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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Save Your Vision Month

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.

btmon2There’s a “rainbow” of flavor and a feast for your eyes in our Assorted Bigelow Teas box!

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!


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?


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


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

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.


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!


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!


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

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.


  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!


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.


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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Celebrate National Wedding Month With Bigelow Tea And Our Charleston Tea Garden!

Despite its bleak reputation weather-wise, February still shines as the season of love! Many proposals take place on Valentine’s Day, and for couples planning a spring, summer or even a fall wedding … now is the time to begin preparations. No wonder the bridal industry has declared it National Wedding MonthBigelow Tea knows that one of the first decisions brides and grooms make when planning a wedding is picking the venue. And boy do we have a wonderfully romantic suggestion: our own Charleston Tea Garden—the largest working tea garden in the U.S.!

Tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Tea Garden features breathtaking views of tea fields and towering live oaks, as well as several options for planning a unique celebration in a natural setting brimming with old-fashioned southern charm. One lovely tradition is for couples to trade vows under the branches of the Tea Garden’s oldest live oak, fittingly named “the Wedding Tree.”

And the Pavilion, located in the tranquil tea fields, is an ideal spot for the reception. It provides overhead lighting and ceiling fans, and can be decorated myriad ways to reflect a special theme or your personal style. In need of inspiration? Wedding trend watchers are seeing a growing preference for elegant details evoking the style depicted in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey and recent film adaptations of Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby. Think crystal glassware and gold silverware and chargers, darling. But elegance doesn’t have to be stuffy. As wedding planner Ivy Robinson tells Bridal Guide, couples often take an eclectic approach “combining natural, outdoorsy details with elegant elements.”

Whether you prefer minimalist décor or plenty of glitz, Charleston Tea Garden provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day. Cheers!


Bigelow Tea Sweet February Sweepstakes Winners Announced

We are so excited to announce the winners of our “Sweet February” sweepstakes, congratulations to everyone!!



The below 14 winners won our I Love Tea tin (pictured above).  Bigelow Tea will contact you to confirm your address for delivery of your prize.

Robin from Missouri

Karen from California

Joseph from Michigan

Juli from Texas

Donna from Ohio

Kim from Ontario

Kendall from Colorado

Suzan from Indiana

Alisa from Kentucky

Marsha from New Jersey

Darryl from Missouri

Mona from Texas

Charlotte from Alabama

John from West Virginia


And the below 14 winners won our Valentine Tea duet (pictured above).  Bigelow Tea will contact you to confirm your address for delivery of your prize.

Sheila from New Mexico

Shannon from Pennsylvania

Martha from Michigan

Beverly from Texas

Shannon from North Carolina

Marina from New York

Lora from Arkansas

Erica from California

Maureen from Ohio

Teisha from Maine

Tara from New Mexico

Mike from California

Holly from Ohio

David from North Carolina

Congrats to everyone!!  Now check out our latest sweepstakes on Facebook featuring the Life of PI movie…many many winners!!  Good luck!

Enter Bigelow Tea’s and 20th Century Fox’s Life of PI Sweepstakes!

Do you love a good movie and a hot cup of Bigelow Tea?  If you do, be sure to enter the “Bigelow Tea Relaxing Moments Life of PI Sweepstakes” this month! The sweepstakes, which starts today, is co-sponsored by 20th Century Fox, and there are some amazing prizes that include a Blu-Ray Player, the Life of PI movie, and a personalized Bigelow Tea chest!

Life of PI, one of the feature prizes in the “Bigelow Tea Relaxing Moments Sweepstakes,” is an exceptional movie that garnered eleven Oscar nominations (in just a few days we’ll see how many the film takes home!).   A gripping tale of wonderment, and discovery, Life of PI is the story of how one boy survived for 227 days on a boat in the middle of the ocean. You won’t want to miss it! A movie for the whole family, Life of PI is perfect for a movie night accompanied by your favorite variety of Bigelow Tea!

Here’s a run-down on the prizes for this months’ sweepstakes:

Grand Prize

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

First Prize

Fifty (50) lucky winners will receive one (1) Life of PI video (available at Walmart on March 12, 2013) and one (1) personalized Bigelow Tea chest.

Second Prize

One hundred (100) lucky winners will receive a $25 Walmart gift card and one (1) box of Bigelow Tea (winner’s choice with a coupon).

To enter for a chance to win, go to our Bigelow Tea Facebook page, “like” us (if you haven’t already), then click the “Sweepstakes” icon under our cover photo and follow the instructions.

It’s our way of celebrating life’s quiet moments and togetherness. Look for an announcement of the winners on our Constant Comments blog. Good luck!