Ojai, California (July 18, 2003) --Zhena's Gypsy Tea announced today that eight of the company's certified organic tea blends are now fair trade certified. Available in bulk, tea bags and gift tins, the fair trade blends include Breakfast Bliss, Ginger Peach, Raspberry Earl Grey, Uplifting Earl Grey, Grand Green, Gypsy Jasmine, Healthy Gypsy Green and Lemon Jasmine. "Organic and fair trade certified are powerful statements and truly translate into making a difference in the world, "says Zhena Muzyka, Founder and President of Zhena's Gypsy Tea. The tea blends are certified by TransFair USA, a non-profit organization that is the only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the U.S. TransFair verifies that the farmers who produce Fair Trade Certified products were paid a fair price. Adds Zhena, "The fair trade commitment goes beyond just paying a fair wage. It includes engaging in environmentally sustainable practices and building long-term trade relationships. The employees are offered opportunities for advancement and healthy, safe working conditions."
The company sees the benefits of fair trade as an important part of its mission:
- Preserves traditional values
- Generates fair income for thousands of artisans around the world
- Educates consumers about trade and cultures
- Promotes people to people ties among artisans, traders and consumers
- Provides resources for education, healthcare and community development
- Promotes environmental stewardship
Supplements income in between harvest cycles
- Promotes democratic participation in cooperative group structures
- Ensures that artistic technologies in indigenous cultures are passed on to the next generation
Zhena's sums it up like this, "Our teas are based on the freedom of the Gypsy Tradition and the passion that the Gypsy culture encompasses, the love of our children, family, friends and the future generations to come." Zhena's Gypsy Teas are available nationally in health food stores, markets, gift stores, restaurants, specialty food outlets as well as mail order.
Zhena Muzyka is available at 800.448.0803.