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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

Bigelow Tea Welcomes Spring!

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Spring starts officially tomorrow, woohoo! Goodbye snow and hello springtime flowers. As the days grow longer and the warm sun dazzles the senses, Bigelow Tea thinks it’s time to trade those fuzzy boots for sandals and add ice to that delightful Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai or any flavor that you prefer…ice your favorite or combine flavors to celebrate the new season.

Bigelow Tea fans like Facebook friend Staci have been having Sweet Dreams of sunshine throughout this long, cold winter. Take advantage of warmer days by heading outside with your best friends to enjoy a nice chat and your favorite Bigelow Tea on ice. Looking to make the perfect cup of iced tea? Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow offers great how-to tips in this video:

Or, if you want a cool, upscale and slightly naugh-TEA sip, this I Love Lemon Gin Fizz recipe is for you. For a few more springtime entertainment tips, head over to the Bigelow Tea Pinterest board dedicated to tea parties.

What is your favorite springtime Bigelow Tea?

Image thanks to @bohobunnie

Bigelow Tea’s Green Conscience

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As a family-run company, Bigelow Tea believes in respect … and respect for the earth’s precious resources is of the utmost importance.  Being “green” is an obligation, and it feels good too.

Here are just a few of the vital stainabili-TEA initiatives that Bigelow Tea supports:

  • Solar Panels: 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 which is enough o power 70 homes for year.
  • Recycled cases: The cases that carry Bigelow Tea’s precious tea bags are made from 100% recycled materials!
  • Waste reduction: Bigelow Tea is a verified “Zero Waste to Landfill” company with 0% waste going to landfill from our three manufacturing facilities, through aggressive recycling, raw material reduction and reuse and compost methods.
  • Sustainability and fair business practices: From energy conservation measures to a community garden and fair business practices worldwide, Bigelow Tea takes these efforts seriously.  Bigelow Tea is a proud member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, working to establish responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improving the lives of the people who work them.
  • Compostible Tea Bags: Loyal teal lover @KaraNoelLarson sent a tweet, asking if our tea bags are compostable. The answer is yes, absolutely. The tea bag filter is 100% compostable!

“Bigelow Tea is a 100% family-owned company now in its third generation. While our philosophy of ‘doing the right thing’ has included large scale plans like generating our own power through the installation of solar panels, it often means doing smaller things as well. We believe that small things, over time, add up! It is also our hope that our efforts might inspire others to take similar steps to protect our environment,” says Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea.

Caring for the planet and its people is the right thing to do!

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Celebrate the Green of St. Patrick’s Day with Bigelow Tea’s Greenie Martini

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day and every March the Bigelow Tea family goes #green in the kitchen. While many think of St. Patrick’s Day as a time to add green food coloring to beer, Bigelow Tea has a mean Greenie Martini recipe featuring the unique and delicious blend of Green Tea with Pomegranate. It’s easy to make, and smooth to sip. As @Alex_Rice23 on Instagram mentioned, there’s always time for a green tea martini.

Enough TEAsing! Here are video instructions by third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow and the recipe for you to celebrate going #green:

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Photo by Alex_Rice23 via Instagram

Bigelow Tea Sets Its Sights on Save Your Vision Month

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From famous sayings to first impressions, eyes get a lot of attention. So, during Save Your Vision MonthBigelow Tea is taking many glances at different measures to take for protecting your sight. Here’s a closer look.

Wearing contact lenses? Make sure that they’re kept clean with the right solution your doctor recommends. While applying eye makeup, keep a close eye on your cosmetics.It’s best to switch out your mascara after three months and always keep your brushes tidy. Throw away any products that look rancid ASAP. And always don a pair of sunglasses when heading outdoors.

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Of course, watching what you eat and drink is important, and green tea can be a great part of a balanced diet. Bigelow Tea has many green tea varieties including Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate & Acai. In fact, @naturallysavvy tweeted a photo of this very tea recently!

Which #BigelowTea goes in your #dailycup? Post a pic on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

 Top image by Sam DeLong via Flickr.com


In Celebration Of National Caffeine Month, Bigelow Tea Shares Some Facts!

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How much caffeine do you want in your daily cup? The Bigelow Tea family puts an enormous amount of love and commitment into each tea bag, carefully controlling the quality and taste for that perfect cup. Tea is ideal for those who are mindful of what they put into their bodies—and caffeine is something to consider. March is National Caffeine Awareness Month, so here ‘s some information about caffeeine in Bigelow Tea.

Caffeine can be a part of your mug of tea, but it doesn’t have to be. Bigelow Tea offers caffeinated, decaffeinated and herbal options. The good news is that with or without caffeine, Bigelow Tea tastes great in your cup. So, what caffeine level is right for your lifestyle?

  • Bigelow Tea’s black teas contain 30-60 mg of caffeine – half (way less!) than coffee.
  • Bigelow Tea’s green teas contain even less caffeine, around 25-50 mg.
  • Bigelow Tea offers an impressive collection of decaffeinated teas (1-8 mg of caffeine) and herbal teas which are completely caffeine free. So, when Bigelow Tea Fan @ihearwithmyeyes tweets her love for I Love Lemon, it’s a naturally caffeine-free choice.

Guess what else? You can actually remove caffeine from any tea … any time! Just follow the instructions from third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow in this video clip:

With so many options to manage your caffeine intake, the perfect cup always in your reach, anytime of day, with a full, rich flavor!

Image via Instagram by @grrfeisty

A Video Tribute To Family And Bigelow Tea!

There’s nothing like a snow day and tea to create a little extra family time, as Kyle Elliott explains in this nostalgic video. He remembers shoveling snow, then coming back into a warm house and sharing a mug of tea with his dad! As family tea blenders for nearly 70 years, Bigelow Tea agrees that tea and togetherness go hand in hand! 

Judging by all the Facebook chatter about this crazy winter, Kyle’s not alone in finding comfort in a cup of tea. After one recent storm (who can keep track?!),Christine said she was “having lots of tea parties with the girls.” Love that!
 

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)

Rock #SXSW with Bigelow Tea

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Trending right now: people are heading to Austin, Texas for the SXSW music, film, and interactive festivals. Get ready for ten exciting but potentially exhausting days of entertainment and #selfies galore … and remember to keep a snack on hand and stay hydrated with Bigelow Tea. It’ll keep the mood light and your voice pitch perfect for rockin’ with your favorite artists!

Don’t forget your to-go mug or tumbler for those long waits. Bigelow Tea bags easily slip into your pocket for the festival, so all you need to do is #JustAddHotWater and perhaps ice. If you’re looking to save money during your SXSW stay, this is the way to go.

One tea lover, @IHEARDISSUE, tweeted “I’m bringing 200 liters of tea to sxsw.” Now that would be a lot of Bigelow Tea! Can’t wait to see that #selfie.

Top image by Dinesh Shankar via SXSW Press Images