Drink watch: tea

Setting a benchmark, I suppose. Over the weekend, Hubby and I went shopping in the ‘burbs, including a Turkish grocery where I got a 500g box of loose Ceylon tea — which I like very much — at a good price.

Inside the box, the tea was packaged in a thick, moisture resistant paper, so I assume it was made with a layer or more of plastic. The outer carton was wrapped in a thin layer of crinkly plastic. Total plastic waste weight? 11 grams. But the tea will provide me 200 servings (or so) and everything else is biodegradable.

Tea is the kind of thing that, if I looked, I could get without plastic, but would I? The price is sky-high and I’m never sure of the age or quality. And, if I could check the vendor’s trash, I doubt there’s any real plastic saving. So I’ll call my Turkish buy good enough for now.

And I offset it a bit when we later visited a Halal grocery with cans — rather than refrigerated plastic tubs — of hummus.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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