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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!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Family Stories Month With Cindi and Eunice Bigelow

Sit back, relax, and brew your favorite Bigelow Tea because it’s Family Stories Month. With the weather growing colder and a mug of Salted Caramel Tea to keep you warm, this is the time to learn more about your family. Who knows, maybe Dad has a crazy story you haven’t heard yet!

Here’s a family story from Bigelow Tea employee J. David Silva, Sr., who has turned health and wellness into a family affair. Together, he and his family decided to kick-start their commitment to health. Each person kept track of their workouts in a journal to be discussed as a family on Saturdays, presumably with a cup of Bigelow Tea in hand!

And if you haven’t already heard the legendary “Because Mama Moved the Pony Stable” story about Bigelow family matriarch Ruth Bigelow and her mother’s determination, give it a read now. This is a family story worth sharing!

When celebrating Family Stories Month, doing something fun with a family member is key! In the video clip above, see two members of the Bigelow family having a ball. Third generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow has the recipe for this delicious Greenie Martini, but it’s her mother Eunice who really shakes it up!

It’s probably safe to assume that many tea fans out there enjoy sharing family stories over a nice mug of Bigelow Tea. Twitter fan @Hayley_Giles enjoys teatime and thinking about happy memories with her Grandma.

Which Bigelow Tea will you be sipping as you relive or create family stories this month?

 

Bigelow Tea Is Ready for America Recycles Day!

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On America Recycles Day, Bigelow Tea has some great news to share: For their 2014 fiscal year, 1,796,501 pounds of materials in all of their three facilities have been recycled, reused or composted. That’s quite a number!

Recycling is a top priority in Bigelow’s Sustainability program, which is all about the company’s commitment to social responsibility. This program has led to the creation of many innovative ways to encourage reducing or reusing excess materials at all three of Bigelow’s facilities: Louisville, Kentucky; Boise, Idaho, and Fairfield, Connecticut.

At all three manufacturing plants, items ranging from machine shop metal to packaging materials are given a second purpose. And in the Bigelow Tea offices, collection drives gather empty print cartridges, electronics and even videotapes for recycling.

While Bigelow Tea practices the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), they also want to know what their fellow tea drinkers are doing. Send a tweet to @BigelowTea and share your thoughts. @larellscardelli tweeted a suggestion to use ceramic not paper plates—great idea!

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Sip & Savor Bigelow Tea During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month everyone is encouraged to learn more about the disease and to consider ways to help those affected by it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know that rest and relaxation can be important parts of the healing process. So today, brew a mug of Bigelow Tea and take some time out for yourself. And since it’s a month to “think pink,” why not give English Breakfast Tea (in its pretty pink box) a try! It’s the favorite of many tea lovers including @smartdinnerplan who tweeted about it recently!

Like mindful meditation or deep breathing, sipping a soothing cup of Bigelow Tea can help calm your mind, body and soul. Herbal blends, in particular, offer aromas and tastes that can just “take you away” from it all. Try Chamomile Mango or the truly comforting blend Sweet Dreams®. Green Tea is another option, and studies have shown that it can be a lovely and delicious part of your everyday wellness.

Because October happens to offer some of the year’s prettiest weather, it’s a wonderful time to walk and savor life. So, whether you march in a Breast Cancer awareness walk or just step outside and meander to the mailbox, enjoy some fresh air and think about your health this month. Bigelow Tea will be ready for you when you come back inside!

 

Feed Your Neighbors: Bigelow Tea Highlights Food Bank Week

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If you don’t know where your community food bank is, this is the time to find out. During National Food Bank Week this week, local communities are educating people about the importance of donating and volunteering at food banks in an effort to alleviate hunger in the United States. Bigelow Tea is committed to this cause and encourages others to help their hungry neighbors too.

Near the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, CT, the Connecticut Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. It is the state’s largest centralized source of donated, emergency food in Connecticut and provides food products to more than 650 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries and child and adult day programs.  The Connecticut Food Bank uses the money it receives from the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge to supplement its ongoing distribution of donated food during the holiday season to 164 food pantries, soup kitchens, school and other programs. In Idaho, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is a long-time support of the Idaho Food Bank too@IdahoFoodbank has even tweeted about Bigelow’s assistance there.

With Thanksgiving just a month away, remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a “feast.” With a little awareness and some donations from tea lovers all over the U.S., hungry families across the country can enjoy a special holiday season too.

Image via CTfoodbank.org