Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Product Review: DAVIDsTEA + ME to WE = Clean Water #sponsor

This sponsored post is written by me on behalf of DAVIDsTEA. All opinions are my own. 

I was excited when I was contacted about reviewing some products from DAVIDsTEA. We are huge tea fans in our household. Huge. And I'm always interested in learning more about companies who not only produce a favorite product, but do it with passion and heart.

Okay, first, a disclaimer: techinically, 'tea' — white, green, oolong and black teas — comes from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis. Without Camellia sinensis leaves — think peppermint or chamomile  — it really isn't a tea. It should be called a tisane, an infusion, or a decoction of herbs, spices, or even fruits.

But I'm willing to overlook that imprecision because DAVIDsTEA's partnership with ME to WE is helping to create a better world. They have partnered to create a line of ME to WE tea and tea accessories whose sales are utilized to give clean water to a child in a developing community in Kenya.

Just launched on February 15th, for every DAVIDsTEA x ME to WE are improving access to clean water. That act not only reduces illness, it allows girls to go to school instead of spending hours collecting water, and it results in better agriculture and increased access to food. By focusing on Kenya, the companies are giving back to one of the largest tea producing countries in the world. 

To review the products, I received a ME to WE tea tin and a travel mug.* As part of project, they have a Track Your Impact initiative opportunty; all of their products come with a code so you can track exactly where and how your purchase has made a difference. 

I went to the website and entered the number: 8900-1000. This is what I got... "Because of you, one month of clean water will be given to someone like Anthony in Kenya’s Narok South District."

And I received a little bit more information. "In this region, which is nestled in the Great Rift Valley and located about 150 km from Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, access to clean water is a major challenge—often due to drought and changing water patterns. The nearest water sources are often contaminated rivers, leaving people vulnerable to waterborne diseases." Gotta love that. 

About the products I received...the ME to WE tea tin was filled an caffeine-free blend of pineapple, hibiscus, figs, cranberries, and more. It was fruity and delicious. My only complaint: there was no real guideline of how much I should use to each 6 or 8 ounces of water. I know that everyone has different tastes, but a guideline would have been helpful. Additionally, this blend included stevia extract which made it a little bit too sweet for my tastes, but my boys loved it.

I also received the ME to WE travel mug which is decorated with a pretty and apropos water droplet motif. Each double-walled, leak-proof travel mug purchase provides six months of clean water to a child in a developing community in Kenya. My only complaint: I tend to steer clear of plastic. I wish it were made of glass.

About the DAVIDsTEA...founded in 2008 in Toronto, the company's mission is to offer a loose leaf tea experience that is easy and unintimidating. Six years later, DAVIDsTEA has grown to almost 200 stores across Canada and the United States. They offer over 150 types of loose leaf tea, matcha teas, delicious tea blends as well as limited edition seasonal collections, traditional teas and exotic infusions from around the globe.

But I'm happy to have made the acquaintance of DAVIDsTEA and will definitely be exploring their retail site more.

*Disclosure: I received complimentary products from DAVIDsTEA for the creation of this post. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.*

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