Buying Fairtrade Tea

Not all tea is created equal

Tea Picker

Behind your brew, real people face low wages, discrimination and the hard choices living in poverty can bring.

Whether farmers working their own land, or workers on big estates, the people who grow and pick our tea often don’t earn enough to even feed their families.

But when you buy Fairtrade tea, farmers and workers can bring greater security, equality and opportunity to the lives of their families and communities – and that’s just for starters.

Through Fairtrade, they can improve their working conditions and learn how to improve the way they farm and manage their environment. They can make sure their children are fed and can go to school. Communities can invest in clean water and clinics, improving everyone’s health.

So, however you make your cuppa, make sure it’s Fairtrade.

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Where to buy Fairtrade Tea

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Cafédirect is the leading Fairtrade hot drinks brand in the UK and was the first coffee brand to carry the certification.

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Clipper Tea

Clipper Teas launched their very first Fairtrade tea in 1994 and are still the UK’s No 1 Fairtrade Tea Company.


The Co-operative

100% Fairtrade own brand and delivering additional support to smallholders in Kenya through co-operative development.

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Lemonaid Beverages

Social enterprise behind Lemonaid & ChariTea drinks, all ingredients are organic and sourced directly from small scale, Fairtrade farms. 

m&s logo


M&S was the first major retailer to switch all of its black and green tea to Fairtrade.

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Sainsbury’s stocks a number of Fairtrade teas

steenbergs logo


Sourcing from organic estates in India & Sri Lanka, Steenbergs hand-blends Chai, Earl Grey, English Breakfast & Christmas tea in their eco-factory.

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Suki Tea

People first, then plant and planet. Belfast Boutique Loose Leaf Tea Blender, Suki Tea, first set up in 2005 by Annie and Oscar, has become a strong contender in the UK’s Loose Leaf tea market. Suki Tea ethically source and blend our loose leaf teas, herbal infusions and fruit blends from all over the world.

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Tesco finest* black tea is Fairtrade certified.

London Tea Co.

The London Tea Company

Blending, brewing and drinking ethical teas since 2003, The London Tea Company is determined to spread the word on how great ethical tea can be.



Traidcraft has been at the forefront of fair trade for over 35 years, passionate about trade justice since 1979.



Waitrose 100% Fairtrade speciality teas use mostly traditional whole leaf grades of tea to achieve a range of unique blends.