Thistle Farms

A history steeped in brokenness, now bold with hope

Fair Trade Tea

We proudly partner with tea farmers around the world to support ethical tea growing processes and fair wages.

The Brewing of a Movement

In its 3,500 year history, tea has helped create economic and spiritual growth around the world. However, tea’s very existence has also been predicated on  the oppression of women via the oldest forms of human trafficking, trading of opiates in China and sexual violence in the fields of India. 

Yet tea has a noble story too, as its rituals and symbolism are great companions for cultivating justice. Whether being dumped into a harbor, served by Gandhi as he negotiated freedom, or fundraising for the Women’s Suffrage Movement, tea has played a part in every revolution since the 1700s. 

The Importance of Fair Trade Tea:

Tea & Trafficking

Every year, 7 million new victims are forced into labor trafficking within the growing and harvesting steps of the tea production process every year.

Buying Fair Trade certified tea ensures the ethical treatment and payment of tea workers, therefore protecting and empowering women and entire communities around the world.