Stonehouse Teas obtains most of its premium teas from members of the Ethical Tea Partnership.
The Ethical Tea Partnership is one of the more positive developments we’ve seen over the years.
What is the ETP?
A Transparent View of the Tea Trade
Note: The ETP is similar to the Fair Trade organization, but has a much broader scope for tea consumers since its focus is on tea only. Because tea is not a publicly traded commodity like coffee, Fair Trade is unable to penetrate many of the nuances and regional peculiarities of the tea trade.
Where the ETP also differs from Fair Trade is primary focus. Fair Trade’s focus is mainly on economics. The ETP is a socially and environmentally directed organization. This can be helpful since an economically based model, where higher prices are paid in the developing world, can leave the door open for unscrupulous companies to bolster lost margins elsewhere along the supply chain.
Ethical tea tastes better.
Fair Treatment of tea growers is something taken seriously at Stonehouse Teas.
As part of this mandate, Stonehouse Teas does business with suppliers that are Fair Trade certified wherever possible.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade for the Tea Industry
In the world of tea, governance is accomplished primarily through the work of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The Ethical Tea Partnership is a tea industry initiative to regulate all facets of tea manufacture to ensure that ethical practices are adhered too. While Fair Trade deals with many different commodities, the ETP is 100% focused on tea and is quickly becoming a highly respected and trusted overseer.
Exceptional Teas are Not Produced by a Workforce Under Duress
Further information may also be found at: fairtrade.org.uk
Tea is a continuous crop.
Unlike other crops like wheat or many varieties of vegetables, tea grows all year. Certainly there are peak production periods, but quality tea can be plucked and processed throughout the year. Tea is also a very hearty plant. Some varieties can yield suitable leaf for 30 – 100 years, reducing the need for replanting and any of the emissions associated with replanting.
A continuous crop also means no downtime for tea pluckers and tea factory workers in the developing world – income continues all year long.
Quality Teas are Hand-Plucked
Note: This is not necessarily the case with some lesser quality teas. For example, blending stock used in bulk supermarket teabags may have been machine harvested.
Tea - Great For The Body And The Environment
Tea Plantations Absorb CO2
Most estates use timber, or refuse wood for fuel as often as possible. Root-stock from exhausted tea bushes is also used. Unlike fossil fuels, wood is much cleaner to burn and is a renewable resource.
A great cup of tea makes helping the planet easy.