Have you ever wondered what happens to tea grounds after they are used? From the statistics of global beverage consumption, tea, coffee, and cocoa are known as the 3 largest non-alcoholic beverages in the world. Especially in tea beverage, the demand has soared tremendously in recent decades, leading to another significant global issue- “tea waste”. Every year, global tea production creates millions of tea wastes from the supply chain. The utilization of tea ground has gradually become a crucial topic that the whole world is facing currently and cannot be neglected in order to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable tea.
According to Taiwan Tea Research & Extension Station, tea ground has been commonly used in several areas and are known as having similar function as coffee grounds. Studies have shown that the protein in tea is difficult to dissolve in water which allowing tea grounds to maintain its’ protein after used, making it a perfect fertilizer providing plants sufficient nutrients and tannic acid during the growing cycle. Other usage such as being used as deodorant in poultry litter is also another utilization of tea grounds widely seen nowadays.
Throughout the time, global tea industry players have never stopped looking for the best tea ground recycle solution in order to build up a circular economy, Chatime, as one of the industry leader, also seen it as an ultimate goal of the brand’s future sustainability development. Imagining one day you might be able to pick up fresh tea grounds from your nearby Chatime brewery and be part of making the world a more sustainable place , how does that sound? 😉