The Most Convenient and Eco-Friendly Way to Drink Loose Leaf Tea

Sustainable Lifestyle Oct 23, 2019
Summary: Innovative, useful, necessary.

The problem with tea (specifically teabags)

If you're trying to be environmentally friendly AND you're a hard line tea lover, then you need to look at your tea habits. Here's why:

  • Approximately 96% of teabags contain polypropylene, a plastic
  • Some teabags are made from up to 25% of plastic
  • Despite being labelled food safe, research has show this plastic can, and does, leech into your brew
  • In fact, a recent study has shown that billions of tiny plastic particles are swallowed when drinking tea from some teabags.

That's right, if you make tea using teabags, you are likely drinking plastic. I'm sorry friends, but it's time to stop buying teabags.

I understand your problem

So, you gotta ditch the teabags. What's you're alternative? Loose leaf tea. But, you probably already know that. You probably also know what a pain loose leaf can be, that the strainer can be a complete bore to clean out, and it eats away your precious time.

Friends, let me introduce loose leaf convenience

I saw the tilting cup online. I instantly fell in love, and I knew, this cup was gonna solve a lot of problems when it came to drinking loose leaf tea, especially at work. Four years later, the cups still going strong and I'm just as much in love with it.

Magisso Tilting Tea Cup

How does the tilting cup work

The innovative idea behind this cup is that it tilts, using gravity to push the water towards the strainer to brew the tea, or away from the strainer to stop brewing the tea. Genius!

By far the best thing about this product is the simplicity of the function. Brewing a single cup of loose leaf becomes a mess free and conveient affair, wheather at home, at the office or on holiday. No longer do you need to carry some other piece of kitchen ware around (I used have a saucer on hand) to catch the drips of brewed tea from the used strainer.

The strainer section is also removable (something that took me about 4 or 5 washes to realise!) and after a quick rinse under the tap all tea remains are vanquished, unlike infuser baskets which can take ample rinses to be rid of those dastardly leaves that get stuck.


No need to thank me, just enjoy that tasty loose leaf tea!


Activist and organizer with Greenpeace Vancouver. Writes about climate and social justice, feminism, greenwashing, and fossil fuel fuckery.

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