If you are an avid tea drinker like I am then you may (or may not) know about the Ethical Tea Partnership and why it is so important.
Personally, I like to choose the tea that has a label reading ‘We are a member of Ethical Tea Partnership’ for many reasons, here is why.
What Is The Ethical Tea Partnership?
The Ethical Tea Partnership is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced.
They are funded by public funds and grants, along with subscriptions and fees, meaning that producers don’t nor never will have to pay. Members can be from Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand, whether large or small brands.
You can check out their members’ page here
The work of ETP is split into the following categories:
Monitoring And Certification is focused on retaining a vast range of social and environmental provisions.
Producer Support is a program to provide training to the following 5 areas of tea production; Factory health & safety, Fair treatment of workers, Gender, Agrochemical management, Environmental management
Strategic Sustainability is an initiative created by ETP in 2010 to approach matters like climate change and rapid social development that could threaten the long-term future sustainability of tea.
Next time you are shopping for tea, be sure to see whether it has the Ethical Tea Partnership logo on the back. This ensures that ethical practices are in place:
- Workers are treated fairly and with respect
- Women are treated equally and have good opportunities
- Child labour issues are appropriately addressed
- Smallholders and workers make a decent living from tea
- The environment is managed responsibly (water, soil, agrochemicals, energy, greenhouse gas/CO2 emissions)
- Producers meet international standards (social, labour, and environmental)