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Good Water Is Key At Bigelow Tea

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Quietly sipping and savoring a cup of aromatic Bigelow Tea on a warm summer day is like stepping into a Zen-like state in which the pure water is the Yin and the flavorful tea is the Yang.  One complements the other.  If the water is pure, the tea experience will be delightful.  If the water quality is poor, the tea will be compromised.  It’s just that simple. So, in honor of National Water Quality Month, Bigelow Tea has some Sustainabili-TEA tips to help you optimize the water quality in your home, so that every drop of water is the best (and safest) you can drink.

The problem with hard water (water with a high mineral content), is that it tastes metallic and may leave a film floating in your teacup or kettle ―making it less desirable for tea, hot or iced. Water quality not only affects our tea drinking experience, it impacts our health and the environment.

So, what to do? First, know the water quality in your house.  Next, consider  installing either  a whole-house distiller or faucet filters.  If cost is a concern, buy yourself a filtered pitcher. Then, put the kettle on and have a perfect cup of worry-free tea!  Follow @MelodyAWriter’s suggestion and try some Bigelow® Plantation Mint Tea.

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Photo by Kristina Walter via Wikimedia  Commons.

Listen To Cindi Bigelow Explain Bigelow Tea Sustainabili-TEA!

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Cindi Bigelow was on the radio again—this time talking about sustainabili-TEA, always a hot topic at Bigelow Tea! Take a few minutes to listen to her radio interview on the It’s Your Health Network. In honor of Earth Month, here are some highlights from the conversation with host Lisa Davis:

  • Cindi, who is third-generation president and CEO of the family-owned business, noted that caring for the environment, employees and the community are deeply ingrained company values. All three Bigelow Tea facilities have GWC (Greening, Wellness, Community) committees that consider “how do we become healthier as a family, as a community?”
  • 880 Solar Panels were installed on the roof of the Fairfield headquarters in 2007 and currently provide up to 15 percent of energy used there.
  • The company now composts two tons of material from the three facilities!

Cindi said, “We [act sustainably] because it’s the right thing to do.” Be sure to listen to the full interview to learn more, and while you’re at, share your family’s favorite #sustainabilitea tips on Twitter or Instagram!

(Image via Fairfield Citizen News featuring Jim Glidea next to Bigelow Tea solar panels)

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Sustainabili-TEA!

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The Bigelow Tea Green Team believes in Sustainabili-TEA! This year the group mobilized for this past April’s Earth Week by planning daily activities highlighting the Bigelow family’s longstanding commitment to earth-friendly practices and giving back to the community. Here’s a snapshot of the week in April:

Monday -

For the second year, employees planted a community garden (pictured above) at the Fairfield, CT headquarters continuing a tradition that benefits the local community and environment—a sustainabili-TEA win-win! Last year, the group was proud to donate vegetables from the garden to local charities and looks forward to sharing the bounty once again this fall.

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Tuesday -

Employees learned about the many options available to conserve energy and recycle textiles, as well as options for carpooling, home energy solutions, residential geothermal, solar installations and home composting.

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Wednesday –

Employees removed trash and litter from their outdoor landscape and donated textiles and gently used items to the on-site Salvation Army truck. While indoors, they cleaned up their work area by gathering office equipment to donate and recycling ink toner cartridges, paper, batteries and light bulbs, as well as composting appropriate items.

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Thursday-

An outdoor farmers market featured soaps made from goats’ milk, farm-raised eggs, assorted fresh baked goods, roasted coffee and a variety of vegetables.

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Friday –

Employees used items that they would normally trash or recycle and repurposed them into a lovely spring art decoration.

What a week we had! Stay tuned for updates on the Community Garden throughout the growing season, and check out the Bigelow Tea Giving Back board on Pinterest to see other ways employees are making a difference all year long. And please do share your own ideas on how to #giveback!

 

World Environment Day With Bigelow Tea

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Tomorrow Bigelow Tea celebrates World Environment Day, a day created to inspire and empower people to become actively engaged in sustainable and equitable development, so that the world may enjoy a safer future. This year’s focus is to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on small island developing states around the world.

The entire Bigelow Tea family of energetic, eco-conscious men and women is committed to protecting and developing the environment.  An extensive Sustainabili-TEA program is in place, dedicated to supporting energy conservation through efficient operations and product transportation, as well as reducing emissions with solar energy (with one facet including the installation of 880 solar panels at Corporate Headquarters in Connecticut!). Bigelow Tea is also a member the Ethical Tea Partnership—a move that is getting a green thumbs up from Facebook fans like Jo Ryan, who loves Bigelow Tea’s “concern for this initiative.”

The Bigelow Tea philosophy is “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” Sustainabili-TEA is all about people, community, partnerships and ethics. And, of course, tea! Let’s all remember this on World Environment Day, and every day.

 

Sustainabili-TEA With Bigelow On “Learn About Composting” Day

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Tomorrow is “Learn About Composting Day ” and Bigelow Tea is sharing some Sustainabili-TEA wisdom to encourage you to compost as much as you can!  Following the dictum “practice what you preach,” Bigelow Tea composts 2 tons per month as part of a company-wide waste reduction practice!

How can you do your part? Well, when you’ve savored that last sip of your favorite Bigelow Tea and are ready to toss the used teabag into the garbage … stop!  Teabags can be recycled and composted! So throw it into the compost heap! And don’t stop with the paper filter teabag! The string and tag on every Bigelow teabag is also compostable.  Even the box containing the teas can be thrown into the compost bin!

There’s definitely an art to making good compost.  By mixing together a variety of organic materials like weeds, grass, prunings, shredded twigs and certain types of paper, fruits, vegetables, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds and tea/teabags, you produce rich, crumbly compost when these organic materials are broken down—a process which takes six months to a year. Then the compost may be used as mulch and soil fertilizer.  You may want to buy or build a composting bin for both yard and food scraps, alternately layering each type of waste.

Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating the wonderful, green earth.  And remember, like the Bigelow Tea family did with its Community Garden (pictured above)—always share your bounty with others! As @PatriciaKirkwood said on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle everyday!”  It’s the right thing to do. #Bigelowfamily

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates CT Rides Week

Bigelow Tea CT Rides weekConnecticut Governor Dannel Malloy issued a proclamation declaring that May 12th through May 16th was CT Rides Week and encouraged all solitary drivers to try alternative methods of transportation when traveling or working within the State of Connecticut–even if it was for just one day that week. Drivers were asked to take advantage of various ride sharing options including bus, train, carpool or vanpool.

By visiting www.CTrides.com/week, commuters were able to sign up to participate and join others who also shared a ride during CT Rides Week. As part of the week’s challenge, CT Rides was at Bigelow Tea on Monday May 12th to kick off the week and to encourage employees to sign up registering for CT Rides. All those who signed up during this visit were eligible to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card for Applebee’s (just for Bigelow Tea employees) and then a statewide raffle for a $100 gift card.

As part of the second phase of the Bigelow Tea event, CT Rides was back out on Friday May 16th. This was “Ride Your Bike to Work Day.” All those who actually carpooled, biked, walked, used the train or took the bus during the week were eligible for a second raffle featuring a new mountain bike. Everyone who participated in “Ride Your Bike to Work Day” was also eligible for a raffle of bike helmets. Paul Caponera won the bike and Jim Gildea and Claudia Ardouni won bike helmets.

The week was very successful on a number of different fronts. Nearly 20 percent of Bigelow Tea employees participated in CT Rides Week, and the company continues to be strong partners with CT Rides. More importantly, the week provided a benefit to the environment and the Earth. Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality.  An individual switching a 20-mile round trip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.

 

-Jim Gildea, Fairfield, CT Plant Manager

 

Bigelow Tea Joins Ethical Tea Partnership’s Sustainability Efforts

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Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of the Bigelow Tea family philosophy, and it’s also one of the main areas where the Ethical Tea Partnership is making strides!

As the ETP notes, “There are a number of global issues such as climate change and social development that could potentially have devastating impacts on the sustainability of tea production.” For tea lovers and those who work in growing and producing tea, this is something to be aware of and concerned about for now and into the future.

ETP’s work in “strategic sustainability” includes increasing farmers’ resistance to climate change and promoting good practice farming and can include the following:

*Helping farmers access affordable finance

*Providing access to new and improved tea bushes

*Teaching water harvesting, conservation, and drip irrigation

Bigelow Tea believes that sustainabili-tea, from our own backyard to the tea fields in Sri Lanka is of the utmost importance.  We are proud to support the mission of the ETP.

Working together, we can take measures to ensure that that there will always be tea on this planet.

Image via ethicalteapartnership.org

Sip Green and Plant Green: Bigelow Tea & Arbor Day

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The Bigelow Tea family is noticing how things are getting greener every day. Spring is in full swing, cups of Certified Organic Green Tea have been spotted, and today, caring communities are celebrating Arbor Day.

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After such a long winter, Bigelow Tea employees are especially grateful to enjoy the great outdoors (with iced tea in hand!), promote sustainabili-TEA, and using their green thumbs in the Bigelow Tea Community Garden. Last year, the Green Team worked hard to plant an area in front of headquarters as part of the Green Wellness Community (GWC) initiative. They planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and herbs, which were donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Everything in Mother Nature is interconnected—and trees play an especially important role. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees:

  • Conserve energy–They shade your house, act as wind barriers, and help your air conditioning run more efficiently.
  • Help fight climate change–Communities with trees are cooler communities.
  • Provide wildlife habitats, clean air, and drinking water.
  • Tame storm water–They help prevent mudslides and keep our waterways cleaner.

Whether you’re working towards sustainabili-TEA in the office or outside planting trees for Arbor Day, tea fan @poetgunslinger on Instagram notes that there’s  “Nothing like #Bigelow green tea… to get me through work.”

Sip green. Plant green. Happy Arbor Day!

Top image by KIUKO via Flickr.com

Happy Earth Day! Bigelow Tea Celebrates Sustainabili-TEA

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Happy Earth Day! Today isn’t just about celebrating our planet and going green for the day, but maintaining or even creating a green conscience throughout the year. From business practices and participating in the Ethical Tea Partnership, to carefully crafted packaging, Bigelow Tea and the Bigelow family has a history of newsworthy sustainabili-TEA. These practices make it that much easier for Bigelow Tea customers to help the environment as well.

How much has Bigelow Tea conserved since 2007? Here are a few Earth shattering numbers:

  • Electricity: Savings of 6,429,534 kwh; the equivalent of 527 homes being powered for a year!
  • Water: Savings of 363,181 gallons of water; the average yearly water usage of 2.8 homes!
  • Gas: Savings of 6,466,199 cubic feet; the average yearly gas usage of 92 homes!
  • Waste: Savings of 1,133 tons; or the waste produced by 354 homes annually!

On top of living sustainably, Bigelow Tea’s philosophy boils down to the pure love of tea! Toast Mother Earth today with a giant glass of iced tea made with a bag of Certified Organic Green Tea—like the one Bigelow Tea lover @aprilibanez posted on Instagram. Or, choose from any number of Bigelow Tea Green Tea flavors!

What’s your sustainabili-TEA plan this year?

Bigelow Tea Treasures National Garden Month

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This month is National Garden Month, a celebration of flowers, vegetables and herb gardens everywhere! Bigelow Tea joins communities, organizations and individuals across the country that are celebrating gardening and the good green earth. But you know, Bigelow Tea shines in gardening all year long. From its successful Community Garden last summer (which will happen again this summer) to America’s largest Tea Garden the Charleston Tea Plantation, Bigelow Tea is “one” with Mother earth!

The Bigelow family’s herbal tea selections are among the most popular with blends of fine herbs, fruits and spices. In fact, herbal teas prompt fans like @ShineDeluxe, to tweet that she always starts her day with Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea!

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And here’s a fun fact for all you gardeners out there: remember that Bigelow Tea’s tea bag filter is 100% compostable – just a part of the important commitment to “sustainabili-TEA programs!

Cultivating nature during National Gardening Month (and all the year ‘round!) is Bigelow Tea’s way to the perfect cup. So get your garden in gear and honor the cycle of life while you enjoy being greener, healthier and happier!

Top image by James Feller via Flickr.com