12 November 2016

Fancy a "nice" cuppa? Then please buy Fairtrade tea & coffee.

If you are drinking tea, I suggest you put down the cup right now because I've got bad news for you. You can forget those pretty pictures of happy women in saris on rolling green hillsides that you see on some tea packets. That is not the reality for most tea workers.

Last year, a BBC team that revealed the appalling conditions for workers and their families on estates that grow tea for some of the biggest brands in the world. Findings in the Indian state of Assam prompted the companies that own Tetley's, Twinings, Liptons, PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea to say they would work to improve conditions on the estates they buy from in India.

But this week, the World Bank confirmed standards in the industry remain dire.

So what can we do about this? Stop buying the "big brands" and spend our money ethically: buy Fairtrade products. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

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