The Climate Crusader realizes that plastic is everywhere.
Tea You Can Feel Good About. I suggested buying organic, loose-leaf teas, and brewing them in glass or stainless steel. However, just this evening, as I put some water on to boil it occurred to me that while I'm using a glass and stainless steal teapot, my electric kettle is made of some type of hard plastic.
If we don't want to brew tea in plastic, do we really want to boil water in plastic? Probably not. When plastic is heated, it's more likely to leach potentially harmful chemicals. That's not exactly tasty.
Of course, I could get myself a stainless steel stovetop kettle, like my mom used when I was a kid. However, there are downsides to that as well. The biggest one is probably the amount of energy used. Electric kettles are actually very energy efficient - typically 90% or higher. I remember testing one in high school physics, and it came out at 93% efficiency. Heating water on my electric range is considerably less efficient.
There are glass and stainless steel electric kettles available. Unfortunately, many of the stainless steel kettles still contain plastic windows so that you can see the water level. As well, these options are considerably more expensive. I drink a lot of tea, though, so investing in a kettle I feel good about makes sense to me. I just want to be sure that I'm spending my money wisely.
This is why I'm turning my questions back to you, now - how do you boil water for tea? When you choose a kettle, do you look for safe materials, energy efficiency, price, or something else altogether? I want a cup of tea I really can feel good about, and I need your help!