Every year, billions of single-use plastic waste are thrown away due to our quick consumption of bubble tea/coffee/smoothies. If we continue this behaviour, by 2050, the oceans could have more plastic than fish! 


Retea is a Canadian, student-run business with a mission to provide sustainable ways of making and drinking bubble tea. 


Retea was founded by Toby Zhou in her second year of university back in the summer of 2019 when she made it her goal to reduce her single-use plastics consumption. 

After not finding many sustainable alternatives to drinking bubble tea online and in-stores, she realised that there was a gap in the market. This pushed her to figure out a solution, which was to make a DIY version of a reusable bubble tea cup aka the first Retea cup!

Thus, with the help of her talented friends, Alvin & Louise, they were able to fill this gap and bring the brand you see today to life. Fast forward to 2021, we have expanded our product line beyond just reusable cups, created a supportive community, sold thousands of Retea products, and more! 

We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us. Thank you for being there every step of the way. 

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Meet The Founder

Toby Zhou

Hello, nice to meet you! Thank you so much for checking out our website and for making the conscious decision to support my small business. 

Some facts about me: I am currently in my final year at the University of Guelph majoring in Applied Human Nutrition with a minor in marketing. I love to bake, binge watch kdramas, and eat spicy food! 

If you would like to chat about anything (sustainability efforts, entrepreneurship, or advice...) reach out to me through the chat bar or DM me through @reteacups or @imtobyy!