Green Benefits News Letter October 2008 - Vol. 1, Issue 4

by John Hamlin 18. December 2008 12:27

Enhance Your School with Green Benefits    October, 2008 - Vol 1, Issue 4

Green BenefitsGreetings!  Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner.  Please be sure to check out Treeswing and their ideas for a Green Halloween

The team at Green Benefits is excited and committed to helping your organization.  Each and every school is in a unique position to positively impact their children, families and community. 

Join today and help us save our environment.

Coffee of the Month Club

We are excited to announce our partnership with

Pangea coffee.  All Pangea coffee is Organic, Fair Trade Certified and roasted locally.  Without a doubt, Rick at Pangea roasts some of the finest coffee in the Northwest. 

Join the club and your coffee will be delivered monthly to your school for pickup.  This is a triple bottom line fundraiser that you can feel good about supporting.  It tastes great as too!

Email today to learn how to join the coffee of the month club.

 

NW Green Youth Summit Community Outreach Program

Co-op AmericaJoin in the effort to improve our local community.  The theme of this event is to reduce our over use of disposable plastics.  Help us educate and spread the word about the impact of plastic on the environment and become part of the solution.

No outreach program is too small.  Impact your classroom, your school or your neighborhood.  Together we can make a difference!  Your group will be given the tools and guidance to implement community change.

Participating groups will earn free admission for their school or organization to Green Festival 2009 as well as guarantee participation in the NW Green Youth Summit.  Space for this exciting event is limited and will fill up quickly.  

The NW Green Youth Summit will be day of celebration and education.  All participating groups will showcase their projects and be honored at Green Festival.  This event will bring together students, educators and families for training, motivation and networking.   The mission of this event is to foster activism and build a coalition of youth and educators who will continue to work together in the fight against climate change.  

For more information about the NW Green Youth Summit and Green Festival email info@greenbenefits.net

Green Halloween 2008

Green OctoberJoin us this month for Green October and participate in the many activities planned.  Now more than ever the choices we make matter.  Vote with your dollars, vote with your fork, and by all means vote?

Also, check out Treeswing and their guide to a Green Halloween.  It is time to think outside of the candy box.  Whether your family has been green for years or whether you're green at being green, you will find ideas about celebrating a healthy and Earth-friendly Halloween.

For more information about Green Halloween email info@greenbenefits.net.

Facts About Clothing

Plastic Loop

Most people do not think about the clothing we wear and its impact on the environment.   Until about fifty years ago, cotton growing mainly involved  sustainable techniques.  Today, the pesticides used on 'conventional' cotton increasingly threatens people, wildlife and the environment.

Conventional cotton is one of the most pesticide laden crops in the world; accounting for only 3% of the cultivated land BUT accounting for 25% of the annual pesticides used and 10% of the annual herbicides used.  Organic cotton production is all natural and used NO chemicals in the cultivation of the crop or the conversation of the crop into clothing.  Many shirts today also utilize recycled plastic combined with organic cotton. 

When you purchase Organic/Recycled clothing you help eliminate chemicals from the environment and save natural resources and help preserve and restore a healthy, clean planet for everyone.

Did you know that it takes 1/3 pound of chemicals to produce one tractional cotton T-shirt.  Consider buying Organic/Recycled clothing today.

To purchase Organic or Recycled clothing for your group email

info@greenbenefits.net .  Make this your greenest year!

In This Issue

Coffee of the Month Club

Community Outreach Programs

Green Halloween

Facts About Clothing

Join Our Mailing List!

Quick Links

Green Benefits

NW Green Schools

Washington Green Schools

Co-op America

Green Festival

Treeswing

Green Halloween

Green October 2008

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 Team

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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

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