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Bigelow Tea Is Seeing Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated March 17 (on Sunday this year), causing merriment to surround all things Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things green, just like the month of March, which Bigelow Tea celebrates as a grand green month!

Ireland has observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years, but here in the New World celebrating St. Pat has been more recent–the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has only been around for around 250 years! St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures, and most of us have heard the traditional story of him banishing all the snakes from Ireland. But St. Patrick’s Day has evolved, here in the U.S., into a day of wearing green and sharing the camaraderie of friend … Irish or not!

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Yes, green is our thing this month and Bigelow Tea is proud to feature our wide selection of outstanding Green Teas for your pleasure. Like our Green Tea with Mint—a blendin’ of the green that is just the ticket for the wearin’ of the green! It’s part of all the green that March brings us, like the blooming of spring flowers, watching golfers getting back on the greens, and even the punk-rock group Green Day revving up a new March tour!

Bigelow tea knows how to ramp up the power of green too. May we suggest the ubiquitous Greenie Mar-TEA-ni for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Shake things up with this TEA-lightful Bigelow Tea signature beverage, featuring our Green Tea with Pomegranate. Let us help you celebrate the drinkin’ of the green with Bigelow Tea on this St. Patrick’s Day!

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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Green It Up This March With Bigelow Tea

It’s March … the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the flowers are thinking about blooming! Bigelow Tea loves all the green that March brings! Not only does it make us think about all the fantastic Green Tea varieties we make, but it also reminds us of “being green” and conserving resources. Bigelow Tea is all aboutSustainabili-TEA!

So let’s welcome the Spring Season with these two Bigelow Tea videos about our environmental efforts!  In the first video, Bigelow Tea Trash Talk, watch “Mother Nature” as she checks out some of the processes and procedures used to lower our company’s impact on the environment at our production facilities and offices.

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And in this SustainabiliTea video, hear what it means to our employees to participate in our Sustainabili-TEA efforts. From composting to saving electricity to shipping, our incredible team are green through and through!

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Enjoy these videos with your cup of Green Tea, and “green” it up this March with Bigelow Tea!
 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Women’s History And Our Matriarch Ruth C. Bigelow

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This month is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to history, culture and society. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination” … and Bigelow Tea has a wonderful and inspirational story for you! Turn on the kettle, and read on to be inspired by our founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow!

National Women’s History Month has only been observed since 1987, but our inspirational women’s tale starts back in 1945 in Ruth’s kitchen, when she started a food company just after the Depression. She happened to love tea, but not the lackluster varieties found at the store, so she set out to create her own zestful tea flavor based on a special tea recipe from the Colonial times.

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She experimented with spices and orange peel, tweaked it this way and that, and voila, “Constant Comment”®, the new talk of the town was born. Talk about innovation—especially for a woman during that time period! Ruth just knew that other people would enjoy her distinctive tea, but did she think that it would become the most popular specialty tea flavor in America? Well, perhaps … especially considering her forethought in naming it for the constant comments it was receiving! Ruth’s daughter-in-law, Eunice, and the Bigelow family moved forward and created and expanded the flavors and varieties of teas they produced. The company is now run by Ruth’s passionate and dedicated granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, another inspirational woman!

So, during National Women’s History Month, as we drink our “Constant Comment” tea, we can think back and thank Ruth Campbell Bigelow for her imagination and her creativity. A truly inspiring and innovative woman, indeed.

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Save Your Vision Month

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It’s Save Your Vision Month, and Bigelow Tea wants to make sure you’re taking care of those twinkling eyes of yours! We hope you’ll be sure to wear protective eyewear in sports and on the job (if necessary), take breaks from your time on the computer, keep sunglasses handy—even in winter!—and drink lots of Bigelow Tea!

Back in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan designated the first week in March to be “Save Your Vision Week,” he stated the following: “Of all God’s gifts, the ability to see is one of the most precious. …  It enables man to enjoy the magnificence of a sunset and the promise of a rainbow.” During this week people are encouraged to get their vision checked and to consider the importance of keeping their eyes safe.

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The human eye is a complicated and amazing organ. It takes light and helps our brain turn it into an image. We think David Thoreau was right on target when he called them the “jewels of the body.” Some research has even shown that Green Tea can help keep your eyes healthy!

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So, this year, during the month of March, remember your eyes. Keep them safe, and maybe use them to select and make a delicious cup of Bigelow Tea. With our “rainbow” of flavors and varieties, we think your eyes will enjoy picking out your favorite blend. And, when you watch the leaves steeping and the steam rising from your mug, you’ll also have your eyes to thank!

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Which Celebrity Would You Like To Share Bigelow Tea With?

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Have you ever played that game at a party asking “who would be the famous person, dead or alive, that you’d most like to meet?” Being tea-lovers, we at Bigelow Tea know that a first encounter is one thing, but relaxing over a newly poured cup of our favorite tea (whichever that may be), with the steam gently rising, the aromas wafting up … well, that’s something all-together different. It brings people to a whole new level of relaxation. Plus, when you are sharing a cup, it just seems easier to get to know each other. It’s one of our favorite things about tea!

Well then, let’s play our own party game. Say you are sitting in a comfy chair with a cute little table in front of you, another cozy chair just across. Tell us: which famous tea enthusiast (past or present) would you most want to share your afternoon tea?



Bigelow Tea’s Connecticut Green Team

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To become the model for the rest of our company, the Production Green Team has been working diligently towards refining and improving our production and warehouse recycling efforts.  Our goal is to reduce and then eliminate waste from our production of tea here in our Fairfield Plant.  This does not come without some big hurdles.  We have paper, foil, corrugated, plastics, plastic bags both clear and colored, card stock, cans and bottles, glass, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, electronic items, metal, nylon, and my least favorite disposable material of all STYROFOAM.  Hate it… this is probably the single most useless product in America.

It is amazing how detailed recycling and composting can be.  The sizes and colors of bins, the location of these bins and of course the removal of the said waste products, as they are recovered from our manufacturing process.  We are fast finding out, that like in real estate and business location is everything.  Location determines how much more efficiently we can recover our waste and still keep our fellow employees close to their work stations.  This way they can continue doing the jobs efficiently, so the company can keep up with and exceed our tea bag per minute standard.  After all making tea bags is what we do and someone has to operate and maintain the machinery, to reach 1 plus billion bags of tea per year.

Educating our co-workers is another one of our other challenges, even our temporary employees are educated on what goes where.  Here at Bigelow we are always looking for alternatives to “throwing out the trash”.  With this being said the rules for disposal are forever changing what was trash today is recycled tomorrow and that then might become compostable next week.  For instance in our cafeteria we went from products that would be thrown out, to recyclable and now all of our cafeteria utensils and serving ware are compostable.  The company has used physical samples, posters, videos, emails and the “recycling police” (a group of employees telling people what goes where during lunch breaks).  With more training to come so we may become more proficient, thus making our company and employees more environmentally aware both here at work and at home.

Look for our greening efforts to take place in the near future throughout the Fairfield facility.  We should really be able to increase our environmentally friendly waste and continue to reduce our “bad” trash in the upcoming months with the help of all our fellow employees.

Bigelow Tea Takes a Fruity Approach to National Nutrition Month

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Yes, we know the Valentine’s Day candy was hard to ignore. But now, after indulging on many holiday delights, Bigelow Tea thinks it’s time to get back on track with healthy eating! So, as March marks National Nutrition Month, let’s make sure our plates stay full of fruits and veggies.

The USDA gave us all a vibrant push in eating right, too. Last year, its iconic food pyramid got a major overhaul by becoming a colorful plate to show us how to include more greens, reds and other healthy “colorful” foods in our diets. And if you’re thinking of a colorful cup of tea, some of fruit-flavored teas might be just what you’re looking for! Go ahead and try a taste of Bigelow Tea in orangeblueberrypomegranateraspberry, or peach. Some teas, like our Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea, contain real fruit juice concentrate.

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It’s also important to stay hydrated. At Bigelow our teas provide a delightful way of doing so. If you find lemon very refreshing, we offer several lemony options. For example, our Lemon Lift black tea mixes just the right amount of citrus with a good dash of spice, while our aptly-named I Love Lemon herb tea is a refreshing blend…both can be enjoyed hot or cold. What a wonderful way to keep hydrated during National Nutrition Month!

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So in March—as well as in the months that follow!—don’t be afraid to get fruity … with your pick of Bigelow Teas. We’re happy to do the same thing, year-round.

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Bigelow Tea Highlights The Power Of Youth In Going Green!

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National Green Week, which took place a few weeks ago, is all about inspiring young people to embrace sustainability. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are well along our own “Sustainabili-TEA” journey and love seeing so many innovative programs dedicated to educating future guardians of the planet! Although February 4-8 is officially “Green Week,” schools and individuals are encouraged to pick any day or week up until Earth Month in April to do something in support of sustainability.

To get the ball rolling, the Green Education Foundation’s website offers project themes for K-12 students, including a Waste Reduction Challenge that teaches about the benefits of recycling. The kids learn, for instance, that recycling one ton of paper would save enough energy to power the average American home for six months! Another great option is the Green Energy Challenge, empowering children to take small steps that can have “a big collective impact on our environment, our economy and our societies.”

Bigelow Tea’s own green education has evolved over several years, with many employees becoming key initiators and supporters of energy-saving changes. Check out this video highlighting the many ways we are making Sustainabili-TEA an integral part of our business. We’re especially proud to have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status at all three of our facilities through aggressive recycling, reuse and composting methods championed by plant managers.

Of course, the job is never finished, and Bigelow Tea stands with the nation’s students and educators in the ongoing effort to learn all we can about how to protect the environment and conserve our precious natural resources!

 

Mul-TEA-tasking: 8 DIY Ways To Use Bigelow Tea

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At home, there’s more than one way to enjoy Bigelow Tea! In recognizing February as our “Do It Yourself” month, our employees have tested certain methods that put our teas to good uses. And our results have been successful!

So, here are eight tried-and-true ways for you to DIY with Bigelow Tea:

  1. Reduce razor burn

To soothe razor burn and relieve painful nicks and cuts, apply a wet Bigelow Tea bag to the affected area. And don’t forget to replace the blade before your next shave.

  1. Relieve your tired eyes 

Soak two Bigelow Tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

  1. Soothing mouthwash

To ease mouth sensitivity, rinse your mouth with a cup of hot Bigelow Peppermint Tea mixed with a pinch or two of salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which reduces pain on contact with skin surfaces.

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  1. Perfume a sachet

Next time you make a sachet, try perfuming it with the aroma of your favorite Bigelow herbal tea. Open a few used herbal tea bags and spread the wet tea on some old newspaper to dry. Then use the dry tea as stuffing for the sachet.

  1. Enhance your compost pile

To speed up the decomposition process and enrich your compost, pour a few cups of strongly brewed Bigelow Tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and draw acid-producing bacteria, creating desirable acid-rich compost.

  1. Clean wood furniture and floors

Freshly brewed black Bigelow Tea is great for cleaning wood furniture and floors. Simply boil 2 tea bags in a quart of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

  1. Prepare planter for potting

For healthier acid-loving potted plants, place 2 or more used Bigelow black or green tea bags on top of the drainage layer at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil.

  1. Shine your mirrors

Brew a pot of strong Bigelow black tea such as Earl GreyEnglish Breakfast or Darjeeling, let it cool, and then use it to clean the mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it all over the surface of the mirrors. Then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a sparkly, streak-free shine.

And then reward yourself with a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea Appreciates The Busy Tea Service At Downton Abbey!

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It’s the hot drama of the season, BBC’s Downton Abbey, with its aristocratic family and servants living on a country estate in the early decades of 20th century England. The show started off as a huge hit in the UK, and by season two it was cemented as a worldwide event, more popular than any other offering in the history of “Masterpiece!” Here at Bigelow Tea we’re mesmerized by the drama … and we’re particularly enthralled by all of the tea being consumed! The busy Crawley house is ensconced in tea culture, with everybody, both master and servant, enjoying their daily cup. Accordingly, Downton has become a cause for celebration among millions of tea fans like us!

The passion runs deep. Many fans on this side of the pond greeted season three with afternoon tea parties, from New York to San Francisco, celebrating all the stars of Downton, including Maggie Smith, the newly introduced Shirley McClain, and their prominent co-star: tea!

The abbey that serves as the setting of the BBC production is also a star. For centuries Highclere Castle has been the real-life home of the aristocratic Carnarvon family, hosting kings and queens.  The family also welcomes visitors and guests for special events. What an experience it would be to enjoy high tea at this world famous castle!

We have our own kind of tea-loving “aristocracy” in the U.S. too, from Tom Cruise to Meg Ryan, and many other tea-drinking celebs! Just like in Downton Abbey, Bigelow Tea knows that tea is for everyone, and we’re proud help write that script.

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However you enjoy your tea—whether it’s English Teatime from silver teapots with savory finger sandwiches or English Breakfast in a big ol’ mug on the couch in your jammies—watching the latest intrigue and gossip from Downton Abbey is most certainly our cup of tea!

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