How can I reuse or recycle used tea bags?
Weeks and weeks of growing, then oxidated until it’s black, then dried, then shipped, then packaged, then shipped thousands of miles, then shipped to a warehouse, then shipped to a supermarket, then shipped to our home, then dunked in a tea pot for three minutes, then thrown onto the compost heap.
Any suggestions for a better ending for that tale?
- Reduce: Consider swapping to loose tea and using a strainer/infusing ball instead.
- Reuse: Teabags can be used to retain moisture at the bottom of plant pots/hanging baskets.
- Recycle: The tea itself can be composted but take care – some types of heat-sealed bags don’t breakdown.
- See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas
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