Plastic free tea bags, eating less beef and batch pressure cooking!

Plastic free tea bags, eating less beef and batch pressure cooking!

As you might have sensed from my previous two posts, I’m really getting into my challenge to make 12 eco-switches by the end of 2019. It can be easy to get too wrapped up in details, possibilities, consequences, etc, etc. It can be easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. This week, I’ve kept it pretty simple.

Tea bags- a simple switch

I’ve decided to switch to plastic free teabags. It might be news to you that there is plastic in tea bags- it was to me a couple of months ago. Fortunately, there are a number of plastic free options. I decided to switch from Sainsbury’s own brand fair trade teabags to Clipper everyday tea bags. There is a cost difference, with Sainsbury’s costing £2.90 for 240 tea bags (1.2p per tea bag) versus £3.50 for 100 tea bags (3.5p per tea bag).

We’re not the biggest tea drinkers; I reckon we probably get through 75 tea bags per month, or maybe slightly fewer. That means we use 900 per year, a cost of £11.60 for Sainsbury’s tea bags (with 60 tea bags carried into the following year), compared to £31.50 for plastic free tea bags.

Minced pork for minced beef

Until I bought a pressure king pro (an electric pressure cooker) recently, our consumption of beef was extremely low. The pressure cooker makes it super quick and easy to make stews and bolognese, which are often made using beef. However, I’ve decided to switch to pork mince instead of beef mince AND reduced the relative quantity of meat being used. This is saving money, and reducing greenhouse emissions as we use less beef and, in fact, less meat overall. And it’s so simple to make the switch.

Pressure cooking

And whilst we’re talking about it, using a pressure cooker really speeds up slow dishes and uses a lot less energy than using the hob or over. I’m deliberately building more pressure cooker meals into our food plan, and cooking more batches that simply need defrosting and a quick reheat. I’ve not tried to quantify what this means in terms energy reduction but I know there is a definite reduction and, right now, that’s good enough for me!

Half way there!

With my plastic-free deodorant, walking instead of driving, switching to frozen fruit, I’m half way through my 12 eco-switches for this year. Best get my thinking cap on to see what I can come up with next…

What do you think of these switches? Could they work for you?

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2 thoughts on “Plastic free tea bags, eating less beef and batch pressure cooking!

  1. I had no idea that tea bags had plastic in them! We don\\\\\\\’t drink much tea but this feels like an easy win: use up our current supply and try to switch to bulk-buying or plastic free instead. Looks like my current favorite tea is currently plastic – free…??

    1. I know, it’s shocking just how much stuff has plastic in that you really wouldn’t expect. That’s amazing if your favourite is plastic free already- super easy switch!

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