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Earth Week In November With Bigelow Tea

In our ongoing efforts to celebrate our GWC (Greening Wellness Community) program and initiatives, the Bigelow Green Team decided to flip the age-old “Christmas in July” concept and sponsor an Earth Week in November. The intent of this week was to engage Bigelow Tea employees by having a fun week of greening and environmentally friendly activities and events. We began work back in September, creating a theme for each day, and then we began to fill in the details. Each day had a project leader and a raffle prize associated with it. The days and their events were the following:

  • On Monday, November 11, 2013 we launched our Used Coat Drive where we collected gently used coats, hats and mittens for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Anyone who donated was eligible for a $50 gift certificate at the Burlington Coat Factory.

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  • On Tuesday November 12, 2013 we held a “Made in Connecticut Holiday Fair” where 10 vendors came to Bigelow and sold their products—all of which were made in Connecticut. All employees who shopped were given a reusable Bigelow Tea tote bag and were eligible for a number of gift baskets as donated by the various vendors.

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  • On Wednesday November 13, 2013 we held a “Grow Your Garden Indoor Day” on site and held a seminar on the best way to bring your garden indoors. All participants were entered into a raffle to win an indoor terrain.

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  • On Thursday November 14, 2013 we conducted a “Trash to Ornament Contest” where employees were asked to make ornaments out of trash or those products that are recycled. We put up our Christmas tree early this year and all ornaments were hung. Participants were eligible for a raffle prize of a $50 gift certificate at Jones Family Tree Farm.

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  • On Friday November 15, 2013 we held an America Recycles Day event. All employees who signed an “I will recycle” pledge card were given a reusable water bottle complete with Bigelow Tea logo. All those who signed the pledge were also entered into a raffle to win a reusable solar panel designed to charge electronic devices via the sun’s natural power.

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As it was a companywide event, Bigelow Tea’s other plants in Boise, Idaho and Louisville, Kentucky also participated. While they held they similar events, there were also a few different events.

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  • In our Boise and Louisville plants, they also showed recycling educational videos that highlighted such topics as what happens to a water bottle that is not recycled or what happens to a used cigarette butt that is thrown on the ground.
  • Our Boise plant conducted an event centered on “How to Build a Hydroponic Farm.” During this day, the Boise plant actually conducted and held an exercise on how to build a working and functioning hydroponic water farm.

All of this was part of Bigelow Tea’s ongoing commitment to our GWC (Greening Wellness Community) program and initiatives. It was a fun week and successful week. One employee was heard saying, “this is the most fun that I have had at work … ever.”

Jim Gildea
Connecticut Plant Manager
Bigelow Tea


Bigelow Tea’s New Variety Assortments Make Great Gifts!

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The season of gift shopping is upon us, and Bigelow Tea is here to help you check people off your list. We have two spectacular Variety Pack tea assortments that will please just about any recipient—especially a tea lover! Our latest offerings pack a lot of flavor in our brand new packaging, and each box contains 64 teabags featuring a range of our popular Bigelow Teas! Here are the details.

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First, our Fine Tea and Herb Tea Gift Assortment brings together the best of our blackgreen and herb teas in a robust sample selection. It’s great for longtime Bigelow Tea fans or offers a wonderful way to introduce newbies to our teas. Inside this box, the lucky recipient will find our Earl GrayEnglish TeatimeCozy Chamomile“Constant Comment” ®Lemon LiftMint MedleyOrange & Spice and classic Green Tea.

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Our second Variety Pack is for the person who is devoted to green tea! Our Green Tea Variety Gift Box includes a mix of traditional and flavored green teas. Along with peachmintlemon and mango, other offerings include green tea versions of “Constant Comment” ® and Earl Grey. Plus, we’ve included our decaffeinated version of green tea alongside our classic one.

Each assortment type is budget friendly, with a price of $13.95. Why not choose one—or both!—as a gift for a teacher, a neighbor, a friend or even yourself? We’re sure you’ve been good this year!

Top image by Brenda Gottsabend via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Is Excited That The Hunger Games’ Lily Rabe Loves Ginger Tea!

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Bigelow Tea is always interested in seeing who loves a good cup of tea, whether it’s customers who have been drinking Bigelow Tea for decades or superstars who enjoy our favorite beverage! Lately we’ve been looking at Lily Rabe, the actress is in the award-winning hit television show “American Horror Story” that also stars Jessica Lange. We found out that she loves her tea too! In a Women’s Wear Daily interview, she was sipping a cup of ginger tea as she talked about her role in theMerchant Of Venice production at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park (with Al Pacino no less)!

Rabe is no stranger to famous actors, as she is the daughter of famed movie and stage actress Jill Clayburgh and noted playwright David Rabe. Lily has certainly built an impressive resume over the years, including big roles in the films “All Good Things” and “What Just Happened.”

Currently, along with her role in “American Horror Story,” Lily is part of the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly anticipated sequel to the huge 2012 hit movie The Hunger Games.

So when you hit the movie theaters on November 22nd or you are watching Lily on the smaller screen, which Bigelow tea would you prefer?  Ginger Snappish and Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea?  Tag us on Twitter (@bigelowtea) and let us know!

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FACEBOOK TEA CHAT ALERT: Join Cindi Bigelow on Nov. 21st!

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Cindi Bigelow, third generation CEO of Bigelow Tea, invites you to chat with her—live!—on Facebook on November 21st from 2 to 3 pm EST. Whether you have a question regarding the new packaging, want to talk about sustainabili-TEA, would like to share a favorite tea memory, or want to know how to brew the perfect cup of tea, Cindi is eager to hear from you and answer your questions!

To participate, join us on our Bigelow Tea Facebook page anytime between 2 and 3pm EST on November 21st and join the conversation! Can’t wait to meet you live!


Bigelow Tea Invites You To ‘Talk Trash’ For America Recycles Day

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Bigelow Tea is proud to celebrate America Recycles Day and the many benefits of recycling the “stuff” in our lives. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserves natural resources, helps decrease pollution and saves money. These are among the reasons our sustatainabili-TEA team has maintained an ongoing commitment to waste management and recycling programs throughout our company.

Chances are, you and your neighbors are recycling too. Bravo! The more we all recycle, the bigger the benefits for the planet and economy. You can help spread the word by hosting a Recycling Day event in your area or joining one.

Here at Bigelow Tea, we have been thrilled and amazed to see the success of our recycling efforts. One of our proudest milestones was achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status. That means that no more than 10 percent of waste from all three Bigelow Tea manufacturing operations ends up in landfills. In addition, 85 percent of our packaging is biodegradable or recyclable – including all tea bags, strings and paper tags!

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Composting is one key to reducing waste in our Fairfield, CT facility. The employee cafeteria is now composting 12 tons a year! We’ve also reduced the amount of shrink wrap used to wrap pallets of tea boxes in all three of our warehouses. By using alternative methods—like large rubber bands—to secure the tea boxes on the pallets, we are using 54 percent less shrink wrap.

How about you? Has your family, neighborhood or business found novel ways to reduce waste? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Bigelow Tea Supports The Fight Against Diabetes

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas can’t produce insulin, or make use of what it produces. Our bodies need insulin to break down carbohydrates into glucose. Over 370 million people worldwide have diabetes, and Bigelow Tea thinks it makes sense that World Diabetes Day, recognized November 14th, has combined efforts with two other November recognitions: National Diabetes Month and American Diabetes Month.

All of these associations have the same primary objectives: raising awareness and understanding of diabetes and its possibly severe consequences. Bigelow Tea appreciates all the work that goes into modifying lifestyles and following the dietary restrictions of diabetes. People with diabetes must check their blood sugar levels several times a day, take insulin and be careful about eating certain foods. That last part is not a worry when it comes to Bigelow Tea however, because all of our fantastic teas are excellent choices with or without sugar, or any added sweeteners.

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From our Black Teas to Green Teas to Herb Teas and everything in between, Bigelow Tea offers a wide range of selections. If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, you know family support is important, and it gives us a good feeling that our Bigelow family can be a part of supporting you too with so many tea choices!

We all should be aware of the risks of diabetes. In fact, some people have the disease and aren’t aware of it; one in four Americans with diabetes doesn’t know! So put on the kettle and take a minute out of your busy day to take this test to see if you are at risk!

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Bigelow Tea Earl Grey Fan Tells Cindi Bigelow Why It’s The Best!

Cindi Bigelow never knows when she will meet a passionate Bigelow Tea fan, but this time we captured one of these lovely—and entirely impromptu—moments on camera! Bob, Cindi’s CPR instructor, tells why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. As he explains emphatically in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot.

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Bob was also happy to hear that Cindi is headed to Calabria, Italy, where Bigelow Tea sources the highest quality oil of bergamot!


Bigelow Tea Honors Veterans And Military Families

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Today is Veteran’s Day, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I back in 1918. Today is also the day that we honor and thank veterans who have fought bravely for our country in all wars. At Bigelow Tea we take this day very seriously. There is no greater honor than to serve our country, and on this day, we would like to show how much we deeply appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free.

In November we also observe Military Family Appreciation Month. It has been said that, “Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to our military families as well!


At Bigelow Tea, we started showing our appreciation and saying “Thank you” over 4 years ago with our Tea for the Troops program … bringing a little bit of “home” to our troops, and sending over 100,000 special boxes of our American Classic Teas to those serving our country.  It’s our way of telling them how proud we are of them! And this year is no different as we gear up to donate another 8,000 boxes to our brave US service men and women. CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, knows about the power of tea. She says the Tea for the Troops program is “our version of a thank you card … one of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.”

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In addition, this year at our recent 2013 Community Challenge race in September, we asked men, women and children to help Bigelow Tea honor our servicemen and women by writing a brief message on a label, or two or three, that will be affixed to boxes and distributed through the USO. Such a simple gesture that we hope will make a huge impact.

On this very special day, we say “thank you,” to all our veterans and their families. It’s the very least we can do!

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Bigelow Tea Fuels Up For Big Races

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Watching the New York City marathon last Sunday was inspiring! The men and women who run those 26.2 miles to complete the marathon through the five boroughs of New York are truly amazing. We at Bigelow Tea tip our hats, our sneakers, and of course our teacups to them as they recuperate from their milestone race. But gosh, how do they do it?

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Athletes train for hours on end, for months at a time, leading up to a big race. And tea can actually help prepare them! Runners need to hydrate their bodies up to an hour before the race with up to 20 ounces of liquid. Hot or iced tea counts as a liquid for this. Our suggestions? Maybe a mind soothing Green Tea for just a hint of zip, or a relaxing Chamomile to calm your nerves, or perhaps an amazing and rewarding Chocolate Chai.

Even if you aren’t a marathoner, tea can get you moving in the right direction. If you do run, remember to hydrate before and after your workout. And don’t worry about running 26.2 miles … just lace up those running shoes, hit the pavement, and then come inside for a cup of tea.

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Enter The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Sweeepstakes To Win Our Fall Tea Flavors!

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Bigelow Tea is sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving with our “Attitude of Gratitude” Sweepstakes! A total of 24 lucky winners will take home our delicious Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea – both brimming with irresistible autumn flavors! We invite you to enter for your chance to win … and while filling out the form, tell us in a few words what you’re grateful for this year. The simple pleasure of sipping a steaming cup of tea on a crisp, fall day is certainly at the top of our list!

The winners will receive one box each of our ever-popular “harvest teas.” Pumpkin Spice Tea is a masterful blend of the finest mountain-grown black teas, cinnamon, licorice root, clove, ginger and pumpkin flavor. Apple Cider Herb Tea is a caffeine-free blend of all-natural herbs and spices with the sweet taste of tree-ripened apples. Each of these teas is a soul-warming treat after a day of watching football, raking leaves or apple picking!

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the green teacup sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to enter more often!! The sweepstakes ends on November 29th.  Look for the names of the 24 lucky winners right here on our blog. Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all!