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What are Fair Trade CertifiedTM teas (and why does it matter)?

Fair Trade USA certification supports the sustainable growth and ethical production and trading of ingredients. The Fair Trade CertifiedTM logo stands for fair wages, safe working conditions, eco-friendly practices and a commitment to community development. By partnering with Fair Trade USA, we’re giving back to the people growing our teas and the communities they live in.

For every pound of tea we buy, the farmers receive an additional Fair Trade premium that’s paid into a separate account. The farmers democratically vote on how to invest this money, empowering them to make significant improvements for generations to come. Here are some examples of community development projects:

  • Housing for workers
  • Scholarships and school supplies for children
  • Healthcare centres
  • Dental and vision exams
  • Microloans
  • Retirement funds

Since day one, responsible sourcing has been one of our top priorities. We work closely with our vendors to offer you the very best teas. And we’re so pleased to have partnered with Fair Trade USA, which allows us to contribute to the lives of our tea-growing partners.

Does DAVIDsTEA sell Fair Trade Certified teas?

We’re proud to offer both 100% Fair Trade Certified teas and teas containing Fair Trade Certified ingredients. 11 teas and&sp;nbcounting!

How can I tell which products are Fair Trade Certified?

Fair Trade Certified teas and products are identified either by a full logo or by an ingredient(s) logo with an asterisk. The full logo means that 100% of the ingredients in the tea are Fair Trade Certified, while an ingredient(s) logo means that 20% or more of the tea’s ingredients have this certification.

How can I tell which tea ingredients are Fair Trade Certified?

Fair Trade ingredient(s) are indicated by an asterisk in the full ingredients list.

How strict are Fair Trade USA regulations?

Both Fair Trade USA and Fair Trade Canada have strict regulations. Fair Trade USA offers differentiated logos for 100% Fair Trade products and those with 20% and up Fair Trade ingredients (“Fair Trade Certified Ingredients” logo). By increasing transparency so you can make more informed choices, we are able to make a bigger impact with our Fair Trade purchases.

Like us, Fair Trade USA aims to empower and develop communities through sustainable growth and development, and ensures that our contributions help improve the living and working conditions of farmers. They’re well known for working with farms of all sizes, and for helping small farming communities put better structures and processes in place. As an added bonus, Fair Trade USA is well recognized across both Canada and the US.

Why are Fair Trade Certified teas more expensive?

For every Fair Trade Certified product sold, both DAVIDsTEA and the vendors pay an additional amount of money into a Community Development Fund, which goes directly back to community of origin. From there, the community decides together how to spend the funds to improve their lives and meet their unique social, economic and environmental needs. Funds support Fair Trade USA, which certifies all transactions and holds producers and factories to strict standards. Fair Trade USA also works to build the consumer movement and helps measure and report our impact throughout our supply chain. They share information on how our contribution has helped empower our tea farming communities, and how they have invested in community development projects. We’re excited to invest in our farmers through Fair Trade USA and the Fair Trade movement.

Why aren’t all of your teas Fair Trade?

We’re proud to offer 11 Fair Trade Certified teas and counting, not to mention the widest selection of organic teas in North America. But it’s also very important to us to make sure we offer teas at prices that are accessible to all of our customers. Because the cost of Fair Trade Certified teas is higher – for our vendors, company and customers – we also offer teas that do not carry Fair Trade certification.