PekoeTea is first to join Ethical Tea Partnership

An Edinburgh tea merchants is the first Capital beverage business to join The Ethical Tea Partnership, which ensures that all teas imported and traded meet ethical standards.

PekoeTea are loose leaf tea specialists who import from all over the world. These teas are then served in their two Edinburgh tea bars, or sold to customers online.

"Through membership to the internationally active Ethical Tea Partnership we can now be proud to offer our assurances and confirm our dedication to ethical standards across the entire supply chain, from workers’ rights to sustainability to all of our wholesale and retail customers as well as the patrons of our tea bars," said the firm.  PekoeTea is the first Edinburgh tea company to have submitted themselves to the audit and buying policies required by membership to The Ethical Tea Partnership.

Sarah Roberts, executive director, The Ethical Tea Partnership, said: "It’s great that a company which is taking loose leaf artisan teas to a new generation sees the merit of joining ETP. On a weekly basis we seem to be getting more interest from tea companies wishing to trade ethically and responsibly. With each new acquisition we can make more of a difference to the lives of people who grow and produce our tea."

Jon Cooper, director, PekoeTea, said: "It has always been important for us to join ETP because we feel very strongly about transparency in the tea supply chain. One of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘where does your tea come from?’ and by taking the steps necessary to join ETP we can be more confident that we are sourcing tea produced and traded ethically. It’s also good for business because our customers can be assured as to where their tea is coming from. For me, ensuring we truly source our tea responsibly and ethically has always been one of my personal objectives."

"We have now grown to employ six staff members and an increase in retail revenue of 35% in the last year has allowed us to open a second tea bar in Stockbridge," said Mr Cooper.

PekoeTea of Edinburgh was established in 2006 and opened its first retail shop and teabar in Edinburgh in late 2010.

The Ethical Tea Partnership is a not-for-profit membership organisation of tea companies and retailer.

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