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. 

    • 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 Herbal Chai - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Herbal Chai

      Organic, Fair Trade Rooibos blended with organic spices - green cardamom, cinnamon and ginger - with natural cinnamon, ginger & vanilla flavors. All the spicy goodness of chai with none of the caffeine. Use 2 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added....

      $ 11.00
    • Organic Keemun - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea Sale
    • 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.

      $ 8.32 $ 5.00
    • 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.

      $ 5.25
    • Organic Orange Spice - Organic Black Tea with Orange and Spice Flavoring - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Teas
    • Organic Orange Spice

      Black Tea with Natural Orange Spice flavor and Orange Peel. Delicious! Certified Organic and Fair Trade. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 4 minutes.

      $ 4.16
    • 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.

      $ 6.04
    • Organic Rooi Coconut - Organic Rooibos with Natural Coconut Flavoring - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Rooi Coconut

      Certified Organic and Fair Trade Rooibos with natural Coconut flavoring and organic coconut shreds.  Creamy and delicious. Allergens: Coconut. Use 2 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 11.00
    • Organic Rooi Peach - Organic Rooibos with Natural Peach Flavoring - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Rooi Peach

      Certified Organic and Fair Trade Rooibos with natural Peach flavoring and marigold petals.  A fruity, sunny blend. Use 2 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 11.00
    • Organic Rooi Vanilla - Organic Rooibos with Natural Vanilla Flavoring - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Rooi Vanilla

      Certified Organic and Fair Trade Rooibos with natural Vanilla flavoring.  High in antioxidants with a pleasant nutty taste with a hint of vanilla.  Steeps strong and takes well to milk should you wish to add it. Use 2 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves....

      $ 11.00
    • Organic Rooibos - Fair Trade Certified - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Rooibos

      Organic Rooibos without any additives or flavoring. A nice, rich cup but without the caffeine. South African Red Bush - Certified organic & fair trade. Use 2 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 10.00
    • 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
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