Benefits of Tea Leaves in Tea Bags
If you happen to be drinking tea every day and you have your own garden at home, then you can definitely promote sustainability by composing used leaves of the tea while not being able to compose other materials. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days.
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. Most of the time, teabags happen to not biodegradable. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of 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. While there are other nylon teabags, there are also teabags which are made up of paper, that is why you cannot apply this type of teabags to a compost because it contains non-biodegradable materials such as staple wire.
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. However, there are also some of the high quality teabags that can be used since they are made up of silk, however, these type of teabags 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.
One of the ways in applying the inside of the teabags is by opening it, whether it is a biodegradable teabag or not. 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. However, if you are already buying the tea packed in biodegradable material but takes a long time for it to decompose, then you can just remove the leaves from the pack so that you can apply it directly to your garden. You can easily remove the leaves from the bag if you let the teabag sit overnight until it dries.