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Diane MacEachern

Professional Eco Expert

Best Fair Trade Tea & Best Organic Tea

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Hot or cold, tea refreshes like no other drink. It’s especially good when brewed from full tea leaves, not the “tea dust” that fills most common tea bags. Plus, when you brew tea leaves in a tea ball or tea strainer, you eliminate the packaging used to make tea bags. Organic tea – grown without pesticides or herbicides – is especially desirable, but even more so when it’s also raised on “fair trade” plantations that ensure workers receive a fair wage for their labor. With the great variety of teas available, you could drink a different cup every day. Here are some of the best to savor and enjoy.

The best fair trade tea offers a perfect cup of tea that is guilt-free and helps sustain the planet. The best organic tea pays a fair wage to those who harvest the teas around the world.

Best Eco and Fair Trade Teas by Diane MacEachern

The Best You Can Get

  • Choice Organic Teas

    Diane says: This wonderful assortment of organic, fair trade teas includes jasmine green, Moroccan mint green, black tea, Ceylon, Assam, Darjeeling and many more. If you don’t have a tea strainer, try the company’s compostable t-sac tea filters made from chlorine-free, unbleached filter paper (just throw them in the compost pile or dig them into the garden after brewing). Take a minute to read “The Choice Guide to Tea” for information on how tea is grown and best suggestions for brewing.

  • Arbor Teas

    Diane says: These fair trade, organic teas serve up dozens of varieties in seven categories (black, oolong, green, white, Pu-eh (an ancient Chinese tea), Rooibos, and herbal). This is also the place to look for teapots, strainers, brewing mugs, and iced tea brewers.

  • Equal Exchange

    Diane says: These teas are grown by smaller-scale farmers as opposed to large plantations. Sip on organic English breakfast, Irish breakfast, or “Green Magic” while you’re reading the morning paper or making the day’s “to do” list.

  • Davidson’s Tea

    Diane says: Davidson’s makes me want to drink tea all day. Their 400 organic choices include various flavors of white, oolong, green, black, herbal, decaf, reds (like Rooibos), chai, and flowering teas that open into beautiful displays when they’re infused with boiling water.

  • Quintessential Tea Company

    Diane says: It’s a given with this company that all their teas are grown according to organic and Fair Trade principles. What is a surprise are the unique teas they produce, like Earl Green (a combo of Earth Grey and Green) and “Extra Special Black”. If you re-order the same time and wish to reuse your tin, they’ll fill the order without the tin and give you an environmental discount.

You will be happy with any of these

  • Upton

    Diane says: You’ll find over a hundred teas to choose from, including green, black, white, and herbal. If you’re not sure where to get started, try the organic sampler. If you’re ready to order by the leaf, the organic peppermint is one of my favorites! The green teas are also worth a taste. Loose tea will arrive in reusable tin canisters that include suggested steeping times.

  • Numi

    Diane says: Numi offers loose leaf teas including white and green teas. Try “Monkey King” green tea scented with jasmine flowers, “Water Sprite” ginger oolong, or Indian Night decaf black tea blended with vanilla or the significantly cheaper “Morning Rise” breakfast blend of Ceylon, Assam, Darjeeling, and Keemun. If you have money to burn, check out some of the loose white teas. “White Nectar” Osmanthus Spring combines anti-oxidant rich Osmanthus flowers with spring white tea.

  • Harney and Sons Fine Teas

    Diane says: While Harney’s selection of loose tea is limited, their organic bagged offerings are worth a look. For summer or generally hot climates, explore their extensive line of organic iced teas, including green, peach, pomegranate oolong, passion fruit, and “plain”, a delicious fresh brew black tea you can buy in oversized tea bags that each brew a quart of beverage. Harney is also a member of “1% of the planet”, making contributions to non-profit organizations working to protect the environment.

  • Alter Eco

    Diane says: Enjoy black, green, or red tea from Ceylon, India, or South Africa, packaged in reed boxes hand braided by groups of women from the Kandy region in Sri Lanka (I’ve been to Kandy and seen the tea plantations first-hand. It’s reassuring to know that organic practices are being adopted, though it’s not yet universal. Buying organic tea gives farmers an incentive to convert their plantations to pesticide-free agriculture.)

  • The Art of Tea

    Diane says: Start with the six reusable tins in their “cru sampler”. Flavors include Organic Silver Needle; Tali's Masala Chai - organic assam tea blended with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and other spices; Organic Moroccan Mint, an organic gunpowder green tea combined with organic peppermint; Organic Egyptian Chamomile - sweet flowers of whole organic Egyptian chamomile; Organic English Breakfast - a traditional blend of organic Indian black teas; and Organic Earl Grey.

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Sip the best fair trade tea for the perfect taste and also to help sustain workers and the planet. These best organic tea selections give a fair price to harvesters and ensure the least amount of damage is done to the ecosystem. These best fair trade teas that include Numi to Alter Eco will help you go green and guilt-free.