Who picked my tea?

Women in Assam work long hours for poverty wages to bring us the tea we love. We’ve been asking the Big 6 brands ‘Who picked my tea?’ Now only one brand has yet to reveal this information… Typhoo.

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There are few things as British as a nice cup of tea...

But what are conditions like for the people behind your tea?

Tea from Assam in India is a key ingredient in many popular British blends. But while picking tea for the UK’s biggest brands, workers on the tea estates are trapped in poverty. Many live in broken houses, don’t have access to functioning toilets, clean water or proper healthcare.

This simply isn’t right. It’s time for change and this starts with transparency - with brands being open about where they source their tea from.

So, around the country people are challenging the six biggest brands by asking them: ‘Who picked my tea?’. As our voice has been growing, the brands have responded and five out of six have now published their supplier lists.

Together, we’re shifting the norm from secrecy to transparency. Now, we’ve just got one big brand to convince: Typhoo.

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Ask Typhoo: ‘Who picked my tea?’

Transparency is vital to address the deeply unfair conditions in Assam. It will enable independent scrutiny and give workers information to hold companies to account and press for better conditions.

Yorkshire Tea, Twinings, Tetley, Clipper and PG Tips have all revealed their suppliers. Now, it’s time Typhoo joins them. Here’s what you can do:

1.       Email Typhoo: send a quick email to Typhoo and share the action with your friends.

2.       Order our postcards: get your message straight to the top by sending a postcard to Typhoo’s director. Order your free copy and get a few extra for friends and family.

3.       Take a ‘Ty-Whoo’ selfie and post on social media: order our new poster, take a photo with your friends, and post it on social media tagging Typhoo – a great way to send them a public message!  

More actions and resources can be found on the Take Action page.


Life on the tea estates…

What’s life really like for the people who pick our tea? Hear the workers’ stories and share the video with others.


Want to find out more?


Why does the campaign focus on Assam? Why is it targeting the six biggest brands?

And what about Fairtrade certified tea? Answers to these and other questions can be found in the Who picked my tea? FAQs.

And if you want to know even more… Our report ‘The Estate They’re In gives detail about the working and living conditions of Assam tea workers, the role of British tea brands, and how transparency can trigger wider change in the tea industry. The report is available for download here.

The tea brands’ supplier lists can be found here: Yorkshire Tea (Bettys & Taylors), Twinings, Tetley, Clipper, PG Tips (Unilever).


About the campaign

The Who picked my tea? campaign is part of a wider project run by fair trade and ethical fashion movements across Europe. ‘Trade Fair Live Fair’ is funded by the European Union to raise awareness of our reliance on the people who supply us with the things we use everyday like food and clothes.

Partners include Fashion Revolution, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, the World Fair Trade Organisation (Europe), Fairtrade International, Platforme pour la Commerce Equitable (PFCE) and many smaller fair trade organisations across Europe.

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Change is possible for the tea workers in Assam

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