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. 

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

      Still wonderful, but the 2017 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's a great value.  Enjoy 2016 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 2017 - The Prize Crop of Darjeeling, Exclusive to us! - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Teas
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2017

      Enjoy the fresh bouquet! The prize crop of Darjeeling, the champagne of teas - this is first flush 2017 - slightly astringent, excellent leaf style, and an appealing floral tone to the cup. Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8...

      $ 7.50
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush 2017 - Exclusive Darjeeling Tea, only the Finest - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2017

      The classic coppery hue to the infused leaf is very noticeable in this lot along with a pleasant pungency in taste. It was a short 2nd flush harvest in 2017 and we were fortunate to select the best. From an estate certified Organic, Biodynamic and Fair Trade. Use 1 tsp. leaf...

      $ 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 2016 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...

      $ 8.00
    • Makaibari Autumnal - A mellow Black Tea from the end of the season - 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
    • North Point - Org/Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • North Point - Org/Fair Trade

      Our house Organic Darjeeling blend of spring and autumn harvests. Just the right body - not too floral, not too astringent, medium cup but with the characteristic light Darjeeling note. Organic, Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 3.5...

      $ 7.40
    • Organic Ceylon OP - This black tea is a very good long leaf Organic and Fair Trade Ceylon OP from Idulgashinna Estate. Bright cup, good body, not too strong. Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Ceylon OP

      A very good long leaf Organic and Fair Trade Ceylon OP from Idulgashinna Estate. Bright cup, good body, not too strong. Read more about Ceylon Teas here. Use 1 Tablespoon leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 7.40
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