Animal Teabags


You can keep yer oul’ pyramids because, since 2016, Japanese tea company Ocean Tea Bags has been producing a vast menagerie of teabags shaped like animals: from otters and red pandas to cephalopods.

The company recently started accepting orders from overseas and you can buy the full range of flavours here.


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38 thoughts on “Animal Teabags

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    I hope they aren’t made of plastic like other teabags….
    biodegradable ?

    1. millie st murderlark

      I was very upset when I found out about teabags not being biodegradable.

      I drink an awful lot of tea.

        1. millie st murderlark

          Me too. It was a dark moment, and I may have compared myself to Stalin.

          In the end I got a tea strainer and use loose leaves now. Have started doing the same for work. I use the used leaves on my flowerbeds.

          Absolutely no idea if they’re good for flowers or not.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            putting used tea leaves on flowers is pretty much the same thing as giving methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine to preschool children

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            I actually dreamed about tea-strainers last night. I was missing one for the tay but cobbled together an alternative from various mesh-like products.

          3. Paulus

            They’re useful for telling the future; something which coffee-grounds are incapable of…apparently

          4. Slightly Bemused

            Grew up on loose-leaf tea, and still consider it by far the best for a decent cuppa, from an appropriately warmed ceramic or pottery pot. My parents, perhaps a relic of the war years, would empty the strainer back into the pot after each pouring, and top the pot a few times. Last few cups had an interesting taste: more bitter but still weaker.

            And yep, they got put on the compost heap :)

            Sadly, living on me tod, tea bags are just handier these days.

          5. millie st murderlark

            I know that strange weak/bitter taste you’re talking about. The taste now evokes long, tea-soaked afternoons with nana murderlark.

            No comparison for taste. Barry’s for regular use and I have some fancy blends for the days when I need a little extra.

          6. Al Bin Man

            As for the composting thing I’ve also been composting them for years haven’t spotted any issue to date. I do it in a bin with grass etc

          7. The Old Boy

            We never had a tea strainer in my house – they were considered a frightful lower-middle class affectation, apparently.

        1. Slightly Bemused

          Interesting article from the IT on the matter from last year about Barrys. While the whole article is relevant, para 3 gives the pertinent info.

          Of course, many ‘special’ blends and artisinal teas seem to have fully plastic bags.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        I must admit I was both surprised and upset. However, glad to say Lyons has moved and now claim to be fully compostable and biodegradeale. Not clear about Barrys, but they did announce last year they were moving that way.

        Luckily, as a man with a Dublin mother and Cork father, I can enjoy either without demur, so for the moment it is Lyons!

          1. Cian

            Thanks. But I can’t see anything on that page saying that the teabags are 100% biodegradable.
            They have been recommending putting them on the compost heap for years – while acknowledging there was 20% plastic in them.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    Hmm.. Subtle message in pic 7 about drowning poor raccoons, not to mention red pandas? Not sure I would like that in my cup!

    That being said, this strikes me as being somewhere in there with alphabetti spaghetti: a way of getting a child to drink more tea. As a committed tea drinker, I can approve.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      tea pot
      then do the reading of tea leaves
      they love it
      eg: I see a trip to the beach in your future..
      I see you hoovering the car

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Grew up on loose-leaf tea, and still consider it by far the best for a decent cuppa. I expanded on this in reply to millie above, before i saw your post.

        Sadly my parents never did fun stuff like reading the tea leaves. Too Catholic, and anyway my ded would more likely say “I see picking peas in your future” :)

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          we had the whole shebang, messages from dead visiting relatives, the odd card readers visit, itchy left and right hands and food left out for the wee folk

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