Don’t throw those tea leaves in the trash!
One of the best things about loose leaf tea (besides how delicious it is of course) is that it is of the earth and easily returns to earth.
With loose leaf tea, there’s no need to fuss with emptying out tea bags, removing staples and strings. Just take your tea leaves however you steeped them (teapot, infuser, etc) and dump them straight into your compost.
HOW TO COMPOST
Tea leaves add good green matter to your pile as well as moisture! If you are just getting started with composting and need some tips, keep on reading. Tea leaves are a great way to start if you are want to wade into composting slowly.
Add your old tea leaves and any other kitchen scraps you’d like to a pile of brown matter (such as old leaves, pine needles, straw, shredded unbleached paper, cardboard, newspaper printed with soy based ink, etc). You can pile it into a corner of your yard, use a three-compartment bin system, or get a large bin at least 3′ wide and drill drainage holes into the bottom.
To keep your compost pile going, you always want more brown matter than green matter, in a ratio of roughly 70% to 30%. The number does not need to be exact, but brown leaves help heat up the compost and break down the greens faster. Keep the compost moist and turn it with a shovel or pitchfork, every few days or whenever you add more green stuff to the mix.
IF YOU’RE A COMPOST NOVICE…
If you’re new to composting, know that there is no wrong way to do it! Most people strive for aerobic composting, where the pile heats up and breaks down faster, but anaerobic composting works as well–it is just smellier. There may be a variety of critters, from the expected (worms) to the exotic (black soldier fly larvae) that visit your pile; just know that it is nature doing its work. If you are creeped out by insects, keeping your pile wetter and turning it often should keep tiny visitors to a minimum.
REAP THE REWARDS
Once your compost pile is full, you can start another one and let the first one decompose. It may take 6 months to a year for your compost pile to mature, but when it is ready it is pretty magnificent. You reward is a rich black soil that can be used as a natural fertilizer on your plants and around the garden.
One last thing – we try to be as eco-friendly as possible, so all of the liners and seal stickers in our tea tins are actually backyard compostable. They do look like plastic but they are made of plant cellulose and break down pretty quickly. So throw those tin liners in the compost when you’re done with them!