A cup of tea and a helping hand
We believe that we can make the world a better place by making thoughtful and meaningful choices about what we buy. When it comes to gifting, both gift giver and gift receiver benefit from also giving back to our community in some way. It's why we've chosen to partner with women's shelters and artists to bring you our tea.
Women's Community Shelters
Up until late 2019 our hand folded tags were made in Sydney, employing the services of homeless women at shelters run by Women's Community Shelters (WCS). Our Tea Yarning Circles were a great way to connect and empower women through working together. Read about the Tanya's Tea Yarning experiences in her blog here.
Our Tea Yarning Circles have been put on hold, so we currently donate $1 from every retail pack sold of 10pk Pyramid teabags with hand folded tags to WCS.
WCS works with communities to provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe, comfortable and secure environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self esteem and achieve control and fulfilment in their lives.
To learn more about the work WCS does, or to make a donation go to www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au.
Vanessa wrote the haiku poetry on our Love and New Parent pyramid teabags with hand folded tags.
Vanessa is a Sydney-based haiku and free verse poet. Her work has been published widely both in Australia and overseas and she has won numerous awards. One of her haiku can be found carved in stone on the Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand. Recently retired from spending four years as President of the Australian Haiku Society, Vanessa wrote in 2017 about what haiku means to her. Enjoy it here.
Greg wrote the haiku poetry on our Love and New Parent pyramid teabags with hand folded tags.
Gregory is an award winning poet who lives in Yass, New South Wales. His haiku and longer form poems have been published in Australia and overseas, receiving a Touchstone Award from The Haiku Foundation (USA) and joint First Place in the WB Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.
Artwork by Tatiana features on our Pyramid Teabags with Hand Folded tags 10pks. We used four different prints in the Booklovers, Inspiration, Love and New Parent themes.
Tatiana was born in 1979 in Minsk, Belarus and moved to Australia in 2006. Having worked as a graphic artist/ illustrator and art director for 11 years, she decided to become a full time artist, occasionally weaving tapestries. Since then over 100 unique artworks found their new homes in private collections in USA, Canada, Mexico, Italy, UK, Belarus, Hong Kong and Australia.
Her artworks are an echo of the eternal connection with landscape and nature. Bringing bright colours and organic forms together she creates vibrant positive energy on the canvas, so it tranfers in a space where it’s going to live. Being in constant experiment with colour combinations and texture, often you will see her artworks evolve slightly from one style to another, rarely by accident but rather driven by the desire to express the emotions deeper.
Erica Walt illustrated and designed our Monji Tea Tea Towels.
Erica is an illustrator and designer based in Sydney, Australia. She creates uplifting and colourful content and solutions for companies and individuals to foster meaningful relationships with the world around them.
Erica and Tanya met through a women's networking group called Lady Startups, and they worked together on the design. Look closely at how Erica has used colour and small details to create the warm and whimsical print that we love.