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. 

    • 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
    • Makaibari Green, Long Leaf, O/FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Green, Long Leaf, O/FT

      This tea has all the benefits of a green tea with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note. Beautiful long leaf. Naturally sweet, very easy to enjoy!  Similar in profile to the Makaibari silver-tipped Green. The purest green tea we know. And unlike some other Green teas, this one has no bitterness...

      $ 6.10
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade - Oolong Tea with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade

      An Oolong with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note. Try something different. Beautiful leaf style - long, well-rolled with a medium oxidation. An uncommon India Oolong. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.  Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves.  Steep 3 mins.  Can be re-infused.  Milk...

      $ 6.10
    • Makaibari Silver Tips - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      Renowned! A complex but delicate cup, floral with a mellow note. Characteristic long leaves with a nice curl, interspersed with silver tips. Certified Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Featured on Masterpiece Theatre & NCIS Los Angeles! Drink the best! Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Steep 3-3.5...

      $ 9.00
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial - Organic Limited Reserve White Tea - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial

      Indulge in a cup of our record-breaking Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial. This is Limited Reserve. Only 20 kgs. of this lot were manufactured and we have a limited 5 kgs. (11 lbs.) This is DJ 158/2014, procured through a private sale. Specially packaged in 1 ounce lots. When it's gone,...

      $ 60.00
    • 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
    • Moonflower Oolong - An elegant blend of Oolong Tea and Jasmine Tea - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Moonflower Oolong

      The elegance of Oolong blended with the fragrance of Jasmine - this is one of our house favorites.  Oolong is not quite Black tea and not quite Green tea.  It's in the middle, a medium-body cup, often called The Philosopher's Drink.  We blended a lightly oxidized Organic Oolong with Organic...

      $ 14.00
    • 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
    • Organic Chai, Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Chai, Fair 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. Use 1 heaped Tbsp. of Chai per 8 oz....

      $ 9.38
    • Organic China Sencha - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • 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....

      $ 6.04
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