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Single Origin Teas

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2018

A single origin tea is a tea that has been grown and produced in a specific region; this article explains the reasons for buying single origin teas.

Multiple Infusions

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2018

"Multiple infusions" refers to the steeping of tea leaves multiple time, which is an excellent way to bring out the flavor and aromas of whole-leaf teas.

Invasive Herbs for Herbal Tea

Last Updated: Sep. 28, 2017

The benefits of harvesting invasive plants for use in herbal tea, as well as practical, ecological, health, and safety concerns with doing so.

Bottled Tea

Last Updated: Sep. 25, 2017

RateTea does not list bottled teas, but we do refer people to companies selling unsweetened bottled iced tea.

Fair Trade Tea

Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2014

Fair trade tea: what it is, what problems it intends to solve, and criticisms and limitations of the fair trade movement.

Organic Tea

Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2014

What it means for tea to be organic, why organic tea is important, and how to exercise caution with organic labelling.

Ethical Tea Partnership

Last Updated: Apr. 28, 2014

The Ethical Tea Partnership is a non-profit organization funded by member tea companies, seeking to promote address social issues in the tea industry.

Tea and Sustainability

Last Updated: Jan. 13, 2014

Sustainability as it pertains to tea: fair trade, organic agriculture, packaging, composting, energy usage, and locally grown tea.

Nylon Tea Bags - Safety and Environmental Impact

Last Updated: Dec. 20, 2013

Some tea bags are made out of nylon; nylon is not the most environmentally sustainable choice of material for a tea bag as most nylon is not biodegradable.

Composting Tea Leaves and Tea Bags

Last Updated: Oct. 31, 2013

Composting tea is a great way to promote sustainability. Loose tea can be composted or added directly to gardens as mulch.

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