Sunday, January 24, 2010

joyful earth reusable muslin tea bags

As I sit here enjoying a nice cup of chai tea - I thought it would be a good idea to write a detailed post about the joyful earth reusable tea bags.

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.

16 comments:

  1. I bought a tea wallet from you and it had a few of your lovely tea bags with it but just wanted to comment and tell you how much I continue to love them! My favorite tea place is David's Tea and each morning I load my Joyful Earth tea bags up with Cocoa Chai Rooibos and Caravan Earl Gray. Thank you so much for such a fabulous product!

    Crystal Allen- Lilikoi Lane

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  2. thanks Crystal - I'm so happy you are enjoying them! That Cocoa Chai Roobios sounds heavenly! I've been mixing my own chai blend lately - its darn good!

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  3. These are really cute! What a great gift idea for someone that loves tea (I'm making a mental note here for future gifts!). Lately I've been drinking Teavana's night night tea to help relax after dinner. It's especially nice on cold winter nights:)

    - Kathy

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  4. I keep trying lots of kinds of tea and while they're very good I keep going back to Earl Grey. I just love it! Maybe because it reminds me of my mom. I'm not sure. Anyway, I've been wanting to try your tea bags since I saw them. I'm crossing my fingers!

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  5. I love this honey bush Rooibos that I get from my local herb shop. Caffeine free & hardly needs any sweetener, yummy as is. If I was lucky enough to win this, I would share them with the kind couple that runs that little shop. One for me & one for them. :) I use a little metal sifter now & always have little tea leaves floating in my tea! :)

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  6. I have lots of favorite tea blends, bu right now my current favorites are pomegranate/green decaf and an apple/rooibos blend

    bonnie@holdenslanding.com

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  7. I'm ashamed to say I haven't tried loose teas. It seemed to complicated. I guess these bags would be a good place to start :D I do drink loads of tea. I love black tea and passion tea.

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  8. My favorite tea is Lisa's Iced Gingerbread. It's so good but you can only get it around the Holidays.
    Peace,
    Darice

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  9. Wow Robin, I love this idea of the tea wallet, with the reusable tea bags and the mini PUL bags! Super ingenious! I love the combinations of colours for the wallets! My favourite tea blend? (I can't pick only one!) Well I LOVE the Harvest Moon Chai from Healing Pixie. I could drink that all. the. time. From Sisters Leap Tea, I love Pumpkin Spice Chai Rooibos and the Mocha Rocha Rooibos too.

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  10. This is so cool. I love the idea! I'm such a plain jane my favorite hot tea is Darjeeling Tea. I am on the hunt for a loose tea that I like though.
    -Christna

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  11. I love, love, love this idea. I cannot tell you how many times I have messed with that silly tea ball and screeched at bits of leaves in my tea.

    My current favorite is Coconut Vanilla Chai from Not Just Tea.

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  12. This is a brilliant idea! I just bought some disposable tea bags for loose leaf tea, but this seems like such a beautiful and clever idea for storing the wet tea bag when you're out of the house.

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  13. A friend recently gave me a Tea-lish rooibos called "SweetiePie" which smells like candy while brewing, very nice and a little bit valentine-y. I'm going to show these to my dad, he drinks a lot of loose tea, and my mom is at a loss for how to deal with it all.

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  15. I haven't tried loose leaf tea, although I'd like to! I've found some recipes to make my own and it looks like fun. My favorite tea of all is Oolong and any sweet/spicy tea. I just found your blog since I'm beginning a primal/paleo lifestyle and it's been great to browse around and finding inspiration and ideas!

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