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Tea leaves & Compost – Where do your leftover tea leaves go?

9th July 2018
Anthia Koullouros

At our Ovvio Store and Warehouse we have installed Bokashi bins to collect our tea leaves. This is not a sponsored post, just for love.


Bokashi composting uses fermentation to pickle food waste in an air-tight bin. Waste is broken down without bad smells or insects. It’s perfect for small households where space is limited.

Bokashi composting suits if you:

  • live in an apartment
  • work in an office with a kitchen
  • have somewhere to bury the compost solids afterwards (a vegie patch, compost bin or community garden.
  • your Ovvio Tea Compostable Refill Bag can also go in it!


Compost works by aerobic decomposition (breaks down with air) which creates heat. It needs garden materials as well as food scraps.

Composting suits if you:

  • have garden materials (you need twice as much as your food scraps).
  • have space on bare earth to put the compost bin.
  • are in a household with more than two people.

The benefits are

  • you can add a greater variety of food and other materials than in a worm farm including garlic, onion and citrus.
  • you can recycle your garden materials.
  • you can add larger volumes of materials.
  • your Ovvio Tea Compostable Refill Bag can also go in it!


Worm farming works by worms and other micro-organisms eating the food, you don’t need to add garden materials.

Worm farming suits if you:

  • don’t have any garden materials to get rid of.
  • don’t have access to any bare earth.
  • have a small household or you don’t produce a lot of food scraps.

The benefits are

  • you can collect the liquid and solid fertilisers from your worm farm.
  • you can keep your worm farm in a courtyard, on a balcony or even inside.
  • you don’t need to add garden materials.

How to worm farm?

The secret to happy worm farming is happy worms. Worms farm the bacteria that breaks down your food scraps and keep the bacteria balanced. You’ll find worms are easy to look after if you remember they need:

  • comfortable temperature, darkness, have sensitive skin, and need to be kept moist but not too wet.
  • shelter: Your worm farm is best kept inside or sheltered from the rain and too much sun. Kitchens, balconies, laundries and garages are all good choices.
  • food: Feed your worm farm small amounts of fruit and vegetable scraps, but no garden scraps!
  • air: Make sure your worm farm is protected from rain, and harvest the worm juice regularly so it doesn’t fill up with liquid.
  • moisture: Pour 1 litre of water through your worm farm each week to keep it moist, but not too wet.
  • they like to eat: Fruit and veggie scraps, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grounds. These things are okay in small amounts: carbohydrates, old paper towels, hair and cooked food.
  • they don’t like to eat: Oranges or lemons, onion, garlic or chilli. Protein rich foods like meat, bones, fish, tofu, beans or dairy. Garden scraps like leaves and grass.

Did you know?

  • Worms eat their body weight in food each day – although they are not actually eating the food but the bacteria on the surface of the food.
  • The worms in worm farms are a mix of breeds called ‘compost worms’, and are different to earthworms.
  • Worms in worm farm self-regulate their population, only breeding within the boundaries of the amount of space and food you give them.
  • Cut the food scraps very small – the smaller the pieces, the faster the worms will eat them. Some people even wiz their food scraps in the blender to get their worms working really fast.

Minimal waste, better still zero waste equates to better health for our environment and ourselves. So save your tea leaves and do good for you, for all.