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Whether It’s a Bigelow Teabag Or Eggshells, Compost At Home And Make A Difference!

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At Bigelow Tea we care deeply about doing our part to take care of the earth and know our consumers do, too. Composting biodegradable materials from our cafeteria, corporate kitchenettes, labs, conference rooms and Plant areas is one way we demonstrate this core value.  In fact, in the last few years we’ve made a company-wide commitment to achieve “Zero Waste to Landfill” status which means less than 10% of our annual waste ends up in a landfill! But did you know that you can use your Bigelow tea bags to help create your own compost at home?

85% of our Bigelow packaging is compostable, biodegradable, or recyclable. So before you turn to toss that just-used bag of Green Tea into the garbage bin, consider composting it in your yard! Composting at home is as simple as collecting your organic materials you’d normally throw away with your trash into a pile or a bin. Think food scraps, eggshells, Bigelow tea bags (tea, tag, and paper bag minus the staple) and coffee grounds from your kitchen. Compost piles can also include dry leaves from your yard and your Sunday newspaper you read while sipping that cup of Green Tea, just make sure to shred it up first!

Sound simple enough? That’s because it is! Bigelow fans like Marcia Del Greco compost their used tea bags daily and you can too!

The Art of Composting: Recyling Your Teabags


You’ve just taken the last sip of your cup of Earl Grey (delightfully flavored with Bergamot).  You’re about to toss the used teabag in the garbage but, for some strange reason, you stop. Why? Perhaps your subconscious is telling you that your teabag could be put to good use.  The moral of the story — ALWAYS follow your instinct! So, what do we do with our used teabags? Can they be recycled, maybe thrown onto the compost heap?  Yes they can! In fact, teabags break down very rapidly during composting.

There is definitely an art to making good compost.  “Compost” is derived from the Latin word “compositus,” meaning “put together.” By mixing together a variety of organic materials such as weeds, grass, pruning, shredded twigs, certain types of paper, fruits, vegetables, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds and tea/teabags, we produce rich, crumbly compost when these organic materials are broken down – a process which takes six months to a year. At that time, the compost may be used as mulch and soil fertilizer.

The whole world is going green! In a conscious effort to sustain our beautiful planet, recycling programs are springing up everywhere – in companies, local neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, churches and inside our own households. A fabulous example of a city-wide sustainability program is Bette Midler‘s New York Restoration Project. Closer to home, our entire Bigelow Tea team participates in a company-wide Sustainabili-TEA program, recycling everything from paper to teabags. All Bigelow teabags are 100% biodegradable. We practice what we preach. So, enjoy your favorite cuppa, a traditional English Teatime® or spicy Constant Comment®, but please don’t throw that teabag away. Add it to your compost pile. It’s the right thing to do.