a strong force for change:
History of Tea
It has started wars and united world leaders. It has been smuggled, taxed, and trafficked. It has been a symbol of celebration and honor.
In its 3,500 year history, tea has helped usher in economic and spiritual growth, but also brewed up an incredible amount of worldwide injustice, however. It is linked to trafficking by oppression and the opiate wars, often resulting in the exploitation of women and vulnerable communities. For this reason, tea is an important part of Thistle Farms' mission.
The Importance of Fair Trade:
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.
Thistle Farms proudly partners with tea farmers around the world to support ethical tea growing processes and fair wages.
Thistle Farms Global Partner:
Moringa Madres (spanish for "mother"), is a social justice enterprise employing survivors who grow, harvest, and sell the nutrient-rich leaf to gain economic freedom for their families.
Each purchase of Moringa Madres tea provides financial empowerment and independence for women, in addition to incredible health benefits for your body and soul!
Honor the rich history of tea by toasting one of our global partner's tea blends in a teacup sent in by Thistle Farms supporters from around the world. Complete with chef's choice of savory and sweet bites.