Britain's love affair with tea is undeniable. In fact, numbers speak for themselves – us Brits get through a whopping 165 million cups a day – that’s a hell of a lot of teabags! Let’s admit it, most of us are guilty of throwing them straight in the bin – shame on us. Fortunately, we met Stephanie who has a very creative approach when it comes to recycling. Turns out there’s a whole 15 different ways of recycling tea bags!
Can’t even name one? Don’t worry, neither could we, but Stephanie’s article made us a little wiser. Here are our top 3 favourites:
1. Flavour your cooking
Does your rice need a bit of oomph? Pop a few of your used teabags in the pot when cooking to add a whole new dimension to bland grains. Use Gunpowder Supreme or the good old English Breakfast at any time, or go for a Moroccan Mint to add an interesting twist to a Chinese or Thai side dish. Super Berry would add a great pop of colour and flavor to any porridge, overnight oats, or a chia pudding. Get creative!
2. Degrease dirty dishes
Loads of washing up to do mid-party? Leave it for later. Pile up the dirty plates in the sink, soak in hot water and throw in a few used teabags. They’ll help loosen any hard food and lift grease so that when you do get around to doing the dishes, it will be super quick and easy.
3. Upgrade your compost
Want to have a garden that looks like it's straight out of a landscape magazine? Get your plants growing like there’s no tomorrow with some ultra-nourishing compost. Just break open your used tea bags and add them to your compost. They will speed up the decomposition process, drawing in acid-producing bacteria which will help your garden thrive.
Now... You may think that you’re well equipped for any tea bag recycling opportunity that comes your way.