Many tea bags aren’t fully biodegradable, report says
Are you willing to settle for less than the best when it comes to drinking tea? (photo courtesy of Wendy Pastorius, sxc.hu)
Also keep in mind that the “new wave” of tea bags, made of nylon mesh in round or pyramid shapes (like the new line sold by Lipton) are not biodegradable at all.
Most of the tea found in those grocery store teas or in those tea bags offered for free at your favorite restaurant are made from “tea dust.” It’s the byproduct of sorting and sifting tea leaves. It’s the lowest grade of tea. Yet many people like it because it brews quickly, which is perfect for the impatient caffeine addict.
The most environmentally friendly and palate-pleasing option is to nix the tea bag altogether and acquaint yourself with the joys of drinking loose-leaf tea. There are many styles of tea strainers on the market that allow the larger, more flavorful leaves to brew the perfect cut of tea.
If you are willing to become a more patient tea drinker, find some good loose-leaf tea, whether green, oolong or black. The tea will taste better, cost less money per cup and make it much easier to throw the tea leaves into your yard waste recycling bin or compost pile. Your palate, wallet, and compost pile will thank you.