Supporting Tea Growers
for Generations to come
With millions of families depending on the tea industry for their futures, it’s vital we continue to support the world’s tea farmers. Learn how a small cup can make a big difference.
Tea is the second most popular drink in the world. In the UK it’s a national institution. But it’s not only a key part of our day-to-day lives - 50 million people around the world depend on tea for their livelihoods.
Through our brands such as PG Tips and Lipton, we’re helping tea farmers produce tea using more sustainable methods, as well as changing composting habits too. However, climate change and changing weather patterns means there’s still much more to be done.
Global warming is already having a negative impact on Turkey, the world’s fifth largest tea producer. Last year, frost and heavy rain led to a 15% loss in annual income for tea producers and manufacturers in the Black Sea Region. In some regions, heavy rain is causing landslides, which have wiped out farms, while drought in other areas is restricting the crop’s growth. If the farmers can’t grow it, it means that back home in the UK, we won’t be able to drink it.
Turkey is set to benefit from Lipton's programme, along with many women working long days farming tea. "If there's no tea," one woman tea picker tells us, "there's no living." Tea production is crucial to families in the Black Sea region, but insufficient healthcare can lead to severe difficulties and painful work. As well as 2,000 training sessions on farming techniques, Lipton's programme will also see 5,000 women growers benefiting from health services that target back pain, spine and joint pain.
In conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance, the programme will help 15,000 Turkish tea growers receive one-to-one training in sustainable agricultural practices to help them become Rainforest Alliance Certified™.
"Those who improve the tea industry are improving people's lives."
Safiye Aydogan, 54, tea picker in the Black Sea region, Turkey
With millions of families depending on the tea industry for their futures, it's vital we continue to support the world's tea farmers. Share the Rainforest Alliance Follow the Frog film to show what can be done to make a difference, and look for the green frog seal on packs to help support the Rainforest Alliance's work and make a big difference with one small cup.