The idea for the reusable bags came from receiving a muslin tea bag with a tea order I had made. I loved using the bag, but found it was not durable enough to survive multiple washings. I had been using muslin to make the joyful earth produce bags, so I figured I'd whip some up using scraps I had kicking around.
The first tea bags featured a drawstring closure:
Great design, instantly popular! Like many of my products, inspiration strikes me in the wee hours of the night either in a dream or having just woken up. The idea to change the design to the current fold over tea bag design was one of those middle of the night inspirations! I woke up the next day and made a big stack of tea bags.
I've since expanded the tea bag line to include eco tea lovers on the go tea wallets. These wallets include three reusable tea bags and little mini PUL wetbag. My most heartfelt thanks go to Lisa, from Healing Pixie, who mentioned the need for such a product ~ it's been so fun creating this particular line for joyful earth!
I've been asked how the muslin reusable tea bags work. They are really easy to use. To open, flip the top over itself like a plastic sandwich baggie. Add your favorite tea and flip the top back over to close the bag. Steep as you would any other tea. When you remove your bag from your cup or tea pot, allow the leaves to cool before cleaning the bag.
To clean your tea bag, flip it inside out and dump the leaves into the compost or garbage. Give the bag a good rinse, and allow to air dry. If you have used milk when brewing your tea - you will want to wash your tea bag with each use. If you are brewing with just water, you can use the bag two or three times before washing. To wash your reusable muslin tea bag simply add it to your regular kitchen laundry.
The joyful earth reusable tea bags feature serged seams, with added reinforcement to ensure our product lasts for a long time. I am excited to announce that very soon our tea bags will be made using organic cotton muslin!
I'll bet you are craving a cup of tea now! Want to try one of our reusable tea bags? I have a set of two bags ready to send to anyone who has not tried the joyful earth reusable muslin tea bags before. To win, simply post your favorite tea blend in the comments section of this post! I'll randomly draw from all the entrants next Sunday night.