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Talking Trash: Bigelow Tea Reduces Waste

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Bigelow Tea has a reason to do a little “trash talking”— the company successfully reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfills. According to Jim Gildea, Fairfield, CT plant manager, “we have increased our solid waste diversion rates from just 38% of our solid waste diverted from the landfill to the 4% diversion rate we have today.”Sustainabili-TEA is a cornerstone of the Bigelow Tea philosophy, and sending less waste to landfills is an achievement to commend!

Bigelow Tea’s Sustainabili-Tea initiatives are innovative and comprehensive. Here are just a few examples:

1.    Leftover foil from making the packets and lining for tea bag wrappers goes to a recycling plant.

2.    Cardboard is turned into packing material for Bigelow tea chests. And Bigelow Tea composts almost two tons a month!

The result? Bigelow Tea is certified as a “Zero Waste to Landfill” manufacturing company. The company’s efforts have caught the attention of the community, the media and our Facebook friends like @Dianna Blake, who composts her tea leaves! Way to go, Dianna!

When it comes to living and working sustainably, Bigelow Tea is always eager to know what you’re up to so please share with us anywhere online!

Top Image by epSos.de via Flickr.com

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.
 

The Story Behind “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

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Hey, it’s Hot Tea Month. The perfect time to talk about Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and the inspired tea she created in her home kitchen nearly 70 years ago!

“Constant Comment”®—which was inspired by an early Colonial recipe using orange rind and sweet spices—became Mrs. Bigelow’s first variety. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea “Friends” are still “Commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply Tweet about her teas (no social media then). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

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The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the world wide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz today! Check out the “good morning” mug of “Constant Comment” that @daredancer shared recently … and tell us why you love Ruth’s first tea!

Image via Home Cooking Memories

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.
 

Be Fashionable. Drink Bigelow Tea.

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At Bigelow Tea, we’ve known for decades what the experts at The Food Channel are just now predicting—Tea is (quite literally) a HOT food trend for 2014!  And while we’re honored to join the ranks of the Cronut and the craft-craze, we’re firm believers in longevi-tea!

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And why not! After all, tea is tasty, stylish, multi-seasonal and multi-cultural (just ask the Chinese, the English, the Moroccans)!  Celebrities swear by it.  And, it complements just about every cuisine, sweet or savory, hot or iced. In fact, tea is so steeped in our world tapestry, it’s downright quotable!

Sooo… given tea’s anticipated popularity this year (the most popular flavor globally being Earl Grey), we thought it might be fun to visit some other BIG trends for 2014, simply to test our newfound “it”-ness…

**In beauty, the looks range from effortless (think: clean skin) to statement making—from platinum blonde to braids, neon orange lips, nails in geometric patterns and prints (especially black and white), and lids with unexpected pops of color, from blue to green to white. Oh, and gilded. And if you can pull off the lioness eye, props to you!

**In fashion, expect a random amalgamation of luxe sportswear and couture-comfy sandals to art-inspired designs and the return of the crop-top, Bermuda shorts and vests.

** Generally speaking, the consumer shopping experience will be transformed, with customization applied to every possible category; social responsibility becoming increasingly more meaningful—something Bigelow Tea takes very seriously; and the ability to shop straight from our mobile devices going mainstream.

Tea lover Kelsey tweeted that she drinks Bigelow Tea every day, so she’s right on trend! How about you? Aside from drinking tea, which of these other trends tickle your fancy?

(Fashionable Lilly Pulitzer mugs from Instagram via @paigey_flipthepaige)

Drink Bigelow Tea, Work Happy

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At Bigelow Tea, cultivating a happy work place is steeped in our culture.  If you could wish for the perfect office environment (not the décor, the people!)—from your boss to your colleagues to your assistant—what would that look like?  How about alert, productive and relaxed?  If this sounds good to you, consider asking the people around you this fundamental question: do you drink tea?

Research increasingly suggests drinking tea may provide just the right amount of stimulation while boosting mood—an ideal state for a producing great work! That’s good news for Bigelow Tea drinkers who toil long hours crunching numbers, dreaming up creative campaigns or devising sales strategies.

So the next time that lull in the day strikes, or you find yourself working through a challenging task, pour yourself a #dailycup of Lemon LiftVanilla Chai or Green Tea (like @KarenBushKolesnik) or whatever tickles your tastebuds.  Take a moment. You may just find the clari-tea and sensibili-tea you were seeking.

Image by ginnerobot via Flickr.com

#DailyCup: Bigelow Shares the Fun of Hot Tea Month

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It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at Bigelow Tea. Grab a steaming mug of your favorite tea blend because it’s National Hot Tea Month. Thankfully, tea is said by researchers to improve your mood, and be good for your body. Yep, tea definitely fits within most resolutions for 2014!

Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more of the tea you love and share these faves with the people in your life. Make a cup of #greentea for a coworker and hand deliver it to her desk. Or, steep a few mugs of Cozy Chamomile and send an open invite to your dorm for a #dailycup.

Hot Tea Month also gives you tea lovers an excuse to discover your true personaliTEA by trying new tea flavors and mixin’ it up. Buy something new or head to the kitchen and whip up this delish looking Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea recipe.

Be social. Share. Enjoy. #DrinkBigelow. Post your hot mugs this month on Instagram like @jennifersikora and tag #BigelowTea.
 

New Year, New You. With Bigelow Tea Of Course!

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Every new year brings an opportuni-tea for a do-over—to make changes that will make us happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As Diet Resolution Week commences, put the carefree indulgence of the past week (err, month) behind you, and get focused on your diet goals. Be specific, realistic and quite literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Not surprisingly, most resolutions are kaput before the month is out. If you’re daunted by the thought of dieting, we’re happy to report via research we have linked to that tea may slow down weight gain (when unaccompanied by cheeseburgers and pints of ice cream). Additionally, the ritualistic aspect of drinking Bigelow Tea will help with fluid intake—essential to any successful diet plan.

So let’s review some diet basics:

  1. Take it slow—one day, one meal at a time.
  2. Focus your goals, be specific but realistic. Switch to milk from cream, drink your favorite Bigelow Tea instead of soda, eat fish weekly.
  3. Prepare meals mindfully.
  4. Water is your BFF. Clear, non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages also count, including herbal Bigelow Teas.
  5. Add fruits and veggies—even if it’s one of each per day!
  6. Avoid processed foods.
  7. Reduce portions.
  8. Find 30 minutes and get moving somewhere, anywhere—as many times per week as possible! Wash your car, reorganize your closets, walk the dog.
  9. Visualize what you want to wear and how you want to look in it.

At the end of the day, take a moment. Pour yourself a soothing, daily cup—it’s Hot Tea Month after all! Enjoy a flavor that satisfies that pesky sweet craving, like Bigelow Tea’s Chocolate Chai. (@LaTarshaPrecia1 knows the deal!) And, journal your amazing progress.

Image via Instagram by @vagabroadjournals

Win An iPad Mini And Tea Video Contest: What Makes Bigelow Your Cup Of Tea?

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What makes Bigelow your cup of tea? Share your answer in a YouTube, Instagram or Vine video for a chance to win an Apple iPad mini and a Bigelow Tea chest! One super creative video winner will take home this fantastic 1stplace prize and a 2nd place prize will win Bigelow Tea for a whole year! There’s no better way to kick off the New Year and Hot Tea Month!

For the video, express your thoughts, read a poem, sing an original song, do a Bigelow Tea dance, submit original artwork—anything goes as long as you answer what makes Bigelow your cup of tea! Then have more hot tea month fun by getting your friends to vote for your video….the top two videos with the most votes between the public and Bigelow Tea wins 1st and 2nd place prizes!

Prize details:

  • 2nd Place Prize – Tea for a year: one winner gets to choose a year’s worth of Bigelow Tea—six boxes per month totaling 120 tea bags!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the Video Contest icon under the large cover photo and follow the directions for adding your video link from Instagram, Vine or YouTube. Do it ASAP because as soon as you submit, you your friends, family and followers can start voting by clicking on the vote tab at the top of the video contest page! The video contest starts today and ends on January 29th. Check our Facebook page daily to view the latest videos and VOTE!  Winners will be announced on the Bigelow Tea blog on Jan. 31.

Good luck everyone, and have some serious fun creating your video tribute to what makes Bigelow your cup of tea!