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How Fairtrade tea began, Mike Brehme, founder of Clipper Teas

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Mike Brehme took a leading role bringing good quality, ethical tea to the UK market and Clipper Teas is now the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand.

Mike established Clipper in the mid 1980’s and as Managing Director, he ran the business for 25 years until 2008. Mike worked with the Fairtrade Foundation in their early days and defined what Fairtrade looked like in the tea industry.

He shares how he’s seen Fairtrade tackle the extreme inequality that exists in these tea communities, and how he’s witnessed the wildlife benefits of organic tea plantations.