I drink a lot of tea, as any one who knows me in real life will know. Mostly green tea these days, but I still enjoy a good black tea after a main meal. I've drunk loose leaf tea for many years now as I'm very concerned about the plastic waste associated with tea bags, so I was very interested to hear that Dorset Tea have, in association with the Marine Conservation Trust, launched tea bags that are packaged entirely sustainably.
The outer packaging of Sunshine Blend Tea is 100% recyclable and sift proof, which means the tea bags don't require an inner layer of packaging.
The tea bags themselves are bio-degradable and are made from sustainably sourced wood pulp and vegetable starch in a heat sealable paper that can be industrially composted.This means that the tea bags can be recycled via your council food waste collection, however, they won't decompose nicely in a home compost pile.
The tea itself comes 100% from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which means that the farmers and workers producing the tea have a good quality of life and are enabled to look after their natural environment. (You can read more about the Rainforest Alliance Certification scheme here). The tea is a blend of teas from Kenya, Rwanda and Assam.
So how does it taste? It's a mellow, full bodied tea. Also, if you're thrifty and don't like your tea too strong, you can reuse each bag a second time for an equally flavoursome cuppa.
Personally, I'm going to stick with loose leaf tea, it cuts down even more on packaging. However, if you definitely need a tea bag, then these are quite possibly your best option. Just remember to recycle them via your council food waste bins and not in your garden compost heap.
So, now, I'm going to make myself a cuppa!
Disclaimer: I was sent a free box of tea bags in exchange for an honest review.