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So This Is What It’s Like Being A Bigelow Tea Bag!

Get ready to get your splash on and see what it’s like looking out from inside a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea! This clever video features an exuberant tea-making montage, a view from inside the cup and a happy tea drinker coming in from the snow. The tagline is simply: “When you need that warm feeling inside.” Indeed.

Speaking of snow, Bigelow Tea fan Alikonu tweeted that “Early morning tea & watching it snow is the perfect combination.” Share this clip if you agree!
 

Bigelow Tea Lovers Share Tea-Inspired Videos!

“Any time is Bigelow time!” That’s the message “BeverlyfromNE” shares in her video, above! Watch her kettle whistle and brew your own mug as you sit back and get ready for some entertainment – Bigelow Tea style! Dedicated tea lovers got out their video cameras to  explain why “Bigelow is their cup of tea,” and the results were creative and inspiring!  Enjoy some of the entries:

“Majorchaoz” cleverly states that he’s dedicated to Bigelow Tea because it’s BIG on taste and LOW on price. Love it!

Theresa Irving and her brood have been through the ringer. She’s ready for her cup … and right now!!


Elizabeth Hadley’s message is simple as well as delicious! Be sure to see the T-shirt message too!

“Koocnnej” tells us how she loves her Chai Tea and enjoys “Bigelow Tea for big days!” 

Finally, get out the tissues for this one. Tea lover “iwaskramer” sends a message of love and warm hugs to her mom with every cup.

Bigelow Tea Looks At How The Ethical Tea Partnership Supports Producers

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While sipping your tea today, take a moment to reflect upon the tea leaves, where they came from and who helped them reach your mug. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) thinks about these issues all the time and works hard to ensure that the tea industry is socially just. Bigelow Tea is proud to be a member of this organization!

One vitally important area that the ETP monitors is “Producer Support,” which means helping producers improve many social issues that they may struggle with. The five categories the ETP focuses on in this area are:

Factory health and safety – including the safety of all workers involved in tea production.

Agrochemical management – including training producers how to use the safely

Fair treatment of workers – including contractual issues, working hours, labor relations, the right to collective bargaining and discrimination and harassment

Gender – including eliminating abusive and discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment

Environmental management – including wildlife and biodiversity

The Ethical Tea Partnership’s work in the area of Producer Support is important to everyone who loves tea and respects the planet. Bigelow Tea believes that tea leaves are a treasure—and anything that can be done to ensure they are produced in an ethical, sustainable way is good for all of us.

Image via ethicalteapartnership.org

Bigelow Tea Says “Thank You Mom” With Sweepstakes Prizes!

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Get ready for the best Mother’s Day ever and enter the Bigelow Tea Thank You Mom Sweepstakes TODAY! A total of 175 lucky winners will take home one of three TEA-rrific prizes for pampering your mother—or yourself if you prefer!

As a family-owned business founded by matriarch Ruth Campbell Bigelow nearly 70 years ago, Bigelow Tea proudly celebrates hardworking moms everywhere. What better way to say “I love and appreciate you” than with a heartwarming gift of tea? Here’s the lowdown on all three prizes:

  • 25 Grand Prize winners – $200 SpaFinder gift card plus a Fine Tea & Herb Tea Gift Assortment that includes a variety of traditional and flavored black, green and herb teas. 64 tea bags in all.
  • 50 first-place winners – Flavored & Herb Tea Wooden Tea Chest features a beautifully crafted wood chest with 8 tea bags each of 8 assorted black, green and herb teas. 64 tea bags in all.
  • 100 second-place winners – $25 Walmart gift card plus one box of “Constant Comment“®.

Entering is easy … simply “Like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under the large cover photo, and follow the instructions. The sweeps ends on April 30. Look for the names of the 175 lucky winners on the Bigelow Tea blog. Happy Mother’s Day from the Bigelow Tea family to yours!
 

Bigelow Tea Announces “Green” March Sweepstakes Winners!

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We are so excited to announce our Celebrate Green March Sweepstakes winners.  Please note that it might take up to two weeks to contact the winners (so we can confirm your mailing address). Congrats to all!!!

Jodi from Wisconsin

Gerald from North Carolina

Anthony from Ontario, Canada

Angela from Ontario, Canada

Jennifer from Ontario, Canada

Richard from Mississippi

Lee from Arizona

Eric from Michigan

Deonnamarie from South Carolina

Erin from Massachusetts

Eva from Texas

Michelle from New York

Kim from Texas

Kathie from New York

Elaine from Oklahoma

Melissa from Pennsylvania

Jasna from Ontario, Canada

Bigelow Tea Eats Right During National Nutrition Month

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The Bigelow Tea family knows that big flavors make for the best tastes! March’s National Nutrition Month is a great time to remember that food that’s “good for you” can (and should!) be tasty too. That way, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Whether it’s a ripe, juicy apple baked with a dash of cinnamon or a bag of baby spinach sautéed in a bit of olive oil and garlic, mouth-watering flavors can be part of National Nutrition Month. Some wholesome and delicious recipes featuring Bigelow Tea can be found on the Bigelow Tea Pinterest recipe board! See what you like and give one—or more—of the recipes a try! Susan Davis, Nikki Allen, Dianne Brown, and Phil Egan all repinned our Bigelow Tea Mint Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives—a popular share!

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And what you drink is as important as what you eat. Hot or chilled, tea keeps you hydrated and compliments any meal. Which #BigelowTea is the key for your #dailycup?

Top image from Instagram via @devinitelyme

Have You Entered The Bigelow Tea Celebrate Green Sweepstakes?

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Don’t let the clock run out on your chance to win a Green Tea Triple Pack from Bigelow Tea! That’s right, the Celebrate Green March Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on March 27! A total of 17 lucky winners will grab this awesome tea prize!

Bigelow Tea is celebrating sustainabili-Tea and all things green this month, and that means you get a shot at taking home these popular Green Tea flavors—Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & AcaiGreen Tea with Lemon and Green Tea with Pomegranate. All three are delish and reflect Bigelow Tea’s steadfast commitment to quality, purity and sustainable practices. Here are just a few “green” facts to note:

1.     880 solar panels were installed in 2007 on the roof of Bigelow Tea’s headquarters, which has allowed Bigelow Tea to generate 900,000 kWh—enough to power 70 homes for year!

2.     The cases that carry Bigelow Tea’s precious tea bags are made from 100% recycled materials!

3.     The Bigelow tea bag filter is 100% compostable!

So if you haven’t already, head over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, hit “Like” and then follow the entry instructions once you click the Sweepstakes  icon at the top of the page under the large cover photo. Want to improve your chances of winning? Share the sweeps on Facebook and Twitter to get bonus entries! The winners will be announced on the Constant Comments blog.

Good luck, everyone!

Celebrate Women’s History Month With Three Generations Of The Bigelow Family

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Join Bigelow Tea this month in honoring the exceptional women whose intelligence, tenacity and strength of character propelled them into the historic spotlight. The theme for this year’s National Women’s History Month is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment!”

A meticulous account of the stories and triumphs of women throughout history can be found in The National Women’s History Museum.  Through the centuries, women fought so that they and future generations of women could experience freedomequality and empowerment.  Today, in 2014, women continue to be the grateful recipients of the freedoms won by these historic “firsts.”

Women have done extraordinary things … like tea pioneer Ruth Campbell Bigelow. Bigelow Tea’s success story has everything to do with this American woman—and matriarch of the Bigelow Tea family—who built a tea empire from a tasty recipe called “Constant Comment,”® which she created right in her own kitchen in the 1940s. Today, tea lovers still adore “Constant Comment.” Just ask Rebecca @Rbeeley, who tweeted about that “yummy” #bigelowfamily orange and spice!

As you celebrate women’s history this month, remember what Elizabeth Blackwell (the first American woman to become a physician) once said: “For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.”

 

Bigelow Tea: Proud Member of the Ethical Tea Partnership

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In 1997, a group of tea companies decided to work together to monitor the social and environmental aspects of global tea production. The result was the formation of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Today, the organization monitors and advises tea growers in areas ranging from employment practices to energy use. As the Ethical Tea Partnership states, “Together we’re helping to create a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.”

Through its auditing programs and educational projects, the ETP is working hard to improve the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and their environment by:

  • Raising core standards
  • Improving worker lives and livelihoods
  • Addressing Climate change and environmental concerns

They focus on:

*Improving conditions for workers and smallholders, and the way that tea estates and factories are managed.

*Running training programs that make workplaces better, fairer, and safer.

*Ensuring producers in members’ supply chains meet good social and environmental standards.

*Developing and supporting partnership projects that address the underlying issues holding back the sustainability of the industry.

*Helping farmers increase their resilience and adapt to the impact of climate change, ensuring that they can continue to thrive in the future.

*Helping producers improve their environmental management systems to protect soil, water, ecosystems, and wildlife.

Bigelow Tea is a committed member of the ETP. The Ethical Tea Partnership’s dedication to acting ethically and achieving strategic sustainability is right in line with the goals of Bigelow Tea. The family-run company has made Sustainabili-TEA a priority. “Being green”—whether it’s by installing 880 solar panels on the company’s headquarters or using compostable packaging for the 1.6 billion tea bags produced annually —is a way of life at Bigelow Tea. It is, simply, the right thing to do.

As a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, Bigelow Tea takes a positive step to assure that its tea growers and producers are audited and examined for items ranging from fair treatment of workers to long-term environmental issues.

Bigelow Tea was the sixth North-American tea company to join the group. Upon joining, Sarah Roberts, Executive Director of the ETP commented: “It’s very encouraging that an established tea company such as Bigelow, which historically has strong ethical principles, understands the value of membership to the ETP. To have a sixth North American packer with established business relationships on board, opens up many new opportunities to the ETP, which will ultimately benefit thousands more tea workers and farmers, and the environments in which tea is produced.”

Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow said, “Since 1945, my family and everyone at Bigelow Tea has been dedicated to creating the finest-tasting teas and to ensuring that our customers always get the most exceptional tea drinking experience. We also believe in being good corporate citizens, caring not just about our customers, but also about our employees and about the world itself. That’s why we’re proud to be part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for sustainability and responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improve the lives of the beautiful people who work them. When you do the right thing, good things will follow.”

Bigelow Tea Respectfully Disagrees With Kermit The Frog

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A beloved Muppet amphibian once said “it’s not easy being green.” And while Kermit The Frog’s feelings are certainly valid, Bigelow Tea has shown not only that it is easy being green … but that being green is the only way to go!

Muppets Most Wanted, the latest caper featuring Kermie and friends, opens on March 21st. And with March being a month full of all things “green,”—St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring to name a few—it seems like an appropriate time to mention Bigelow Tea’s green sustainabili-TEA initiatives.

In addition to energy conservation steps and waste reduction programs, one green effort that swamp-loving Kermit would appreciate is the Bigelow family’s land preservation efforts. Company founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow had the vision to acquire open space in New Hampshire.  Today, the family shares Ruth’s commitment to support New Hampshire’s land conservation program with a firm commitment to hold and maintain the 220 acres in its current undeveloped condition.

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And if living green and being green isn’t quite enough, there’s always sipping green too! Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea is smooth and flavorful. And, there are so many Green Tea varieties—from mint to mango to Earl Grey—that there’s definitely a taste to please every palate (and perhaps even every Muppet)!

Thanks, Kermit, for making “being green” look fun!

Image by Kevin Galens via Flickr.com