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This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is A Member Of The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

Have you ever thought about the tea leaves in your bag of Bigelow Tea? Not simply the delicious flavor they offer, but the story behind them? Where they come from? Who sourced them? If not, that’s okay. But, at Bigelow Tea, this is something that’s very important to us. It’s one of the reasons why we’re a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields, and to improve the lives of the beautiful people who work them. In fact, Bigelow Tea was the sixth North American tea company to join the group. Consider it just one of the ways the company is showing its commitment to the tea growers and producers, and, well, sustainability.

As a family-owned company for three generations, Bigelow Tea’s culture has always been guided by the simple principle of doing the right thing. Seems simple, right? But it can take hard work with all the moving parts that go into a company. Sustainability and fair business practices are important in every aspect of our business, not only here at home but
around the world. That’s why we’re proud to be part of ETP, and why we think it’s extra critical for the industry to work collaboratively to make the tea industry truly sustainable.
And, hey, here is a really awesome way where the ETP aims to end poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change by 2030.

  • The ETP, in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of the Indian tea industry, is working across more than 100 tea estates to equip more than 25,000 girls with the necessary knowledge and skills that will help them secure a better future and reduce their vulnerability to violence, abuse, and exploitation including trafficking and unsafe migration.

Pretty incredible stuff, right? So the next time you brew some Bigelow, you’re not just making tea – you’re making a big difference through initiatives around the globe. That’s a cup you can feel super good about, and one worth sharing with the world. We always want you to #TeaProudly, after all!

Cindi Bigelow Shares a Memorable Evening At The School for Ethical Education’s Ethics Awards Dinner

cindi speaking 2014

The other night, I had the most wonderful opportunity to speak to high school students from all over Connecticut who won very special Laws of Life Awards for ethics in action.  The students were chosen based on essays they had written from experiences in their life that really taught them to be the best they can possibly be.

I, too, was honored to receive an Ethics in Action Award and be their keynote speaker.  During my address I shared with them experiences in my life that helped shape me to be the person I am today, both personally and professionally.  I shared many stories of my father who helped define who I am today.

My favorite story that I shared was when I first started working at Bigelow Tea.  I had just gotten my MBA and was feeling very excited about working and all the changes I would be able to make (in my opinion, to make the company better).  My father walked in after my first three days and asked me how things were going.  I looked up at him proudly and stated, “Fantastic! I changed this, I’ve done this, I’ve accomplished this. “He smiled nicely and then said to me, “I noticed you have some envelopes outside in the out basket,” (yes, we did have out-baskets back then), “and they’re missing some stamps.”  I said, “Oh, I brought in some bills to mail out.” And then he said, “Well, if you don’t put stamps on your envelopes, why should the other employees put stamps on theirs?  So, why don’t you go out there, grab your envelopes and put some stamps on them.” And then he looked at me and walked out the door.

I stood there for a minute or two, my head spinning.  That wasn’t how I anticipated my first business conversation with my father to go, but to this day, almost thirty years later, I have never forgotten what he said and I never will forget what that stood for.

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to share that with the students and I think that simple little story really resonated with them, as it did me, about the importance of ethics in business and ethics in life.

Spending time with exceptional students at the School for Ethical Education’s Ethics Awards Dinner and sharing some special stories in my life made for a memorable evening.


Cindi Bigelow