Well, that's a good question. I love a good craft, however badly it turns out, whether it's sewing, Hama Beading or good ol' fashioned upcycling. Pair this with a good cup of tea and it's my idea of heaven. So I like crafting and tea - some would say I'm crafty, craft-tea, craftea. And there you have it :)
In a word - no. I'm not registered Fairtrade. Fairtrade was created to protect small farmers and to make sure that they get a fair price for their produce but in reality most tea gardens are owned by wealthy individuals or corporations that manage to sell their teas at a premium. The workers and the labourers who work on the farm who earn a less than adequate daily wage and would gain no benefit from the fair-trade certification given to their employers.
Good question! I work exclusively with a single tea supplier who has fantastic ethical credentials. They are a social enterprise, meaning that 50% of their net profits go back to causes in Darjeeling (arguably the home of the finest quality tea) in India. Their overall vision is to:
- improve educational infrastructure and facilities in areas most in need
- improve the quality of education in the secondary school sector so that more young people can move into higher education and climb up the social ladder
- encourage and support students, especially girls, who want to acquire further and higher education but are not able to due to financial constraints
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You have a point - it is more expensive then your average tea, but then again, I don't sell average tea. I'm pretty picky with not only the flavour, but ensuring that quality ingredients are used as well as ensuring it's socially responsible. You can see these are proper leaves, not dust!
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