Fair Trade

Fair Trade, an international movement to promote equitable trade, has four key goals: 

1)  To pay farmers a decent, living wage 
2)  To create direct trade links to farmers, bypassing exploitative middlemen
3)  To provide access to affordable credit 
4)  To promote sustainable practices, such as organic farming that help protect the environment. 

It works simply.  Tea producers meet specific criteria to be considered a Fair Trade co-operative or estate. Importers/Buyers pay a certain premium over the market value which is then channeled back to the workers of the co-operative/estate. A Joint Body of workers decides how to spend the funds.  This means that every time you purchase a Fair Trade tea, a portion of that price goes back directly to the workers of that tea estate.  

Some of the specific standards that Tea producers must meet are:
- Wages that meet or exceed legally established minimums
- Absence of forced or child labor
- Freedom of association and organization
- Safe working conditions, including protection from exposure to harmful agrochemicals
- Adherence to national and international labor protections, including those established by the ILO of the United Nations and, in India, the Plantation labor Act.

Tea workers have the capacity to play an active role in improving their own lives.  Here are some ways in which workers have chosen to use the Fair Trade Premium:
- At Makaibari, a Computer Centre has been established and over 300 micro-loans have been given to meet medical and educational needs, to buy livestock and to create small businesses.
- At Korakundah, typhoid and hepatitis B vaccines have been procured, chairs purchased for the community hall, cooking gas bought for workers and computers bought for the school.
- At Rembeng, specialized equipment has been purchased for hospitals and increased availability of potable water provided to large areas of the estate.


Enjoy our Fair Trade teas and tell your friends.   Champion the cause of Fair Trade!

All our Fair Trade teas are clearly identified. Look for the Fair Trade icon    throughout our site to view our Fair Trade Teas. 

    • Afternoon Delight, Org/ FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Afternoon Delight, Org/ FT

      A blend of Indian Organic & Fair Trade black teas, mellow and naturally floral - good with just a drop of milk. A smooth, mild cup, just the right strength. Not too strong. While away your afternoon! To learn more about Breakfast Tea Blends - the difference between them as...

      $ 4.50
    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Org./FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Org./FT

      Here's a good Yunnan with some gold tips. Could easily become your daily cup. A little more earthy than an Assam, takes well to milk, a robust cup. Certified Organic & Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5...

      $ 5.78
    • Celtic Cup, Org./ FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Celtic Cup, Org./ FT

      Blend of Organic and Fair Trade China and India teas - a hearty, strong cup. Our Organic Irish Breakfast. To learn more about Breakfast Tea Blends - the difference between them as well as the history behind them, CLICK HERE. Use 1 heaped tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour...

      $ 5.52
    • Dian Black, Organic/ Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Dian Black, Organic/ Fair Trade

      From Yunnan region in China and from some of the oldest tea trees in the world. Very tippy, very rich with a lot of depth and character. A taste of chocolate lingers on your palate. We strongly recommend this tea. Certified Organic & Fair Trade. Use 1 heaped tsp. leaf...

      $ 7.70
    • Goddess of Mercy - A lightly oxidized green China Ti Kwan Yin Oolong (Iron Goddess of Mercy), in the characteristic rolled leaf style - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Goddess of Mercy

      Organic & Fair Trade, this is a lightly oxidized green China Ti Kwan Yin Oolong (Iron Goddess of Mercy), in the characteristic rolled leaf style. Very fragrant, mellow and sweet in the cup, a treat for any time of the day. Excellent for digestion and withstands multiple infusions. Use 1...

      $ 7.96
    • Green Dew, Org/ F Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Green Dew, Org/ F Trade

      From Zheijang province in south east China. Bright green leaf, light infusion, slightly fruity in taste with a mild vegetal note. Sometimes called 'Five Peaks' or 'Jade Cloud'.  Certified Organic & Fair Trade. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves. Steep...

      $ 8.46
    • Idulgashinna Ceylon Green, Org/ FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea Sale
    • Idulgashinna Ceylon Green, Org/ FT

      A balanced cup for all green tea drinkers - not too vegetal, not too fruity. Well-manufactured with a good leaf style from the Uva region in Sri Lanka. Read more about Ceylon Teas here.FREE Sample of Ceylon Ruhunu Pekoe included with purchase of this Tea. Limit 1 per order. Use 1...

      $ 7.40 $ 4.00
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015

      Still wonderful, but the 2016 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's a great value.  Enjoy 2015 Makaibari first flush at a discount!  Certified Organic & Fair Trade.   Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over leaves.   Steep...

      $ 11.00
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016

      Enjoy the fresh bouquet! The prize crop of Darjeeling, the champagne of teas - this is first flush 2016 - slightly astringent, a green hue to the leaf and an appealing floral tone to the cup. Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Use 1...

      $ 7.50
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016

      Our excellent 2016 Makaibari 2nd flush stock just arrived via Air Freight.  This year's harvest is exceptional - wonderful tips to the leaf with the classic muscatel, winey flavor in the cup.  Notice the distinct coppery hue to the infused leaf, and the pleasant pungency on the palate. It was a short 2nd...

      $ 6.30
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season

      Still wonderful but alas, this year's stock is now in! This is from the previous season - A classic 2nd flush muscatel tea from the Makaibari Estate - the pioneers of biodynamic tea farming in the world. This tea has a pronounced floral bouquet, with nutty and pungent notes in the...

      $ 7.32
    • Makaibari Autumnal - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Autumnal

      A mellow tea from the later part of the season from an estate known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture. A very easy tea to enjoy! Stronger than 1st or 2nd flush teas. Can tolerate some milk. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep...

      $ 5.50
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