Continuing its commitment to sustainability, Teatulia Organic Teas announced that its own tea garden in Bangladesh has met the rigorous standards for Rainforest Alliance certification. This announcement makes Teatulia one of the first in its category to totally commit to certification as well as the first tea garden in Bangladesh to receive this honor.
Since cofounding the company in 2005, Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed and Linda Appel Lipsius have been adamant about protecting the environment and promoting the well-being of the people in their community. “Being able to add the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal to our packaging is a great reminder to consumers of Teatulia’s commitment to environmental stewardship and the well-being of farm workers” said Lipsius.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1987 that works to conserve biodiversity, develop and promote standards for sustainability and foster the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities in more than 70 countries. Farms are audited against the Sustainable Agricultural Network’s standards, and if they meet the criteria for responsible management they are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal of approval.
Farms that achieve Rainforest Alliance certification support a healthy environment, ensuring ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, water and soil conservation, and agrochemical reduction. These farms also guarantee worker rights and safety, decent housing, legal wages and contracts for workers, and access to health care and education.
Teatulia’s mission of sustainability highlights the significant benefits companies can bring to both farming communities and the environment. Producing more than 700,000 pounds of tea and herbs per year, the Teatulia Cooperative requires that all farm workers are trained in good agricultural practices in accordance with the rigorous standards for Rainforest Alliance certification.