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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: 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 Wins Platinum Healthy Workplace Award Again!

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The Bigelow Tea team is feeling very proud after being recognized for promoting a healthy workplace! A big thank-you to the dedicated employees who helped the family-run company earn a Platinum Healthy Workplaces Award from the Business Council of Fairfield County for the second year in a row! Bigelow Tea was one of just 15 Fairfield County, CT, businesses given this top honor at a recent awards ceremony.

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Helping employees improve their health and well-being has always been a high “priori-TEA” for the Bigelow family—it’s right up there with ensuring the quality and purity of every single box of tea you purchase! And while everyone at Bigelow Tea is proud to be recognized with awards, the team is always on the lookout for new programs and initiatives to keep those healthy initiatives going! From regular blood pressure and skin screenings to “Be-Health-Tea” programs focusing on weight control, nutrition, headache prevention, stress management and even financial wellness, employees have lots of opportunities to improve their health.

These programs are right in step with the Bigelow Tea mission to keep both consumers and employees happy. As third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow says, “Do the right thing and good things will follow.”

(Pictured from left to right: Chris Bruhl, President & CEO, The Business Council of Fairfield County, Bruce Ennis, VP Human Resources Bigelow Tea, Pat Sorgenti, Human Resources Manager Bigelow Tea and Matthew Fair, Regional Sales Director, Pierson & Smith, Inc./First Niagara Risk Management)

Bigelow Tea’s Celebrate Green Sweepstakes Starts Right Now!

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Are you wearing the green and feeling lucky this month? Then maybe you could be one of 17 winners of this Green Tea Triple Pack—the perfect prize for anyone who loves drinking the green stuff! And because it’s fun (and important!) to celebrate all things green this month, here are some Bigelow Tea “eco” facts:

1.     Bigelow Tea is a certified Zero Waste to Landfill company!
2.     Bigelow Tea is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership – an organization that is focused on worldwide workers’ conditions and good farming practices to ensure the safety of the employees and the consumer!
3.     Bigelow Tea paper filter bags are bleach and dioxin free and 100% compostable!

This is what we call sustainabili-TEA the Bigelow way!

Now, back to your awesome “green” prize! This tea trio features three Green Tea favorites: Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & AcaiGreen Tea with Lemon and Green Tea with Pomegranate, because … really, can you ever have enough green tea? 60 tea bags in all. But you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Here’s what to do:

Simply “Like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page (if you haven’t already!), click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under the large cover photo, and follow the instructions. For even more good luck—and more entries—be sure to share the sweeps on Facebook and Twitter!

The sweepstakes ends on March 27. Winners will be announced on the Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck, and here’s wishing you a very happy and green St. Patrick’s Day from the Bigelow Tea family!
 

Listen To Cindi Bigelow Talk Tea With Naturally Savvy Radio!

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As third-generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow has grown up in the family-owned business and always loves sharing her professional opinions about tea. So she jumped at the invitation to talk tea with Andrea Donsky on the Naturally Savvy radio show on RadioMD! Listen in to the fascinating conversation!

Andrea is a registered holistic nutritionist and self-described “tea snob” who is passionate about helping her listeners live a natural and healthy lifestyle —something Cindi values as well. They covered a lot of ground, chatting about the differences between green tea and black teaorganic vs. nonorganic teas, the latest research on tea, the safety and purity of tea bags and brewed tea, and much more. Cindi pointed out that while she is not a scientist, she has been reading about and discussing tea for over 20 years!

Oh, and you might be surprised to learn that Cindi loves her morning coffee (gasp!) but prefers green and black tea throughout the day. Check out the interview for more great tea revelations from Cindi! And keep sharing your own #BigelowTea thoughts—like this sweet one from Twitter fan @Saaang_Al, who loves to start her day with Green Tea!
 

Snow Day Buzz With Bigelow Tea

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Hey, it’s snowing and everyone wants to talk, tweet and text about it! Yep, whenever Bigelow Tea posts something about the snowy weather on Facebook, the response is great as everyone shares details with us! Lots of tea talk and chitchat about wearing cozies and snuggling by a fire—with tea of course. Here are some share-worthy weather-related comments from some of our worst storms of the season!

Tina Adams reported on January 28th that “In Knoxville Tennessee it is 19° with a wind chill of 9° and snow. Sitting on my couch (place of employment closed due to weather) having a cup of Bigelow Vanilla Caramel tea.” Good plan, Tina.

Later that day, Shelly James noted that “It was-14 when I got up today…Earl Grey and I are in a very hot steamy relationship!” Well, well, well.

Earlier in the month, Terry Duncan shared that he “Just finished a cup of Cinnamon Stick Tea & looking out the window watching the snow come down.” Beautiful image, Terry!

And back in early January Peg Ripley posted: “My Vanilla Caramel and I are cuddled up right now!!” Niice!

So whether it’s warm or cold where you are, don’t be shy! Post your weather-centric tea thoughts anytime!

(image from Instagram via @tarametblog)

On Tap: Getting Savvy About Saving Water With Bigelow Tea

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Pour, steep, stir … repeat often. We’re guessing you appreciate your daily cup of Bigelow Tea as much as we do. So let’s take a moment to recognize the major role water plays in making your favorite brew. Without H20, your tea bag is, well, a bag of leaves in need of some love. Thankfully, there are a few super-easy ways to conserve water, ensuring that there will always be enough for your mug and the rest of the planet, too!

Some conservation tips are familiar but worth repeating. For starters, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and while scrubbing the dishes. But here’s something you may not know: if you cut your daily shower by just one minute, you could save 1,000 gallons of water a year! Seriously. Then there’s your toilet. It might have “silent” leaks from worn hardware, dripping away several gallons a day. Who knew? Text your plumber, pronto!

Check out even more tips from the Mother Nature Network or visit our SustainabiliTEA  board on Pinterest for more water-saving and eco-centric ideas. Then snag your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor and fill up that teapot with newfound confidence!

Image by gocarts via Flickr.com

Thank You Begins With Bigelow Tea

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1. Even if it was a six-pound fruit cake, a gift’s a gift and a “thank you” is still in order. So whether you send a tweet, a paperless message or even—gasp!—an actual  handwritten note, say “thanks” during National Thank You Month! And, hey, slipping a foil-wrapped Bigelow Tea bag into the envelope would make your “thank you” so awesome that the recipient might even thank you for your thank you. Wait, now we’re getting confused.

2. During the month of January offer a little shout-out to the people who hosted you, gifted you and made you smile over the holidays. And while you’re in the thanking mood, hop online and express your gratitude for tea! Bigelow Tea lovers aren’t afraid to proclaim their love for the drink. According to @twolinepass  I love lemon is the “greatest hot beverage” ever. Anyone in agreement?

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3. Thanking others is really a year-round deal, but this month in particular, a little “thank you” will go a long way.

Image by adihrespati via Flickr.com

Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

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Yes, Hot Tea Month is in full swing, but why not enjoy it with some cool family stories from Bigelow Tea! Here are three tidbits about collaboration and good old-fashioned stick-to-it-ness. Check out more stories on Bigelow Tea boxes and in previous posts.

• Back in 1955, just after Ruth C. and David E. Bigelow moved their 10-year-old tea company from New York to Connecticut, they were hit with back-to-back hurricanes. The new factory was flooded and all the tea washed down the Norwalk River! Fortunately, the determined couple worked with employees and patient creditors to get the factory up and running again.

• Much more recently, in 2003, the amazing Charleston Tea Plantation faced a developer’s bulldozer. The Bigelow family purchased the land and worked with local farmers to preserve 127 acres of beautiful tea bushes and the American Classic Tea line.

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• Collaboration was also key to the creation of Bigelow Tea’s signature Earl Grey recipe, a favorite of many tea lovers (#besttea, according to @danielledhein and #FavoriteFallDrink says @NickChancey!) The secret? Unparalleled oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The Bigelows discovered it 40 years ago and loved it so much, they bought the whole crop and have used it ever since!
 

Ever Visit Sri Lankan Tea Factories? Join Cindi Bigelow For A Tour!

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Check out Cindi Bigelow’s trip to Sri Lanka where the third-generation Bigelow Tea CEO explored tea fieldsthat have helped supply family-owned Bigelow Tea with top quality tea leaves for decades. As a next step in the tea process, Cindi visited Sri Lankan factories where handpicked tea leaves were processed. These processing plants have used time-honored methods to carefully bring out the full flavor of the tea. This step-by-step video shows how a state-of-the art facility produces quality batches of tea leaves that eventually create each steaming cup of Bigelow Tea. Enjoy!