Edit: The list is growing! Thanks to the commenters here, and on steepster!
Here are a few tea companies that are helping to raise money for the Japan relief efforts. If you know of any others, please post them in the comments. Thanks to everyone over at Steepster, where I found most of my information. As I find more companies that are doing their part to help, I will add them to this post:
Kyoto Obubu tea:
In the spirit of the Operation Sakura (www.operationsakura.org) theme “Letting hope blossom” (the sakura flowers bloom in just two weeks!), we hope to aid our fellow tea lovers in Japan get through this hard time by raising funds that will help them rebuild their lives, and showing them that tea lovers are a global family!
The donation page is located at http://www.obubutea.com/donate and allows you to “purchase” virtual “Sakura Sencha of Hope” and “Sakura Sencha of Cheer”. We hope you will cooperate with us in this small effort to bring hope and cheer from one tea lover to another.
Funds raised thru this effort will go to the following in this order:
1. Obubu customers directly affected by the disaster
2. Tea farmers and tea businesses affected by the disaster
3. If the needs of the above have been met, we will donate the money to the Japanese Red Cross or other effort specifically related to the disaster
We encourage people to send a message through the form at the bottom of http://www.obubutea.com/donate. Our partner, Matcha Latte Media, will be gathering volunteer translators through Operation Sakura to help translate these messages.
American Tea Room:
Now through March 31, 2011 American Tea Room will donate 10% off ALL online sales to Japanese Disaster Relief. American Tea Room has extensive relationships with Japanese Tea Growers and Tea Ware manufacturers and our heart goes out to all those who are affected by this recent tragedy
Yogic Chai will donate 30% of sales to Japan's relief efforts until 3/31.
With our hearts and sincere concern, Bingley’s Teas, for the next 60 days will have a Not-for-Profit suggestion of the Japanese Sencha in our line. Please consider connecting to part of the art of this wonderful country through their excellent tea and we will share 100% of the proceeds of your purchase to a relief group to Japan. Please share so we may be of as much help together as possible. Thank you!
Chi of tea:
ChiofTea.com is coordinating with Japanese Tea Company Kyoto Obubu to support their local fund raisers. Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations plans on announcing a fund raiser tomorrow to help in the search, rescue and recovery for many tea partners, family and friends in North Japan.
Vitalife Matcha, a UK-based tea company that specialises in a Japanese green tea called ‘matcha’ has announced that it will be donating 25% of its profits over the next 4 months to help with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
Just Add Honey:
As we continue to offer good thoughts and love from afar, just add honey, a thoughtfully blended tea company, will donate 25% of all green tea sales to the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts
THE O DOR Tea House:
We have installed a solidarity Fund, which will be entirely devoted to Japan, underlined by some strict control, in order to bring to the Japanese population the first urgent needs, under the authority of Theodor Japan. Our gesture is not motivated by any commercial purposes.
There is no purchasing obligation linked with the donation.
East Pacific Tea:
Is donating 25% of their Japanese tea sales to disaster relief.
Pearl Fine Teas:
"If you follow us on Facebook, you already know about our pledge to donate 20% of sales from our Japanese Green teas to the American Red Cross and searchdogfoundation.org.
Given the magnitude of the crisis, we will increase our donation to 40% from now until April 30, 2011. And, if you spend $25 or more, you’ll get a $5.00 credit towards shipping. Just enter code JAPAN5 at checkout to receive the discount."
is contributing 20% of all Japanese green tea sales through the end of March.
will donate 10% of all Japanese green tea sales
will contribute 20% of the sales of its Fukamushi Sencha to the Red Cross Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
15% of Japanese tea sales will be donated to Red Cross relief
In Pursuit of Tea:
We will donate 10% of all purchases of Japanese teas and products to the Red Cross to aid Japan