Fair Trade & Organic Tea
For Your Morning And Beyond
It’s no secret that our team at The Good Trade are big fans of tea. You’ll find us sipping cup after cup, enjoying its calming and rejuvenating benefits. Regular tea alone, however, can be made of leaves covered in pesticide or sourced by underpaid and overworked farmers. Instead, we can choose to support organic and fair trade tea brands that are hand-picked and hand-crafted.
We’ve rounded up eight brands who are paving the way in fair trade and organic tea practices. From supporting workers cooperatives to using sustainable packaging, these teas are going the extra mile to ensure both people and planet remain cared for. So snuggle up, get the kettle going, and get ready for a cuppa that’ll get your day started on the right foot.
1. Equal Exchange
Ethics | USDA Certified Organic, fair trade, kosher, eco-friendly
Features | Worker cooperative, many flavors, hand-picked
Our Pick | Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea
Price | Starting at $4.50 for 20 bags
Equal Exchange has been a gamechanger in the tea and coffee industry since 1991, being one of the first companies to bring fair trade coffee to the states. Today, Equal Exchange is a for-profit worker cooperative, owned equally by every employee, and they operate with fair trade practices and values. Their range of green, black, and herbal teas are hand-picked and ethically sourced in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. With nearly two dozen flavors, you’ll wake up feeling fresh and focused no matter which one you pick.
Ethics | USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, B Corp
Features | Many flavors, hand-picked, give back, compostable packaging
Our Pick | White Rose Tea
Price | Starting at $5.50 for 18 bags
Numi, a certified B Corp, has a focus on serving people and planet. Their tea leaves are handpicked by fair trade farmers and grown organically without any GMOs. After being sorted, they are placed into paper filter bags for maximum sustainability. Seen everywhere from Walmart to Kroger, you can pick up one of their many flavors online or in stores, making it accessible to all. Our top pick is the White Rose tea, a white tea made with organic whole rose buds. Floral, warm, and comforting.
3. Arbor Teas
Ethics | USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, eco-friendly
Features | Many flavors, loose leaf tea, sustainable, compostable packaging
Our Pick | Organic Lychee Black Tea
Price | $8.95 for 2.5 oz (~31 servings)
Arbor Teas believes we can have premium ingredients and full-bodied flavors without compromising sustainability and human rights. Their teas are organically grown, which is better for growers, consumers, and the business. Plus, they utilize fair trade practices in China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, India, and across South Africa, so you can sip without worry. They go the extra mile by using sustainable and eco-friendly packaging and sourcing throughout the entire supply chain. Consider us hooked.
4. Hobbs Tea
Ethics | Organic, ethically sourced, eco-friendly
Features | Many flavors, plant-based tea bags, hand-picked, small batch, compostable packaging
Our Pick | Hawaiian Grown Oolong Tea
Price | $20 for 0.4 oz (~20 servings)
Dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway? You can now get one step closer with a cup of Hobbs Tea, an organic and ethically sourced tea company out of Oahu. Each small batch is handpicked and handcrafted with organic tea that’s the highest quality around—so high in fact that you can re-brew the tea nearly 5-7x, getting the most bang for your buck. This Hawaiian grown tea is shade-dried after being planted in volcanic soil, then hand-filled (and sealed!) in 100% plant-based fiber bags. Good for you, good for the planet.
5. Bon Temps
Ethics | Organic, pesticide- and bleach-free, supports women’s pursuits
Features | Non-GMO corn fiber tea bags, design-your-own variety packs available
Our Pick | Organic White Tea
Price | $16 for 20 bags
Bon Temps is an organic tea brand with a contagious energy that puts a smile on our face each time we brew a cup. We love that their tea bags are made from a non-GMO corn fiber, and that they never use any bleaches, pesticides, or artificial flavors. Plus, each month they invest $1,000 cash in a woman through their grants program, supporting creative, political, and business pursuits big and small. Every sip of this fun-loving tea helps support women’s pursuits—so drink up!
Ethics | USDA-certified organic, fair trade, B Corp, non-GMO
Features | Loose leaf Yerba Mate, eco-friendly, kosher
Our Pick | Traditional Loose Leaf Yerba Mate
Price | $9.99 for 8 oz. (~76 servings)
Guayaki is not your traditional tea brand. Instead of going for black or green teas, their specialty is Yerba Mate, a plant used to make medicine. Some tea drinkers prefer Yerba Mate, known for its chocolate-y flavor, health benefits, and caffeine-like energy. Guayaki describes their loose leaf Yerba Mate as “rich, robust, and balanced, with a complex earthy body and a smooth mellow finish.” Hot, cold, or iced, this organic and fair trade tea will leave you feeling healthier than ever.
7. T Project
Ethics | Organic, ethically sourced, eco-friendly
Features | Loose leaf tea, many flavors, sustainable, & biodegradable packaging
Our Pick | Marrakesh Express
Price | $12 for 1.5 oz
Based on nostalgia alone, we’re big fans of T Project, an organic and fair trade tea brand that names all of their flavors after old school rock songs (California Dreamin’, anyone?). Ethically sourced from Asia and India, Teri Gelber handcrafts small batches of seasonal and signature blends. They’re then packaged in eco-friendly and sustainable packaging, creating a nearly perfect product. If you’re in Portland, you can stop by in store, but no worries if not: you can order online at a very affordable price-point.
8. Hampstead Tea
Ethics | Organic, fair trade, sustainable, eco-friendly
Features | Loose leaf tea, many flavors, hand-picked, biodegradable packaging, biodynamic
Our Pick | Organic Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea
Price | £5.99 for 100 g (~40 servings)
Hampstead Tea was founded by Kiran Tawadey, after hearing about the well-known Makaibari Estate famous for its darjeeling tea leaves. She then went on a mission to make Makaibari a certified organic and biodynamic space, ensuring that plants are grown sustainably and harvested ethically. Based out of the UK, you can order online for worldwide shipping—and we highly recommend trying their award-winning Darjeeling tea for yourself. You’ll see why everyone’s a fan.