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Bigelow Tea Is Recognized As A Zero Waste Company!

Because Bigelow Tea is committed to our local and global community, we do our best to reduce waste and maintain a strong corporate culture of sustainability. Over the last few years, Bigelow Tea has ramped up that commitment even more—working to achieve “Zero Waste to Landfill” status based on the guidelines from the Zero Waste International Alliance International. We’re pleased to announce that we have now achieved that goal!

Recycling in the Bigelow Tea cafeteria’s kitchen

Through our aggressive programs of recycling, raw material reduction, reuse and composting methods, we not only met but exceeded the requirements. In fact, each of Bigelow Tea’s plants now diverts between 92 and 100% of solid waste away from the landfill. We are officially a Zero Waste to Landfill Company, and are so proud of all that means!

Loading cardboard for recycling

With all the energy we put into our Sustainabili-TEA program, this next level of ecological achievement was a natural progression. It took a community effort to qualify for “Zero Waste to Landfill” recognition: everyone from our Plant Managers to our Bigelow Green Teams and Bigelow Tea employees, to our composting partners at all three of our plants helped us make the grade.

“We are committed to achieving and maintaining excellence in all facets of our business,” said Cindi Bigelow, president of Bigelow Tea. “We set the bar high then challenged company employees to meet it.  And meet it they did by finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle everything—from materials used daily in the manufacturing process to the cups, plates and utensils used in all three cafeterias!  Clearly, we’re on the right track and that feels great.”

Recycling foils

Bigelow Tea’s greening efforts to date go beyond waste reduction including a 5-year savings of nearly 6.5 million kWh of electricity, 800,000 gallons water and 1.7 million cubic feet natural gas.

Together, we are making a difference!


The 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Takes Place This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, September 30thBigelow Tea is hosting its 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, the annual 5K Road Race, a non-competitive Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that’s fun for the whole family! We hope you’ll join the more than 1,000 runners and walkers to have fun and to help raise $100k –100% of which will go to 16 local charities, because together we make a difference! We’re so proud of the quarter century of smiles that the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge has provided for the people in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

When it comes to community involvement, the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea employees keep very busy, from helping build homes for families in need, to book drives, to school mentoring programs. Our commitment to supporting worthy causes is all a part of our Bigelow Mission statement.

“Our community involvement goes beyond being good corporate citizens. We love to support our community!” says Cindi Bigelow, third generation president of Bigelow Tea. “And the 25th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is a great way to have fun while helping to make an incredible difference in the lives of so many people.”

The organizations that will benefit from this year’s Community Challenge include the Fairfield YMCA, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Fairfield Senior Center, all important and worthy community groups!

So please join us at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in historic Southport, Connecticut this Sunday! Take part in the festivities, including a raffle with a grand prize of two plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S., donated by Warren Travel Agency.  A free 25th Anniversary T-shirt, goody bag, food, drinks and childcare will be provided for the first participants to register. And this year, in honor of the anniversary, there will be a silent auction of signed sporting memorabilia donated by the NY Yankees. Click here to register and here for more information and directions to the event.

Please make plans to join us on this Sunday, September 30th! Cindi and the Bigelow family look forward to seeing you there!


Charitable Giving Begins at Home With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Bigelow Tea tradition. So it is with immense pride that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Road Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that has grown steadily over the years to benefit 16 non-profit organizations in communities that neighbor our Fairfield, CT headquarters. What started as a “little race,” as Cindi Bigelow recalled recently, is now a major community event with over 1,000 people expected where we hope to raise more than $100,000 in donations this year – 100% of which will be distributed. (Cindi is pictured above on a recent visit to the Mercy Learning Center that provides basic literacy and life skills to low-income women in the greater Bridgeport area. To date, the event has earned over $800,000! What a tribute to our community!

Since all of the proceeds go to charities, we wanted to take a minute to highlight the list of beneficiaries and the wonderful work they do for people in need:

We encourage you to learn more about these charities … and to join us on September 30 at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club for a morning filled with family fun. The 2012 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge offers something for everyone, including a 5K Road Race, non-competitive Fitness Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. There’s still time to register! You can help make a difference!


Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hispanics Who Enrich Our Nation

Bigelow Tea is once again excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We’re raising a cup of tea as we join many others throughout the United States to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

So, grab your Pomegranate Margarita and join us in honoring these wonderful men and women. Here are profiles of two of the many famous and notable Hispanics who’ve made contributions to society here in the U.S.

Gloria Estefan

“Get on your feet, get up and make it happen!” This Cuban songstress is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter otherwise known as the “Queen of Latin Pop.” With multiple Grammy Awards under her belt, Estefan also has several entrepreneurial ventures including hotels and restaurants. Look for her soon on The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep opposite Joe Jonas and Nelly.

Roberto Clemente

Born in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente worked hard for money and played baseball in his spare time. Recruited to play on a local team, Clemente was eventually given the opportunity to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an All-Star both on and off the field with his charity work. Sadly, Clemente lost his life helping others.

At Bigelow Tea we celebrate Hispanic Heritage all year long with our bilingual packaging on many products. Our Hispanic customers can make Té Verde a part of their celebration! Speaking of which, we have tea recipes fit for a fiesta, so be sure to browse our website to find a dish to pair perfectly with your favorite tea!

And check out this fun recording (courtesy of Radio Cumbre in Bridgeport CT) of Cindi Bigelow welcoming the local Hispanic community to the 25th Anniversary of the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.  Click the forward button to play.  Enjoy!

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The Perfect Hospitality Basket From Bigelow Tea


The warmer weather has not only brought beach days and fun in the sun, but it typically has taken us on a journey or two. Sometimes the trip is to a remote locale, but other times we find ourselves visiting friends or relatives who live just far enough away which allows for a perfect weekend getaway. How can we thank the host or hostess who goes out of their way to make us feel?  We at Bigelow Tea have the answer and the perfect gift: our Hospitality Basket! This pretty arrangement of teas and gifts is full of warmth and cheer … and it has just become available this summer! It’s a traveler’s best companion.

Not only is it simply proper etiquette to bring a gift if you are visiting with someone on your travels, but giving tea is actually a tradition with a long history. The word hospitality comes from the word hospital, which originally was a place of shelter and rest. Likewise, tea and the serving of tea are often associated with the spirit of hospitality.

Whether you are visiting for a night, or maybe just stopping by a friend’s pool for the day, nothing says thank you for welcoming us like a basket full of tea. Your host and hostess will know that you appreciate all of their efforts in making you feel welcome. And there’s one other upside of bringing this wonderful basket as a gracious guest: we can almost guarantee that you’ll be invited back … maybe for tea next time!


Enjoy A Taste Of Paris With Bigelow Tea

Ah … the flowers of gay Paris! Gorgeous blooms abound on many Paris boulevards, displayed to entice in shop windows and right on the sidewalk. If a trip to France isn’t on your itinerary this summer, please allow Bigelow Tea to transport you to the flowers, colors and excitement of Paris with a floral-themed gift!

Our Filigree Metal Cup and Saucer, is oh-so reminiscent of those Paris flower shops we adore. It’s filled with seven delicious teas: Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Vanilla Caramel, Green Tea, Orange & Spice Herb Tea, I Love Lemon Herb Tea, and Peppermint Herb Tea (56 tea bags in all). This lovely gift comes in pink, lavender and white. Each accented with an adorable daisy. Ooh la la!

As your own garden flourishes, take a cue from the Parisians and bring the beautiful bounty indoors. Once you’ve finished enjoying the delectable flavors of Bigelow Tea in the Filigree Metal Cup, you can use the wire vessel as a holder for your favorite plant!

And remember … even if it’s just a daydream while we sip tea at home, we’ll always have Paris!

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Try New Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea From Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea is excited to introduce Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea, the latest addition to our very extensive lineup of herb teas–all caffeine free and expertly blended with the finest herbs, fruits and spices!

We know there are many fans of our herbal teas, so we’re always working on new flavor combinations to add to your list of favorites. And we think Cranberry Hibiscus will make it to the top of your list as soon as you give it a try! This unique blend features hibiscus, roobios, apple, cranberry fiber, cranberry seeds, natural cranberry and raspberry flavors, and other natural flavors. Cranberry lovers will appreciate the invigorating taste of cranberry tempered with just the right amount of sweetness. Another great cranberry herb blend to try is Cranberry & Ginseng Herb Plus Tea.

It’s worth noting that herb teas don’t contain actual tea leaves. Their appeal is rich, bright flavors that can be enjoyed anytime of day or night since there’s no caffeine to interfere with your sleep. Try a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea with a breakfast scone or a sweet treat in the evening. Perfection!

An Affirmative Commitment To Our Customers From Bigelow Tea

Let’s talk about the ubiquitous corporate mission statement, the sometimes dry statement of policy and priorities published by many companies.  A typical mission statement outlines the framework of overall decision-making and the company’s purpose for existence. This is all well and good, but what does it mean to us at of Bigelow Tea on a personal level?  And what does our mission statement mean to tea lovers who relish their cups?

Bigelow Tea’s Mission Statement serves as a testament for our deep values, a dedication to you and to everyone we do business with. It’s there, on our website, for all to read – our customers, employees and suppliers.

So what does the Bigelow Tea’s mission statement tell us about our daily cup? Let’s take a brief look:

  • Satisfied Consumers. The consumer is always number one, and our focus is on producing teas that offer a unique and gratifying experience. Flavor and freshness are prime considerations in creating our teas!
  • Strong Relationships. We continually work to build and maintain strong business relationships. Through excellent communication and mutual respect, we grow and prosper together.
  • Satisfied Employees. We’re dedicated to our employees, providing them with challenging and positive environments at work. We know that each employee plays a pivotal role in the success of Bigelow Tea!
  • Good Corporate Citizen. Our work is dedicated to strong ethical business practices of the highest standards. We support local communities and national causes; and we remain committed to protecting our environment, continually striving to improve the environmental responsiveness of our packaging.

That’s the living and breathing Bigelow Tea Mission Statement. When all is said and done, you could say that it all boils down to a fantastic cup of tea, every time!

Are You Ready For The 25th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge?

We’re all excited here at Bigelow Tea about the 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, coming Sunday, September 30th. The annual Community Challenge features a 5k Road Race, Non-Competitive Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run —all of which promise to be great family fun for all.  The event attracts a crowd of 1000+ and is expected to raise $100k – 100% of which goes to 16 local charities which includes the Fairfield Senior Center, the Connecticut Food Bank and the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center….all such important causes!

The event takes place at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, located in historic Southport, Connecticut. There will be several events including:

  • 5K Road Race (begins at 10:10am).
  • 2-Mile Fitness Walk (begins at 9:30am).
  • Kids’ Fun Run (which includes the 100-yard Scamper, that dashes off at 9:00am., the 1/2 Mile Jog that starts at 9:10am, and the Kids’ Mile Run that begins after completion of 1/2 mile jog).

Click here to register, and check out this page for more information on directions to the event, donations and division sponsorships. Free T-Shirts, Goody Bags, Food, Drinks and Childcare and will be provided for all registrants.  Plus: don’t miss out on the exciting raffle with great prizes that range from our tasty and delicious Bigelow teas to the fantastic grand prize of two plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S., donated by Warren Travel Agency!

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is a family-friendly tradition that Bigelow Tea is proud to organize and sponsor for 25 years. Participation has grown and the proceeds make an incredible difference in the lives of many people in Fairfield, Bridgeport and surrounding communities. We can’t thank you enough your support and we hope you make plans to attend on September 30th!


Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Lemonade Day With A Twist!

If you’re looking for the ideal day to sip lemonade on the porch or let the little ones run a lemonade stand, how about August 20th? It happens to be National Lemonade Day! Here at Bigelow Tea, we love the flavor of lemon and have our own take on this classic summer drink with our Half and Half Iced Tea and Lemonade Blends. With two varieties of the Bigelow Half and Half beverage—Iced Tea and Lemonade and Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate—it’s double the fun!

Now back to that lemonade stand! National Lemonade Day is all about encouraging young people to learn about business, develop entrepreneurial skills and teach them how to become contributing members of society by setting up a lemonade stand!

We love the idea of kids becoming entrepreneurs … and we think the customers might return again and again if the stand serves a variety of cold beverages like our Bigelow Tea Half and Half Iced Tea and Lemonade Blends. They’re flavorful and super easy to make! To keep the stand’s inventory even more diverse, kids and their parents could try making Half and Half Iced Tea and Lemonade Ice Pops.  On a hot day, there is nothing the customers will want more!

Just remember: when life gives you lemons, make Bigelow Tea Half and Half Iced Tea and Lemonade! Happy Lemonade Day!

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