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The Green Life: Green Your Caffeine: Tea Party

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February 03, 2010

Green Your Caffeine: Tea Party

Tea If you’re like us, you need a jolt of caffeine to start your day, especially on these cold winter mornings. You already know to buy organic, fair-trade, and shade-grown coffee and tea, so this week we’re giving you other tips for making your daily cup eco-friendlier.

Tip #3: Drink Tea Instead

Already a tea drinker? We applaud you. If you’re a java loyalist, though, consider switching to coffee’s leafy counterpart. Some black teas have just as much caffeine as coffee, and growing tea is much greener. In fact, producing one cup of coffee requires almost 75 gallons of water. The same amount of tea requires only about 7 gallons of water, so it’s much easier on the planet (and your body). As with coffee filters, skip bagged tea and brew loose-leaf.

Bonus: Not sure where to start? Check out the Sierra article about tea experts’ favorite eco-friendly brands.

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