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Bigelow Tea And Conservation

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For Bigelow Tea, conserving land and caring for the environment is a top priority. That’s why the Charleston Tea Plantation is far more than just a place to grow the tea leaves that are harvested for Bigelow’s American Classic Teas. The tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island is a thriving example of the Bigelow family’s commitment to conservation.

Here’s the story. In the book “My Mother Loved Tea,” David Bigelow explains that his family got a phone call from one of the plantation’s original owners asking for help to save it from being shut down. It hadn’t produced tea for a number of years, yet it was still a much-loved local treasure.

At first, the Bigelow family was torn about bidding on the plantation, but when they learned of a real estate developer’s interest, they sprung into action. After obtaining the property in 2003, and giving it a little TLC, the Bigelows opened Charleston Tea Plantation three years later.

Today, the tea fields contribute to local tourism and economic growth as tea lovers flock to see the gardens and sample the made-in-the-USA teas! Thanks @Tom Williams for posting that it’s “A great place to visit. Truly one of a kind.” When it comes to sustainability, Bigelow Tea knows that taking steps to preserve green spaces is the right thing to do.

 

Bigelow Tea Rallies Behind The USO

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Reaching out to a high school friend, Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow cemented the company’s relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO), making it an official sponsor of the non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community.

Bigelow Tea first partnered with the USO when Cindi reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make. Bigelow Tea is now committing to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to the USO. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

bigelow american classic teaThis commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by Cindi in 2009. To date, the Tea for the Troops program has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.

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This year, Bigelow Tea also became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc. In addition, Cindi and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. This was their third Ride 2 Recovery event.

“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our veterans,” said Cindi. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back. I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she said.

And, she added, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”

 

Bring Bigelow Tea To Your Family Reunion

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As a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea understands the importance—and fun!—of getting together with family. Drinking tea together can be quite a family bonding experience. In fact, many Bigelow Tea customers have fond memories of drinking Bigelow with their parents or grandparents and in turn have gone on to share it with their family. And as summer affords more time to reconnect with relatives near and far, no wonder July has been deemed Family Reunion month. Consider sharing Bigelow Tea and other family traditions with your loved ones!

One fun way to share Bigelow Tea is by creating a personalized Bigelow Tea tin custom-made with your favorite family photo! Choose your favorite teas assortment—green, herbal, black, or decaffeinated—and find a photo that your family will love. These tins are a perfect “party favor” for your family reunion …  or send them out as gifts after the event with some snapshots from the reunion!

Facebook fan Lori Waiss shared her memories of “Constant Comment”®: “Mom always had it in the cupboard. It was her special tea and you only got some with you were sick! It cured anything including broken hearts later on!”

With stories like this, it’s clear that Bigelow Tea can help create family memories that last a lifetime!

 

Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.

 

Bigelow Celebrate Iced Tea Month Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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Once again we are pleased to announce the winners below of our ‘Celebrate Iced Tea Month’ Sweepstakes! Please allow up to 30 days to contact you, confirm your mailing address and send you our iced teas. Congrats again and we hope our tea delights you!!

Doug from South Carolina

Cheryl from Pennsylvania

Margaret from California

Felicia from New York

Deb from New York

Martha from Texas

Pamela from British Columbia

Lissette from New York

Jeanne from South Dakota

Patricia from New Jersey

Wayne from Ontario

Tanya from Ontario

Denise from Utah

Tracy from Ohio

Kelly from Florida

Laura from Kentucky

Jonnie from Alberta

Stephanie from Arkansas

Julie from Washington

Tamara from Florida

Christine from New York

Melinda from Michigan


Last Day To Enter ‘Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow’ Sweepstakes!

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Iced Tea Month is coming to an end, and is so is Bigelow Tea‘s June sweepstakes! Enter TODAY by midnight EST on Facebook (or use this link if you’re on a mobile device: http://woobox.com/bqu3cg ) for your chance to be one of the 22 lucky winners of 36 iced teas in these summer-ready flavors:

Iced Tea and Lemonade (6 tea bags) – For pure refreshment, indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade.

Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate (6 tea bags) – Pomegranate adds extra flavor to this lightly sweetened treat.

Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – Captures the taste of ripe, juicy peaches. Unsweetened.

Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – A blend created especially for fresh-brewed iced tea. Unsweetened.

Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate (8 tea bags) – Deliciously different and rich in antioxidants. Unsweetened.

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re among the winners, and be sure to enjoy fresh-brewed iced tea in your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors all summer and beyond for pure refreshment!

 

Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow Tea!

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It’s Iced Tea Month and this is when the Bigelow Tea family really enjoys creating iced tea combinations! All it takes is two of your favorite Bigelow Teas and a little imagination! A couple of Bigelow favorites are Green Tea and Red Raspberry Iced Tea and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea. Is your thirst quenching just thinking about these combos? And do you make your own mix-ups? Share your tasty suggestions!

If you don’t have time to brew your own, Bigelow Tea has a great, new solution coming soon: its new line of certified organic, brewed and bottled iced teas. Made from real organic tea leaves and natural flavor ingredients, Bigelow Home Blend Iced Teas come in five ready-to-drink flavors: Sweet Orchard Peach, Half & Half Tea/Lemonade, Citrus Pomegranate Green Tea, Mango Lychee Green Tea, and Simply Unsweetened.

For larger groups of people, be sure to check out the Bigelow Tea Iced Tea line. One box contains six family-size tea bags that each make a quart of perfectly blended tea. Try flavors like Iced Tea and Lemonade with PomegranatePerfect Peach® Herbal Iced TeaRed Raspberry™ Herbal Iced TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea, and Iced Tea and Lemonade for your next family picnic!

Yes, it’s Iced Tea Month, but the best thing about iced tea is that it’s at your fingertips all year long. One last suggestion: try @ewlarson546’s recommended treat of adding lemonade ice cubes and mint leaves to your glass of iced tea. Even more refreshing! Can’t you just hear that ice clinking? Happy Iced Tea Month!

Image via Cindy Manning

Bigelow Tea Continues To Grow Its Sustainability Efforts

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Bigelow Tea is always thinking of new ways to reduce its impact on the environment, and in recognition of Earth Day 2015, the company participated in a number of employee generated activities at its Fairfield, CT headquarters. Check it out!

  • A new initiative called “Project Canopy” will encourage employees to donate their spare change. For every dollar raised, the Earth Day Network plants one tree.
  • Employees have been asked to participate in an energy reduction pledge and commit to reducing their driving mileage for one week.
  • A new “Teracycle” Zero Waste box will collect used writing instruments as an additional way to reduce the company’s solid waste that is not being recycled or reused.
  • For CT Rides week, employees saved 2000+ miles driven by biking to work or sharing rides.
  • The community garden at Bigelow Tea Headquarters was re-opened just in time for spring!

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zero-waste-to-landfill company, Bigelow Tea diverts 94 percent of its solid waste companywide, and 85 percent of its packaging is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.

These are just a few ways Bigelow Tea and its dedicated employees are committed to protecting the environment. Bigelow Tea drinkers are also encouraged to recycle Bigelow tea bags and boxes. One Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Carol B. Brown, recommends, “Recycle the box. The used tea bags are excellent for your garden — they enrich the soil and are very easy to mix in.”

 

Cooking With Bigelow Tea? There’s An App(etizer) For That!

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Looking for the perfect appetizer to kick off your next dinner party or event? Look no further than Bigelow Tea. These recipes for Lemon Lift English Cucumber Pickles and Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms combine the classic flavors of Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift and I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea with culinary staples sure to please any palate. And they’re vegetarian-friendly, too!

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Ingredients

  • 4 each English cucumber, large, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea Bags

Instructions

Peel a strip of each side of cucumber and slice 1/4″ thick round.
Heat vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil and add tea bags and let steep five minutes.
Add cucumbers to hot vinegar mixture, stir and let cool.
Package and refrigerate.

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Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

Bigelow Tea: Committed To World Environment Day!

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Bigelow Tea is committed to sustainability and keeping the environment healthy—after all, the environment is the sprawling canvas on which this family-owned company grows and produces its delicious teas! And today, on World Environment Day, there is much to say about what is done before you enjoy that first cup in the morning! Bigelow Tea’s environmental awareness is present in every sip you take with energy conservation steps like efficient transportation of Bigelow products, reduced emissions with solar power and membership within the Ethical Tea Partnership.

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World Environment Day encourages mindfulness and action – it’s a global environmental celebration in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” That certainly relates well to Bigelow Tea’s family business, from responsible cultivation and conservation practices to production methods, even requiring environmental standards for our supplier relationships! Every little bit helps. Bigelow Tea employee Jim Gildea knows that’s the case, and he tweeted as he honored the environment by planting trees. (Thanks, Jim!)

Embrace the cup that’s brewed with generations of love and environmental commitment. Taste’s great doesn’t it?

2nd image via unep.org