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The Many Ways Bigelow Tea is All About Green

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Bigelow Tea is so much more than just a tasty mug of tea; our company also helps save the Earth. Yes, that sounds like quite the statement, but it’s the truth- we believe in practicing business philosophies that help, not harm. It’s right there in our mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” So how does our company do sustainabiliTea proudly? Here are some of our many, many ways:

We’re Powered By The Sun.

We are hugely in favor of supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions, to keep our planet in good shape for future generations.  We’ve done this by installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters. Every year, this effort produces about 200,000 kWh, which is enough energy to power 527 homes for an entire year – with nothing but the power of the sun. So how does this affect pollution levels? It equals a reduction in pollution roughly equivalent to 200,000 car miles removed from the highways each year. Sit back and sip to that!

We’ve Made An Energy Efficient Environment.

We’ve spent many years reducing our energy use, leading to a nearly 10 million kWh reduction. And we’ve reduced energy by over 2.5 million kWh in just our Fairfield plant alone through energy efficiency measures. In laymen’s terms, that’s the equivalent of planting 41 million trees. How have we done this? One way is by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs in all offices in all our facilities. Yes, it can be that simple to save the Earth.

We Say No to Landfills. 

We have a company-wide commitment to achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. What that means is we’re following the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance, which says that a company can claim being a zero waste to landfill facility if no more than 10 per cent of their waste ends up in a landfill. Guess what? Our company diverts 94% of its solid waste company wide, meaning we have actually surpassed the official guideline. We recycle, and then recycle some more, and

reduce/reuse/compost, all leading to be a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.

We’ve Made A Modern Tea Plantation.

We purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003, saving the land from development to turn it into America’s own tea garden. This special spot features 127 acres of beauty (and incredible tea leaves!) and welcomes visits from thousands of tea lovers yearly. We’re proud of the Bigelow family’s hard work to keep the traditional tea plantation alive and well with a modern twist!

We Work With Green Suppliers.  

We’re also very proud to work with an environmentally responsible supplier. A couple of the amazing things being done there to ensure our much-loved drink is created with only the crème de la crème of practices:

  • We’re keeping our tea facilities as warm and cozy as the drink thanks to installation of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls, which are 83% more energy efficient compared to traditional walls;
  • We’re fans of geothermal heating and cooling units; using this method for heating or cooling the entire building expansion uses only 1/14th the energy you would need if you used oil.

We know you love tea as much as we do; that’s why we are so delighted to keep our #TeaProudly community in the loop about all about the modern-day environmental choices that keeps that delicious tea in your cup while saving the planet, especially during Go Green Week. Learn more about all the amazing things we’re up to and share with us how you #TeaProudly the “green” way.

11 Tips To Help Celebrate American Heart Month!

bigelow tea wear red healthRed is Bigelow Tea’s favorite color this month! “Go big or go home” they say, so we’re pulling out all the stops to mark American Heart Month this year. We started by grabbing our most-loved red clothing items (and what a great chance to wear that red lipstick sitting in the drawer!) for National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have a “Healthy Eating Challenge” throughout the month of February for all employees, and we have our “Exercise Challenge” where we are urged to exercise 30 minutes, 3 times per week throughout the month.  So why should we all put so much “heart” into this month? Let’s get serious for a second. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can all make a difference by getting the below important info out to friends and family:

  1. study by the Boston University School of Medicine found a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease, and we’ve mentioned before that black tea, studies say, has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.
  2. Educate yourself on the signs/symptoms of heart disease
  3. Visit your physician for a regular check up
  4. Eat nutritious food
  5. Exercise daily
  6. If you smoke – make the effort to quit
  7. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  8. Try to manage your stress through relaxation techniques/meditation
  9. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol
  10. Help others by encouraging them to join you
  11. Laugh loud and laugh often!

How are you taking care of your heart this month? Post a pic, either in your fave red outfit or while doing a heart-healthy activity, and tag  #TeaProudly. (Extra points if it features a cup of Bigelow tea!)

Bigelow Tea Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today we are remembering the great words of #MLK: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” #MLKDay

 

Leadership, Sacrifice And Courage: Bigelow Tea Spends A Day With Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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It’s not every day we get to meet a hero. But a few weeks back, that’s exactly what we did. Decorated former United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman spent a few awe inspiring hours at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he personally addressed Bigelow employees.   The visit was shared via live feed to our teams in Louisville, KY and Boise, ID. As founder and spokesperson of the Combat Wounded Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen, and author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer, Jason spent some time talking about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. It was an honor and privilege to hear him speak.

Jason served 21 years with the U.S. Navy — 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded in a firefight in Iraq after his team was ambushed. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason bravely faced his challenges by writing a bright orange sign to hang on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. It read:bigelow-tea-sign

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.  

— The Management

The original sign on the door, signed by President George W. Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda as an inspiration to his fellow service men and women.

After 37 surgeries, Jason candidly shares his experiences and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.bigelow-tea-cindi-bigelow-jason-redman

Just as Jason is committed to the U.S. military community, so are we. In 2009, we launched the “Tea for the Troops” program, which sends specially designed boxes of 100% American-grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. To date, we have sent more than 5 million tea bags to service men and women. We also became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices the members of our military—and their families—have made to keep our country free, and we will continue to support them, one tea bag at a time.

Thank you, Jason, for your service. You are an inspiration to us!

Top image: Jason Redman speaking to Bigelow Tea employees

Lower image (L-R): Cindi Bigelow, Jason Redman and his service dog, Kharma, and Jason’s wife, Erica.

Bigelow Tea Honors Our Troops with a Gift to the USO

bigelow-tea-tea-for-troopsBigelow Tea keeps those who have served our country close to our hearts every day including this Veteran’s Day. Recently Bigelow Tea worked closely with the USO and Stop & Shop in Quincy, Massachusetts on a specially developed Support our Local Troops Program that represented 3% of all Bigelow Tea sold at Stop & Shop stores between June 3 and July 7, 2016 and resulted in a final contribution of  $14,100. The contribution will provide support to the USO and the crucial services it provides to forward-deployed service members, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen.

“The USO and their mission, which recognizes the huge sacrifices men and women of our military have made and continue to make, is near and dear to the hearts of everyone at Bigelow Tea. Filled with pride and gratitude for all they do, we love doing all we can, whenever we can, to support them,” says Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Stop & Shop on this program and to all the Stop & Shop consumers for their whole-hearted support. Together we accomplish great things.”

Bigelow Tea’s commitment to U.S. military communities continues to grow since it launched its Tea for the Troops Program in 2009 donating 5 million tea bags to date in support of the USO’s ongoing mission to strengthen America’s military by keeping them connected to family, home and country. The “Tea for the Troops” program sends specially designed boxes of the company’s 100% American-grown tea, from the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation, to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. The package was created exclusively for service men and women to thank them for their service.

Additionally, Bigelow Tea became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015 and an enthusiastic participant in USO events such as the organization’s 2015 and 2016 Warrior Weeks that took place in Virginia Beach, Virginia in association with USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc. Their invaluable programs bring together physical, therapeutic and recreational organizations that empower wounded, ill and injured troops with a renewed sense of adventure by providing opportunities to participate in activities from adaptive water skiing and kayaking, to deep sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing, racquetball and tennis.

We encourage you to take a moment this Veteran’s Day to find your own way to honor and support all the men, women, and families who have given so much to our country.

Bigelow Tea: A Green Leader!

bigelow-tea-tea-fieldBigelow Tea puts a lot of work into creating delicious teas for your enjoyment, but did you know that Bigelow puts just as much effort into protecting the planet?

Taking care of the environment is reflected in the company’s mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” Since the company’s beginnings, Bigelow Tea has held the philosophy that positive practices within our community, our environment, and our business can only ensure positive outcomes. That’s why our SustainabiliTea program is a leader in green initiatives. Here are just some of the incredible ways Bigelow Tea makes a difference:

Energy Conservation

Bigelow has been harnessing the power of the sun for nearly a decade, with 880 solar panels installed at our Connecticut headquarters. This has led to a reduction in pollution approximately equal to 200,000 car miles removed from the highways yearly. Bigelow also uses energy efficient lighting, heating/cooling, and water flow at office headquarters.

Waste Reduction

We’ve committed to achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status, which means diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill. Our company takes it a step further: a full 94 percent is diverted through reducing, recycling, and composting.

Land Preservation

Bigelow Tea purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003 to save 127 acres of land from real estate development. Today, the plantation has hosted well over 100,000 visitors.

Supplier Relationships

We’ve been working with the same suppliers in countries such as Sri Lanka for several decades because they share our commitment to ethical and sustainable practices.

Even with so many big initiatives, Bigelow is always on the lookout for more ways to be green. For instance, we recently planted a bee-friendly garden in hopes of attracting more native bee species.

No effort is too big or too small as far as we’re concerned; as David Bigelow says, “We’ve been making tea for three generations, and we get better every year.” The same can be said about our sustainability efforts!

Tell us below: what green practices are the most exciting to you, your family and your business?

Bigelow Tea Thinks Pink During October

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October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea is proud to “think pink” and commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by the disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we also pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to put a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This October—and every month—make the commitment to take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A few of the steps that are key for early detection include mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly breast self-exams. Habits that can help reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

bigelow-tea-breast-cancer-awareness-pinkIn Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, the rate of incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the nation. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. This year, we are a proud sponsor of the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. On October 1, we were at the Pink Pledge kickoff event, which included a Stroll for Strength — a walk by survivors, family members and supporters — and ceremony that culminated in the activation of pink street lights in downtown Fairfield, Conn.

Join us in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise a cup to those working so hard to put an end to this prolific disease.

Top and bottom images provided by Pink Pledge.

How Sweet It Is, Indeed: Bigelow Tea Explores Honey!

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Calling all honey lovers! As one of the most popular sweeteners to add to a cup of Bigelow Tea, honey is rich in flavor and history. And for National Honey Month, we thought we’d explore nature’s thick, sweet, syrupy treat.

Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where our headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to our day, so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night. It’s a great way to make your day that much sweeter!

Mark Your Calendar: Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge Fundraising Family Event Is Almost Here!

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Run, don’t walk to Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge! This yearly event takes place on Sunday, September 25th at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut and offers more family-friendly fun than ever! Lace up your sneakers and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive tee shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes. There’s also free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! The kiddos will especially enjoy this year’s brand new KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper, 1-mile run, and hoola hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. After all that activity, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites and enjoying free tea samples at the Bigelow Tea Mobile Tea Bar. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

The whole event is a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time engaging in some friendly competition with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised over $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling to shelter and food. The event raised $145,000 in 2015, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Register in advance before September 16th for a lower price.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Bigelow Tea Is Buzzing About Its New Garden!

 

bigelow tea environmentWhat’s the buzz at Bigelow Tea? Helping bees! It’s no secret that bee populations all over the country are being affected by everything from pesticides to a decline in natural habitat.

Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So Bigelow decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat. We are happy to report that the new plantings have bloomed and are brightening up the campus. This is just one of Bigelow Tea’s efforts to better our environment. Over the years, some of Bigelow Tea’s sustainability projects have included installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters, diverting 94 percent of the company’s solid waste through recycling, reusing, and composting, and taking measures to preserve land.

As Cindi Bigelow says, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”

We hope you’ve been inspired to add more bee-friendly plantings to your garden. Let us know: what will you plant?