Saturday, 21 April 2018

Celebrating National Tea Day with Traidcraft

Today (April 21st) marks National Tea Day and obviously Tea in the Tub is going to celebrate it. Actually everyday is tea day in this house but today we actually have an excuse. I try to live as cruelty-free as possible, so using more ethically sourced and fair trade products is important. I recently discovered fair trade company Traidcraft who sent me a lovely package of fair trade tea to celebrate tea day with. Here are my thoughts:
Fair trade tea and biscuits - Traidcraft
Fair trade tea and biscuits - Traidcraft
Us Brits love a cup of tea (we drink 165 million cups a day!) but do we honestly put any thought into where it comes from? Traidcraft tea comes from fair trade farms across the world. From East Africa to Sri Lanka. British buy a whopping 80% of the worlds fair trade tea but this only accounts for a total of 8% of UK tea sales. This number is far too small for my liking but Traidcraft are leading the way in an ever growing fair trade market, and as consumers, we can make a difference by how we use out wallets. You can find out more about where their tea comes from here
Fair trade tea, chocolate and biscuits - Traidcraft
Fair trade tea, chocolate and biscuits - Traidcraft
The accidentally vegan double choc chip cookies are amazing and very dunkable! The chocolate bar was shared between my parents and partner, all of whom gave it a thumbs up. It is good to know that I can enjoy treats without causing hidden suffering hundreds of miles away.

This week I had a reflexology practical exam so I took a flask of Decaffeinated Breakfast Blend with me as caffeine makes my nerves worse. It tasted the same as their everyday brew so great if you are avoiding caffeine for any reason but still want to a nice cup of tea.
I have been drinking the Breakfast Blend instead of my usual black tea and I find that it brews so much better compared to what I'm used to and it is quite strong so you get a good builders brew from a bag. I have enjoyed a couple of cups of the Earl Grey. I like mine with *shock horror* soya milk and sugar. Some earl grey contain way too much bergamot for my liking. I personally adore the scent and aromatherapy qualities but it can be a bit too overpowering in tea. I think Traidcraft got their earl grey spot on.

I have really enjoyed trying these fair trade teas and they are going to last me quite a while. It is good to know that quality doesn't have to be sacrificed for ethics. I am interested to try their loose leaf teas in the future to see how they compare to the bagged blends. Their fair trade tea is available online, and you can also grab various other fair trade, sustainable and ethically sourced goodies. 
National Tea Day - Traidcraft
National Tea Day - Traidcraft
Will you be celebrating National Tea Day this year? What fair trade goodies would you like to see more readily available?

Helen x 


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10 comments:

  1. Those cookies look absolutely delicious I'm not gonna lie, I feel like I need them in my life!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  2. I rarely drink tea despite being ethnically Asian. However, I like tea, and would like to drink it more often, especially in the winter months. I like Lipton tea the best...strawberry tea from Turkey is awesome as well.

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  3. Yummy! I need to drink more tea, its so relaxing!

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  4. I'm from Indonesia, western part of Java in particular, Sundanese by ethnic and I suppose I drink tea more than anything in the world. Although we usually drink the tea black and that's it. Only recently that I start to have it with milk. And btw, the vegan double choc chip looks yum!:D

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  5. I should probably drink more tea, as it's probably better for me than coffee is! But I'm a terrible tea-maker. Also, I NEED those cookies in my life.
    jenny x | www.jennyrosee.com

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  6. Yum! I am on the hunt for some good teas to add to my collection! Great post!

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  7. Everything looks so good! I'm not even sure if I drank tea that day-- whoops!

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  8. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty disappointed that I missed National Tea Day! Although, what you said about your house is also true of mine, every day really is tea day! The decaffeinated breakfast blend sounds right up my street, I drink so little caffeine that even the smallest amount gives me the jitters, so I am all for decaffeinated drinks! The vegan cookies look absolutely divine, you're absolutely right that it's great to know that your products are fair trade and won't be causing any unnecessary suffering in other parts of the world! Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on these lovely products!

    Abbey xx
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  9. I did not know national tea day was a thing, wow! I guess I need to get out more haha x
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

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  10. These sound so wonderful! Thanks for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

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