One small change: Tea

clipper

Thanks for reading my ‘One small change’ post. That was one great blogging day!

Please do let me know about your one small change and in the meantime, if you don’t already do so, why not consider making one small change to Fairtrade tea?

Apparently, in Britain, we drink 165 million cups of tea a day which is why changing from your regular brand of tea to a Fairtrade brand could make all the difference. Changing one item in your weekly shopping basket is completely do-able. Even if you are on a budget, it may not be as expensive as you think (Aldi sell a box of 80 approved Fairtrade tea bags for £1.29). The whole point of the extra expense is that a small affordable part of what you spend in the supermarket is going to pay the greater cost of a significant act of justice for a community in need.

What is Fairtrade?

There are two aspects of Fairtrade products: the first is a Fairtrade minimum price and the second is the Fairtrade premium. Most people know about the first but possibly don’t fully understand the second.

The minimum price is an agreed minimum price that a buyer must pay to a producer. It is not a fixed price but the lowest price at which negotiations can begin. When world prices are high the buyer pays the market price, even if it is higher than the Fairtrade minimum. The minimum price is set to ensure that the producer has covered his costs and can sustain his business. It offers the poorest farmers some protection for times when market prices are very low. The Fairtrade premium is an additional sum paid to the community for investing in development projects.This money will be used to provide schools, clinics, agricultural improvements and other projects for the benefit of the community.

Fairtrade-logo

By choosing a box of tea bags with the Fairtrade logo you can be sure that the product you are buying meets international Fairtrade standards and offers an improved deal to farmers, their families and communities. If you shop at a supermarket like Tesco this will cost you about 25p more than a regular box of 80 teabags but over a year you could be making a significant difference to a family in terms of putting meals on the table or sending children to school.

This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.

Zechariah 7.2

 

Find out more about the principles of Fairtrade on the official Fairtrade website and visit the beautiful website of Clipper, my favourite brand of Fairtrade tea.

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One thought on “One small change: Tea

  1. Oddly enough while living in Hong Kong we often bought Fairtrade Tea bags from Marks and Spencer. When it was on a sales promotion it was actually cheaper than Lipton’s yellow brand, which is probably one of the most popular teas available abroad but Lipton’s is not a fairtrade tea. We drank plenty of the M and S fairtrade tea and we knew that we were helping the farmers by buying Fairtrade.
    Has anyone compiled an index as to which Fairtrade brands give the highest percentage of retail price to the farmers ?

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