Loose leaf tea needs to be brewed ... well ... loose so that the leaves aren't matted together and water gets around them. The problem I have is that after dumping the used leaves a fair amount is still stuck in the strainer. This means more water for washing and leaves that go down there drain to water treatment rather than to my composer where they belong.
Then I got an idea. Press a basket style coffee filter in. The filter easily breaks down in my compost and is easier to remove. Below are some pictures of making it work.