Imagine if you could change lives from your bed.
What if I said that you can?
The truth is that with every decision you make as a consumer, you also make a decision for the kind of world you want to live in.
For example, if you buy fairtrade tea next time you shop then you will be deciding to support fair terms of trade. In effect, you will be changing lives – not yours or mine – but those of farmers and their families in developing countries by ensuring better prices and better working conditions.
So, in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight which this year runs from Monday 27th February to Sunday 12th March, I am sharing with you my favourite fairtrade teas in the hope that I can encourage you to go out and buy the stuff.
Just think – through such a small, simple action (whilst waking up in the morning or whilst snuggling up in the evening) you can make a very real difference and all you need to do is have a brew!
1. Clipper Love Me Truly £2.25. Photo credit: Clipper.
In 1994 Clipper became the UK’s first fairtrade tea company and they’ve never looked back. Just a quick scan of their website and you can really tell that they’re proud of the work they do to promote local sustainability. What’s more, their organic chai infusion really is delicious. Buy now.
2. Traidcraft Fairtrade Green Tea £2.50. Photo credit: Traidcraft.
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fairtrade organisation and were the first company to bring fair trade tea to the UK. Their green tea is made using tea leaves from Rwanda on small-holder tea farms that, through fair terms of trade, support vulnerable producers. Buy now.
3. Twinings English Breakfast Fairtrade Organic £4.99. Photo credit: Twinings
Twinings is a founding member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) that focuses on creating a fairer, better and more sustainable tea industry. They achieve this by raising the standards of working conditions, working in local communities to combat social issues, providing training for small-holder tea farms and improving environmental management systems. Buy now.
4. The London Tea Company Raspberry Inferno £2.20. Photo credit: The London Tea Company
The London Tea Company offers a range of great tasting fairtrade certified teas. Founded in 2003, the company is committed to supporting those who live in the most marginalised parts of the world with guaranteed minimum prices for their growers. Buy now.
So there you go – my favourite fairtrade teas. What are yours?