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|
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|
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|
Will you be celebrating National Tea Day this year? What fair trade goodies would you like to see more readily available?
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