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Since our start in 1989, we have offered only certified organic teas, making us the first exclusively organic tea company in the U.S. Our products and facility are certified organic by Quality Assurance International, an independent third-party organic certifying agency, and all our products carry the USDA Organic Certification seal.

Every aspect, from cultivation to handling and packaging of our teas, is carefully inspected to ensure the authenticity and integrity of our organic status. This certification ensures that no synthetic chemicals are used to grow our teas, resulting in healthier soil, healthier workers, and a healthier environment. 

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The Fair Trade Certified label is backed by Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S. In 2000, we worked with Fair Trade USA to become the first tea company in the U.S. to offer Fair Trade Certified teas.

Fair Trade Certified directly supports the lives of workers on tea estates and ensures that tea plantations are committed to social responsibility, community development, and environmental stewardship. Fair Trade tea growers and workers are beneficiaries of Fair Trade funds, which are used collectively to invest in programs that help improve their livelihoods and communities. Fair Trade workers also benefit through the guarantee of fair wages and a safe and healthy working environment.

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Non-GMO Project Verified logo


In 2010, we became the first tea company to offer products verified by the Non-GMO Project. Our Original product line was the first to be verified and since then we’ve worked to verify the majority of our products.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization created to offer consumers a consistent non-GMO verified choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. The seal allows shoppers to easily identify non-GMO verified items and helps reduce the likelihood of new GMO crops being commercialized. 

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Our teas and packaging materials are gluten-free. Our facility does not process anything containing gluten so there is no risk of cross-contamination.

If you do not find the gluten-free logo on your tea box, you can confirm our certification by emailing

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Kosher Certified logo


Our facility and teas are certified as Kosher Parve by EarthKosher. This means that there is neither meat or dairy in our products.

If you do not find the Kosher symbol on our products, you can confirm our certification by emailing

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Choice Organic Teas matches 100% of our facility’s electricity use with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) purchased from 3Degrees.

Our voluntary renewable energy purchase helps to build the market for renewable energy nationwide, increasing the incentives for building new generation facilities.

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Bastyr Herbalist Formulated logo


Our Wellness Teas** collection carries the Bastyr University “Herbalist Formulated“ seal, symbolizing the collaboration between Bastyr University’s master herbalists and our expertise sourcing, blending, and packing the world’s finest ingredients.

A portion of every purchase of our Wellness Teas** supports the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund.

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Packed In The USA logo


We handle everything from customer service to manufacturing at our facility in Seattle, Washington.

As one of the few tea companies who blends and packages our own teas, we have direct control over quality, food safety, costs, and contribute to U.S. jobs. 

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HACCP logo


At our facility, we have a certified HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) management system in place.

HACCP management ensures food safety by monitoring and recording every step involved in the processing of our teas, from when the tea arrives at our door to when it leaves our warehouse. Our facility is inspected annually. 

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We have high standards for our teas and herbs and would never distribute any product that is unsafe for consumption.

Teas imported from Japan and China are tested for radiation levels by a lab in Germany before entering our facility to ensure their utmost safety. Our teas are also randomly tested for heavy metals.

We test our herbs for mold by Tea & Herbal Infusions Europe (THIE). Measures are also taken to guarantee that our teas and herbs are never exposed to moisture in our warehouse.

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Have more questions about our certifications? 

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