When we set out to start Lamie Wellness, we had a goal to reduce our environmental impact and set an example for others to follow. We have come up with many simple ways to reduce or repurpose common waste, especially when it comes to used loose leaf tea. Below, you will find three creative ways to use steeped tea, besides throwing it away.
What's the opposite of trash? Compost! If you're like me, you have a compost bin near your trash and use it for all your organic waste materials. This is a great step to take to help reduce your impact on the environment around you. It is also awesome when your organic waste turns into compost that you can use in a garden. Not only is tea a delicious and beneficial drink for you but it's also beneficial for the plants around you.
So I drink a lot of tea. Like A LOT. I mostly compost the old stuff but also think it is a good idea to use it as a mulch around plants. This offers protection against the elements. And, if you use the right herbs, your mulch might keep annoying pests away. How nice! I would not recommend doing this inside though because this can create an environment where mold and bacteria may thrive.
Yes, that's right! After you make your first cup of tea, you can reuse those same leaves for a second or even third cup! Now what I usually do is set aside the steeper after my first use and use it again right after I finish that cup. If you plan on only having one cup but still want to reuse your leaves, go ahead and place them on a towel to dry, this keeps them from getting nasty, then come back later and make that second cup. Simple and easy!
I hope you found these tips helpful. This should get you thinking about what else you can do with old teas. If you have other ideas please feel free to comment them below or message us! We love to hear from you.