Green Benefits Partners with Back2Tap

by Derek VanDyke 27. July 2012 17:33

 

Green Benefits is proud to announce our partnership with Back2Tap.  Since 2007, Back2Tap and Green Benefits have promoted sustainable practices and have worked with thousands of groups across the nation.  Through this partnership, Green Benefits will be able to focus more on the world wide water crisis.  Our joint goal will be to provide high quality fundraising and awareness campaigns to raise institutional and individual awareness as well as promote action towards a more sustainable future.  We look forward to working with school groups, non profits and corporations of all sizes by offering high quality products and programs to meet each groups individual needs.  Thank you to all that have supported Green Benefits and Back2Tap and please help us spread the word.  Together we can make a difference.

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Plastic Bag Bans & Plastic Addiction

by Tylor J. 8. January 2012 13:41

Plastic bag bans aim to begin the process of stepping away from our reliance on plastic in its most popular form. Plastic is inescapable in our daily lives and many of us have grown so used to its many daily functions it may seem difficult to imagine doing away with it completely.

Because of their functional popularity, it is argued plastic bags have multiple, versus single-use, uses including: trash can liners, pet waste bags, lunch sacks, and many other household functions. However, they cannot be considered “single-use” as some advocates of plastic bag bans claim. The fact is the term “single-use” points to the lifecycle of plastic bags. A product’s lifecycle is determined by what it will become at the end of its current form’s functional life. For example, paper products are recycled back into a “pulp” form where it can be reused in a very wide variety of new post-consumer goods like paper, cardboard, insulation, even roofing. Most plastic bags, on the other hand, never make it to recycling centers because they ultimately, and unnecessarily, enter the waste stream, our environment, and our neighborhoods.

Plastic bag bans are a way to reduce plastic pollution by addressing the problem at the source. They cannot, by themselves, eliminate plastic and its potential for entering into our waste stream, but plastic bag bans can begin a mental shift away from using much of the plastic in our lives. Humans are naturally resistant to a change in habit or convenience, and plastic bag bans are simply taking the choice out of our daily equations. Granted, there are plenty of other plastic products available to consumers but plastic bags, as a form of plastic, are the greatest threat to our environment and one of the most common litter concerns in our culture. Plastic bag bans ultimately remove a major contributor in our waste stream and that fact is difficult to dismiss.

According to The Clean Air Council, Americans use over one billion disposable plastic bags a year, and add over 300,000 tons of plastic waste to landfills each year! Even further, the cost of recycling a single ton of plastic is approximately $4000 while a ton of recycled content may sell for $20-$50.

“The broker who purchases recycled plastic bags from the City of Palo Alto pays the City $20 per ton for them only if they are baled. Considering the process of trucking the plastic bags to and from the recycling center and the expenditure of labor to handle and bale the bags, the preferred alternative to recycling plastic bags is not to use them at all. . . . . . She strongly recommends reusable cloth bags instead.”

- (Source: Sierra Club, Kay Bushnell)

The ultimate take-away here is plastic bag bans are doing more than reducing future levels of plastic in our environment or neighborhoods, plastic bag bans are reducing the economic strain and imbalance that occurs with recycling. Not to mention the tons of plastic that does not, at the very least, make it to a recycling center. Seattle, Washington is the latest large city to create a citywide plastic bag ban and as with every other city, it has been met with some opposition but was largely well-accepted. The major concerns for opponents were their rights to “free” bags and the loss of plastic bags they use for so many daily tasks. The facts are the bags were never free and there are many other options to lining your trash cans, picking up after your pets, or carrying your lunches. Plastic bag bans are one of many municipal “green” actions meant to improve our standard of living by making us aware of habits we may not have considered otherwise.

In the end, plastic bag bans are being widely passed because many consumers, community leaders, and businesses understand the only way to a greener, healthier, and sustainable future is to change our wasteful habits and alter our lifestyles. Again, no habit is easy to break and many (myself included) do not enjoy interruptions in the routine of our lives. In some ways, removing the temptation altogether is so much easier a method for cessation.

So get out there, support the ban and pick up some reusable bags to keep in your pocket, on your bike, or even in your. . . .  car?. . . . . that is another subject.

 

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Green Solutions for a Tight Budget

by greenbenefits 11. August 2010 16:16

With tighter budgets in schools, fundraising is the best way to keep popular programs. Schools around the United States are suffering from severe budget cuts, now is the time to think about where money is going to come from this fall. The best solution? Eco-friendly fundraising. Not only are green fundraising programs a good solution for needed funds, but they are a chance to promote sustainability in communities and educate children on the importance of taking care of the planet.

School budgets, wimagehich typically grow at a slightly higher rate than inflation are currently either growing much slower or staying level. In addition, the drop in states’ revenue from sales tax and recent job losses will affect next year’s budgets. In this economy, there are fewer and fewer options for school activities and programs that cost extra money.

With eco-friendly fundraising programs from Green Benefits, schools and organizations can raise the money they need to give students the same opportunities and privileges as before. Green Benefits offers many programs that will give the opportunity for community education and growth in a sustainable way.

Green fundraisers are a perfect way to start off the new school year, and there are several programs available that can fit any need. Teaching children how to increase sustainability in their community and the importance of the local environment will help them live a greener lifestyle in the future. Some options for green fundraising are selling reusable bags, water bottles, and organic chocolate.

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Green fundraising: the smart solution for schools of the 21st century

by greenbenefits 3. July 2010 13:52

From reusable water bottles to Free Trade organic chocolate, Green Benefits is providing schools around the country with green solutions for fundraising so that kids can help out their environment while helping themselves. Green fundraising, in addition to raising money for school programs, can be used as a learning tool for children. As opposed to selling just popcorn and magazines, green fundraising reduces the carbon footprint of the community as well as raising the needed funds for a school. At the same time, it teaches kids how green fundraising impacts their environment encourages them to lead an eco-conscious lifestyle in the future.

Schools like Ames elementary in Riverside Illinois love the Green Benefits programs because of the positive message to the kids. The parents enjoy it because they aren’t just buying junk for the sake of a fundraiser, but actually contributing to the sustainable movement. Other schools that have enjoyed these programs are the CHS cheer team in California, the BMS band in Indiana, the UHS travel club in Massachusetts and Garfield High School Vocal Music Club in Seattle.

Green Benefits is committed to making a positive difference in the community by helping to increase the environmental awareness through green fundraising. They believe the time has come to act in accordance with sustainably-minded goals and values, and contribute to a brighter future. Schools are in the unique position to give the gift of knowledge, and to empower their communities to act as better stewards of the environment. The team at green benefits is dedicated to helping schools use green fundraising for money as well as raising environmental awareness.

According to Derek VanDyke, founder of Green Benefits, “everything we do has the chance to educate. Marketers often forget the impact they can have, instead of just peddling their products.”

Green fundraising programs through Green Benefits include: a direct selling fundraiser, a catalog fundraiser, and online web fundraiser and the opportunity for non-traditional green fundraising. This company is unique to other green fundraising organizations in that they can create customized programs from pre-approved products. The most popular green fundraising products are reusable water bottles and bags, as well as Free Trade organic chocolate and customized eco-friendly T-shirts; there are custom and non-custom options for designs and logos for all green fundraising products.

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Grocery Store Wars

by John Hamlin 20. August 2009 12:26

Not so long ago in a supermarket not so far away…help fight the dark side of the farm.

Store Wars is a hilarious five minute mini-movie about a small band of organic vegetable puppets -- Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli -- battling against Darth Tader, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm. Can these Organic Rebels rescue Princess Lettuce and destroy the Death Melon in time? Or will Cuke be seduced by the Dark Side of the Farm ... an empire of pollution and pesticides that has taken over the market with its arsenal of genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic chemicals?

 

 

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American Food – It’s all Corporate

by John Hamlin 2. April 2009 19:18

I am getting excited that spring is coming, and hopefully soon despite the weather.  For me with spring, Thursday farmers market will start-up and a spring summer weekly shopping routine will begin.  I feel most fortunate to have many local markets to frequent.  This has not always been the case and based on the current issue of Yes Magazine, it seems that the majority of the food produced in the USA is produced by large corporations.  In fact it states that 2% of farms produce 50% of all agricultural products in the USA.

I recommend everyone pick-up this months, Yes Magazine to learn about the state of our food supply chain and support your local farmers market.

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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

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Theo Chocolate

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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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