From Cup To Compost
Composting and recycling the end product
We are proud that everything from our tea bags to our packing tape and everything in-between is 100% plastic free!
Our Tea Bags
Our tea bags are made from corn starch, which is a 100% natural fibre, so they do not contain any petroleum based synthetic fabrics, making them 100% biodegradable / compostable.
When it comes to composting our tea bags, there are a few things to consider.
Our tea bags can be put into your compost heap at home but they may take 12 – 18 months to breakdown. Adding some soil to your compost helps with the breakdown of the tea bags.
(We compost at home and if we find any stray tea bags in our compost, when it is time to use it, we just pop them back in to the compost pile for next time. The same as we do with vegetable peelings that have not broken down, EASY!)
If you are a serious home composter and hot compost, they should break down within 8 weeks. Again, if you find any stray tea bags just pop them back in to your next starter pile.
If you don’t compost at home but are luckily enough to have a council food waste bin, pop them in there and they will be taken to your local food recycling facility, where they should break down within 6 to 8 weeks.
Now if you don’t compost or have a council food waste bin don’t despair…
If you just pop them into your main bin they could go to landfill, where for the first few days, even weeks, they will be mixed with other waste above ground and bacteria and microbes should start breaking them down. After a while they will get buried under the ground and the heat and microorganisms should break them down over the years, unlike plastic which will be there forever.
Alternatively, if they go to an Energy Recovery Centre, where the waste is burnt to make electricity, you can have peace of mind that there is no nasty plastic in our tea bags.
Our Inner Clear Bags
Our inner clear bags are made from tree cellulose (Natureflex), which looks and feels like plastic but it is not. “How Magic is that?”
These bags can be thrown on any compost heap and will break down, this should take about 8 weeks. And just like the tea bags, if you find a little stray bag when it is time to use the compost, just pop it back into the pile and it will magically biodegrade by the next time.
You can also put it in your food waste bin.
As with the tea bags, if you neither have a compost nor have a council food waste bin, they will biodegrade in landfill or if burnt will not release any nasty harmful plastic toxins.
Our tea boxes
The tea boxes are printed with vegetable ink on FSC card and can be disposed of in your cardboard recycling facilities or composted.
Our Outer Boxes for Postage
The posting boxes are made from 60% to 90% recycled cardboard. We use a craft paper tape with a natural gum (potato starch) to seal these boxes, making it all 100% recyclable or again, if you wish compostable.
Enjoy Westcountry Tea Co. responsibly
However you chose to dispose of our teas and the packaging at the end of their life, whether you are composting, recycling or bagging & binning, you can rest assured in the knowledge that there will be no nasty micro plastics released into the ground or water.
Just do the planet a favour and dispose everything responsibly.
Thanks for reading