The Secret Life of Garbage

by Derek VanDyke 31. March 2013 20:19

It is time for the world to take notice of our consumption and the amount of gargage we produce as consumers. Though recycling is often taught as the solution to our waste management stream, the focus really needs to be placed on Reduction and Reusing. A fourth new term has also being used - Refuse. 

Thank you for checking out the info graphic below provided by Make the effort to Reduce the amount of garbage you create. Each little step made by individual consumers will have a significant impact. Do you part and together we can make a difference.


Life of Garbage


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Custom Nalgene Bottles

by Derek VanDyke 25. March 2013 16:21

Nalgene appears to be making a come back in the water bottle world. Nalgene as a company started in the 1940's as a supplier of plastics used in the medical industry. In the early 1970's, Nalgene Outdoors was created and they became famous for their resusable water bottles.  The most famous by far was their 1 liter wide mouth bottle loved and used by hikers worldwide.

In 2007 it became clear that Bisphenol A (BPA) posed a human health threat and the Nalgene brand along with plastic water bottles in general fell out of favor to stainless steel water bottles.  Soon after Nalgene replaced their plastics used, but the fear of BPA led to the rise in popularity of stainless steel bottles and such popular brands as Klean Kanteen

Now move forward to 2013. Nalgene appears to making a strong come back and Custom Nalgene Bottles are more popular than ever.  Custom Nalgene Bottles have many advantages over stainless steel bottles. 

  • Nalgene products are manufactured in the United States unlike most stainless steel bottles. For many consumers, buying U.S. manufactured products is an important consideration when purchasing custom drinkware.
  • Nalgene products come in a wide range of styles and colors. Currently Nalgene has over a dozen styles of bottles with numerous lid options.
  • Nalgene products are lightweight and more durable. Unlike stainless steel which is heavy and easily dents or scratches.
  • Nalgene products are translucent. People like to see what they are drinking.

Consumers now have more options than ever before when purchasing custom water bottles and now the choice is about usability instead of safety concerns. At Green Benefits we have been a leading supplier of custom water bottles since 2007. Our focus has been to provide safe alternatives to disposable plastic water bottles.

We are proud to offer the complete selection of Custom Nalgene Bottles for your group. Call us today to learn more or to order your Custom Nalgene Bottles.

The Most Popular Custom Nalgene Bottles



16 oz. Custom Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle

The 16 oz. Custom Nalgene Bottle is a smaller version of the classic 1 Liter bottle Nalgene became famous for. Made in the U.S.A. and comes in a wide range of colors.

As Low As: $7.00


24 oz. Custom Nalgene OTG Bottle

The Nalgene OTG (also known as the On The Go Bottle) offers an innovative design making hydration fun and easy. By far our best selling Custom Nalgene Bottle and popular with groups and schools across the nation.

As Low As: $7.50


32 oz. Custom Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle

This is the bottle that made Nalgene a household name. The very popular wide mouth 1 liter bottle is ideal for the gym or trail.

As Low As: $8.75 

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10 Principles of Fair Trade

by Derek VanDyke 28. October 2012 12:04


Fair Trade is a term often used in the marketplace, but the average consumer is still unaware of what this really means.  The following 10 principles of Fair Trade are promoted by the World Fair Trade Organization.  For a full description of these ten principles you can visit the World Fair Trade Organization Web site.

Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Principle Two: Transparency and Accountability

Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices

Principle Four: Payment of a Fair Price

Principle Five: Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor

Principle Six: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association

Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions

Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade

Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment


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World Water Day 2013 - United Nations International year of Water Cooperation

by Derek VanDyke 12. October 2012 10:32

Every 22nd day in March is World Water Day.  This event started out in 1993 and has grown into a worldwide event.  The goal of this important event is simple - to raise awareness of the challenges facing water managment in light of the increase demand for water access.


At Green Benefits we urge you to take the time and educate yourself about the water issues facing the United States.  Poor water quality, drought, and water shortages are real issues in many parts of our country and will threaten our food and water supply.  Do your part and participate in the 2013 World Water Day Celebration and help educate your community about water issues at home and abroad.


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Soil to Sky - Nourishing the Planet

by Derek VanDyke 10. October 2012 11:12

Another great infographic from Nourishing the Planet.  This graphic titled "Soil to Sky: of agroecology  versus industrial agriculture" by the Christian Fund tells the story how we can feed the world without destroying our natural resources.  As the old saying goes - a picture is worth a thousand words.  Enjoy the picture and and think about how we will feed our planet now and into the future.


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One World One Ocean

by Derek VanDyke 9. October 2012 10:32

Check out this great infographic from One World One Ocean.  Please share this graphic and consider doing your part in helping preserve our oceans for future generations.  Consider using a high quality resuable water bottle or reusable shopping tote.  Together we can make a difference.

One World One Ocean is a great organization with the goal of inspiring people to protect our world oceans.  The ocean is our life support system.  They generate most of the oxygen we breath, regulates our climate and provides us with the food we eat.  Our oceans are in danger and need our help.  

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American Made Water Bottle From Liberty Bottleworks

by Derek VanDyke 30. July 2012 12:02

Liberty Bottleworks

Liberty Bottleworks, Yakima Washington, now offers the first USA made water bottle made from 100% recycled material.  Unlike most aluminum water bottles, Liberty uses a flexible food grade coating on the inside to ensure no heavy metal leaching or porous surface for bacteria to build up.  The result is great tasting and safe water.

At first I thought this was going to be just another water bottle.  To my surprise drinking from the Liberty bottles was pure delight.  The size of the bottle fits comfortably in hand and the splash free neck design really works.  I was concerned that Liberty patent pending 1/4 turn off lid design could potentially leak, but after several hikes and trips to the gym the lid has kept the valuable content in the bottle and my gear dry.

These bottle come in several sizes and many great designs.  Liberty uses local artists from around the country to create their unique designs.  Finally, consumers have a viable option for American made metal water bottles. 


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