Green Benefits News Letter November 2008 - Vol. 1, Issue 5

by John Hamlin 18. December 2008 12:21

Enhance Your School with Green Benefits    November, 2008 - Vol 1, Issue 5

 

In This Issue

Green School Fundraiser

Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Theo Chocolate

Pangaea Organica

Join Our Mailing List!

Quick Links

Green Benefits

NW Green Schools

Washington Green Schools

Co-op America

Green Festival

Treeswing

Theo Chocolate

Pangaea Organica Coffee

Puget Sound Fresh Food

The election is over and now it is time to begin preparing for the holiday season.  Be sure to check out the Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign.  

Also, enjoy Theo Chocolate and Pangaea Coffee this holiday season.  Both made locally!  Make this your greenest Thanksgiving and enjoy locally grown fresh food this season.  Green Benefits

The team at Green Benefits is also excited to offer you 10% off on our Holiday Specials which will make great holiday gifts that you can feel good about giving.  An additional 10% will be donated to local charities.  Use the coupon code holiday2009 and save today!

Green School Fundraiser's

Check out Co-op America's recent article titled "

Greening School Fundraiser's."  School's across the country are beginning to question traditional fundraiser's.  With a green fundraiser, you can help spread the word about high-quality green products and support the green economy, while raising money for schools or causes that are close to your heart.

Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign

Puget Sound Fresh FoodHere's one small thing you can do to reduce your "carbon footprint" this month: Buy locally grown food for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign was created to shine a public spotlight on the connections that buying local has on the environment, use of fossil fuels and energy, supporting our local community, and helping to keep our local farmers farming. Thanksgiving, with its rich cultural meaning and food traditions, is a perfect time to add another dimension to how we think about food when we are already making thoughtful food purchases

Take the pledge today to use at least on locally grown food on your table and you will have the chance to win one of 5 heritage turkeys from the Puget Sound Region, one year of Organic Valley dairy or other fun prizes. 

Make a difference this Thanksgiving and eat local! 

Theo Chocolate

Theo ChocolateGreen Benefits is proud to represent Theo Chocolate, the only Organic and Fair Trade Bean to Bar Chocolate factory in the United States, and offer their one of kind products as a school fundraiser.

Theo Chocolate is changing the definition of quality by uniting creative excellence that results in deliciously award winning chocolate, and an unwavering commitment to changing the way the cocoa industry conducts business.  At Theo, they believe there is no luxury in products that benefit us today, while jeopardizing future generations ability to meet their needs.  When you taste Theo Chocolate you will experience an unmatched passion and integrity in very luscious bite.

Go and take a visit and tour their factory and sample their award winning chocolate.  The 3400 Phinney Chocolate Factory offers public tours 7 days a week.  Public tours are held Monday through Thursday at 2pm and 4pm and Friday through Sunday at 10am, 12, 2, and 4pm.  Tours are $6 per person, ages 1 and older.  This is a tour that you will not soon forget!

Pangaea Organica

Pangaea Coffee

Green Benefits is excited to announce Pangaea Organica Coffees to their line of quality and locally produced fundraising products

Pangaea sources their green beans from the best Organic, Fair Trade coffees grown around the world.  Then to ensure a roast profile that suits each coffee's character, they spend time with each lot of coffee determining the degree of roast.  Under roast and the resulting cup will taste sharp and sour.  Over roast and coffees of different origins lose their individual characters and become dull and burnt.

Pangaea coffees are roasted on a bed of hot air.  It is a roasting method that produces a bright, rich cup of coffee.  As with wine, there are distinct varietal's of coffee, each with its own unique personality.  Roasting by convection, using air, brings out the citrus flavors of an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or the earthy complexities of Sumatra.  Brew the coffee strong and dark and it will not be bitter, bur rather sweet and natural.

Pangaea is a triple bottom line company - people, planet, profit.  They are committed to their customers, their suppliers, the environment and each other.  Rick at Pangaea is building a place to be proud of, a place built to human scale, a place built to make a difference.

Pangaea coffee is a favorite of Green Benefits.  Try it and we are sure it will become one of your favorites as well.

Green Benefits is committed to helping your organization.  Our mission is to help children, families and the community live healthier and greener lives.

Please feel free to distribute our information to any group or individual that could benefit from our services or products.  We look forward to helping you live a greener life.

Sincerely,

Derek VanDyke & John Hamlin

Green Benefits, LLC | 677 120th Ave NE #2A | PMB 173 | Bellevue | WA | 98005

Green Benefits News Letter November 2008 - Vol. 1, Issue 5

by John Hamlin 18. December 2008 12:12

Enhance Your School with Green Benefits    November, 2008 - Vol 1, Issue 5

 

In This Issue

Green School Fundraiser

Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Theo Chocolate

Pangaea Organica

Join Our Mailing List!

Quick Links

Green Benefits

NW Green Schools

Washington Green Schools

Co-op America

Green Festival

Treeswing

Theo Chocolate

Pangaea Organica Coffee

Puget Sound Fresh Food

The election is over and now it is time to begin preparing for the holiday season.  Be sure to check out the Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign.  

Also, enjoy Theo Chocolate and Pangaea Coffee this holiday season.  Both made locally!  Make this your greenest Thanksgiving and enjoy locally grown fresh food this season.  Green Benefits

The team at Green Benefits is also excited to offer you 10% off on our Holiday Specials which will make great holiday gifts that you can feel good about giving.  An additional 10% will be donated to local charities.  Use the coupon code holiday2009 and save today!

Green School Fundraiser's

Check out Co-op America's recent article titled "Greening School Fundraiser's."  School's across the country are beginning to question traditional fundraiser's.  With a green fundraiser, you can help spread the word about high-quality green products and support the green economy, while raising money for schools or causes that are close to your heart.

Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign

Puget Sound Fresh FoodHere's one small thing you can do to reduce your "carbon footprint" this month: Buy locally grown food for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Eat Local for Thanksgiving Campaign was created to shine a public spotlight on the connections that buying local has on the environment, use of fossil fuels and energy, supporting our local community, and helping to keep our local farmers farming. Thanksgiving, with its rich cultural meaning and food traditions, is a perfect time to add another dimension to how we think about food when we are already making thoughtful food purchases

Take the pledge today to use at least on locally grown food on your table and you will have the chance to win one of 5 heritage turkeys from the Puget Sound Region, one year of Organic Valley dairy or other fun prizes. 

Make a difference this Thanksgiving and eat local! 

Theo Chocolate

Theo ChocolateGreen Benefits is proud to represent Theo Chocolate, the only Organic and Fair Trade Bean to Bar Chocolate factory in the United States, and offer their one of kind products as a school fundraiser.

Theo Chocolate is changing the definition of quality by uniting creative excellence that results in deliciously award winning chocolate, and an unwavering commitment to changing the way the cocoa industry conducts business.  At Theo, they believe there is no luxury in products that benefit us today, while jeopardizing future generations ability to meet their needs.  When you taste Theo Chocolate you will experience an unmatched passion and integrity in very luscious bite.

Go and take a visit and tour their factory and sample their award winning chocolate.  The 3400 Phinney Chocolate Factory offers public tours 7 days a week.  Public tours are held Monday through Thursday at 2pm and 4pm and Friday through Sunday at 10am, 12, 2, and 4pm.  Tours are $6 per person, ages 1 and older.  This is a tour that you will not soon forget!

Pangaea Organica

Pangaea Coffee

Green Benefits is excited to announce Pangaea Organica Coffees to their line of quality and locally produced fundraising products

Pangaea sources their green beans from the best Organic, Fair Trade coffees grown around the world.  Then to ensure a roast profile that suits each coffee's character, they spend time with each lot of coffee determining the degree of roast.  Under roast and the resulting cup will taste sharp and sour.  Over roast and coffees of different origins lose their individual characters and become dull and burnt.

Pangaea coffees are roasted on a bed of hot air.  It is a roasting method that produces a bright, rich cup of coffee.  As with wine, there are distinct varietal's of coffee, each with its own unique personality.  Roasting by convection, using air, brings out the citrus flavors of an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or the earthy complexities of Sumatra.  Brew the coffee strong and dark and it will not be bitter, bur rather sweet and natural.

Pangaea is a triple bottom line company - people, planet, profit.  They are committed to their customers, their suppliers, the environment and each other.  Rick at Pangaea is building a place to be proud of, a place built to human scale, a place built to make a difference.

Pangaea coffee is a favorite of Green Benefits.  Try it and we are sure it will become one of your favorites as well.

Green Benefits is committed to helping your organization.  Our mission is to help children, families and the community live healthier and greener lives.

Please feel free to distribute our information to any group or individual that could benefit from our services or products.  We look forward to helping you live a greener life.

Sincerely,

Derek VanDyke & John Hamlin

Green Benefits, LLC | 677 120th Ave NE #2A | PMB 173 | Bellevue | WA | 98005

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Custom Printable Compact Reusable Bags

by John Hamlin 25. November 2008 15:56

Great news!  We are now offering custom printable reusable bags!  These great compact bags are the perfect companion for the person on the go!   These big bags fold into a small package 5" x 5" making them very convenient to carry.  Never forget your bag again.  Keep a couple in your purse, and guys can even carry them in their pocket.  Perfect for the city outing to your favorite store.  The answer to the question, "Paper or plastic" is now and will always be, "neither, please use mine!"

The best part is that we can custom print your logo on these bags!  Put your own custom flavor an these bags for your school, team, company or organization.  Call 1-866-433-3153 or e-mail:  info@greenbenefits.net for pricing.  These bags make a great fundraiser with up to 45% margin!

 

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Bag Dimensions

Open: 15'' x 22'',

Folded into Pouch - 5" x 5''

 

Max Imprint Area 

Bag - 6'' x 6''

Pouch - 3 1/2'' x 2 1/8''

 

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Optimum Green Fundraising Program

by John Hamlin 24. November 2008 19:57

At Green Benefits we have created the Optimum Green Fundraising Program.  This is simply the best way to meet your fundraising goals from promoting green goods.  Green Benefits will set up a group specific web page in our ecommerce system to promote your products, accept online donations and facilitate year around product sales.  The Optimum Green Fundraising Program includes the following:

  1. Web site promotion and sales - no pre-purchase of products required.  The option includes products that Green Benefits carries and promotes.  This can be run year around for an ongoing fundraiser for your group.  This program is best combined with the direct giving option which allows your group to collect online donations.
  2. Custom product sales - pre-order or purchase goods up front.  This option includes custom branded products such as water bottles, reusable shopping bags and green/recycled clothing.  This program is best combined with standard web products offered by Green Benefits.
  3. Traditional catalog style fundraiser - Green Benefits will create a one page order form for your organization to collect orders over a defined period.  Once complete, simply contact Green Benefits with your fundraising totals and they will deliver the products to your organization for distribution.

Of course it is up to your organization to choose the campaign that will work best for your organization.  Call Green Benefits and let them help you develop a customized fundraiser for your group.

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Green Building a bright spot!

by John Hamlin 20. November 2008 06:00

The Boston Business Journal reported today on a study by McGraw-Hill Construction that found the value of Green Construction starts was up five-fold from 2005 to 2008.  The most positive aspect of the report was the forecast that Green Building practices are expected to triple by 2013.  The full report is available for sale at McGraw Hill Construction web site for sale. 

I have not paid the $150 to purchase the report, however I do find the trends and outlook for conservation and Green Building to be positive.  My bet is that consumers are recognizing the direct savings in building well and in an environmentally friendly fashion.  We at Green Benefits are here to encourage the awareness and growth in all aspects of living in a sustainable manner.  If you know of other reports that we should be referencing, both positive and negative, please post your comment below with a link to the information.

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Green Benefits mentioned in Co-Op America Write-up

by John Hamlin 10. November 2008 08:59

Green Benefits has recently been mentioned in a Co-Op America Article on, "Greening School Fundraising."

This is a great guide and overview for anyone considering making your fund raising activities more 'green.'  When we were interviewed for the article we were currently only offering reusable bag' fund raising programs, however in the last two months we have expanded our offering to include Fair Trade Organic Chocolate, and Coffee's.  We have added water bottles a few months ago and recently added 100% recycled t-shirts for custom prints.  Here is a little extract from the article. 

Greenbenefits.net is an online company that offers a different themed fundraising program for schools each year. This year’s theme is “reducing plastic,” so the company is providing reusable nylon bags for schools to sell for cash. The bags are sweatshop-free and can be compacted to fit in a pocket or purse. Green Benefits will provide your school with a special URL or even design a Web site for you to sell the bags online. . . .

A Final Word
Next time your school or organization suggests selling toxin-laden cleaners or conventional candy that may be tied to worker exploitation, feel free to hand out copies of this article and lobby for sustainable alternatives. With a green fundraiser, you can help spread the word about high-quality green products and support the green economy, while raising money for schools or causes that are close to your heart.

For the full version of this article visit here.  If you are interested in 'greening your fund raising'  reach out to Green Benefits and we will be happy to chat about your alternatives.

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Green Benefits - Now Selling Theo Chocolate

by John Hamlin 9. November 2008 16:32

Green Benefits is proud to represent Theo Chocolate, the only Organic and Fair Trade Bean to Bar Chocolate factory in the United States, and offer their one of kind products as a school fundraiser.

Theo ChocolateTheo Chocolate is changing the definition of quality by uniting creative excellence that results in deliciously award winning chocolate, and an unwavering commitment to changing the way the cocoa industry conducts business.  At Theo, they believe there is no luxury in products that benefit us today, while jeopardizing future generations ability to meet their needs.  When you taste Theo Chocolate you will experience an unmatched passion and integrity in very luscious bite.

Go and take a visit and tour their factory and sample their award winning chocolate.  The 3400 Phinney Chocolate Factory offers public tours 7 days a week.  Public tours are held Monday through Thursday at 2pm and 4pm and Friday through Sunday at 10am, 12, 2, and 4pm.  Tours are $6 per person, ages 1 and older.  This is a tour that you will not soon forget!

 

 

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