Waste minimization is a process – and can not be achieved in one day. In 2018 – one of the biggest issues in boosting recycling is that plastic is present in a whole range of items that you would not always expect.


If you watched the ABC TV show on the waste industry called “War On Waste” you will be aware of the huge issues caused by takeaway coffee cups.


Many people think the coffee cup is made of cardboard and hence should be easily recyclable – but in reality it is made of numerous substances including cardboard and plastic.


This  mixture of items means it is not bio-degradable and is very tricky to effectively recycle. Of course – the best solution is prevention rather than cure.


You can see great examples of use again coffee cups here.


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Waste minimization – you have to know where the plastic is first!


Plastic is everywhere in the modern world.


It is such an issue – because it takes 100s of years to break down and can cause environmental havoc in the mean time. See our blogs on plastic waste and issues with plastic bags here.


In today’s blog we will stay in the coffee cup – and look at the humble tea bag.


Waste minimization


I for some reason always assumed the tea bag was biodegradable and thus not an issue from a recycling perspective – how wrong could I be.


This article on the Irish Times website opened my eyes to the actual reality of recycling tea bags.


“Many tea brands use a heat-resistant plastic sealant called polypropylene to help tea bags retain shape and while most consumers are unaware of the fact, the presence of such micro-plastics means tea bags are non-compostable.”


Thankfully due to pressure from environmental groups (such as 9000 people signing a petition for change and waste minimization) – some of the big companies are working to change the tea bag design to biodegradable products.


“Earlier this year Unilever – which owns Lyons Tea – announced plans to remove all plastic from its tea bags before the end of the year after more than 200,000 people signed an online petition in the UK.”


“The multinational said its tea bags will be made from a plant-based material that is 100 per cent renewable and biodegradable.”


To date – the recommended approach to recycle tea bags was to rip them and compost the leaves. The next step was to dry the bag and put it in your recycling bin!


The problem is that many people had no idea and were throwing the bags in the compost.




The good news is that change is happening in many places – and big companies are listening to the voices of concerned consumers.


See our latest blog on upcycling here.