A hot cup of freshly brewed tea is a magical elixir that can instantly relax your mind and soul after a hectic day. It is the perfect drink to unwind at the end of the day and these emotions are shared by millions of people across the globe. Obtained originally from Camellia sinensis, tea is said to have originated in China way back in 2737 BC during the reign of Emperor Shen Nung. The evolution of tea as we know it today is just as intriguing as its discovery by the Chinese Emperor.
You will be surprised to note that the tea that we know today is nothing like what it was over 4000 years ago. Well, just like spices, tea has travelled far and wide and each region now has a special variety of tea. However, what has not changed is adding tea leaves to a boiling pot of water and allowing the flavours from the leaves to infuse into the water. While some people prefer to add milk to their tea, other varieties are just as wonderful without it.
One of the most popular forms of tea consumed today are in the form of teabags—thanks to the increasing on-the-go lifestyle where people have less time and are unable to carry teapots wherever they go. But, did you know that your teabag, despite its convenience, is causing tonnes of waste accumulation? According to a report by Wrap, tea drinkers in Britain contributed 370,000 tonnes of teabags and leaves each year along with other household food wastes. Most of this waste ends up in landfills!