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. 

    • ORGANIC BLACK TEA, CARDAMOM AND VANILLA
    • 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. 

      $ 11.06
    • Organic White Peony - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic White Peony

      Pai-Mu-Tan [White Peony] or Bai-Mudan, large leaf style. A white tea with good character and slightly woodsy taste. An amber infusion, high in antioxidants. Partners well with food. Prized in China for its cooling properties.   Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Cool boiling water before pouring....

      $ 8.73
    • Long leaf China Oolong with a natural smokiness
    • Organic Wu Yi Oolong

      Named after the birthplace of Oolong in Jiangxi province. An earthy, smoky oolong. One of the best known from China. A brief 15 second 'washing' followed by a short 1 - 2 minute steep results in the best cup. Multiple infusions encouraged. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8oz. cup....

      $ 8.73
    • 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. Organic flavored teas are not as strong in their flavors as non-organic teas.  The base tea is robust and this takes well to milk if you are so inclined.  Also good iced! Use 1 heaped tsp. of leaf...

      $ 9.81
    • BLEND OF ORGANIC DARJEELING WITH A HINT OR ORGANIC JASMINE
    • 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.

      $ 11.25
    • BLEND OF ORGANIC CEYLON AND HIMALAYAN TEAS
    • Sunset Blend, Organic

      A relaxing blend of Organic Ceylon and Himalayan teas. A mild cup. Not as strong as an English or Irish Breakfast. Can tolerate a touch of milk but best enjoyed as is. Use 1 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4 mins.

      $ 14.25
    • BLEND OF ORGANIC WHITE AND GREEN LONG LEAF TEAS.
    • 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.

      $ 8.13
    • Victoria's Cup - A Popular Organic Black Tea Breakfast Blend - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Victoria's Cup - Org/F Trade

      A blend of Certified Organic India black teas to provide you a hearty Good Morning tea, robust but not overpowering. Good with milk or on its own. This is our Organic English Breakfast tea. To learn more about Breakfast Tea Blends - the difference between them as well as the...

      $ 5.31
    • Zingy Tang - Organic/Fair Trade Green tea with ginger, orange and peach - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Zingy Tang, Org/F Trade

      Organic, Fair Trade green tea with ginger, orange and peach. Blended expertly with chunks of orange peel, ginger root and marigold petals and safflowers.  One of our bestsellers. Good for the body and delicious too! Excellent hot or iced. Also known as Citrus Green. Use 1 tsp. of leaf per...

      $ 12.27
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