Essential Fairtrade teas to try

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When you buy Fairtrade tea, you know your cuppa is helping support farmers and workers to create a better future. 

Updated: January 2023

Tea-growing communities often face low wages, long hours, gruelling work and a lack of power in a complex global supply chain.

For nearly three decades, Fairtrade has been working with tea farmers and workers towards better pay, conditions and access to rights, including through our Fairtrade Standards.

There are more than 400 Fairtrade-certified tea products available in the UK, so whatever your brew, there’s a Fairtrade option for you. Here are some lovely Fairtrade teas to get started with…

Birchall English Breakfast Tea

Birchall English Breakfast Tea

Start the day the Fairtrade way with a pot of Birchall’s deliciously strong and tasty English Breakfast Tea.

Birchall’s fine teas are sourced entirely from estates across East Africa, from Rwanda to Kenya.

Buy from the Birchall website.

ChariTea red

Charitea Red

As well as being Fairtrade, five pence from every bottle of ChariTea sold goes to the Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation. So far they have raised over £4 million for social projects. 

The ChariTea red is a delicious organic brewed rooibos tea from South Africa. 

Buy ChariTea Red from their online shop.

Clipper Organic Earl Grey

Clipper box of organic earl grey teabags

Clipper were the UK’s first Fairtrade tea company. Today they are the world’s largest buyer of Fairtrade tea.

Try their light and refreshing Organic Fairtrade Earl Grey with the distinctive citrus zing of bergamot. 

Buy Clipper tea from their online shop.

Co-op 99 Tea Blend

Co-op Fairtrade 99 Tea Blend box

All of Co-op’s own brand tea is Fairtrade and has been since 2008. Co-op have supported tens of thousands of tea smallholders, workers and their communities in Kenya and Malawi. 

Look out for Co-op own-brand Fairtrade 99 Tea Blend.

Buy Co-op tea from their online shop.

Eloments Citrus Boost Vintamin Tea

Eloments Citrus Boost Fairtrade Tea

How do you fancy a cuppa with a healthy dose of vitamins? Eloments’ Fairtrade teas are blended with plant-based nutrients, herbs and spices. The Citrus Boost Vitamin Tea combines Fairtrade China green tea with lemongrass, lemon verbena and ginger.

Buy Eloments Tea from their website.

English Tea Shop Peppermint Tea

English Tea Shop Peppermint

English Tea Shop source ingredients from small farmers who avoid chemical fertilisers or pesticides.

Their Fairtrade peppermint tea is a perfect blend of Egyptian peppermint and spearmint, creating a refreshing caffeine-free tea. It’s a lovely drink for winding down after a long day.

Visit the English Tea Shop online shop.

Hampstead Organic Pure Green Tea

Hampstead Tea Green

Hampstead Tea were among the first businesses in the UK to produce Fairtrade-certified products. Hampstead Tea have regularly been Ethical Consumer’s number one most ethical tea brand in the UK.

Delicate and fresh tasting, the Biodynamic Pure Green Tea is proudly sourced from the Makaibari single estate in Darjeeling. 

Buy Hampstead Tea from their online shop.

M&S Luxury Gold Teabags

M&S Luxury gold teabags

In 2006 M&S became the first retailer to source only Fairtrade-certified tea across the entire range. 

Carefully selected from tea estates in Africa and India, M&S Luxury Gold teabags bring all the best together in one cup – or pot – of tea. M&S sell both tea bags and loose leaf.

Buy M&S Gold Label tea from Ocado.

Suki Fairtrade Belfast Brew

Suki Tea Fairtrade Belfast Brew

Based in Belfast, SUKI Tea Makers ethically source and blend loose leaf teas, herbal infusions and fruit blends from all over the world. 

SUKI’s Belfast Brew is a blend of two of the best quality whole leaf teas which gives a malty and full-flavoured cup. 

Buy SUKI Tea from their online shop.

Waitrose & Partners Gold Tea Bags

Waitrose Gold tea bags

Smooth, bright and refreshing, this tea is carefully balanced and reasonably priced. Waitrose source tea leaves from some of the best tea-growing regions in the world for a well-blended brew.

Buy Waitrose & Partners Gold Tea Bags.

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