Take Action at Tea-Time

Tuesday 15th December marked International Tea Day this week and also the lauch of a national campaign to persuade the five major tea companies in the UK to go Fairtrade.

When you pour yourself a nice cuppa this afternoon perhaps take the time to think about where your tea came from, who picked it, and what their lives are like. If the box of tea has the Fairtrade mark on it, then you can be guaranteed that the farmers on the tea plantations are being paid a premium price for their tea that offers them a stable income and the opportunity to invest in the development of the community around them. If the box is lacking the Fairtrade symbol then doubtless the scenario for those producers will be very different.

Perhaps today, while you sip your tea, you could take the time to send a quick email to the major tea companies in the UK: Tetleys, Typhoo, Yorkshire Tea, Twinnings and even PG Tips (see my earlier blog post as to why I think PG Tips should commit to Fairtrade over Rainforest Alliance). The email is ready-made so all you have to do is add your name and address to indicate that you support the campaign.

Fairtrade does make a difference, for those working on the plantations it offers them a secure income and hope for the future. Taking action will only take a few minutes out of your day, but will hopefully persuade the major tea companies to go Fairtrade. Wouldn’t it be great if one day every cup of tea in the UK was Fairtrade?

Go on, do it now! Enjoy your cuppa, and help others enjoy a better quality of life.

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  1. Hi Helen – Abby from the Rainforest Alliance again. Before you make up your mind, consider carefully tea farmers, their futures & their dignity. See this slideshow: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/agriculture/newsletter/fm_09_fall.html?autoslideshow=true

    Rainforest Alliance Certified focuses on the three pillars of sustainability, so smallholder tea farmers become better business people and get more than just money – they get a future.
    More info on smallholders: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/profiles/documents/tea_fact_sheet.pdf

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