BIODEGRADABLE TEABAGS FROM CLIPPER TEAS – WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THEM?…

Clipper Teas had the world’s first plant based biodegradable, non-GM and unbleached teabag.

They are completely free of polypropylene – the oil-based plastic that is so damaging to the environment.  The material they use is entirely natural, industrially compostable and much more environmentally friendly.

Their team in the Dorset factory worked tirelessly to create a new tea bag paper that’s free from conventional plastic but is also unbleached and sticks to their organic principles.  The really tricky thing to solve is the issue of the glue that holds the paper together: the PLA. They needed to find a reliable way of making sure their teabags would stay together in a cupful of hot water.

It took over 12 months to the find the best solution and guarantee a reliable source of PLA that’s non-GM. That last part is essential for their organic products and something they absolutely insisted upon.

This enables the used tea bags to be placed into the household food waste bin, so not only meaning the filter paper avoids landfill but also the used tea inside.

Clipper teabags are sealed with a non-GM bio-material made from plant cellulose, known as PLA, also known as bio-plastic. PLA is made from bio material, is fully biodegradable & nothing like the damaging oil-based plastics that people are rightfully concerned about.

In 2020, the regulations about how we talk about PLA have changed and all the tea companies are going to talk about PLA as plant-based and biodegradable, rather than plastic-free. Their clever little teabags haven’t changed since 2018, they are just talking about them  in a different way, and they’re still unbleached and Non GM.

Biodegradable means something that nature’s micro-organisms can break down.

Compostable means something that will break down but under certain conditions.

Clipper teabags are sealed with a plant-based bio material which won’t contaminate your compost heap with petro-chemical residue.

If you want to make a choice that’s better for the planet – then make a switch to plant-based, biodegradable teabags, sealed with PLA.

You can pop Clipper teabags onto your compost heap but the British weather might not get warm enough to fully break the tea bags down – but you can sift out any bits left and put them in the bin, on the bonfire or in your food waste bin.

If you don’t have a compost heap, you can put them in your food waste bin.

So, no more excuses just buy your next packet of teabags from Clipper Teas Biodegradable range.

Source : Clipper Teas

BAKING TIPS MONDAY – REMOVING YOUR CAKE SAFELY…

On Baking Tips Monday this week I am writing about how to remove your cake without any problems.

To easily remove your cake from a loose-bottomed tin, place on a tin can or jar and press the side of the tin downwards.

To remove a cake from a solid tin, run a knife around the outside of the cake then place a plate over the tin and invert it.

If your cake is particularly rounded or uneven, then level it off with a sharp knife before decorating.

To prevent your cake from sticking to a plate or board, dust the surface with icing sugar.

When the cake is loose, turn the pan upside down and gently ease the cake out and onto the cooling rack or plate. The best type of knife to use is a non-serrated or palette knife. Or use a thin nylon spatula.

If the cake still won’t come out then when the cake is cool, preheat the oven again to about 250. Put the cake back into the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the pan over to rest on a cooling rack. The cake should slide nicely out of the pan.

THREE GREAT ECO PRODUCTS TO CHANGE TO THIS MONTH…

Agile Home has a selection of eco-conscious products for your home and kitchen. From coconut scrubbers, bamboo toothbrushes, eco straws, to bamboo kitchen cloths and more.

One to buy is their eco dish scrubbing brush. It comes in a box with3 replacement heads, which means when the bristles do finally wear out, you need only replace the brush head, not the whole thing!

Also, every brush ships with two different sisal fibre grades, soft and hard. You’ll have the brush fibre toughness for any scenario. When you go to the website and click on the link it immediately runs a video to show you how to change the heads! £11.99 from Agile Home

Beeswax wraps have become popular in recent months as we are all so much more aware of plastic waste but instead of buying them why not make them yourself with these DIY Beeswax wrap kit from a number of companies at various prices.

Urban Outfitters on offer for £10 at the moment. Perfect for wrapping up your packed lunch or leftovers a sustainable way. Comes with everything you need to make three DIY wraps.

The Beeswax Wrap Company from £30 to £18.99 a seconds pack. Including the same clever components as our usual kits, this seconds packs includes a tea towel with a few print imperfections, three 30 x 30cm fabric squares in a surprise assortment of patterns, and our wax blocks in different shapes. It also still includes the greaseproof paper so all you need is an iron and you’re ready to go! 

Or the ANGMLN Beeswax Food Wrap & Bags Set of 6 Including Wraps 3 Pack & Bags 3 Pack Reusable Sustainable Durable Eco-Friendly Organic Food Wrap, Plastic Wrap Alternative for Food Storage on Amazon for £16.05 made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil. Beeswax Wrap fabric and printing are certified by the GOTS and CPST certification ensure you can use our beeswax wrap&bag without any concern. It can provide a seal for your food, allowing it to stay fresh for longer.

Clean the natural way with eco friendly products from Friendly Turtle. Buy their Ocean Saver Bottle for Life at only £2.50 then add any of the full range of Ocean Saver cleaning drops to help you reduce plastic waste around the home.

When thinking about cleaning the bathroom they realised there are two important factors; cleanliness and hygiene. This product addresses both issues, leaving a sparkling finish on your bathroom suite and containing a powerful antibacterial agent to kill a wide range of germs. Antibacterial Multisurface Cleaner (Bathroom) – Single Refill Sachet £3.50

For even better value, shop our bestselling 5 pack boxed set and pick up 5 of your favourite cleaners for just £10.

BAKING TIPS MONDAY FROM AFTERNOON TEA4TWO…

Baking Tips Monday is a new post I am going to write every Monday with lots of tips for baking so make sure you subscribe to an email.

Avoid over mixing as it can cause a heavy texture, and this will cause the cake to crack, (see image below).

Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking process begins to act as soon as it is combined with liquid.

When mixing butter cream in a freestanding machine, cover the whole machine with a damp tea towel. This stops clouds of icing sugar dust going over the kitchen.

BREW MONDAY SAMARITANS AWARENESS DAY 18th JANUARY…

Samaritans Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. They will be turning this day on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual cuppa.

Reach out to a friend, family member or colleague for a virtual cuppa and a chat. It doesn’t have to be a Monday or a cup of tea, just taking time to really listen to another person could help them work through what’s on their mind. ​

Because now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink – it’s about reaching out, checking in and staying connected.

Have a Brew Monday, any Monday, or a day that’s good for you.

Here are a few ways you can connect virtually:

  • Group audio/video calling is available on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp (up to 4 people on a call) and Facebook messenger.
  • A phone call or conference call can work just as well for connecting with people, especially for those not comfortable on camera.

And don’t forget, if you use your virtual get-together to raise money for Samaritans, you’ll help give people having a tough time somewhere to turn when they need to talk. Just £5 can help the Samaritans answer a call for help.

Want to fundraise?

Stay connected, get everyone together for a virtual cuppa and raise money for Samaritans.

Have a Brew Monday….

Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help.

They are there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they are taking action to prevent the crisis.

They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.

In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.

That’s why they work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

Read more about our vision, mission and values.

During 2018, more than 20,000 people volunteered their time for Samaritans:

  • more than 17,000 trained listening volunteers responded to calls for help
  • 2,200 volunteers supported the running of our 201 branches
  • more than 1,200 people in prisons volunteered as trained Listeners providing peer support.

Read more about Samaritans’ structure and how their volunteers, staff and branches work together.