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Bigelow Tea: Green on Earth Day and Every Day

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It’s Earth Day, and at Bigelow Tea we welcomed spring this month with an ongoing celebration of all things green! We adore the color green, and on Earth Day we especially love green living through Sustainabili-TEA, our initiative to reduce our environmental impact on the Earth. Of course, any discussion of “greening” puts us in the right mood for a cup of Bigelow Green Tea.

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With Earth Day upon us, we’re encouraging everyone to up their “green game.” Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has mobilized citizens across the globe to embrace and advocate for sustainable environmental change. As a grassroots movement, Earth Day rallies individuals to commit to making a difference in their own homes, businesses and communities. For us at Bigelow Tea, this includes everything from composting to land preservation to adopting eco-friendly shipping methods.  We’ve even appointed a dedicated Green Team to manage our production, warehouse and recycling efforts.

So this Earth Day, take a moment to think about what you can do to live more gently during your time on our planet. Recycle. Compost waste. Plant a tree. Walk to work. And when you’re finished, take a moment to reward your body and soul for the effort with some delicious hot or iced Bigelow Tea. Choose from more than 35 varieties, every one infused with finest flavors Mother Earth has to offer.

Top image by bterrycompton via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea’s Spicy Pineapple Pork, A Classic Recipe Featuring Our Classic “Constant Comment”®

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Bigelow Tea
 has got you covered for dinner tonight! It’s tangy, delicious and features our renowned “Constant Comment” tea! Bigelow Tea recipes are all about a taste fusion, plus ease of preparation … and our scintillating Spicy Pineapple Pork is a perfect example! We’re not sure if it’s the tangy pineapple, the succulent pork or the spicy jalapeno that has us smacking our lips, but we know that they’re all tied together brilliantly with our “Constant Comment” sauce reduction. Your family will be praising dinner tonight!

So if you’ve got 25 minutes and want to prepare a flavorful meal that “wows” the whole family, this recipe is just the ticket. Enjoy!

Spicy Pineapple Pork

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60m) butter, divided
2 – 1 pound (1kg) pork tenderloins, cut into 8 medallions each
Salt (to sprinkle over pork medallions)
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags – allow to steep for 10 minutes
¾ (180mL) hot water
1 medium red bell pepper
1 cup (250mL) pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon (15mL) fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Yield: Serves: 6 – Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook time: 25 minutes.

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Instructions:

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle pork medallions with salt. Add pork medallions to pan and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until pork is slightly pink. Place pork on serving plate and keep warm.

Brew Bigelow Constant Comment® tea in hot water; allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible.

Melt remaining butter in same skillet, add red bell peppers and cook about 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Reduce heat to low, add pineapple, reserved juice, Constant Comment® Tea, ginger root, jalapeno pepper and cinnamon. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half.

To serve, spoon pineapple mixture over cooked pork pieces, sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

 

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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!

 

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Bigelow Tea Looks At Pa And Ma Ingalls And The Power Of Tea On The Prairie!

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Anyone over a “certain age” remembers Little House on the Prairie, the TV drama series starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert about a family living on a farm in the 1870s and 1880s. It was an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular series of Little House books, written about the real Ingalls family. At Bigelow Tea we cherish family experiences and even have a historical perspective like that of the Ingalls family! And, we also have this in common with the Ingalls clan: we all love tea!

Papa Ingalls called tea his “fragrant brew.” In fact, Pa once said on Little House: “Ah that hits the spot … Tea’s a man’s drink in the wintertime!”

We appreciate family stories  at Bigelow tea. With our family-owned company run lovingly by generations of the Bigelow family, we are deeply committed to sharing the tradition of a fine cup of tea. Likewise, family times are well represented on the Little House show, which followed the life and times of Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their family of three young daughters – Mary, Laura and Carrie.

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The real Pa and Ma: Caroline and Charles Ingalls

Today the fascination with the Ingalls family and story continues through reruns, the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic House, and even the Little House on The Prairie Museum. We’re so glad that these well-loved figures enjoyed a cup of brisk tea on the prairie. And, as one tea-lover put it, “If it was good enough for Pa and Ma … it’s good enough for me.”

Image One via wikipedia.org
Image Two via wikipedia.org

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Bigelow Tea Looks At High Blood Pressure On World Health Day

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 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

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A Gift of Sweet Serenity: The Herb Tea Basket from Bigelow Tea

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It seems that time is forever in short supply. Whether we’re at home or the office, there’s always a list awaiting our attention. Spring, in particular, feels like a season for industry: yard work, cleaning … not to mention all those projects we seemed to have put off during the long winter. Fortunately, Bigelow Tea is here to help make this busy season more bearable!

While we can’t give our friends and loved ones more hours in their days, we can help them optimize the time they have with the gift of a refreshing break courtesy of The Herb Tea Basket from Bigelow Tea. Inside this pretty basket you’ll find 72 individually wrapped bags of naturally decaffeinated Bigelow Herb Tea. Whoever receives this gift will relax and renew, cup after delicious cup. They’ll mellow their mood with Cozy Chamomile, get a fresh outlook with Mint Medley, and wake up their taste buds with the citrusy pop of I Love Lemon.

To sweeten the moment, the basket also includes a jar of Savannah Bee Tea Honey, two clover tea spoons and Moravian lemon zest cookies.  There’s also a charming pot adorned with bees—insects known not only for their honey, but also as symbols of hard work and diligence. It’s a fitting reminder that even the busiest bee is more productive after a well-deserved break.

Interestingly, it turns out that our culture of busy-ness may actually run counter to accomplishing our goals. Slowing down and taking regular breaks is a great way to press the restart button on our brains and work more efficiently. In that case, we think that today is the perfect day for a tea break featuring The Herb Tea Basket from Bigelow Tea!

 

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Join Bigelow Tea in Celebrating Earth Month!

bttues With spring having just sprung, days are getting longer and warmer!  Not only that, but April is Earth Month, which means Bigelow Tea wants to celebrate everything green! Earth Month is all about respecting our planet and living sustainably… so join us in being good to the earth!

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!

 

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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!

 

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Bigelow Tea Applauds Simon Cowell for His Honesty: He Says He Loves Tea!

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Simon Cowell: you either love him or, well, maybe not. It turns out that the man known for his brutal honesty and for discovering superstar talent is just like us in that he is a tea lover! And that’s enough to give him a big thumbs-up in our book at Bigelow Tea!

Simon got his start in the UK working in the music industry. Soon he rose to fame here in the states with the tremendous success of American Idol. Cowell has now reinforced his spot in music and pop culture as a judge on The X Factor, the talent competition where one wrong note or review can dash a contestant’s dreams.

Interestingly enough, his reviews of tea are always spot-on! With a twinkle in his eye and some witty sarcasm, Simon says that the food and beverages he consumes are the key to his youthful looks: “Eating is the most important thing. I drink ginger tea all day long, which is amazing.” Fascinating! Perhaps he has tried our Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea! With its bursts of flavor, soothing aroma and blended essence of lemon and ginger, we hope he’s given it a try! Or maybe he’d like our Ginger Snappish seasonal blend! Can we enter a tea into the competition, Simon?

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Despite all of the blunt insults he’s thrown at past contestants, Simon seems to have nothing but rave reviews and praise for his daily cup of tea. Maybe it’s not really water in that tall, blue cup he drinks from while sitting sternly at The X Factor judges’ table. If it’s tea, we’ll certainly applaud Mr. Cowell and send him onto the next round!

Image via hollywoodreporter.com

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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

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