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Tea time

Don't boil-over

Whether you're a devo-tea of a builder's brew, coffee or hot chocolate, it's time to put your mettle to the kettle. We are a nation of tea addicts, there's no denying it. We glug down about 165 million cups of tea a day, and 70 million cups of coffee, yet 2/3 of us boil far more water than we need.

Only boil what you need – any extra and you’re wasting time, money, and valuable energy.

At Pukka we create herbal teas and wellbeing supplements for people to discover a healthier, happier life. 'Pukka' means authentic and this is at the heart of everything we do: from the organic Fair For Life traded herbs we use, to being a carbon free B Corp company and giving back 1% of our turnover to support environmental organisations.

"We all need to care for our planet and it can start with using less energy when boiling the kettle. Only boiling the right amount of water will help us save time, money and valuable energy. A simple everyday action to a happier cup of tea"

Tim Westwell & Sebastian Pole, founders of Pukka Herbs

Pukka Herbs' commitment

Help us change the world one cup of tea at a time and in return we will give something back to the community:

  • For the first 3,000 pledges made on this page, we commit to working with the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme to get families gardening this summer.

1152

pledges made

Why

Here's some great reasons why it's so important.

Click on one for more info or just scroll down to read them all.

Time

A watched kettle never boils… especially an overfilled one.  Why wait around for water you don't need to boil when you could be sitting supping a beautiful beverage?

32 million

litres of water are boiled every day in the UK only to go cold again.2

Taste

Each time water is boiled, it loses oxygen. For this reason, water that’s been boiled over and over again makes an inferior cup of tea or coffee.

For the perfect brew, use once-boiled water and add a spoonful of smugness.

Climate change

Pretty straightforward really: unnecessary boiling = wasted electricity = easily avoidable carbon emissions. And no one wants that - especially not our children or grandchildren.

For more in depth understanding of the risks and challenges of climate change, watch Leonardo Di Caprio’s film, Before the Flood.

Money

Collectively, UK tea drinkers could save nearly £1 million a day in electricity savings by only boiling what's needed. That's not even including coffee drinkers, or anyone else boiling water for cooking1

How

It's not rocket science, just fill the kettle with what you need.

  • Do the tea call before you boil – check how many people you’re making for (and pick up brownie points while you’re at it).
  • To save you measuring the cup each time, why not draw a marker on your kettle (if it doesn’t already have one) showing how much is needed to fill your favourite mug?
  • Buy an energy efficient kettle making it nice and easy for you to only boil enough water for what you need. The Ethical Superstore have some great options.

Success Stories

1,848

Pledges
in total

11,052kg

CO2
pledged

I used the spare water in my kettle to water my plants so it made me happy, so when I saw my flowers growing these days I was reminded of my pledge :)

Always boiled the kettle with the right amount of water a practice I have passed down to my kids

I now don't waste any water or extra electricity and it always is the little things that make a difference!

This is a good one - simple and easy to implement, not one I'd ever thought of.

This one went brilliantly. I pour water into my mug then into my kettle. I only boil what I use. :) Now I need to get better at using less water when I do my dishes. I use a basin, but I wonder what strategy I could still use to use less water... THANK YOU!

It was so easy to do, and it has made me think about water & energy use much more.

Rather than just filling kettle without thinking, it made me aware of how much I really needed.

Took a little while to break the habit of always having a full kettle but now conscientiously check beforehand to make sure I am only boiling enough water that is required.

References

    1. UK Tea and Infusions Association

    2. Our own calculations based on data from The Guardian: 165,000,000 cups of tea + 75,000,000 cups of coffee, assuming on average 200ml water in each = 48 mil litres of boiled water used in UK a day. 67% people admit to over filling, on average boiling double what they need (Energy Saving Trust). So that’s 48 million litres x 0.67 = 32 million litres boiled unnecessarily each day.

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