Giving “Back-To-School” a Global Meaning

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Teatulia’s organic tea garden provides a means for Bangladeshi women to send their children to school.

As summer comes to an end, many will begin to shift their focus from vacation mode to getting organized and prepared to start the school year. While it may not be given a second thought by some, “back-to-school” and education in general are not a given for everyone.

With consumers headed out to their favorite local shops to pick up school supplies for their own families, now is the time to recognize how hometown purchasing decisions can have a positive global affect on communities and education in other parts of the world.

Teatulia is a producer of artisanal organic teas and herbal infusions harvested from their own 100% organic single garden located in Northern Bangladesh. The tea garden was created as a cooperative as a means to give back in a meaningful way to a poverty-stricken Bangladeshi community, many members of which could not afford to pay their children’s school fees unless the parents went without food. Teatulia’s cooperative has given women the opportunity to earn money for their families and attain their Shopner Bari – or “The Ideal Home” – by being able to send their children to school.

With 50% of the population below the U.S. poverty line, CEO and co-founder Dr. Kazi Ahmed explains, “We sought to establish a business that would both protect our environment and provide a means to a living wage for the surrounding community.” Conscientious tea lovers can feel confident that by choosing Teatulia, they are not only indulging in delicious and clean tea, but also supporting education and sustainability in Bangladesh.    

Teatulia’s organic teas can be found in specialty and other retail stores across the United States. To learn more about the different varieties of tea and their many health benefits, please visit Teatulia’s website.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about Teatulia, or to speak with Teatulia co-founder Linda Appel Lipsius, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at (212) 966-0024.

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