FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Long before companies decided that sustainability was necessary for good corporate citizenship, Ruth Campbell Bigelow started a company 70 years ago with the mission statement, “Do the right thing and good things will follow.”
Succeeding generations, including David and Eunice Bigelow, and their daughter Cindi, the president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, have lived and worked by this philosophy.
This pertains to all aspects of the Bigelow Tea Company business -- from producing only the finest-tasting teas hand-picked from mountain-grown gardens to protecting the environment at its manufacturing facilities, plantation and corporate headquarters. Its environmental efforts over the past decade have come to be known as “SustainabiliTea.”
Cindi Bigelow says the company’s commitment to the environment and sustainability is actually part of a larger “WWW mission” that continually challenges all Bigelow employees to stay focused on Who we are, What we do and Why it matters.
The company has replaced old, incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, installed motion sensors so lights and factory conveyor belts automatically turn off when not in use, and switched to energy-efficient air conditioners. A rooftop field of 880 solar panels generates 15 percent of the electricity used by Bigelow’s Fairfield headquarters and manufacturing plant.
Since beginning its move to energy efficiency in 2007, Bigelow has saved 6,429,534 kilowatt hours of electricity, the equivalent of providing power to 527 homes for a year. It has also conserved 363,181 gallons of water, 6,466,199 cubic feet of gas and eliminated 1,133 tons of waste. By sending less than 4% of its waste to landfill, Bigelow is a Zero Waste to Landfill company.
In addition, to save it from real estate developers, the Bigelow family purchased and reclaimed the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, S.C., restoring it to a working tea farm that grows and produces American Classic Tea and welcomes more than 60,000 visitors annually.
Cindi Bigelow says the company is committed to improving its environmental footprint. For every million tea bags produced last year alone, Bigelow’s efficiency investments saved 7.15 percent on electricity use, used 11.67 percent fewer gallons of water, and conserved 212.56 cubic feet of natural gas.
The Bigelow family’s mandate to “do the right thing and good things will follow” will continue to guide the company in its commitment to SustainabiliTea, Cindi says.