Ethical, Sustainable & Organic Teas
A special partnership
From the time the brand was established, we have enjoyed a special, long-standing relationship with the communities who grow and prepare our tea. We are proud to work with a co-operative of small independent farmers with long traditions in the preparation of high quality teas.
In 2006 we opened our own blending and packing facility in the area of the tea gardens. Operating to high international standards with ISO certification, it provides employment for many of the local community. By working so closely with our growers and processors, we can guarantee that the teas we produce are the highest quality, and have full traceability.
Fairtrade strives to guarantee a better deal for third world producers, ensuring not only fair prices paid for the product, but fair wages and conditions for all those involved in the harvesting and production process. Herbal Health - Qi Teas provides their farmers and growers with a fair price and guaranteed income, and in addition, provide much more; financial support by way of contributing towards the cost of organic inspections, technical training and technical support, also an agreed employment framework for workers, which respects their human rights and promotes good working conditions and a social and community fund which promotes and supports community well-being, not to mention paying premiums towards educational grants and communities as a whole – Fair Trade tea doesn't just centre around tea, it’s about the local communities that grow and harvest the tea.
Visit the Fairtrade Foundation web-site for more information.
Social and community fund aims at sustaining the economic viability and well-being of remote mountain communities by helping them diversify their organic agricultural output and supporting village schools and helping them meet the needs of children from remote village communities who board at the school.
Qi teas are prepared in a true spirit of partnership with local farmers and growers.
Qi Organic Teas are independently certified by international accreditation body Ecocert, as well as the Soil Association in the UK. Soil Association Certification is the UK's largest organic certification body, responsible for certifying over 70% of all organic products sold in the country. The Soil Association symbol on our packs is your guarantee that our products meet the highest standards of sustainability and quality.
We offer a range of 100% Organic teas grown without the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, so are healthier for you.
As a small company our products have to fulfil different functions for different markets, and we try to combine these in the simplest way possible. Our teabags are wrapped in individual paper envelopes which helps protect the delicate tea and is an essential format for the catering trade, however, the paper we use is un-bleached and the bags are free from glue and aluminum staples. ALL our packaging is fully recyclable.
We are often questioned about our packaging and whether it is all necessary.