Are Tea Bags Compostable?

Updated: Apr 12


Some Tea Bags Contain 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.

  • Aldi

  • Argo Tea

  • Betty’s Tea

  • Bushells

  • Celestial Seasonings

  • Harney & Sons

  • Lidl

  • Lipton

  • Mighty Leaf

  • PG Tips

  • Taylors of Harrogate

  • Tazo Tea

  • Teavana (Bought by Starbucks)

  • Tetley

  • Twinings

  • Typhoo

  • Yogi Tea

  • Yorkshire Tea

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

  • Eteaket Teas

  • Hampstead

  • Harney and Sons

  • Numi Teas

  • Pukka Herbs

  • Republic of Tea

  • Salada

  • Stash Tea

  • T2 Tea

  • Teapigs

  • Teatulia

  • Teekampagne

  • Traditional Medicinals

  • Twinings (pyramid range of teas)

  • Waitrose Duchy

  • We Are Tea

  • Yogi 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.

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