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Tea fits our lives in many ways. It has a uniting, empowering quality. It's accepting a dare without reservation. It's pretending you don't speak the language - just for fun.

Our story

Born in 1850, Thomas Lipton was a Scottish-born entrepreneur who decided in 1880 that he would make tea accessible to all at acceptable prices with guaranteed quality. Before Thomas Lipton, tea was a beverage for the rich. Thomas Lipton acquired tea estates in Ceylon (today Sri Lanka) and organized packaging and transportation at low cost. As Mr. Lipton himself said, he wanted to sell his teas "direct from the tea garden to the tea pot". In 1893, he established the Thomas J. Lipton Co., a tea packing company.

His Lipton® teas have enjoyed great success in Canada over the years. Thomas Lipton was knighted by Queen Victoria, who made him Sir Thomas Lipton in 1898 at the age of 48.

Thanks to Sir Thomas Lipton, Lipton® is the world's leading tea brand and available in more than 80 countries.

Working towards sustainability with the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an independent non-profit organization that works with individuals, communities, and companies whose livelihoods depend on the land to reduce environmental impacts and increase social and economic benefits.

We are committed to having all tea in Lipton Yellow Label tea bags sold in Europe certified by the Rainforest Alliance by 2010. We intend to extend certification to all tea in Lipton tea bags sold globally by 2015.

The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the practice of setting standards and certifying well-managed forests nearly 20 years ago, and developed comprehensive principles and standards for sustainable agriculture shortly thereafter.

Tea trivia

  • The total amount of Lipton Tea consumed in the world in ONE year is the equivalent of the amount of water thundering over Niagara Falls for 5.5 hours.
  • The amount of Lipton Tea enjoyed by consumers annually could fill 3,660 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Every time your heart beats, 1,252 cups of Lipton Tea are consumed versus 1,649 cups every time you blink.
  • Legends outline that tea was discovered as early as 2737BC when tea leaves accidentally blew into the cup of hot water being enjoyed by the second emperor of China, Shen Nung.

Tea comes from a tree called camellia sinensis. It is kept short for easy harvesting of tea leaves.

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