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Old 14-03-2020, 01:24 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Default Tea Bags Beware!

On Sat, 14 Mar 2020 13:04:26 +0000, Chris Hogg wrote:

On Sat, 14 Mar 2020 12:21:14 +0000, Pwllgloyw

Swmbo likes strange teas and so Xmas 2018 when I bought her something I
also bought some DIY tea bags, that you could fill and seal, rather than
mess with a tea pot and tea strainer. Fine, I got a medal for that!

However on emptying some compost to dig in I noticed these tea bags
virtually intact. A word with the tea emporium shop solicited a rather
embarrassed admission that they were not compostable!

Just a warning for those who like me may be tempted to throw them in the
compost along the with the standard commercial tea bags.

I believe a lot of tea-bags are reinforced with or even made from a
food-grade plastic - nylon gets mentioned. It may say on the label. Go
for ones made only from filter paper. Unbleached wood pulp should be
OK. It's what I use for filter coffee, and they seem to rot away OK.

Failing that, rip the tea bags open and empty the tea
leaves into your compost bin, then dispose of the
plastic covered paper. It's what I do and doesn't take
that much time.