On air now

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

7 AM-8 AM

Teabags Aren't Fully Compo...

News

Teabags Aren't Fully Compostable?!

Share this article


Despite popular belief, it's understood many teabags aren't compostable and shouldn't be thrown in the brown bin.

It comes as Barry's Tea is said to be exploring ways to remove plastics from its tea bags to make them compostable.

Small micro-plastics are added to teabags to seal them and ensure that they don't break up in your cup and the leaves fall out.

Over 9 thousand people have signed an online petition calling on the Cork company to remove all plastics from its teabags.

Speaking to Today FM, Lisa Quinn, who set up the petition says: 'You're putting micro-plastics in the brown bin, they'll go in, they'll compost, but the compost will then end up in our soil, it'll then end up in our water and 72% of Irish water now contains plastic'

She also confirmed that she spoke directly to Barry's tea which told her the best way to dispose of the teabags was to open it, put the tea leaves into the brown bin and then wash and dry the teabag paper and then put that into the recycling. 'Which is absurd because the whole point of having a tea bag is that it's convenient'.  


Share this article


Read more about

News

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

7 AM-8 AM

Share

Up next

Weekend Breakfast with Alison...

Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis

8 AM-11 AM

Share

The Phil Cawley Show

The Phil Cawley Show

11 AM-2 PM

Share

Premier League Live

Premier League Live

2 PM-6 PM

Share

Block Rockin' Beats

Block Rockin' Beats

6 PM-9 PM

Share

The Beat Goes on with Kelly-An...

The Beat Goes on with Kelly-Anne Byrne

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

1 AM-7 AM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

7 AM-8 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on