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! 


Our mission is 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 recent graduate 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, reach out to me through the chat bar or DM me through @reteacups or @imtobyy!  :)

Our Commitment To Sustainability

Working With Local Businesses
We believe in supporting and sourcing locally when we can. Our loose leaf teas, bubble tea supplies, and our glass packaging are sourced right here in Toronto! Localizing our supply chain means reducing shipping, storage, emissions and energy usage. 

Eco-friendly Packaging
We're proud to say that we ship your orders with 100% recyclable packing materials! Say goodbye to plastic tape and styrofoam and hello to recyclable boxes, cushioning, and kraft tape. We are also working towards fully recyclable options for select products such as our stand up pouches!

Shipping Carbon Neutral
It's no secret that shipping products increase our carbon footprint. At Retea, we offset the carbon emissions for every order on your behalf by making donations to maintain the Tri-City Forest! This forest captures 100,000 metric tons of carbon each year and protects 6,500 acres of forest. 

Reducing and Reusing 
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place! On the backend, we always request our manufacturers to make our products with less plastic packaging and reuse packing materials when possible. On the front end, we use minimal packaging as well as offering imperfect items at a discounted price instead of letting that product go to waste.