The Republic of Tea is proud to assure our Citizens that we are mindful of honoring special concerns and acting in a responsible manner for all by partnering with the highest level certification organizations
Many of our teas are Kosher Certified by the Orthodox Union (OU), the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher certification agency. Active for over two centuries, the OU is unique among all the major kosher certification agencies as it is part of a non-profit communal organization (founded in 1898). They maintain the highest levels of integrity without any possible conflict of interest.
A number of our teas are Certified Organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Quality Assurance International (QAI), an independent service organization developed specifically for the purpose of certifying the authenticity of produce which is organically grown. These teas and herbs are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or pesticides, using only sustainable agricultural methods. (The Republic of Tea procures organic teas and herbs from the earth’s purest gardens whenever possible, but not all who practice organic farming are certified.)
Delighting in the health of our Citizens, The Republic of Tea is the first and only tea company in the United States to be certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). This ensures most of our full-leaf and bagged teas are absolutely free of gluten and possible cross-contamination from gluten. You will find the Gluten-Free logo on teas and other products with the Gluten-Free certification.
We offer many delicious and healthful Fair Trade Certified teas. They are certified by TransFair USA, the country’s only certifier of Fair Trade products. (All of The Republic of Tea’s products are fairly traded, helping people and our planet by promoting systems that foster economic development and sustainability. However, it is financially challenging for some of the gardens we work with to gain the Fair Trade Certified stamp.)
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means we must follow rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.
Demeter Association, Inc. is the United States’ representative of Demeter International, a nonprofit that supports biodynamic practices and principles and is also the certification body of all biodynamic farms and products in the marketplace. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture. In order for a farm to refer to itself as Biodynamic, it must have achieved certification through Demeter by adhering to the Demeter Farm Standard for a minimum of three years if conventionally farmed, or a minimum of one year if organically farmed. The entire farm must be certified, not just a portion of land within the farm. Farms are inspected annually to ensure that the Standard is being met. The Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard reflects the Biodynamic principle of the farm as a living organism: self-contained, self-sustaining, following the cycles of nature. Click here for our Biodynamic® Demeter-Certified Teas.