Eco Teas - Rooibos Sustainably Harvested Warm Balance - 24 Tea Bags
Eco Teas Organic Rooibos is rich in flavor but light on bitter tannin. Rooibos (roy-boss) is an abundant source of antioxidants and minerals. It is an ideal tea for children, as well as for those sensitive to caffeine. As part of their commitment to organic agriculture and fair trade, they bring you a caffeine-free treat from the mountain hinterlands of South Africa. Their fair trade rooibos is hand-harvested by an indigenous cooperative of Khoi-San farmers in South Africa's Cedarburg Mountains. A portion of the sale of this tea goes directly to community development initiatives such as schools, health facilities, and job creation. They are honored to have the opportunity to offer it to you.
Low in tannin
Grounding, warming & balancing
A rich, mild taste that children and adults both love
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a small shrub in the bean family that grows only in a single mountain range in South Africa and nowhere else on Earth. The needle-like leaves are fermented to produce the tea's characteristic red color and rich flavor. Rooibos (roy-boss) is an abundant source of antioxidants and minerals. It is an ideal tea for children, as well as for those sensitive to caffeine. It is also naturally low in tannin.
Health Benefits of Rooibos
Rooibos Caffeine Content
Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free
Rooibos is a rich source of antioxidants. It has an ORAC value of around 2000 µmolTE/240ml, which is roughly equivalent to a cup of green tea.
Other Rooibos Health Benefits
- Low in tannin.
- Grounding, warming and balancing.
- Rooibos has a reputation in South Africa for soothing bellies and easing allergies.
- Rooibos contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is an excellent topical for the skin.
Eco Teas' Rooibos Source
Their certified fair trade rooibos is hand-harvested by an indigenous cooperative of Khoi-San farmers in South Africa's Cedarburg Mountains. Traditional small-scale farming techniques ensure sustainable yields, stable desert soils, and long-lived, potent plants. What's more, a portion of the sale of this tea goes directly to community development initiatives such as schools, health facilities, and job creation.
About Eco Teas
Eco Teas is a small grass-roots tea company from Ashland, Oregon. Three best friends founded Eco Teas in their kitchen in the year 2000. They are committed to supplying the highest quality organic, fair trade teas at the best possible prices. They are best known for their yerba mate products, but they have recently branched out into a wider selection of organic, fair trade teas.
Eco Teas Mission
- Support organic agriculture, fair trade, and sustainability in all they do.
- Provide healthy, delicious world teas.
- Minimize packaging through cutting-edge compostable materials.
- Encourage the transition to loose tea.
- Provide access to natural products for all through affordable, fair pricing.
The subtropical province of Misiones in northeastern Argentina is about the size of the state of Massachusetts. Although it comprises only 1% of Argentina's landmass, it produces 70% of Argentina's timber, and it is home to 40% of Argentina's biodiversity. Misiones contains the largest surviving remnant of the Interior Atlantic forest, which once stretched from southern Brazil to Paraguay. Misiones is also the source of Eco Teas Yerba Mate. One of the many beautiful things about yerba mate - in addition to its great taste and amazing health benefits - is that it can be grown organically in the shade of a thriving forest canopy. Food crops and fruit tress can be interplanted with the yerba mate trees. Yerba mate can form the basis of a sustainable local economy. However, most yerba mate is grown on large plantations. The forest is logged off, never to be replanted. Weeds are controlled with herbicides. Workers are paid low wages to harvest the herb from these large estates.
They started Eco Teas seven years ago with a clear set of intentions: to promote organic agriculture; to provide healthy high-quality teas at great prices; and to model a better way to do business by incorporating sustainability and social responsibility into the bottom line equation. Working together with universities, nonprofits, their customers, and their family farm partners, they are planting thousands of native trees on their yerba mate farm each year. They believe this project will serve as a beacon for other small farmers throughout the region, and the world beyond. They'd like to express their deepest gratitude to you - their customers - for choosing to support them over the years. Your participation makes their efforts possible.
Energy & Water Commitment
They offset their office energy use with 100% clean, renewable wind power through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. For every ounce of water you use to make their tea, they work in partnership with BEF to put an ounce of water back into Evans Creek, an important habitat for salmon in southern Oregon.
Their tea bag boxes are made from recycled paperboard and printed with soy-based inks. Inside the box you'll find 24 individually wrapped tea bags. The clear cellophane wrappers protecting the tea bags may look like typical petroleum-based plastic, but they're actually made from a plant-based, compostable bio-plastic. Inside this wrapper is a tea bag made from unbleached, glue-free filter paper. The tag is printed on recyclable paper with soy-based inks. To avoid using any staples, the unbleached string connecting the tag to the bag is tied with an ingenious knotting system. All of this material is totally compostable, including, of course, the certified organic and fair trade tea itself.
Their new loose tea line is made from 100% tree-based, compostable packaging. Their Pure Yerba Mate Five Pounds Loose bag is recyclable. They are currently in the process of transitioning their One Pound Bag of Yerba Mate to compostable material.