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Bigelow Tea’s Commitment To SustainabiliTEA

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Bigelow Tea is a family owned and operated company that has always valued our place in the community and on our planet. Since Ruth Campbell Bigelow founded the company in 1945, we have worked with care and consideration for the world around us. We think this helps create positive energy, encouraging others to do good things for the earth too. That’s why we are a leader in energy efficiency programs and sustainability. It’s the right thing to do.

Cindi Bigelow has said, “do the right thing, and good things will follow.” We know that even small steps can help make the world a better place. That’s why we put so much effort into our SustainabiliTEA program, both expansive ideas (like our 1.5 million dollar solar panel project) and smaller steps, like asking employees to bring their own tea mugs to work to eliminate disposable cup usage.

Here are a few more waste reduction practices that we employ:

  • Our “single stream” recycling bins in the company cafeterias, which separate metal, glass and redeemable items.
  • Our programs to recycle electronics equipment such as computers and photo copiers.
  • Our efforts to recycle disposable batteries and replace them with rechargeable batteries.
  • Our system of sending the cooking oil from our Fairfield, CT cafeteria to a processing facility in Waterbury, CT where it is converted to biodiesel fuel.
  • Our process for recycling empty inkjet cartridges and donating them to the “Funding Factory Cartridge Recycling Program,” providing teachers with funding to buy computer supplies for students.

There’s more too … great and small efforts which are all important. We feel better doing our part and helping lead, because we value our customers our, communities, and our world!

 

Bigelow Tea Looks At High Blood Pressure On World Health Day

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Bigelow Tea
 reminds us that World Health Day is celebrated this Sunday, April 7, a date that marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. All over the earth people will be celebrating the importance of living productive, happy and healthy lives. As part of World Health Day in 2013, the WHO is focusing on the dangers of high blood pressure—a global problem affecting more than one in three adults across the planet.

High blood pressure (also hypertension raised blood pressure) is often undiagnosed because it doesn’t always cause clear symptoms. Unfortunately, it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, and the WHO says that awareness is a priority for health management. So exactly causes high blood pressure? The American Institute of stress says that while the exact causes are not known, several factors play a role, including smoking, family history and diet. The good news is there are steps that can be taken to combat high blood pressure and reduce the risks of deadly conditions like heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

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So take a minute with us at Bigelow Tea as we sit down—with a nice cup of tea like our Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea—to look at ways to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.  While there is no magic “cure,” the WHO suggests:

  • reducing salt intake
  • eating a balanced diet
  • avoiding harmful use of alcohol
  • taking regular physical activity
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • avoiding tobacco use

As you review the list of do’s and don’ts, enjoy that cup of Bigelow Tea! Some studies have even shown that drinking black tea or drinking green tea might help keep blood pressure in check. So here’s to your health on World Health Day 2013, and all the yearlong!

Image by C. Black via World Health Organization

Join Bigelow Tea in Celebrating Earth Month!

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Started in 1970, Earth Month has always been a time to raise awareness about the environment and to appreciate our planet in any way, shape or form! It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to do something that helps the earth! So whether you recycle, bring reusable bags to the grocery store, have energy saving light bulbs or decide to clean up trash around your neighborhood, it’s all about Sustainabili-TEA!

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Here at Bigelow Tea we love being green, not only in how we produce tea and run our business, but also in the tea itself!  We have a wonderful line of all natural Organic Teas that are grown by socially responsible farmers.  Each box contains twenty delicious tea bags with flavors ranging from Imperial Earl Grey to Moroccan Mint and Chamomile Citrus.  There’s even a White Tea with Raspberry & Chrysanthemum! But the best part is that our Organic Tea is totally earth-friendly, making it the perfect companion for Earth Month!

So, when you’re done helping the planet, sit back and relax with your favorite cup of Bigelow Organic Tea and celebrate being green with the arrival of spring and Earth Month!

 

Bigelow Tea Wins Fairfield County Business Council’s Healthy Workplaces Award

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Pictured above are (left to right) Chris Bruhl, President & CEO of the Business Council of Fairfield County, Pat Sorgenti, Corporate HR Manager, Bigelow Tea, and John King, Co-Chair of the Business Council’s Wellness Roundtable

We’ve got big news to share! The Business Council of Fairfield County recently presented Bigelow Tea with the Platinum “Healthy Workplaces Best Practices Award!” This award, which recognizes local businesses that offer health/wellness programs, marks the first platinum-level prize we’re received. 2013 also marks the fourth time we at Bigelow Tea have been honored for our health endeavors. Employee satisfaction is one of our company “prior-i-TEAs,” so we provide many wellness initiatives to our employees to keep their health and happiness in our workplace strong.

Our Corporate HR Manager Pat Sorgenti was on hand to receive the award, and Bigelow Tea owes many thanks to our entire HR Department. Their hard work is making it easier for Bigelow Tea employees to get involved in these programs. Our year-round offerings include a variety of activities that appeal to different personal interests and needs. They range from our “Lunch & Learn” sessions on various health and nutrition topics, to at work yoga programs, to blood pressure screenings and even a Weight Watchers program.

Employee participation is voluntary, but our programs have quite a turnout! “We take health seriously at Bigelow Tea,” says our President and CEO, Cindi Bigelow. “We’re delighted to provide these services to our employees. In the end we all benefit.” Yes, we do!

 

During Stress Awareness Month, Unwind With Bigelow Tea

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Even if stress seems unavoidable, it’s still manageable. During National Stress Awareness Month this April, Bigelow Tea is finding ways to cope with—and even avoid—being under pressure. Techniques that can help reduce stress and its related health risks include:

  • Finding better ways to manage your time by making a schedule or to-do list;
  • Changing your perception on how to handle stress. Be honest about what is working for you, and what’s not;
  • Letting go of the things we cannot change;
  • Learning to say “no” when it’s appropriate;
  • Getting plenty of rest and eating well;
  • Not being afraid to speak up or ask for help when needed.

Let’s add unwinding with a cup of tea to this list! And with good reason: Green tea contains L-theanine, a free (nonprotein) amino acid. According to a medical study, L-theanine produces a sense of relaxation by directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. In basic terms: it’s a state of feeling calm!

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So which tea to choose? Our Green Teas include “green” takes on popular blends such as our “Constant Comment”® and fruity flavors like mangopeach, and lemon. Or sip a soothing mug of our Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea. Alternatively, you might choose to end your night with our Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea.

During this month—and the ones before and after it!—make a habit of de-stressing with your favorite Bigelow Tea.

Top image by Jon Rawlinson via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea’s Life of PI Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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We are so excited to announce our winners for the Life of PI sweepstakes that took place in March.  We have many winners which we are so excited about!  Note that you will be contacted by someone at Bigelow Tea to confirm your contact information so we can send you your prize.  Congrats to all!!

Natalie from Pennsylvania
Tammy from California
Elizabeth from Texas
Kathy from Illinois
Kathy from New Jersey
Jane from Massachusetts
Evelyn from Pennsylvania
Rocky from Texas
Dale from Indiana
Jacqueline from Alberta, Canada
Liwei from Kentucky
Melody from Georgia
Patricia from Illinois
Kevin from New York
Susann from Pennsylvania
Arnie from Illinois
Meg from California
Cythia from Oregon
Wendy from Texas
Barb from Indiana
Doreen from New York
Mark from Kentucky
Dianna from Washington
Linda from Minnesota
Debra from Illinois
Dorothy from Ontario, Canada
Debby from Alaska
Deb from South Carolina
Lorrene from Pennsylvania
Cindy from Nebraska
Jeff from Kentucky
Cathie from Idaho
Dennis from Maryland
Evelyn from New York
Wendy from Pennsylvania
Kelly from Ontario, Canada
Denise from New York
Rhianna from Montana
Natalie from New Jersey
Connie from Arizona
Sandy from New Jersey
Philip from Utah
Lois from Florida
Donzella from New Jersey
Paula from Kentucky
Faith from Michigan
Madeline from New Jersey
Michelle from Ontario, Canada
Christine from Vermont
Pamela from Nebraska
Darcy from Washington
Stephanie from Washington
M Sharon from Pennsylvania
Carrie from Michigan
Mathew from New York
Dianne from Illinois
Kim from New York
Wendell from Florida
Tina from Michigan
Shawna from Arizona
Mary from California
Sandra from Ontario, Canada
Richard from Louisiana
Jan from Illinois
Deborah from Arkansas
Nicole from California
Ashley from New York
Holly from Massachusetts
Mike from Wisconsin
Linda  from Indiana
Stephanie from Illinois
Naomi from Maryland
Lynn from Quebec, Canada
Cheryl from Manitoba, Canada
Deb from Iowa
LuDennis from Pennsylvania
Georgia from Ohio
Jeni from Nevada
Jacob from Montana
Carla from Ilinois
Dea from Ohio
Megan from Washington
Crystal from Saskatchewan, Canada
Emily from Missouri
Yvonne from Maryland
Barbara from New Jersey
Tracie from Pennsylvania
Jason from Florida
Jamie from Texas
Kelly from Maryland
Donna from Georgia
Jane from New York
Tina from Arizona
Jill from Ohio
Sonam from California
Kristen from Florida
Antony Alberta, Canada
Darlene from Michigan
Amber from West Virginia
Bonnie from Michigan
Janine from British Columbia, Canada
Linda from Michigan
Donna from North Carolina
Tonya  from Michigan
Ralph from Maryland
Jodi from Ontario, Canada
Sandy from Michigan
Rhonda from Kansas
Sarah from Ohio
Phyllis from Kentucky
Myr from California
Susan from New Jersey
Heather from New Jersey
Tami from Ohio
Kathy from California
Sam from Alberta, Canada
Stephanie from Ontario, Canada
Linda from New Jersey
Kathy from West Virginia
Paula from New Hampshire
Cathy from New York
Chris from Massachusetts
Debbie from Manitoba, Canada
Susan from Rhode Island
Carrie from Washington
Dave from Iowa
Wenonah from South Carolina
Ron from South Carolina
Shirley from North Carolina
Lee from Ontario, Canada
Raymond from Maryland
Michelle from Florida
Jolene from Tennessee
Julie from Washington
Debbie from Nova Scotia, Canada
Amy from Connecticut
Linda from Oregon
Michelle from Ohio
Deborah from California
Melinda from Florida
James from Texas
Michelle from Arizona
Carol from Connecticut
Jessica from New York
Jackie from Oregon
Kelley from Virginia
Rise from Illinois*
Joanne from New Jersey
Anushi from Florida
Janet  from California
Judy from Pennsylvania
Shauna from Colorado
Jennifer from California
Versa from Delaware
Susan from Texas
MaryJane from Kentucky
Jeannie from California
Misty from Indiana
Marwa from Ontario, Canada
Tammy from Kansas
Amber from Tennessee
J from Utah
Julie from Michigan
Lauren from Pennsylvania
Patricia from Illinois
Lynn from California
Amber from Ontario, Canada
Susan from Iowa
Michelle from California
Patricia from West Virginia
Leah from Alabama
Sondra from Florida
Michele from Massachusetts
Grace from California
Nancy from New Jersey

Note: winners are not listed in order of prizes won

*we are sorry to say we made an error with this name, it’s Rise from Utah


‘Pin It To Win It’ In The Bigelow Tea Pinterest Sweepstakes!

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We are so excited to kick off Earth Month with our first-ever Pinterest sweepstakes! That’s right, this is your chance to “pin to win” a $100 gift card to shop on the Bigelow Tea website for all your favorite tea varieties and gifts (Mother’s Day is almost here!). Five lucky pinners will take home this tea-rific prize celebrating the natural goodness of tea!

We love connecting with tea fans on Pinterest, a popular social network that is all about sharing beautiful images of things we love—like tea, of course! So this sweepstakes is another way to invite you to the Pinterest party, if you haven’t joined already. Check it out, and you’ll see how easy it is to create your very own profile and get in on the pinning craze. And in true Pinterest spirit, you can improve your chances of winning this sweepstakes by sharing it with your friends. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to our Facebook page and click on the “Pin It To Win It” tab at the top, under the large cover photo.
  2. Fill out the form and “pin” one or more of the Bigelow Tea images shown to your Pinterest profile for a chance to win. Once you pin, your name will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes.
  3. “Share” the sweeps with your Facebook friends and another submission in your name will be added automatically!

That’s it! The sweepstakes ends April 30th.  Look for the names of the five winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck … and happy Earth Month!

 

Don’t Miss Out On Bigelow Tea’s Life of PI Sweepstakes … Enter Today!

btfriEven if you’re super-busy with a long list of things to accomplish … take a moment to enter our “Bigelow Relaxing Moments Sweepstakes” now, since today is the last day to enter! Co-sponsored by Bigelow Tea and 20th Century Fox, there are many prizes you won’t want to miss out on!

To enter, visit our Facebook page and “like” us (if you haven’t already). Then Click on the Sweepstakes icon under our cover photo and follow the instructions. It’s that easy … so get it on (and off) of your “to do list” today! You must enter by midnight EST tonight for a chance to win!

The combination of tea and a movie is so relaxing, that we thought we’d offer them up together this month. The twenty-five Grand Prize winners will receive a Panasonic Blu-Ray Player and a personalized Bigelow Tea Chest! Fifty additional winners will get the tea chest and the video of Life of PI! One hundred others will get a coupon for a box of Bigelow Tea and a $25 Walmart gift card! Here are the prize details.

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Grand Prize

Twenty-five (25) lucky Grand Prize winners will receive one (1) Panasonic Blu-Ray Player and one (1) personalized Bigelow Tea chest.

Total value: $230

1st Prize

Fifty (50) lucky winners will receive one (1) Life of PI video (available at Walmart on March 4, 2013) and one (1) personalized Bigelow Tea chest.

Total value: $60

2nd Prize

One hundred (100) lucky winners will receive a $25 Walmart gift card and one (1) box of Bigelow Tea.

Total value: $29

Look for an announcement of the winners on our Constant Comments blog!

Spring Into Easter Celebrations With Bigelow Tea!

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The Easter season is in full bloom with family gatherings, special foods and the joys of spring. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are so ready for sunny days and tulips in the garden–enjoyed while sipping tea, of course! With that in mind, we’re delighted to share a few of our favorite spring-inspired recipes (below) to grace your Easter buffet or party table, as well as a lovely gift basket that any tea lover would appreciate. With 40 individually wrapped tea bags in five flavors, sugar cookies and a brightly decorated mug, our Floribunda Basket pictured below makes an ideal hostess gift! Enjoy!

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Orange & Spice Pureed Carrot

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Ingredients:

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12  Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags*
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

Yield: Serves 6

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Constant Comment Tea 

Instructions:

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups (1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4  Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots.

To make the garnish—slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots

Minty Peas

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (90mL) whipping cream
Bigelow® Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags
1 pound bag (1kg) frozen peas
3 tablespoons (45mL) unsalted butter
Fresh mint for garnish

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Heat whipping cream, add tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes; remove bags, squeezing out excess.

Cook peas in microwave for approximately 8-9 minutes or until heated thoroughly, do not overcook as the peas will lose their shape.

Melt butter, combine with tea-infused cream, season with salt and pepper. Toss peas with cream mixture and serve hot. Garnish with mint if desired.

Photo by lukens via Flickr.com

Keep The Bigelow Tea Coming: It’s Still Cold & Flu Season

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The Cold and flu season is a simple reality that we have to deal with every year! But this past winter seems to have been more severe, starting early and hanging on in many areas of the country.  So Bigelow Tea wants to remind us that the flu is still out there! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that while influenza activity is declining overall, it remains high in some parts of the country and may continue for some time. So what should we be doing to stay one step ahead of the flu?

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, well, Mom was right: get plenty of rest and stay hydrated! Don’t forget that our bodies are made up primarily of water. When our immune systems are fighting bacterial or viral infections, our metabolism increases; kind of like a car with its engine racing. We need to keep adding water (our “gas”) to keep it going.

Can you think of a better reason to sit on a comfy couch and relax with a great cup of Bigelow Tea? Perhaps with our classic Green Tea with Lemon or maybe our Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea … or any of our amazing Green Teas would do!

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Along with hydration, keep in mind that managing stress levels is also important. It’s reported that chronic stress can have a detrimental effect on the body, even suppressing that ever-important immune system. One idea from Real Simple magazine to help stay healthy:  take a brisk walk. Then, when you return, sit down to a nice cup of tea! With the flu still looming, we know it’s the tastiest way to weather the flu season!

Image by stevendepolo via Flickr.com