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Bigelow Tea Taps Into Water Conservation Measures

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Bigelow Tea knows that quality water is essential in making a good cup of tea, and that this key ingredient must not go to waste! In giving H20 some TLC, the family-owned company, led by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, has installed devices at their Connecticut, Idaho, and Kentucky locations to cut down on any unnecessary water usage.

Bigelow Tea’s HQ in Fairfield implemented water-saving techniques that range from putting a rain sensor on an outside irrigation system to placing low flow aerators on every sink. Restrooms have been equipped with automatic shut off faucets (like the one shown above), waterless urinals and automatic valves on toilets and urinals.

With the Boise plant being in a region with very light rainfall, Bigelow Tea employees installed more energy efficient faucets and appliances to stop drips and leaks. And they sound icky, but new waterless urinals will save over 60,000 gallons per year.

At Bigelow’s Louisville site, water-saving devices similar to Fairfield’s have been placed in just about every area, including the kitchen sinks!

Bigelow Tea also likes hearing how tea fans act sustainably and how they get good water for their tea. Facebook fan Sheryl Gowen uses filtered water from her fridge dispenser, never bottled water, for her tea. Thanks for sharing!

 

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 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.”

 

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?

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Bigelow Tea Employees Find Greener Transportation For CT Rides Week

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Bigelow Tea is proud to finish CT Rides Week with a total of 2,040 miles saved from being driven by employees who found greener ways to travel. Governor Dannel Malloy declared May 11 – May 15 CT Rides Week to encourage all solitary drivers to try alternate methods of transportation when traveling or working within the state of Connecticut. As a company dedicated to sustainability, Bigelow Tea was excited to be a part of this important initiative.

Several Bigelow Tea team members rose to the challenge by biking, ride sharing or using public transportation to get to and from work, or to get around on their own time. Throughout the week, CT Plant Manager Jim Gildea and his team kept a running log of miles saved from being driven and noted that the tally rose steadily each day.

“Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality. An individual switching a 20-mile roundtrip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year,” said Gildea. “Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters, including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.”

Thank you to all employees who participated. Well done, team!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Environmental Education Week and Earth Day 2015

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Bigelow Tea is serious about protecting the environment and the planet year round. This week the employees at Bigelow Tea will celebrate National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day. The philosophy of doing the right thing was started 70 years ago by Ruth Campbell Bigelow and remains an important part of Bigelow Tea under the direction of third Generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow.

Bigelow Tea is proud of its sustainability efforts in energy conservation, waste reduction, and land preservation. Bigelow Tea achieved a company-wide commitment to achieve “Zero Waste to Landfill” in 2013. Aggressive recycling, raw material reduction, and compost methods (which includes utensils and bowls in our cafeteria) are paired with employee education and active Green Teams throughout the company, allowing Bigelow Tea proclaim Zero Waste to Landfill status in all three of its manufacturing facilities. This means that no more than 10 percent of waste ends up in a landfill. This is just one of the many ways Bigelow Tea shows its dedication to sustainable business practices.

Bigelow Tea drinkers can help do their part for the environment by recycling Bigelow tea bags and boxes. 85% of Bigelow Tea’s packaging is biodegradeble or recyclable. Facebook follower Gene Young says “We are all about recycling … we are part of a community program that makes sure we are doing as much as we can and our Bigelow boxes are part of that effort each and every week.” You can get creative too and upcycle Bigelow Tea foils and boxes. Everyone can do his or her part to keep our earth beautiful for generations to come.

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Go Green With Bigelow Tea!

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Spring is on its way! Bigelow Tea loves this time of year when the earth warms and there is a return to all things green. Now in its 70th year of business, America’s #1 Specialty Tea company is still your green headquarters – it doesn’t get better than the amazing line of Bigelow Tea’s Green Teas!

How do you go green? The Green Tea Classic? Green Tea with Peach? Or maybe the too-good-to-be-true Constant Comment Green Tea? Bigelow Tea fan @MadisonReidet tweeted that Bigelow tea’s green tea with pomegranate is her new favorite! So many options make for tough decisions.

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Along with amazing green teas this American made and family run company has a green thumb with fertile Community Gardens, a green conscience andcommitment to sustainability, and celebrated Green Teams that work diligently at eliminating waste! Bigelow Tea’s green energy conservation steps have won awards and helped make it a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.So as the flowers flourish and the green grass grows, Bigelow Tea is your “go green” headquarters!  

Image from Instagram via @hnchun1

Recognizing the People Who Make Bigelow Tea Great

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Reaching the milestone 70th anniversary at Bigelow Tea wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the company’s employees. As a family-owned and operated business, Bigelow Tea considers employees to be part of the Bigelow Tea family and works hard to make it a great workplace. The company takes pride in dedicating time to community service, has a commitment to sustainability and also organizes fun employee events—@shearwatercr has enjoyed a Bigelow Tea employee farmers market!

For Employee Spirit Month, it seems fitting to talk about a few of Bigelow Tea’s spirited employees, like Dani Ortman, Chad Tennant and Janned Serrano. Dani works for Bigelow Tea in Boise, where she is involved with Make-A-Wish® Idaho. She volunteers with the organization and grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Chad, located in Louisville, KY, represents Bigelow Tea at different obstacle races each year. Recently, Chad participated in the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder to raise money for U.S. veterans through the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Then there’s Janned (Executive Assistant to third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as well as Community Relations Manager pictured above), who works with in Fairfield, CT. She works with Caroline House, a local nonprofit, teaching English as a second language to immigrant women, where she was recently named a member of the organization’s Sources of Inspiration Board. Impressive, right?

Want to hear more? Visit the Bigelow Tea website for more stories about Bigelow Tea’s talented employees and their commitment to do good things, near and far.

 

Bigelow Tea Plans Its Go Green Week Event February 9-13th, 2015!

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You can bet that green is one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite colors. From the outstanding family of Green Teas to the Bigelow Tea company’s Energy Conservation efforts, green is the color of the Bigelow family’s culture!  Efforts go beyond the factory doors, from the ethical and conservational practices of suppliers to your own kitchen and Bigelow Tea’s packaging – because the box, strings, tags and tea bags are completely recyclable!

So it’s no surprise that Bigelow Tea is into Go Green Week. Their Green Team has  planned an event that will be geared to refresh and heighten employees awareness of what items should be composted and recycled.  So how will you be “green” this week? Bigelow Tea fan Marcia Del Greco Posted on Facebook that she always composts her tea bags. You can even recycle the foils and tags into decorative art,as seen on Pinterest!

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Bigelow Tea’s green conscience and principled environmental business practices are a huge part of the family business—which is marking its 70th year this year!—and is rooted in the company culture.  Bigelow Tea can now make the claim that across all 3 manufacturing facilities they are a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.

Says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” So brew a mug of Bigelow Green Tea and embrace the power of green!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Tips For An Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

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Hosting a “green” holiday party can be a fun and relaxed experience if you prepare, organize, and delegate ahead of time. Bigelow Tea has a number of eco-friendly holiday hosting tips and delicious seasonal teas you’ll want to explore before heading to the store.

Use cloth napkins instead of paper.

Cloth is both elegant and good for the environment. Tea towels come in handy for those inevitable spills and guests will appreciate the eco-friendly gesture.

Create a sustainable décor.

Making up-cycled holiday decorations is a fashionable and fun activity to share with friends and kids before—or even during!— the party. Last year, Bigelow Tea’s Christmas tree was decorated with 100% up-cycled ornaments made by employees. Check out more on our sustainability board on Pinterest!

bigelow tea ornamentServe food and drink in “real” dishes and cups, not paper or plastic.

‘Tis the season for hot beverages, and Instagrammers like @collettebates are enjoying #mulledwine with friends. Use teacups and mugs, not Styrofoam. It doesn’t matter if they match—eclectic
mugs are a fun addition to a party. And, if you’re looking for a good recipe, Bigelow tea has a delicious one for Orange & Spice Hot Mulled Wine that pairs well with these holiday cookies made with Eggnogg’n.

 

Surf the web for more eco-friendly holiday party ideas.

Bigelow Tea posted a few of our favorites ideas and tips for green decorating last year, including a no-chemicals suggestion for a holiday-scented house! Explore the internet for more options and share your favorite ideas with us on Facebook!

Happy hosting!