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Our Ethical Values

The Earth is important to us here at Hampstead Tea. Its plants nourish us, it's sunsets make us smile, and the seasons teach us important lessons.   For all these reasons the Tea plants we nurture are our small thanks to the Earth for her kindness.  We use the best practices we know of in our Tea growing, trying always to put more in than we take out.

Kiran, Founder of Hampstead Tea

 

Women and Our Tea Estates

Women are the lifeblood of any society and it is no different on Tea gardens, in herb farms, in factories the world over.  They dexterously pick tea leaves, choosing the bud and 2 leaves; they run the community Fair Trade “durbar” or town hall.  Family squabbles, illness, childcare and education are all topics dear to a mother’s heart and problems are aired and resolved at these women run durbars.  Fair-trade premiums are disbursed to help give back to these women & their communities.
Indian women picking tea

From The Earth To Our Everyday

We reinvent the wheel several times a day to find paper, packaging, people that share our vision and thoughts.  We brought stitched (not glued) tea bags to the UK; we said no to nylon and GM corn-starch as tea bags.  We look for The Purity Of The Source – TPOTS ..in everything we do!

A Self-Sustaining Lifestyle

Trees planted around the estates provide mulch for the tea plants, fruit for the villagers and shade from the sun.  Villagers all have their own cows that provide the cow manure to fuel biogas units for cooking.  The cows provide milk that is sold in the market; the women don’t need to carry heavy piles of firewood home, or deplete the forest and burn health damaging poisonous fires. The biodynamic way helps to support this self-sustaining lifestyle.
Indian Farming

Circle Of Life

As a result of the biodynamic and uber-organic farming, insects have evolved as the Tea protectors.  Enter the "Tea deva" – a living, dancing insect disguised as a tea leaf that feeds on the aphids each spring, saving the delicate new leaves for the coveted muscatel second flush.  Giant bamboos grow fast and furiously enclosing the estate in a cocoon far away from harmful pesticides.  Walk around and you will see the ultimate organic certification – glistening spider webs ready for insect action.

Tea Deva

Eco- Tourism

Each family welcomes visitors all year round to absorb, learn and share their world, spreading their knowledge far and wide.  Almost 600 people have visited these communities, that is 600 enlightened folks!

 

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