When we decided we wanted to sell tea, we decided we were going to do it right. That meant that we were going to sell good, traditional whole leaf Chinese tea, and that meant that it was going to be both organic and Fair Trade certified. In other words, it was going to be sustainable.
In ecological terms, buying organic tea just makes sense. Personally, we have very little interest in steeping chemical pesticides with our tea — but it's more than that: organic tea is better for the land, and better for the farmers and processors too. This decision definitely limits our choice of products, but we have found a marvelous co-op in southern China which offers a nice variety of organic teas.
Buying Fair Trade tea means that the cooperative we work with has committed to pay fair wages, and it also means that for every sack of tea we sell, a donation goes to the community.
Our Fair Trade premiums support the village school and help to defray tuition costs for those village children who are able to attend college. With every pot of Fair Trade tea you brew, with every cup you drink, you are helping to raise the living standard of the people who make the tea and increasing opportunities for their children.
Our commitment to sustainability extends to the packaging we've chosen to use. Our paper sacks are unbleached and fully recyclable — the greenest option we could find — and by offering loose leaf tea we can save the energy and resources that tea bags would require, further reducing our carbon footprint. As we continue to grow as a company, it will always be with an eye towards our community and our environment.