Tea bags are made of a variety of materials, including paper and plastic. Some of them are sealed with glue, while others use bits of string stapled to the bag.

Some brands, such as Dilmah, are in the process of changing their bags to be plastic-free. They hope to be completely compostable by 2021.

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If you’re a fan of mighty leaf tea, you may wonder whether you can compost our reusable pouches. The answer is yes, they are fully biodegradable.

Lipton cold brew and pyramid style Exceptional Tea Compost Bag are made from a plant-based polylactic acid (PLA) material. PLA is derived from corn starch, instead of petroleum oil, which means it’s a renewable resource.

While many manufacturers have switched to more sustainable materials, there are still some companies that use plastic. These include Tetley, Twinings and some of the bigger UK retailers like Waitrose, Morrisons and M&S.

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Dilmah is the only global single origin tea brand that focuses on growing their own tea in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). Their commitment to growing, picking and packaging their own tea within weeks of harvesting allows them to produce a much higher quality and antioxidant-rich tea.

Dilmah Premium Tagless Tea Bags are made from the finest high grown Ceylon tea sourced from the central highlands of Sri Lanka, considered by many to be the world’s best source of tea. They are renowned for their fine balance between richness, flavour, strength and aroma for the perfect black tea anytime anywhere.

Their paper sachets do not contain a stapled tag or heat-sealed edge, so are fully compostable. However, their pyramid tea bags are not compostable, and are made from a corn-derived plastic called PET.

Republic of Tea

If you’re looking for tea bags that are compostable, Republic of Tea is one brand to look into. Their tea bag paper is made from a blend of abaca and wood pulp, resulting in a biodegradable and recyclable product.

They also do not use any staples, tags or strings in their tea bags. This eliminates a great deal of waste and reduces the carbon footprint.

This is one of the leading tea companies in the UK, and you can be assured that all their tea bags are plastic-free, which makes them a great choice for the environment. They are also a certified B corporation, which means they adhere to high standards of accountability and transparency.


Luzianne is a brand that is most known for its hot teas, but they also sell iced tea. Unlike Lipton, Luzianne tea bags are compostable, making them a great choice for anyone who wants to reduce their plastic consumption and make a small difference in the environment.

Many tea brands use plastic to seal their tea biodegradable bags, and a recent study shows that this can release billions of microplastics into the water we brew it in.

This is why it’s important to choose brands that do not use plastic in their products. Thankfully, there are now plenty of options available to recycle or compost your tea bags at home!

These plastic-free tea bags are made from cotton and cellulose, which is a low cost, lightweight and biodegradable material. They also include NatureFlex packaging film, which is made from wood pulp and is much more environmentally friendly than traditional plastic.


If you’re looking for a great teabag that’s completely plastic-free, look no further than Pukka. The Unilever-owned brand’s string and tag tea biodegradable disposable bags are made with organic cotton, so they’re fully compostable.

They also claim to be the first company to use organic strings to hold their teabags together, without using staples or polypropylene.

This is a real win for the environment and your health! Plastics are known to irritate the endocrine system, which can lead to chronic conditions.

Many brands have switched to a paper tea bag that’s free of microplastics, including Clipper, Barry’s Tea, PG Tips and Stockwell. Some even go one step further and make the inner foil packaging recyclable.