January 18, 2009
Room to Read and The Republic of Tea today announced the launch of Little Citizen's Herb Tea, the first line of naturally caffeine-free, organic Rooibos based, Fair Trade Certified herbal teas for children. For every tin of Little Citizen's Herb Tea sold, The Republic of Tea will contribute $1 to Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of millions of children in the developing world by providing the lifelong gift of education. The partnership will enable Room to Read to establish a bi-lingual library for underprivileged children in South Africa, as well as build libraries in other developing countries in which it operates.
Little Citizen's Herb Tea are contained in The Republic of Tea's signature tea tin. Each label depicts a fanciful, richly-colored image of the Little Citizens' Herb Teas mascot, Bamboo the panda bear and his animal friends enjoying tea and books amid exotic locations including India, South Africa and Vietnam. In addition to brewing instructions and ingredients, each label, in words and graphics, tells a tale of Bamboo and his adventures, as well as the history and mission of Room to Read. Children can discover a different story of Bamboo and his reading friends on each of the three Little Citizen's Herb Tea tins.
The Little Citizen's Herb Tea are Fair Trade Certified by TransFair USA. The collection offers three flavors, including: Strawberry Vanilla Tea, Tangerine Tea and Apple Cherry Tea. This line is made from organic Rooibos (ROY-Boss) or Red Tea, a naturally caffeine-free, anti-allergenic herb from South Africa, recognized for remarkable antioxidant properties and as an aid to the immune system. Rooibos is paired with only the highest quality herbs (not standard commodity tea herbs) and all-natural ingredients to produce each tin of Little Citizen's Herb Tea.
Little Citizen's Herb Tea are sold separately and contain 36 unbleached, round tea bags, free of unnecessary strings, tags or staples in each tin. The teas are available nationwide at select natural and specialty food stores and can be purchased online at www.REPUBLICofTEA.com.