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It’s Hot. Win Iced Tea.

Congratulations to Stephanie and thank you everyone who entertained us with your stories of how hot it is where you are. Stay cool everyone! Yep, it’s late July and hot as heck just about everywhere. Doesn’t it sound perfect to cool down with some ice-cold tea? We know! That’s why we’ve just introduced our new line of 365 Everyday Value Organic ready-to-drink teas. Now these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill ordinary bottled teas. These new teas are organic and Whole Trade®, which ensures the ingredients are grown with a commitment to ethical trade, the environment and quality products. And 1% of the sale of Whole Trade products benefits the Whole Planet Foundation™. That’s doing good twice (three times if you count the good it does you to drink great tea!). A majority of our tea leaves are grown in China and India — both known for their superior quality in tea leaf production — and our teas are bottled in the USA using 45% post consumer recycled plastic. We’ve created four flavored and lightly sweetened 16-ounce bottled teas and two unsweetened 64-ounce value options. Here’s the rundown: In 16-ounce bottles:
  • Organic Mint Green Tea
  • Organic Lemon Black Tea
  • Organic Peach Oolong Tea
  • Organic Mango Acai White Tea
In 64-ounce containers:
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Organic Black Tea
We encourage everyone to give these great teas a try, and we’re going to jump start some supercharged cooling by choosing one reader to win a case of these delightful teas. Tell us why it’s sooooo hot where you are and why you think you should win the case of tea. We’re going to choose one winner at random but hey, make your story good ‘cause we want to sit back with a fun read and an ice-cold glass of tea. Enter your comment by August 4th.

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Alex says …

Ohhhh, peach oolong! Delicious!

Matt says …

how else i gonna use these ice cubes?

Richard says …

Long Island was supposed to be mild because it's surrounded by water, but the temps are nearing 100 and I don't have AC. Could use some iced tea.

Allysson says …

You know, we have not had our share of HOT summer weather out here in California (yet!). I consider our cool, cloudy mornings and warm, sunny afternoons to be just about perfect! Only thing to make that warm, sunny afternoon even more perfect is a nice cool cup of tea (no ice, thank you, I'm Canadian). Tea is always a good excuse to slow down and appreciate what a beautiful day it's turned out to be!!

Quiana says …

Not only is it hot in NYC, but it's stinky too! I'm 9 months pregnant and the refreshing tea would be perfect relief right now.

Cynthia T. says …

The heat here in Richmond, Virginia has been "unrelenting" It's been as hot as 104!!!! I sure could use a nice, cold, refreshing, exhilerating, natural, phenomenal, thirst quenching, earth - friendly whole foods iced tea!!! Whole foods is my personal "therapy" for the week. Peace!

judy says …

The conundrum of summer: nothing tastes better than iced tea but it is too, too hot to be boiling water. Bottled iced tea is perfect--even if I do feel a little guilty about not making my own homemade!

Mike says …

Where's the heat? The Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley are actually pretty cool this time of year; but the heat ramps up in September and October, which are our "Indian Summer". We will definitely need a good supply of iced tea by then!

Janet says …

Just the enticing names of these iced teas is making me thirsty. It would be great to get a chance to try the selection of these iced teas!

Lori Carter says …

I have decided it is the hot air coming from all of our TVs! Every time we turn it on it is about Lindsay Lohan or yet another politician letting us know that nothing is going to change if he/she has anything to do with it. Iced Tea is the only hope of a promising tomorrow! Tea can change the world!

margaret woods says …

It can't get much hotter than Tulsa, Oklahoma in July. Whether you are on the plains or on the asphalt, Tulsa is hot. This is the perfect place for a tall glass of iced tea. It is tea time in Tulsa - bring it on. We want it, we need it.

Nicole Holt says …

I live in Portland, Maine and it just isn't supposed to get this hot. 90 degrees! In Maine! If that doesn't call for some refreshing iced tea, I don't know what does.

Kim says …

What a great prize!! I am a tea lover!

annie bagdasarian says …

When my husband's band plays out, I bring all my girlfriends, and your tea will make the best bring your own / designated driver drink! woo hoo!

Shelley Johnson says …

I'm in Maryland it's baking hot out here!! I could really use a case of tea to cool down.

Jennifer says …

I live in southern Arizona. 'Nuff said! LOL

Ana McKinney says …

Well, I was just thinking about that this week. It is just incredibly hot! We have a young magnolia tree that we just planted this spring. We have been watering daily, unless it rains. It was doing amazingly well, until we stopped watering due to severe storms and just a lot of precipitation for a week. Right after that, it started dying and we thought it was the excess water. Well, wrong! Now we have figured out that the rain was actually not enough for it. Everyday, right after it rained, the sunlight and the summer heat were evaporating all the water before it was absorbed in the ground!! Now we are praying our tree survives and the rain stays through the night so the water can reach the soil!

Bren says …

It's called the Valley of the Sun here for good reason! Phoenix has had the hottest average temp year on record and we're all ready to melt. Now that the monsoons have arrived, we're sticky, too! That might be good for caramel syrup, but not us humans :) Sipping a nice, cold glass of refreshing tea sounds like a good survival technique.

Paula Kitchens says …

love these teas!!

Eva says …

Whole Foods ROCKS! Can't wait to try these tasty teas!

Amanda says …

Okay, so I live in Michigan and it's not usually all that hot...but should that preclude a tea-drinker like me from enjoying an ice cold bottle of the stuff? I think not ;).

Josh says …

It's not an east coast scorcher here in Portland, Oregon but it's still hot enough that sitting under some shade until the PM hours turn to double digits is pleasant and often necessary. A cool, refreshing gulp of organic tea would sure help the lazy afternoons/evenings!

Sara Lattanzia says …

I live in Maryland where this summer we have been sweltering in record high temps. I manage my son's swim team and spend each and every weekday morning sweating my buns off at the pool watching practice for 2 hours. Every Saturday I wake up bright and early at 6am and get ready for swim meets, where I stand in the sun for another 5-6 hours. So far this summer I have been diagnosed with heat exhaustion twice and alas...no iced tea to be found. Not fun. But so worth it to see the kids get excited about swimming! Iced tea is just what I need to cool off while cheering on the team! And a full case means plenty to share! Nothing better than 365 Organic tea. perfectly refreshing and perfectly good for you!

Sheila Freedle says …

Why is it soooo hot where I am? I'm in Houston, TX...'nuff said! Nothing is as refreshing as a nice, tall, cold, iced tea on the hot, humid days we suffer through here in Houston. I think I should win this case of tea mainly because I am unemployed. Heck - I'm even willing to SHARE my tea with other unemployed folks (Perhaps you had better make that TWO cases?? LOL). Seriously, I am unemployed and it would be wonderful to have a free case of tea during this hot time of need! Help...I'm thirsty and broke!! Oh, yes...if you care to employ me, I'm available. :)

John says …

It's the Detroit area -- and it's not just HOT -- it's HUMID -- and we still have the furnace that came with this house -- built in 1952 -- WITHOUT air conditioning AND we've torn apart the kitchen this summer -- and ripped down walls -- and we're still "mudding and sanding" -- so we can't have the ducts cleaned YET -- so we can't get the NEW furnace that will come WITH air conditioning! We need RELIEF -- and that tea would HELP!!

Kathleen says …

I was just telling my boyfriend two weeks ago that I wish they made affordable unsweetened iced tea in bottles so I could bring them to work. This is awesome! I'm excited :D

Amy says …

I'm a Texas girl and we survive on iced tea during our summers there. Now, I live Northern California where it doesn't really get that hot but no one seems to drink iced tea here! Heathens!!!

Jamie says …

I deserve to win this tea because its sooooooooooo hot in here in crazy Manhattan and because I spend hours each week shopping at WHole Foods!!!

Haley says …

I am visiting my parents in South Georgia. It is hot, it is humid, and one step outside provokes sweat and lots of it. The only good thing is that after an unseasonably cold winter, the bugs aren't biting! Hey, down here, you take what you can get. Some nice, refreshing tea would sure help to rehydrate myself!

Shawna R says …

Well....when it hits 100 in Denver, CO....that's pretty steamy :)

Deneen says …

I am in Philadelphia and we have had our 6th heat wave of the summer with more to follow. I could use a refreshing case of tea to quench my thirst.

Judy says …

Holy Moly, Ole, Ole!!! Me on fire...I'm feelin hot,hot, hot here in this cramped office. AC is busted, and I need a supercharged cooler. I promise I'll share the case of tea with the other melting employees. Phew!

Linda Maynard says …

Record heat here in the south............high, high humidity......air conditioner just can't keep up.......whew, humidity and skeeters thicker than molasses. Sure am sweltering here in NC. Need something cold to drink......Hmmmm, nothing better than some refreshing, cold iced tea. MMM MMM. Dripping sweat just thinking about it.

Claire says …

Portlanders are not used to being hot and parched. Without a spot of iced tea, we may melt!!! Please send it asap!

Q. Millerossi says …

It's hot in NYC. Even air temps don't reflect the gummy air here, steamed into the top layer of skin by reflected heat off concrete, steel, and glass, and millions of ACs, pumping hot air out. But the capper is the subway. Descending each step the heat goes up, until you stand on the platform of pain, with hundreds of other hot people, melting at the edges. I'm from Oregon. A case of iced tea might just take the edge off my clawing, desperate need to flee this city in the summer.

Anthony says …

i frickin love tea, Im sure this is excellent tea but have never tried it! me want some samples :)

Katie Fix says …

It's very hot here in Nebraska. It's topped out over 90 degrees the last week, with sticky humidity. It feels suffocating when I open the front door, almost as if walking into an oven would be a better choice. However, it's also too hot to take my 6mo daughter to the pool, as she's still young enough that the heat would get her before the water got her cooled. I need some good cold tea to cool me down!! It would be great to set an example for her to see that Mommy drinks healthy, boosting antioxidant power with each sip!!

Darlene Greenwood says …

Hi everyone, It is REALLY hot here for me in Delaware, Ohio because I live in a Condo community WITHOUT a pool!! And, I chose to clean out my garage this summer, thinking that it wouldn't be so hot. But, now that I've started this project, I can't stop because my boyfriend offered to help me apply Epoxy to the garage floor. Of course, we're going to wait until it is cooler than 85 degrees to do that....but, I need some healthy iced tea now to revive me!!! In the meantime, I should have a really clean garage by Fall! Darlene in Delaware, OH

Greg says …

I've been in Cushendall, Northern Ireland for 12 days - it's been about 65F with rain or mist nearly every day and I am in heaven and fully acclimated...but I'm coming back home to Boulder in early August. I'm the canary in the mineshaft insofar as heat is concerned and I'll need to dowse my inferno and hydrate to adapt to 7% humidity and hideous thermal conditions. Winning ice tea would be a panacea...er...panatea for my dilemma. HOT HOT HOT.

Janice says …

It's so hot in Cary North Carolina! My kids are getting off the school bus sweating so much their hair is wet.. yuck.. Some iced tea would be nice as an after school refreshment.

Colleen says …

Love ice cold iced tea...can't wait to try this!

Carol says …

New England this SUMMMMERRRRRR=========scorcher/hot/humid...need to cool off!!! YEA TEA

Mike S. says …

It's too hot to write a story! But I'd like to be in the contest.... :)

Maria says …

It's so hot here because it's been in the triple digits on & off, mostly on, for the past 2 weeks. I could use a cool refreshing drink right now.

Tess Moore says …

It is soooo hot here in Raleigh NC. Record Breakin' I tell ya! It would be fabulous to be sippin' iced green tea under a shade tree watchin' the clouds go by! Thanks for the opportunity......Whole Foods has my heart!

Mary says …

It has been hot here in Colorado Springs, and we have no air conditioning in our house! Just moved here from Hawaii and thought it would be cooler, but noooooooo, of course not, it's the middle of the hottest month here. We're trying to re-stock our pantry, and some iced tea would be WONDERFUL! Love our local Whole Foods (Pikes Peak), it's the best! We have been there almost daily to buy something good to cook for dinner.

Paula says …

OK, so it's not so hot in Seattle. The sun looks as if it's thinking about coming out today, but who knows? I already told the kids I refuse to turn the heat on - it's July, for crying out loud! Ice-cold tea might make us THINK it's summer!

Debbie Chioffe says …

Yes, there are perks living in San Diego, the Culture, the Beaches, the Sun...AHHH the Sun! We usually have hot days and cool evenings, but lately it has be HOT 24 hours a day! I mean, short shorts, bathing suits,naked behind a towel around the house hot!!! Mr. Sun has been shining his prettiest and heating up South Cali! Perfect iced tea weather! We need the delicious pure wholesomeness of 365 Organic teas..and we need them fast! SOS! Please send a case out here..we need refreshing in our little corner of the Planet!

Christopher says …

It's July in New England, the epitomy of summer, the three H's (Hot, Humid and Hazy) have been in place for two straight weeks. No better relief than a cold Ice Tea.

Danielle says …

It's been a wicked hot summah heah in Boston!

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