Can your cup of tea help to make the world a better place? Yes, it can.
Many of the world top tea companies are helping workers and protecting the environment by participating in the Ethical Tea Partnership, Fair Trade Foundation and Rainforest Alliance.
Ethical Tea Partnership monitors living and working conditions on tea estates, with the aim of making sure that tea you buy from ETP members has been produced in a socially responsible way. If you want to verify that these tea brands are member of the ETP, go here.
Fair Trade Foundation encourages poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Pays tea growers a fair price so their families and communities can improve. Specific products are given the Fair Trade certification.
Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and behavior.
Here is a list of tea companies involved in these groups.
Bewley’s – Fair Trade Tea
Jacksons of Piccadilly – Ethical Tea Partnership, Fair Trade.
Lifeboat Tea – Fair Trade
Lyons Tea – Rainforest Alliance. Lyons has a great section of their corporate web site telling about the company involvement in the Rainforest Alliance. It includes audio and video and is worth a visit. Start here to see it.
Nambarrie – Ethical Tea Partnership
PG Tips Tea – Rainforest Alliance
Punjana Tea – Fair Trade
Taylors of Harrogate – Ethical Tea Partnership, Fair Trade
Tetley – Ethical Tea Partnership
Twinings – Ethical Tea Partnership
Williamson Tea– Fair Trade Tea, Rainforest Alliance and Ethical Tea Partnership. World’s only tea company to have all its farms Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance accredited. Williamson Earl Grey, Kenya Green and White are Fair Trade teas. Read about the news on Williamson’s Corporate web site.
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