Winter is coming. It is becoming wet, cloudy, and chilly, with fewer sunlight hours. During this time many of us like curling up with one of our favorite books and sipping on a nice, hot, steaming cup of tea. According to Statista In 2020, worldwide tea consumption was around 6.3 billion kilos, with a projected increase to 7.4 billion kilograms by 2025. After water, tea is the world's second most popular beverage.
If we want to go in the direction of more sustainability and eco-friendly options then it is vital to us that the companies selling tea have the fair trade, bio, FCS, and so on logos of certifications…. but what about the type of tea itself?
Consider avocado. It is a wonderful fruit with several health advantages, but it doesn't matter how much plastic-free packaging is used or where the avocado is grown; simply planting avocado on a large scale is harmful for the environment. It sucks up large amounts of water from its surroundings to grow, not to mention the nutrients it needs from the earth to provide us with the optimum health benefits we desire.
Fortunately, tea cultivation and production do not cause the same degree of damage as avocado farming. Unlike some other food crops, the tea bush is not taken out of the ground during harvest. Instead, just the top 1-2 inches of the mature plant are harvested, making it a fairly sustainable crop. A single tea bush can be commercially profitable for up to a century.
But which type of tea is the best?
There are numerous varieties,
such as green tea, black tea, yellow tea,
oolong tea, herbal tea, and so on.
Google should have all the answers, but after a few days of searching, I gave up. Google just showed me tons of blogs that promote tea businesses that provide teas free of pesticides, herbicides, or flavor additives, or that use low-input, sustainable, creative agricultural techniques, or that use entirely plastic-free and biodegradable packaging, and so on...
The reason I asked myself this question is simple:
I am confident that I know the answer and...
The answer is simple and straightforward --> bamboo tea.
There are many reason why the bamboo tea business has the best circular economy effects and why bamboo tea far outreaches any other plants, that are environmentally friendly, which are used for tea production such as:
Bamboo leaves convert up to three times more CO2 than traditional plants.
Bamboo may also be used to make various culinary products or can act as a substitute to wood materials
Bamboo helps to rejuvenate soils.
While bamboo grows all throughout the world except in very cold climates, it is said to have originated in China, where the first use of bamboo to make daily goods was documented. The presence of bamboo goods was unknown in the Western world until the 19th century when traders traveled to China, and the existence of bamboo tea is still mostly unknown to the Western world.
You are now aware!
Bamboo tea is one of the healthiest and most ecologically friendly teas in the world, though it will take some time to reach the daily consumption level of western tea consumers.
Bamboo Tea needs a lot of support!
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