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Re-Using Your Tea

Hello fellow tea sippers!   While reading my daily Google Alerts on tea, I came across an article detailing how the organic tea company, Honest Tea, is launching an initiative called “The Great Recycle” on Monday, April 30th, in Time Square, New York, to get people to recycle more.   People can recycle products and receive points towards Broadway plays, tee-shirts and, of course, tea.   All products will be turned into gardening supplies that will then be donated to an urban garden for PS 102, an elementary school in Harlem.   Good for them!

Such A Charming Array!

Such A Charming Array!

This got me thinking, though.   This initiative focuses on how to recycle bottles.   How does one go about recycling tea and tea bags?   That’s why I decided to list a variety of different ways to recycle and repurpose this amazing drink!   Some are silly, some are made up from the top of my head and others are taken from various sources.   Comment and let me know other ways that you can use your spent tea bags and tea!

- The website Apartment Therapy recommends using unused tea bags as air fresheners (shown above).   This is perfect for any stale tea that you might have lying around the house.

- Make a pair of earrings.   I will be trying to do this now by varnishing some tea bags, hanging them on thin chains and connecting them to an earring hook ^_^   If this does work, I will post pictures!

- Composting!   Tea leaves are great for that.   Make sure you check the pH balance of the tea in accordance with the plant, though.   Some teas are more acidic and thus would not be good for certain plants.

-  To treat bags under the eyes.   This is a pretty popular one.   According to eHow, chamomile might be the best tea to use for this method.

- Tie two tea bags together and make yourself a pair of organic nunchucks.

- Reader’s Digest published an article on 22 ways to use tea for the home, beauty and gardening!   Everything from cooling sunburns to reducing razor burn to even getting rid of gray hair.

- Reader’s Digest is not alone – Fox News published an article about 49 ways to re-use tea!   The uses are endless, including cleaning carpets and polishing furniture.

- I referred back in a previous blog about making bath tea.   Why not give this delightful mixture a shot?

- On Facebook, I posted an article that I found on how to make sugar cookies in the shape of tea bags.   So cute!   Maybe take some of those old tea bags and use them as a template to cut your cookies out?

- How does a green tea marinated steak sound?   Get cookin’! (If you have a recipe to share, feel free to do so!)

- Sprinkle the leaves around for a brand new decor in your home that also smells amazing.

- Use it as a perfume.   After all, tea smells great.   Why can’t you smell like tea?

- Some internet sources are saying that tea would be good for dying anything ranging from wood to fabrics.   After all, tea does stain.   Why not?

Do you have any good uses for tea?

News In The Tea World!

Hello, fellow sippers!

This is a post to make you aware of some of the amazing tea events going on this weekend!

An Array Of Tea Offered By Tea Spot

An Array Of Tea Offered By Tea Spot

Tomorrow, February 23rd, Tea Spot in Cranford, New Jersey will be hosting a French and English poetry read!   Go experience some amazing poetry while sipping equally amazing tea :-)   The event starts at 7:00PM.   The store is an intimate setting, so make sure that you arrive early to get ample seating.   Clara Ngo, owner, creates a welcoming atmosphere, delivering any tea and tasty treats to you herself while you enjoy the company of your friends and the delightful entertainment.   (Personally, as a tea lover and a francophile, I hope this becomes a regular event!)

Then on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th, New York will be hosting its 7th annual Coffee and Tea Festival!   Tea and coffee companies from around the world will be there.   Since this show is available for both the trade and the public, make sure you get your tickets!   Programming surrounding green teas, master classes teaching how to serve tea and tastings (or “cuppings”) will be held throughout both days.

You can find out more information and buy tickets at http://www.coffeeandteafestival.com/.

While sadly, I won’t be at either event, I do plan on going to the following French/English poetry night and I plan to attend the Coffee and Tea Festival in Atlantic City in November!   See you there!

Happy sipping!

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