Clipper tea celebrates 25 years of Fairtrade
To celebrate 25 years of Fairtrade, tea producer Clipper launched a pop-up for one day only at Boxpark, Shoreditch where consumers could swap their usual tea for a box of the brand’s Fairtrade tea.
On 11 June, consumers were able to get their hands on a free box of Clipper tea in exchange for their regular tea and learn how that tea could make a difference to the lives of people on the brand’s partner tea estates.
One of the founding Fairtrade brands, Clipper actively supports 114,000 tea producers and their families annually and has contributed more than £2million to Fairtrade projects in the past five years alone. This has been spent on areas like education, healthcare and retirement to help improve the lives of workers and their families.
The event involved a number of sustainability talks from eight guest speakers including chef and writer, Melissa Hemsley, chief executive of Fairtrade Mike Gidney, and Anna de la Vega, founder of Urban Worm.
The experiential campaign is part of a wider ‘Act-Tea-Vism’ movement for Clipper driven by category insight that outlines the need for brands to highlight ethical credentials in a more prominent, clear way. The movement will include a dedicated microsite, out-of-home advertising campaign and social media activity.
“Our mission is to make people re-think their tea and be a force for good. You can truly be an activist by making some simple changes to your shopping basket,” said Rebecca Vercoe, brand controller at Clipper Teas.
“We’ve seen what good Fairtrade can do from paying for an ambulance to school equipment and funding crèches so that mums can earn a fair wage. The tea swap pop-up will show consumers the tangible difference Fairtrade can make through a real-life experience that will hopefully stick in their minds each time they buy their tea,”
From introducing the first Fairtrade tea to UK supermarkets 25 years ago, Clipper is now the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand.
In addition to ethical sourcing, Clipper is also committed to minimising its impact on the environment. Not only has the brand launched the world’s first plastic free, unbleached and non-GM tea bag, it has also launched a fully recyclable tea bag envelope and 100% organic string on its string and tag tea bags.
From its home in Dorset, Clipper manufactures an extensive variety of organic and Fairtrade teas and coffees – from everyday blends to green tea and infusions. The brand has recently achieved B Corp certification in recognition of its commitment to natural, fair and organic sourcing.