What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is an international movement that promotes increased standards of living for laborers in developing countries. The movement has a focus on export products and endeavors to ensure that a fair amount of profits remain in workers’ hands. Fair Trade also attempts to regulate environmental controls on industries in the developing world.
Fair Trade for the Tea industry
As of 2007, some estates are still beyond the scope of Fair Trade certifying bodies. In these cases, we do what we can to ensure that our suppliers adhere to fair practices for their own workers and any freehold tea growers who supply their factories.
In the world of tea, governance is accomplished primarily through the work of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The Ethical Tea Partnership is a tea industry initiative to regulate all facets of tea manufacture to ensure that ethical practices are adhered too. While Fair Trade deals with many different commodities, the ETP is 100% focused on tea and is quickly becoming a highly respected and trusted overseer.
Exceptional teas are not produced by a workforce under duress. Rather, they are produced by a healthy and fairly compensated workforce. One with a vested economic and social interest in their product In many cases this includes free schooling and medicare for children and family in addition to fair prices for fresh leaf.
@Pandora’s Boox & Tea
At Pandora’s Boox & Tea, we have carefully chosen our wholesalers with Fair trade and Ethical tea in mind. We serve only Fair Trade coffee and espresso from Level Ground and we have a number of Fair Trade or Ethical Tea selections.
Metropolitan Tea – As part of it’s mandate, Metropolitan Tea does business with estates and suppliers that are Fair Trade certified wherever possible. They offer many certified ethical tea’s and organic tea‘s as well. Metropolitan Tea Canada is located in Toronto.
Tea Butler – All of Tea Butler Tea’s adhere to the much higher organic regulations and standards used in European countries (specifically Germany), where their worldwide headquarters is located. Tea Butler is based out of Sicamous, B.C.
Level Ground – Level ground is 100% Direct Fair Trade. This means they buy directly from the farmers at a fair cost, shaking hands. You can even read the farmer profiles and information on their website. http://www.levelground.com/about/