Fancy a Brew? The Top Five Fairtrade Teas

PrintTea is probably one of the most commonly bought fairtrade products in the UK. We love our tea and we love our fairtrade! Thankfully it’s not too difficult to switch your usual brew for one that pays the farmers enough to support their families. Here is a list of my favourite teas, many of which are available in your local supermarket.

1) Clipper Teas

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Every single bag that Clipper produces is fairtrade! This gives you an excellent selection from black teas to specialty blends and fruity infusions. They can also boast that there are no artificial ingredients in any of their products. My favourite flavour at the moment is Strawberry and Rhubarb which is giving me a taster of summer. Clipper can be found in most supermarkets.

2) Cafedirect

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They may be remembered for their coffees but Cafedirect make some excellent teas. Their everyday tea is a delicious cup you can enjoy at anytime and their new One Acre varieties are all slightly differently flavoured depending on the region they are grown in. My favourite of the lot has to be the Uganda Bushenyi Hills Tea. Again, I’ve seen these in most supermarkets and also in Oxfam shops.

3) Pukka

VanillaChai-FT_CMYK_NEWWhile Pukka can’t claim that all of their teas are fairtrade, a large number of them are. This is where the fairtrade logo comes in which you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the box. Vanilla chai is without doubt my favourite one here, it’s beautiful in the winter. These are slightly harder to get hold of but can be found in some supermarkets as well as Oxfam shops.

4) Traidcraft

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Traidcraft is a one stop shop for all your fairtrade needs and their tea range is no exception. Here you can find all kinds of black and herbal teas and you’re guaranteed to be getting a gorgeous cuppa.

5) Supermarket Own Brand

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All of the hot drinks you can buy in the Co-op are fairtrade. This is a massive step and one that hopefully all supermarkets will one day choose to engage with. For now though you can find a fairtrade own brand tea in most major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose. This means it’s now easier than ever to swap your normal brew for a fairtrade one!

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are lots of other fairtrade tea companies out there so don’t be afraid to try something new!

What are your tips for a good cuppa?

 

Fairtrade Fortnight – What is Fairtrade?

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If you don’t know already, it is currently fairtrade fortnight! This means two weeks of celebrating the amazing products which look after the farmers and workers who make them as well as being delicious. I’m marking the occasion with 14 blog posts about the where you can buy fairtrade goods and why you should. I’m starting the fortnight with a definition of what fairtrade actually is.

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There are a lot of symbols that we look out for on our food and it can certainly get confusing! The fairtrade symbol is shown on the mug above. This is different to organic, recycled or FSC but if your product contains those symbols too then all the better! Fairtrade is also different to Fair Trade. Fairtrade is a certification that shows a food product fits into the fairtrade guidelines whereas Fair Trade is often used on non food products or to describe the whole movement.

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So now that confusing part is out of the way, how exactly does fairtrade help farmers?

The fairtrade mark means that the fairtrade ingredients have been made in organisations that meet the right social, economic and environmental standards. This includes protecting the rights of the workers and using some of the money from sales of the product to invest in schools, transport, health care and sanitation amongst other things.

They ensure that farmers and workers are paid a decent wage which enables them to support their families even in times of hardship. Therefore your fairtrade chocolate bar really does save lives.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll show you some products that are both vegan and fairtrade to show that you can save the world by altering your shopping ways just a small amount!

What are your favourite fairtrade products?