Benefits of Tea Leaves in Tea Bags
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. Considering that loose tea can make an outstanding mulch and can be applied to your own garden, so as the tea leaves which happens to be very rich in different nutrients. The first thing that you should do is to collect these tea and put them in a container, after that, you can already apply it directly to your garden, you can do this routine every day or you can also do it every other day.
Loose tea leaf can be applied directly to your garden in order to promote sustainability, the same with the teabags, unfortunately, applying teabags to your garden is not as easy as those in loose leaf tea since it would require some effort. Many teabags are not biodegradable. However, it has been known that for the past years, the use of nylon teabags has been very prevalent. 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.
Nevertheless, caution must always be considered even for those teabags which happens to be fully biodegradable. Most of the companies would say that the teabags that they are selling are fully biodegradable and compostable, however, these companies failed to mention the time required for decomposition of the teabags. Some teabags, especially the higher-quality ones marketed as “tea sachets”, are made of silk, which is natural but decomposes slowly. It has been known that even the papers decomposes slowly compared to other waste that can be seen at the kitchen. 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. While in the long-run, it is best to avoid purchasing tea packed in nylon bags and other non-biodegradable packaging, if you do drink such teas, you can compost the contents of each bag and dispose of the bag in your normal trash. If you are drinking tea packaged in bags that are biodegradable but decompose slowly, breaking open the bag can allow you to separate the leaves, suitable for direct application to your garden, from the bag which will likely take a longer time to decompose. You can easily remove the leaves from the bag if you let the teabag sit overnight until it dries.