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    Default fully biodegradable teabags on the way?

    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...adable-teabags

    PG say they are on their way to getting plastic out of teabags, which is good news for compost.

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    Shame I really don't like PG
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    I don't drink tea so.............Serious question here - why don't people use teaballs instead of teabags? Or even................teapots?

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    I have one of these from way back!!
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    why don't people use teaballs instead of teabags?
    Because there is only a very limited range of looseleaf tea available in the shops?
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    I don't drink tea so.............Serious question here - why don't people use teaballs instead of teabags? Or even................teapots?

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    I have one of these from way back!!
    hassle. With a teabag its:
    put teabag in cup
    add water
    remove teabag
    milk/etc to taste
    drink

    With a teaball it's
    check teaball is clean
    add tea (risk of spilling, faff)
    make tea
    take hot teaball and empty hot wet tea leaves into something
    milk etc, drink
    clean up teaball.

    also, unless you have a large number of balls (ooo-err), it's not as scaleable.

    I have a teaball and have used it, but for lack of faff, teabags win out...
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    Of course the teabag was invented by Thomas Sullivan by accident.

    I sometime use the infuser but loose leaf ea isn't as widely available and my stock of orange pekoe is going down.

    There's a difference between biodegradable and compostable. Even the teabags and plastics used at the minute will biodegrade in a few hundred or thousand years. The biodegradable plastics available now need certain conditions to break down quickly - stick some biodegradable plastic cutlery in your compost bin and the chances are they will be exactly the same in a couple of yeas time.

    Although it says that the new bags will be made of plant based products remember that cellophane is made from the cellulose from plants but doesn't break down very quickly in a compost bit.
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    I was shocked by this news as I thought teabags were already plastic-free. I've been bunging them in the compost and used to chuck them in the wormery when I had one. Gah!
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    I chuck them in compost on the basis that the additional biomass is probably better (and worms do love them, I once picked out a fresh-ish tea-bag with 5 worms poking out...).

    there's only a small amount of plastic in any given tea-bag, so if they can replace that with something that will (eventually) break down, it's good win.

    Just need to see if SWMBO will drink PG (or one of the other brands mentioned as following close behind)
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