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...

      $ 4.77
    • 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
    • Father's Day Special - Limited Time Black Tea and Green Tea in Canisters - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Gifts for Him

      We have the perfect gift for the men in your life - something different and meaningful with good taste and health in mind. Good for any season!Choose from two special teas packed in handsome Green Canisters:Black Tie - 4 oz. blend of premium black teas - sure to perk him up!...

      $ 6.00
    • 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
    • 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...

      $ 8.97
    • Idulgashinna Ceylon Green, Org/ FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • 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. Use 1 tsp. leaf  per 8 oz. cup.  Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over...

      $ 15.69
    • 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
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2017 - The Prize Crop of Darjeeling, Exclusive to us! - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Teas
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2018

      Enjoy the prize crop of Darjeeling, the champagne of teas - this is Lot DJ 10/18 - slightly astringent, excellent leaf style, and an underlying floral tone to the cup. A short steep recommended.  Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. 2018 season.  For all those who...

      $ 7.95
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush previous season

      Still wonderful, but the 2018 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's 2017 stock at a great value.  Enjoy Makaibari first flush at a steep discount! Certified Organic & Fair Trade.   Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over...

      $ 18.00
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2018
    • 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...

      $ 6.68
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