Nalgene OTG - On the Go Water Bottle

by Derek VanDyke 11. June 2013 23:19

 

The Nalgene OTG is a great bottle for those on the go! Made from BPA Free plastic and manufactured in the USA. Nalgene is one of the most trusted brands in personal hydration and now your group can cutotmize the Nalgene OTG bottle with your logo and message. Perfect for the gym, office or the commute. Convenient size fits in most cup holders, bike racks and exercise machines. Best of all this bottle includes an easy to use flip top lid that is 100% leak proof and easy to use with one hand.

"I have had this bottle for nearly three years and its still going strong. I highly recommend this bottle to anyone looking for a durable and easy to use bottle. It has survived countless road trips and outdoor adventures." John - Seattle, Washington

Features of the Nalgene OTG

  • Holds 24 ounces
  • Weighs 121 grams
  • Allows for easy one handed operation
  • Open and closes with easy flip top lid
  • Made from Eastman Tritan BPA plastic
  • This bottle has a recycling code #7, which means it does not contain BPA

 

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Green Benefits Announcement

by Derek VanDyke 8. April 2013 17:10

Green Benefits Opens the School Apparel Store

We are excited to launch of our new site, the School Apparel Store. Since 2007 we have worked with school across the country and we are taking this one step further. School apparel is a common thread shared by most schools. The time is now to shift school apparel and make it more sustainable.

The school apparel store features a wide range of sustainable school apparel as well as supports environmental and educational causes with each purchase. Please feel free to share our new store with your friends and coworkers. 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 Benefits–blocalnetwork featured in local paper

by jchamlin 7. September 2011 09:32

Green-Benefits-blocal-Featured-Sept-2011After many months of efforts, we are proud to report that an article about blocal fundraising is featured in the Jacksonville Oregon local paper.  The article was mostly written by Hillary Brown, Green Benefits excellent summer intern currently back at USC.  The press arrangements were made by our blocal champion in Southern Oregon, Christin Sherbourne of Jacksonville Oregon. 

The article covers the Green Benefits -  www.blocalnetwork.com fundraising program with Jacksonville Elementary PTO, where Christin has secured more than 6 participating local business to offer coupons to the community through blocal.  

The-Jacksonville-Review-Sept-2011-article-gscaleThe article appears in an edition dedicated to the importance of shopping local and local commerce in general.  We are encouraged hope to see more articles about the importance of local shopping and giving back to the local community.  This article is a perfect example of our commitment to making great things happen in local communities around the country.  And most importantly we are going to be making a positive impact in the fundraising being done in Jacksonville and many more communities as we continue to grow.

To view the whole article – click on the photo of the articles.

Be sure to visit www.blocalnetwork.com  to see some of the great deals lined up for Jacksonville. 

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Cayman Islands use Green Benefits’ bags to BECOME Green

by greenbenefits 28. June 2010 13:43

Last week as a part of their new BECOME campaign in the Cayman Islands, the Corporate Green Team Network gave away green reusable bags to promote sustainability in their delicate marine life ecosystem. The bags featured the slogan, BECOME eco-friendly, BECOME plastic free, BECOME a smart consumer, CAYMAN BECOME Green. These bags were made out of 50% recycled plastic and printed with a natural soy-based ink. Starting June 12, they were given away for free at Foster Food Fair, Kirk Supermarket and Hurley’s stores around the island.

The Corporate Green Team Network or CGTN, is comprised of businesses that are committed to creating a sustainable environment and teaching their communities what it means to become eco-friendly. In the Cayman Islands each year, 12 million plastic bags are disposed of, and these bags, unlike green reusable bags, can never fully compost. They break into small pieces and are ingested by the wildlife on the Islands and in the ocean. These toxins and plastic are harmful to the animals, the eco systems and the people who eat the fish that have been contaminated.

Buying one eco friendly reusable bag can remove the need for over 22,000 plastic bags; this is why Green Benefits provides and promotes green programs like reusable bag fundraisers. Other organizations such as The City of Sea-Tac in Washington State, Kellog School of Management in Illinois and Eaton House School in London, England have also decided to use more sustainable practices and make green reusable bags a part of their organization. Green reusable bags are lightweight, easy and convenient to use and washable; they come in all styles, sizes and colors and are customizable with any logo or design.

According to John Hamlin, Founder of Green Benefits, “our eco-friendly reusable bags are some of our most popular products, and people love that they can be used as a teaching opportunity on sustainability.”

Communities should take notice of the BECOME campaign and the eco-friendly reusable bags in the Cayman Islands, and follow their example. Direct communication to the community about sustainability, and the harmful effects of plastic waste, is the best way to incite change.

learn more about CAYMAN BECOME

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Download the 2009 Green Benefits Catalog

by John Hamlin 15. March 2009 15:01

Thank you all for the GREAT feedback and compliments at the Wild Wild WACA conference this past week.  Derek, John and the rest of the Green Benefits team are ready to help with your spring Earth Day fundraising events.  For all of you that requested a catalog, we have placed two version for you to download on this page.  They are a high quality and therefore larger PDF and a medium sized PDF.  Both contain the same information, but the photo’s will be more accurate in the high quality version.

In any case, please call us to set-up your fundraising program right away!  1-866-733-3153

Please call us to get your order moving forward.

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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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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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