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Know More About Tea Leaves

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. You can apply it by putting the collected tea in a container and right after it, place it to your garden every day or you may do it every other day.

While loose-leaf tea can be applied directly to your garden, teabags require slightly more effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. One of the most prevalent teabags that have been used for the past years are the nylon teabags. The good thing about nylon is that, it is the type of material which will not break down if you apply it to the compost. Some teabags are made of paper but are not compostable because they contain metal staples or other non-biodegradable materials.

Even with fully biodegradable teabags, one must exercise caution. While teabag companies would say that the product that they are selling are compostable and fully biodegradable, only few would mention the time required for the teabag’s decomposition. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. Even paper takes longer to decompose than most kitchen waste. Whereas the leaves inside a teabag are suitable for direct application to a garden, depending on conditions, the bag itself may take a year or more to fully decompose–much longer than most fruit and vegetable compost.

Whether your teabag is biodegradable or not, it is a good practice to open the teabags. But if you happen to drink tea as part of your daily routine, then it is best to buy the tea which are not packed in nylon bags, but instead, buy the ones which are packed in biodegradable material so that you won’t be able to have a difficult time in applying the insides to the compost. But if you happen to buy a tea already packed in biodegradable bag, but you think that it decomposes very slowly, then it is time for you to remove the leaves and directly apply it to your garden. The best way to remove the leaves from the bag is by making it dry overnight so you can easily remove it.

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