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. 

    • 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 with Organic Darjeeling & Nilgiri teas - just the right strength. Not too strong. While away your afternoon! To learn more about Breakfast Tea...

      $ 4.50
    • 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
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2018 New Products
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2018

      The classic coppery hue to the infused leaf is very noticeable in this new 2018 lot along with a pleasant pungency in taste. We're pleased with the 2nd flush harvest this year and we were fortunate to select the best. From an estate certified Organic, Biodynamic and Fair Trade.  Enjoy our most...

      $ 6.30
    • Makaibari Tea Sampler - Try some Delicious Makaibari Teas - Silver Tips Tea's Gifts
    • Makaibari Tea Sampler

      From the renowned Organic/Biodynamic and Fair Trade tea estate in Darjeeling, enjoy 3 types of Black and Green Tea.  We included the 1st and 2nd Flush Black Teas as well as our very popular Long Leaf Green, a mellow and floral green without any vegetal notes. Steeping directions are on...

      $ 28.00
    • Organic Chai, F Trade
    • Organic Chai, F Trade

      A robust blend of Organic Indian black teas mixed with organic spices - cinnamon, green cardamom and ginger pieces -  with natural cinnamon, ginger and vanilla flavors. The original blend. Steep as directed to achieve a creamy, authentic cup of Chai.  Check out all our Chai blends - we have...

      $ 9.38
    • Organic Earl Grey, Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Earl Grey, Fair Trade

      Certified Organic and Fair Trade black tea with oil of bergamot. OP leaf style, robust tea with good strength, can take milk. Use 1 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 3-4 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 6.05
    • Organic Ginger Peach - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Ginger Peach

      Organic black tea with organic ginger root, flowers & natural ginger/peach flavor. Good hot or iced. Use 1 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins.

      $ 4.99
    • Organic Temple Chai - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Temple Chai

      Organic black tea with organic green cardamom and natural vanilla flavor - clean, sweet, fragrant. A celebration of simple ingredients. Use 1 heaped tablespoon chai per 8 oz. cup.Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over chai. Steep 5 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup heated milk and sugar to taste. 

      $ 9.38
    • Raspberry, Org., F Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Raspberry, Org., F Trade

      Organic, Fair Trade black tea with natural raspberry flavoring and raspberry leaf. Excellent iced! Use 1 heaped tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. 

      $ 4.16
    • Remembrance - Org/F Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Remembrance - Org/F Trade

      A mellow organic Darjeeling with a hint of Organic China Jasmine tea. Great with dessert or just to sip and contemplate the day just gone by. Use 1 tsp. leaf per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over leaves.   Steep 3 mins.

      $ 4.77
    • Twilight, Organic - House Blend of White Tea and Green Tea - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Twilight, Organic

      A great way to close the day. A house blend of Organic China white and Organic Darjeeling long leaf green teas. Naturally floral but with a woodsy undernote. Soothing! Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 2-3 mins. Milk not recommended.

      $ 6.89
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