Fair Trade Teas

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.

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. 

    • 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.  Authentic Yunnan from the southwestern province of China of the same name, home to ancient forests of tea trees.  Certified Organic &...

      $ 6.12
    • 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...

      $ 5.85
    • 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...

      $ 8.16
    • Goddess of Mercy
    • 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 Sale
    • 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' or 'Yunwu Clourd'. Certified Organic & Fair Trade. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring...

      $ 17.94 $ 10.00
    • Jasmine Spring, Org/F Trade
    • Jasmine Spring, Org/F Trade

      Here's your everyday jasmine - good fragrance, easy to enjoy, no bitterness and able to withstand multiple infusions. Our house jasmine. From Jiangxi province in China. Best enjoyed with a scant teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of water and a short steep.  Certified Organic & Fair Trade. Use 1...

      $ 12.97
    • Organic China Sencha
    • Organic China Sencha

      The classic flat-leaf style from China. Not as astringent as a Japanese sencha but still pleasantly vegetal. Can withstand multiple steepings and best enjoyed with a short infusion. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves. Steep 2 mins. Can be re-infused....

      $ 12.80
    • Organic Keemun - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Keemun

      The basic China breakfast black - slight smokey undertones. Organic, Fair Trade. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 4.41
    • Organic Lapsang Souchong - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Lapsang Souchong

      Organic China smoked tea. An acquired taste. Strong & smokey. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 3 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 5.57
    • Organic Pu-erh - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Pu-erh

      Pu-erh is an aged black tea from China, strong and earthy in taste. Pu-erh is gaining popularity in the US but has been enjoyed in China for centuries. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 2-3 mins.

      $ 12.80
    • Organic White Peony - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic White Peony

      Pai-Mu-Tan [White Peony] or Bai-Mudan, large leaf style. A white tea with good character and slightly woodsy taste. An amber infusion, high in antioxidants. Partners well with food. Prized in China for its cooling properties.   Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Cool boiling water before pouring....

      $ 7.84
    • Organic Wu Yi Oolong - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Wu Yi Oolong

      Named after the birthplace of Oolong in Jiangxi province. An earthy, smoky oolong. One of the best known from China. A brief 15 second 'washing' followed by a short 1 - 2 minute steep results in the best cup. Multiple infusions encouraged. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8oz. cup....

      $ 7.84
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