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Jul 19, 2012

Unilever's Lipton Tea Promotes Sustainable Agriculture in Turkey

Unilever’s Lipton Tea Teams Up with the Rainforest Alliance in Turkey 

Lipton's sustainability efforts in Turkey cover a significant portion of the global tea market.  Turkey is the fourth largest consumer of tea in the world and fifth largest producer of tea in the world. Unilever sources its tea from more than than 15,000 farmers and three factories based in the country.

Unilever has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social, economic and environmental impact of tea production in Turkey. Together with the Rainforest Alliance, it will help train and certify an estimated 15,000 Turkish tea growers in how to adopt sustainable agricultural practices by 2014. This training includes erosion control, waste management, work safety, record-keeping, biodiversity, fertilization and pruning. It also means working to develop better soil analysis and Unilever will help create a soil analysis laboratory in near the Black Sea in the heart of Turkey's country's tea-growing region. Unilever will also provide tea growers and pickers with healthcare services, especially work related care.

By 2018, Lipton target include having all tea sold in Turkey sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and certified Rainforest Alliance label. All tea sourced in Turkey and sold in the United States and Western Europe will also carry the label noting that the tea has been produced by Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

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