Sustainable Bubble Tea: Eco-Friendly Tips and Ingredients

Sustainable Bubble Tea: Eco-Friendly Tips and Ingredients

Bubble tea has taken the world by storm with its unique flavours and chewy tapioca pearls. However, the popularity of this beloved beverage has raised concerns about its environmental impact. The good news is that you can still enjoy your favourite bubble tea while being mindful of the planet. This blog will explore eco-friendly tips and ingredients for a sustainable bubble tea experience. And what better way to enjoy it than by using a DIY bubble tea kit from a small business, supporting local entrepreneurs who share your commitment to sustainability?

1. Opt for Reusable Straws:

One of the most significant contributors to plastic pollution is the disposable plastic straw. Fortunately, there are plenty of sustainable alternatives available today. When ordering bubble tea or making your bubble tea at home, use reusable straws made from materials like stainless steel. These options are durable, easy to clean, and can be used over and over again, significantly reducing your plastic waste. Check out our Strawmates collection on the Retea site! These collapsible metal straws come in a travel-friendly pouch and are easy to clean! 

Strawmates reusable metal straw; collapsible
Reusable metal straw kit attached to backpack in travel pouch

2. Bring a Reusable Cup

Post-COVID, a lot of boba shops are starting to take reusable cups again. This small gesture can really reduce your plastic waste, especially if you're an avid boba drinker. Reusable cups can be super cute and great for photos, especially if your local boba shop has switched to using opaque cups. Check out Retea's reusable boba cup. It's leak-proof, stylish, and the perfect size for a large bubble tea! You can even get a customized one for that extra touch. 

two reusable, glass Retea cups filled with milk tea

3. Use Biodegradable Packaging:

Packaging is often a major contributor to waste in the food and beverage industry. When purchasing a DIY bubble tea kit, consider small businesses that prioritize eco-friendly packaging materials. Look for biodegradable or compostable options, such as paper or plant-based containers, and avoid single-use plastics. This way, you can enjoy your bubble tea guilt-free, knowing that the packaging will have minimal impact on the environment. Retea ensures that our packaging is recyclable and our biodegradable packing peanuts can be dissolved in water! 

4. Support Local and Sustainable Businesses:

In addition to making your bubble tea at home, consider supporting small businesses that prioritize sustainability. Look for local shops or online retailers that offer DIY bubble tea kits with eco-friendly practices. By purchasing from these businesses, you not only enjoy a delicious beverage but also contribute to the growth of a sustainable economy.

Sustainable bubble tea is within reach, and by following these eco-friendly tips and ingredients, you can enjoy your favourite beverage while minimizing your impact on the environment. Choosing reusable straws, organic and fair trade ingredients, biodegradable packaging, and homemade syrups and toppings are all steps towards a greener bubble tea experience. Remember to support local small businesses that share your commitment to sustainability. Let's savour the flavours of bubble tea while being mindful of the planet, one sip at a time. Cheers to a sustainable and delicious journey!