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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

Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month With Bigelow Tea!

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September is that glorious month when summer meets and greets autumn, and Mother Nature celebrates this  “changing of the guard” by providing a rich and flavorful bounty of vegetables and fruit.  Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating National Organic Harvest Month™  to help raise awareness of the importance of North American organic agriculture and to encourage people to choose healthy (and tasty!) organic foods.  When you “go organic” and make efforts to live sustainably, you reap what you sow… literally, and in the best possible way.

bigelow tea organicBigelow Tea has turned the practice of Sustainabili-TEA into a lifestyle choice.  From community involvement to waste reduction and energy conservation, Bigelow Tea is 100% committed to preserving the environment, eating  healthy foods, and drinking plenty of Bigelow Tea! With a flavorful selection of certified organic teas at your fingertips, tea fans who choose to go organic, have many options, like Organic Imperial Earl Grey with Natural Bergamot or Organic Moroccan Mint Herbal Tea. And, for those purists (you know who you are!), nothing says organic like Bigelow Tea’s  All Natural Organic Pure Green Tea (USDA organic)!  All of Nature’s goodness in one little teabag…  simply marvelous!   Just ask@abrinezr, who tweeted a pic of the teas; he’ll give it a green thumb’s up!

So, as you bid summer a fond “adieu” and say “hello” to the colorful season of autumn, savor the natural flavors of organic food and libation.

2nd image by Jina Lee via Wikimedia Commons

Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Will Be Best Ever

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One of Bigelow Tea’s favorite events is just around the corner! It’s time to lace up your running shoes and gather friends and family for the 27th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge event this Sunday, September 28, in Fairfield, CT.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get fit, this is a fun opportunity to support the community. Last year, lots of Bigelow Tea fans, like @CultureCacheCT, were tweeting about the event and the charities it supports!

Bigelow Tea donates 100 percent of proceeds to local organizations that provide members of the community with shelter, educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring, recreational programs, and stock food pantries. 3rd generation Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, personally visits these charities to observe, first-hand the impact these Community Challenge dollars have on the various programs and says, “Each year I am overwhelmed by the enormous need here in our community and by the fine services these charities provide.”

The Community Challenge is a perfect event to bring the whole family. In addition to featuring a 5k certified course, there’s also a 2-Mile Fitness Walk, and Kids’ Fun Run. Childcare will be available so participants can run or walk.

In 2013, the event raised $115k, and Bigleow Tea would like to beat that number! So Register now for the Community Challenge, it’s not too late!

 

Good Water Is Key At Bigelow Tea

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Quietly sipping and savoring a cup of aromatic Bigelow Tea on a warm summer day is like stepping into a Zen-like state in which the pure water is the Yin and the flavorful tea is the Yang.  One complements the other.  If the water is pure, the tea experience will be delightful.  If the water quality is poor, the tea will be compromised.  It’s just that simple. So, in honor of National Water Quality Month, Bigelow Tea has some Sustainabili-TEA tips to help you optimize the water quality in your home, so that every drop of water is the best (and safest) you can drink.

The problem with hard water (water with a high mineral content), is that it tastes metallic and may leave a film floating in your teacup or kettle ―making it less desirable for tea, hot or iced. Water quality not only affects our tea drinking experience, it impacts our health and the environment.

So, what to do? First, know the water quality in your house.  Next, consider  installing either  a whole-house distiller or faucet filters.  If cost is a concern, buy yourself a filtered pitcher. Then, put the kettle on and have a perfect cup of worry-free tea!  Follow @MelodyAWriter’s suggestion and try some Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea.

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Photo by Kristina Walter via Wikimedia  Commons.

Listen To Cindi Bigelow Explain Bigelow Tea Sustainabili-TEA!

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Cindi Bigelow was on the radio again—this time talking about sustainabili-TEA, always a hot topic at Bigelow Tea! Take a few minutes to listen to her radio interview on the It’s Your Health Network. In honor of Earth Month, here are some highlights from the conversation with host Lisa Davis:

  • Cindi, who is third-generation president and CEO of the family-owned business, noted that caring for the environment, employees and the community are deeply ingrained company values. All three Bigelow Tea facilities have GWC (Greening, Wellness, Community) committees that consider “how do we become healthier as a family, as a community?”
  • 880 Solar Panels were installed on the roof of the Fairfield headquarters in 2007 and currently provide up to 15 percent of energy used there.
  • The company now composts two tons of material from the three facilities!

Cindi said, “We [act sustainably] because it’s the right thing to do.” Be sure to listen to the full interview to learn more, and while you’re at, share your family’s favorite #sustainabilitea tips on Twitter or Instagram!

(Image via Fairfield Citizen News featuring Jim Glidea next to Bigelow Tea solar panels)

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Sustainabili-TEA!

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The Bigelow Tea Green Team believes in Sustainabili-TEA! This year the group mobilized for this past April’s Earth Week by planning daily activities highlighting the Bigelow family’s longstanding commitment to earth-friendly practices and giving back to the community. Here’s a snapshot of the week in April:

Monday -

For the second year, employees planted a community garden (pictured above) at the Fairfield, CT headquarters continuing a tradition that benefits the local community and environment—a sustainabili-TEA win-win! Last year, the group was proud to donate vegetables from the garden to local charities and looks forward to sharing the bounty once again this fall.

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Tuesday -

Employees learned about the many options available to conserve energy and recycle textiles, as well as options for carpooling, home energy solutions, residential geothermal, solar installations and home composting.

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Wednesday –

Employees removed trash and litter from their outdoor landscape and donated textiles and gently used items to the on-site Salvation Army truck. While indoors, they cleaned up their work area by gathering office equipment to donate and recycling ink toner cartridges, paper, batteries and light bulbs, as well as composting appropriate items.

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Thursday-

An outdoor farmers market featured soaps made from goats’ milk, farm-raised eggs, assorted fresh baked goods, roasted coffee and a variety of vegetables.

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Friday –

Employees used items that they would normally trash or recycle and repurposed them into a lovely spring art decoration.

What a week we had! Stay tuned for updates on the Community Garden throughout the growing season, and check out the Bigelow Tea Giving Back board on Pinterest to see other ways employees are making a difference all year long. And please do share your own ideas on how to #giveback!

 

World Environment Day With Bigelow Tea

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Tomorrow Bigelow Tea celebrates World Environment Day, a day created to inspire and empower people to become actively engaged in sustainable and equitable development, so that the world may enjoy a safer future. This year’s focus is to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on small island developing states around the world.

The entire Bigelow Tea family of energetic, eco-conscious men and women is committed to protecting and developing the environment.  An extensive Sustainabili-TEA program is in place, dedicated to supporting energy conservation through efficient operations and product transportation, as well as reducing emissions with solar energy (with one facet including the installation of 880 solar panels at Corporate Headquarters in Connecticut!). Bigelow Tea is also a member the Ethical Tea Partnership—a move that is getting a green thumbs up from Facebook fans like Jo Ryan, who loves Bigelow Tea’s “concern for this initiative.”

The Bigelow Tea philosophy is “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” Sustainabili-TEA is all about people, community, partnerships and ethics. And, of course, tea! Let’s all remember this on World Environment Day, and every day.

 

Sustainabili-TEA With Bigelow On “Learn About Composting” Day

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Bigelow Tea’s Community Garden

Tomorrow is “Learn About Composting Day ” and Bigelow Tea is sharing some Sustainabili-TEA wisdom to encourage you to compost as much as you can!  Following the dictum “practice what you preach,” Bigelow Tea composts 2 tons per month as part of a company-wide waste reduction practice!

How can you do your part? Well, when you’ve savored that last sip of your favorite Bigelow Tea and are ready to toss the used teabag into the garbage … stop!  Teabags can be recycled and composted! So throw it into the compost heap! And don’t stop with the paper filter teabag! The string and tag on every Bigelow teabag is also compostable.  Even the box containing the teas can be thrown into the compost bin!

There’s definitely an art to making good compost.  By mixing together a variety of organic materials like weeds, grass, prunings, shredded twigs and certain types of paper, fruits, vegetables, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds and tea/teabags, you produce rich, crumbly compost when these organic materials are broken down—a process which takes six months to a year. Then the compost may be used as mulch and soil fertilizer.  You may want to buy or build a composting bin for both yard and food scraps, alternately layering each type of waste.

Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating the wonderful, green earth.  And remember, like the Bigelow Tea family did with its Community Garden (pictured above)—always share your bounty with others! As @PatriciaKirkwood said on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle everyday!”  It’s the right thing to do. #Bigelowfamily

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates CT Rides Week

Bigelow Tea CT Rides weekConnecticut Governor Dannel Malloy issued a proclamation declaring that May 12th through May 16th was CT Rides Week and encouraged all solitary drivers to try alternative methods of transportation when traveling or working within the State of Connecticut–even if it was for just one day that week. Drivers were asked to take advantage of various ride sharing options including bus, train, carpool or vanpool.

By visiting www.CTrides.com/week, commuters were able to sign up to participate and join others who also shared a ride during CT Rides Week. As part of the week’s challenge, CT Rides was at Bigelow Tea on Monday May 12th to kick off the week and to encourage employees to sign up registering for CT Rides. All those who signed up during this visit were eligible to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card for Applebee’s (just for Bigelow Tea employees) and then a statewide raffle for a $100 gift card.

As part of the second phase of the Bigelow Tea event, CT Rides was back out on Friday May 16th. This was “Ride Your Bike to Work Day.” All those who actually carpooled, biked, walked, used the train or took the bus during the week were eligible for a second raffle featuring a new mountain bike. Everyone who participated in “Ride Your Bike to Work Day” was also eligible for a raffle of bike helmets. Paul Caponera won the bike and Jim Gildea and Claudia Ardouni won bike helmets.

The week was very successful on a number of different fronts. Nearly 20 percent of Bigelow Tea employees participated in CT Rides Week, and the company continues to be strong partners with CT Rides. More importantly, the week provided a benefit to the environment and the Earth. Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality.  An individual switching a 20-mile round trip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. 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.

 

-Jim Gildea, Fairfield, CT Plant Manager