Are Tea Bags Compostable
Updated: 5 days ago
A concern with composting some tea bags is the plastic
Some tea bags contain plastic or polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep their tea bags from falling apart. This plastic is not recyclable or biodegradable. And should not be used for composting.
The tea brands below contain plastic in their tea bags. These tea bags may feel slippery to the touch and have a heat-sealed edge. If you have tea bags from the list below and believe they may contain plastic. Slit open the bag and toss in the trash and use just the tea for composting.
Harney & Sons
Taylors of Harrogate
Teavana (Bought by Starbucks)
These tea brands do not contain plastic in their tea bags. These teas can you compost the tea bags as fertilizer in the compost bin. Adding tea bags to the compost adds nitrogen-rich organic material to the compost balancing the carbon-rich materials.
Abel & Cole
Brew La La Tea
Dilmah Organic Tea
Harney and Sons
Republic of Tea
Twinings (pyramid range of teas)
We Are Tea
Composting tea bags is a “green” method of disposal and terrific for the health of all your plants, providing organic matter to increase drainage while maintaining moisture, giving food to earthworms, increasing oxygen levels, and maintaining soil structure for a more beautiful garden.