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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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Bill Hall and Cindi Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation

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!
 

Bigelow Tea Goes #BacktoBreakfast With Oatmeal Month

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After you pull yourself out of bed and before you check your device, engage in a fuss-free morning routine with a little stretching, a cup of hot tea (hello Hot Tea Month!), and a healthy breakfast. We call this AM ritual #backtobreakfast. It’s also National Oatmeal Month! And while most people are familiar with adding nuts, fruit, and milk to their bowls, it’s time to spice it up a notch. Here’s a tip: boil the oats in your favorite Bigelow Tea for added flavor.

This recipe for Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal comes to us from one of our very own oatmeal enthusiasts who works at our Charleston Tea Plantation. Check out the recipe, but consider it a template for creating your own delish oatmeal flavor. Snap a shot and tag your breakfast pic with #backtobreakfast #bigelow like our friend @thesassyrainbow!

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed American Classic” Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

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Instructions:

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.
 

These Bigelow Tea Videos Are Hot, Hot, Hot

 Baby, it’s still cold outside. Thankfully it’s still Hot Tea Month too. If you’re ready to thaw out and can’t jet off to Hawaii, give these sizzling videos a viewing. In the first two, warm and knowledgeable Cindi Bigelow will teach you how to make the “perfect” cup of tea and how to decaf your caffeinated Bigelow Tea bags. The third clip might inspire you to live a bit “greener” this year. A Bigelow Tea intern with a passion for sustainabili-TEA talks about taking small steps towards a more environmentally conscious way of living. Now that’s hot!

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Explore Sri Lanka’s Tea Fields With Cindi Bigelow

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Did you know that high in the mountains in Sri Lanka some of the best tea leaves (the “champagne” of tea leaves as third generation Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow says) are handpicked for Bigelow’s blended teas? Cindi paid a visit to this country and recorded it so everyone could see the tea fields that play a major role in producing specialty teas for the family-owned Bigelow Tea. In this video, Cindi spends time at Pedro Plantation— which is certified Fair Trade, ISO 22000, ETP, Rain Forest Alliance and has built new homes for all their 800 employees.  For more interesting tea facts and to learn more about Cindi’s travels to Sri Lanka visit the Bigelow Tea website and take a journey without leaving your chair.