Choice Organic Teas - Black Tea Classic Black - 16 Tea Bags 1.1oz (32g)
Choice Organic Teas works closely with our international growers in countries across the world, including China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania to create organic teas known for outstanding character and clarity of flavor. We rely on simple, pure ingredients, strict organic guidelines, and an ethics-driven Fair Trade philosophy.
Black teas embody the amazing regional variation found in the world of tea - from a light, floral Indian Darjeeling to a lush, smoky Chinese Lapsang Souchong. These teas are fully oxidized to develop a stronger flavor.
Choice Organic Teas Are:
Choice Organic Teas are certified as organically grown by an independent third party. Every aspect of the cultivation, handling and packaging is carefully inspected to insure the integrity of this product for m the gardens of origin to your cup.
choice Organic Teas come from gardens tended by traditional methods, without the use of chemicals. Conscious practice of top soil management and weed control create a balanced environment to alleviate any agricultural problems. through diligent care of the environment, their growers produce exceptional teas and herbs.
- Fair Trade
Guarantees fair wages for workers, improving their opportunities for better healthcare, housing education. by choosing Fair Trade tea, you are directly contributing to the livelihood of tea growing communities. this Fair Trade tea is independently certified by TransFair USA
Since their inception in 1989, Choice Organic Teas has questioned the quality of existing conventional teas produced with the aid of destructive synthetic chemicals. These chemicals devastate not only the soil used to cultivate tea (and any other food), but systematically destroy the surrounding ecosystem and the health of the very people who farm the land.
It remains the goal of Choice Organic Teas to raise awareness across an industry dominated by conventionally cultivated tea to the benefits of sourcing of organic teas. They ask consumers to look for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic seal to ensure that your tea was grown and processed according to the National Organic Standards.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Improved soil fertility
Toxic chemicals are bypassed, freeing soil from exposure to harmful herbicides and pesticides. Workers instead rely on substances such as compost, natural organic matter, and plants to provide the necessary ground cover and nutrients. Weeds and insects are controlled with traditional techniques such as crop rotation, mulching, and the encouragement of “beneficials” – such as extra, pest-controlling spiders. Organic soil also has far more earthworms and soil microbes. Studies show that healthy, live soil at an organic tea garden returns far higher crop yields per unit of energy and fertilizer expended than conventional farming methods. Diversity is healthy.
- Better for wildlife
Organic cultivation of tea is better for local wildlife. The Soil Association, an international organization for organic cultivation, notes that a typical organic field has five times as many wild plants, 57 percent more animal species, and 44 percent more birds than a conventionally cultivated farm. Conventional synthetic herbicides and pesticides often kill non-target animals, plants, and insects. The Times of India reported that at least 10 leopards and five elephants died between 1999 and 2001 due to leakage of pesticides from tea gardens in West Bengal. Certainly more have died since then. When mixed with other solvents, these pesticides exert a massive toxic effect on the environment for a long duration, affecting birds, animals and humans.
- Safer for humans
If organic farming is safer for wildlife, it is certainly safer for the workers in the tea gardens. On conventional tea estates, the health security for the workers is very low. According to Oxfam, a British non-profit agency working to put an end to poverty world-wide, the spraying of pesticides on tea estates is often done by untrained casual daily wage workers, sometimes even by children and adolescents, who are illiterate and cannot read the warnings on the containers. Many tea farmers spray their plants upwards of 15 to 20 times each year depending on pest infestations. Most of the chemicals they are using (such as - Aldrin 20E, Carbofuran 30, Endosulfan 35 EC, Malathion 50 EC, Tetradifon 8 EC, Calixin 80 EC) are listed as hazardous and toxic, and a number of them are banned in western countries. Despite the dangers of exposure to toxic materials, workers frequently are barefoot and in shorts rather than protected by recommended safety gear such as masks, gloves, rubber boots, and polythene aprons.
Choice Organic Teas response
Ultimately, the decision to buy organic products is a choice you make for yourself. If you were to buy a conventional apple at the store, you'd be sure to wash it off before eating it. With tea, though, the first time you "wash" the leaves is when you brew the tea to drink it.
When people here at Choice Organic Teas are asked, "Why are you organic?" their response is quick. The answer is easy. "How could they be anything other than organic?"
About choice Organic Teas
A firm belief in organics, with a dedication to ensure the ethical treatment of workers who cultivate tea, and a team of dedicated employees at Choice Organic Teas, has made the company a modern day tea pioneer.
A brand of Granum, Inc. of Seattle, WA, Choice Organic Teas made its debut in 1989 as an outgrowth of the company founder, Blake Rankin's active involvement in the organic marketplace. vAs North America's #1 selling exclusively certified organic tea line, they have promoted the growth and development of organic agriculture in tea estates worldwide.
In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified tea. Today, they proudly offer more varieties of Fair Trade Certified tea than any other tea company in North America, expanding awareness of a just form of trade with the developing world.
Choice Organic Teas are manufactured in a certified organic facility where Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind power are purchased to offset 100 percent of the facility's electricity. And finally, they can't help but remind you that their organic teas taste pretty amazing too.
Perfectly Balanced Tea
Since 1989, Choice's mission has been to improve the world one cup of tea at a time. As the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States, and later, the first to offer Fair Trade Certified tea, they craft the world's finest teas with conservation of the planet and its creatures in mind. Let's chat over a cuppa.
Savor Every Moment
There's so much good in a cup of tea. It clears our mind and boosts our spirits. Tea brings us closer to friends and family looking to share the day's stories and it connects us to all those around the globe who cherish this timeless ritual. Whether it's a hearty mug that gets your morning started, or a relaxing cup that helps you unwind and reflect on your day, Choice Organic thank you for enjoying their teas
Responsible Earth-Friendly Tea
This box and its contents are fully biodegradable. They use unbleached, natural fiber tea bags, paper envelopes and 100% recycled paperboard. they buy wind power to offset all of their electricity use.