Simply, Zero Waste is to send nothing to landfill. In more detail, it is to move to a circular economy and write waste out of existence. The aim is to reduce what we need, reuse as much as we can, send little to be recycled, and compost what we cannot.  It's not about perfection; it's about making better choices.

We live in a disposable society and a lot of our rubbish doesn’t even make it to the landfill, it clutters the sides of roads and the oceans. Every day there are new articles about environmental sustainability, ways to recycle, reuse and generally reduce your negative impact on the environment. That’s the idea behind the zero-waste movement, an increasingly popular lifestyle that aims to produce as little rubbish as possible.

Generally, the movement focusses on reducing waste production as much as possible, many zero waste bloggers and shoppers manage to seriously reduce or eliminate their accumulation. The specifics of going zero waste depends on each individual but main common themes are, composting, recycling and reusing and plastic is off limits.

No one is perfectly zero waste. We're all just doing the best we can. A whole group of people making small changes adds up to a massive impact! 



At Cup of Tea 95% of our teas are sold as loose leaf and we have a large range of teas; black, green, white, fruit, herbal, wellness and many more. We try and keep our packaging to a minimum and we feel that loose leaf tea is not only more beneficial from a waste point of view but also in taste! We have also just started supplying a number of Zero Waste shops over the last few months which we are very excited about!


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A selection of Zero Waste shops we work with:


Earth Food Love, Totnes, South Devon

 Nicola and Richard started an organic, wholefoods, zero-waste shop based in Totnes, South Devon. They run a sophisticated, yet simple self-weighing system that allows you to bring along any containers and fill. They have over 100 organic, loose, self-serve products to choose from. Cereal, pulses, beans, dried fruits, grains and much more including our delicious loose-leaf teas!


Lesser Litter, Taunton, Somerset

Kate Robertson and Pete Hope have opened their doors to bring local residents a food waste and plastic reducing shop. The store sells an array of dry goods, including nuts, pulses and spices, coffee beans, cereals and Cup of Tea’s loose-leaf teas!

Have a look at their website to find out more:


Preserve Foods, Bristol

Tiriel and Helen have a shop in Bristol offering practical alternatives to single use plastic products. Bring your own containers/jars/bottles, weigh your empty container, fill with your chosen product, re weigh and pay! They supply a large range of mainly organic and vegan wholefoods and non-food products such as soaps, washing liquids and shampoo bars. As well as our delicious teas!

Discover their website to find out more:


Waste Not Want Not, Dorset

Lydia, the founder of the first Zero Waste shop in Dorset invites you to join her in becoming a pioneer to alleviate plastic production. She provides inspiration and guidance for the community as well as fulfilling her life’s dream to living sustainably. All clean containers or bags are accepted to fill in her shop with your chosen items. She sells a large range of organic plant-based wholefoods, detergent refills and lifestyle products. She also sells our delicious loose-leaf teas!

Find out more on her website:


Zero Green, Bristol

Lidia and Stacey have set up Zero Green, a zero-waste shop in Bristol where you bring your own containers and fill with their loose products, weigh and pay. They sell loose cereals, beans, pasta, nuts, grains and our superb Cup of Tea tea balls to prepare loose leaf tea!

Check out their website here:


The Blue Pantry, Wellington

Gary and Kate Todd opened early Summer 2018 in Wellington High Street, providing a range of 'pantry' goods as well as non-food items on the 'Zero Waste' principle - bring your own bags, bottles and containers to fill on a by weight basis. Our delicious loose-leaf teas are available here with flavours such as Rhubarb Cream, Peppermint, Special Early Grey, Chai and many more!

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Refill and Replenish, Hampshire

Alice and Laura are two ladies with a passion for the environment who want to change the impact of plastic waste locally and on a global scale.

With this in mind and desperate to make a difference they have joined forces to create Refill and Replenish, Hampshire’s first mobile plastic-free shop. They are starting small by attending local markets with the long term goal to provide a service throughout Hampshire. Cup of Tea are supplying our delicious loose leaf teas and fantastic accessories so go and check them out!

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The Refill Room

Gemma and her family are opening the first zero-waste shop in their hometown of Leigh-on-Sea. The Refillery will stock organic whole foods, plant-based cleaning products and natural, plastic-free beauty. You will be able to refill any container, of any size whilst saving the planet by reducing your waste. We hope you'll join their quest to contribute to zero waste and organic living. Our delicious loose-leaf teas and stylish tea accessories are all sold at Gemma’s zero waste shop.

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We have a superb range of loose leaf teas to buy, loose leaf tea is not only more beneficial from a waste point of view but also in taste! We sell black, green, rooibos, herbal, fruit, white teas and many more.

When you brew loose leaf tea it has room for the tea leaves to absorb water and expand as they infuse. This allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavours and aromas from the leaves. When you steep your tea in a teabag, its infusion is limited by the size of the teabag. Tea bags are known for being quick, simple and convenient; but loose-leaf tea is 100% natural, unprocessed and contains an excess of health properties and antioxidants. By buying loose-leaf tea, you help to reduce waste and resource usage as well as drinking the most delicious teas!


 Our selection of superb loose-leaf teas:



White Teas

The taste of white tea is exceptionally mild, with a light, almost honey-like sweetness and a dilute finish.

Oolong Teas

Oolong teas can be either partially oxidized, a lighter processing style that makes it resemble a green tea, or heavily oxidized, giving them the taste, look and feel of a black tea.

Black Teas

Black tea remains the most popular tea variety worldwide with a rich cultural importance in many countries. While all black teas tend to be stronger in taste and higher in caffeine, they come in a kaleidoscope of flavours.

Green Teas

There are many different types of green tea, each characterised by their own distinct qualities and flavours but all extraordinarily fresh, fragrant and sweet.

Flavoured Black and Green Teas

High quality herbs, spices, fruit and blossoms can be blended with green or black tea to give it some added tongue-tingling taste.  

Herbal Teas

Packed with flavour, using freshly picked whole herbs or flowers they offer a delicious alternative to traditional teas as well as supporting good health and wellbeing!

Fruit Teas

Fruit teas are a refreshing naturally caffeine free alternative to traditional teas, ranging from summer-influenced flavours to seasonally-spiced winter teas.

Rooibos Teas

Similar in flavour to mild black tea, Rooibos has deliciously earthy yet refreshing underlined notes. Being naturally caffeine-free and full of healthy trace elements, including Vitamin C it is meant to give your body a feeling of wellbeing.

Wellness and Ayurvedic Teas

Keep your body, mind and soul in complete balance and harmony with intriguing mixtures of delicious and fragrant herbs, fruits and spices - to make you feel great!


We also have a fantastic range of tea caddies/jars/containers to fill all your loose-leaf tea or any other loose food items. Our tins can be used for anything you like from grains, pulses, cereals, sugar and much more! And of course, to fill with our delicious loose-leaf teas! We sell plain, patterned and embossed caddies, with most of them available singly or as a set. Have a browse on our website to find out more:

We have selected some of our favourite caddies which we think would be great to store any loose produce you choose:





Indigo Set of Two Tea Caddies

£17.50 - Holds up to 150g of loose leaf tea - Dimensions: 11.5cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm (d) – Two designs, diamonds and lines - Sold as a set or singly.

£24.50 - Holds up to 500g of loose leaf tea - Dimensions: 19cm (h) x 9.8cm (w) x 9.8cm (d) - Two designs, diamonds and lines – Sold as a set or singly.

Large, subtle blue and white coloured tea caddy with a hinged lid with hermetic seal and clip-down mechanism.
















Chalk Field Caddy


Holds up to 400g loose leaf tea

Dimensions: 16cm (h) x 11cm (diameter) 

Sold singly, also available in 200g

Fun round caddy with a rewritable chalk area to write with a white marker. Elegant but very practical.

Chalk Field Caddy














Black and White Caddy Set


Holds up to 200g of loose leaf tea

Dimensions: 15cm (h) x 7.5cm (w) x 7.5cm (d)

Available as a set in two designs; drops and waves or singly

Our black and white tea caddies have a funky design - available in Spots and Waves patterns with shiny gold accents.  A cool tin storage cannister with a push fit lid.  














 Matt Green Tea Caddy


Holds up to 100g of loose leaf tea

Dimensions: 11cm (h) x 6.5cm (diameter)

Sold singly, available in silver, black and white

A subtly elegant round tin with a flush fitting lid. Bright green in colour with a matt finish, these fun tins provide a bright focus to your kitchen worktop












 Happy Shopping!



Posted by cup of tea admin
10th August 2018

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