Thursday, 16 July 2020

Staying hydrated (Plastic free!)


Today's prompt for #setmeplasticfree is "staying hydrated" - I'm a thirsty breastfeeding mama so hydration is very important! I've already seen some scary statistics this morning regarding disposable bottles (if you haven't already, switch to a reusable water bottle, coffee cup or both depending on your lifestyle habits) Currently we use BPA free litre water bottles that I expect to last for a very long time, after which we will switch to stainless steel replacement (any recommendations on brands that have a litre option would be welcome!)

However the first thing that came to mind for me with this morning's prompt was tea. We are *big* tea drinkers in our house - J loves green tea,l whilst I'm a lover of Assam and herbal teas - but we have a huge variety of types. However, many tea bag brands use the sealing plastic "polypropylene" to keep their tea bags from falling apart. This plastic cannot be recycled nor does it biodegrade, meaning that even when tea bags are composted it can lead to plastic pollution, as the plastic part won't have broken down. Some plastic tea bags also begin to break down when put into hot water, leaching plastic particles into the drink. For this reason I'm trying to use loose leaf and a tea pot or strainer much more often, and we only buy herbal tea from brands that use fully paper tea bags. I'm still in the market for the ideal loose leaf black tea (is anyone else still fussy and experiencing certain aversions over a year postpartum?! Maybe breakfast tea is just ruined for me forever now?) However while I'm looking, I'm making an effort to drink rooibos tea as an alternative to black tea (it's caffeine free and full of calcium too, so realistically much healthier!) as well as pinching some of Jamie's green tea.

What's your hot drink weapon of choice? Is your tea plastic free?!
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