sold in bulk so that eliminates the little boxes. And no teabags so there is even more less packaging.

See you at Scoop N’ Weigh, the Candy Store for Grownups!

Linda Klimack