Composting Loose Leaf Tea
adds nitrogen, moisture, and carbon to your heap
In honor of celebrating the Earth and all she gives us.... this month we'd like to give a shout out to one of the most environmentally friendly things to do with your used tea leaves - compost them! Tea leaves are a great source of organic material to add to your compost pile, as tea leaves are rich in nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen! Decomposing tea leaves aids in moisture retention, weed suppression, and of course, nourishes plants. Not to mention - tea leaves are superfood for worms. And it's bulking season for them!
When We Love The Earth, It Loves Us Back.
Composting can remove 20-50% from your household waste stream, reducing the burden on landfills, while replenishing your lawn, trees, houseplants, or garden for free. When organic matter like food waste goes to the landfill it ends up decomposing anaerobically - or without oxygen. This process creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20-35 times more potent than carbon dioxide in regards to warming our planet. Returning as much of our organic waste as we can to the soil will begin to rebalance the nutrient cycle we depend on for our very survival.
if you don't have a compost pile:
simply spread brewed tea leaves directly on the ground around the base of acid loving plants like roses, fruit trees, vegetables, and pines!
Loose Leaf Tea vs. Bagged Tea
We will always be team loose leaf tea for many reasons - even when it comes to composting! Many bagged teas are not fully compostable, as 20 to 30 percent of the content can be polypropylene! So, get loose! 😉 When we love our Earth, it loves us back.
Using loose leaf tea blends that have cinnamon in them helps keep fungus away both inside your compost heap and then later in the soil mixture you use for your plants!
Recommended Teas To Compost:
Horchata is blended with cinnamon, which aids in keeping the bad plant-like organisms out of your heap.
Genmaicha is blended with rice kernels! Rice is a great moisture retainer, and will add that essential moisture element to your heap.
White Peach is blended with peaches, which fall into the high-nitrogen category of compostable materials.