Should Your PG Tips Tea Bag Go in Your Compost Pile?

Should your PG Tips tea bag go in your compost pile?  Yes, but maybe not all of the tea bag.

A UK consumer group has told that most tea bags sold in the Great Britain are not totally biodegradable. The outside of the tea bag is left behind after the tea has gone. This is because of polypropylene, which is a heat-resistant plastic used in small amount in the tea bag.

PG Tips issued a statement, “Like most of the teabags in the UK, our teabags are made with about 80% paper fibre, which is fully compostable along with the tea leaves contained in the bag. The remaining packaging includes a small amount of plastic which is not fully biodegradable.”

The British Government says you still can compost your tea bag. Just tear apart the tea bag.


  1. This is really outrageous and I have certainly been mis sold PG Tips tea bags. The packet suggests that the tea bags are compostable and, clearly if they are made of 20% plastic, they are not. Which explains why the worms in my wormery will not eat them. I am really upset about this. It is totally misleading. PG Tips needs to change its tea bags or its message and the text on its packaging.

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