Like many of you out there, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to make my lifestyle more sustainable, especially by trying to buy local when I can. From May to October, we have a farmer's market within walking distance that makes the produce part easy. We can even buy local dairy and buffalo meat. But, local tea has been out of reach. While I can find local sources of herbal infusions, my camellia sinesis habit has to be fed by China, India, Japan, and other places on the other side of the world. I do seek out organic and fair trade as much as possible, but it's still a huge carbon footprint to bring it across all that water.