Alternatives to tea bags
If you’re looking to reduce or stop using tea bags, these alternatives might help you make the switch.
Basket infusers, tea balls and stick infusers
If you often make a mug for yourself, or want to brew two mugs of different teas, an in-cup infuser could be the perfect alternative to using tea bags. Look out for stainless steel basket infusers – they are really easy to empty and rinse.
Teapot & strainer
If you’re making tea for the family or at the office, a teapot is a great solution. There are so many styles to choose from: traditional, modern, retro, enamel, novelty. Always heat the pot before adding tea. One teaspoon of loose leaf per person, and one for the pot! Top tip: Whatever style you choose, if you’re buying a teapot make sure it pours well by asking to try it out with some water before you buy it!
Teapot with integral infuser or filter
Lots of modern teapots have an integral infuser, which means they are much easier to empty. Small pots are perfect for one or two cups with no fuss. Check out Bodum, Stump or London Pottery Company
Reusable tea bags
Reusable tea bags can be made from fabric or silicone. You can even make your own! If you’re feeling crafty, try this tutorial from Happiest Camper, or if you want a super easy version, pop a teaspoonful of loose-leaf in a 10cm square of muslin or cheesecloth and tie with a string.
Yerba mate, Matcha, Chai latte
If you’re a trendsetter who loves to try out new things, check out some of these options!
Yerba mate is a traditional south american caffeinated drink, made from leaves of the plant Ilex paraguariensis. It is brewed in a gourd and drunk through a metal straw which doubles as a tea-strainer!
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from specially grown green tea leaves. It doesn’t need straining – the green powder is whisked straight into hot water or milk.
Chai latte is a sweet, spiced milky drink that can be made using syrup or powder. Many commercial powders contain nasties such as artificial sweeteners and flavourings, but the good news is that you can make your own chai latte syrup very easily! Check out The Spruce Eats recipe. Upcycle a bottle, and buy your sugar and spices packaging-free to make the recipe totally zero-waste!