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Seeds for World Bee Day 2021

Celebrate World Bee Day 2021 with the United Nations on 20th May.  It is held on this date to honour the birth date of Anton Janša, the pioneer of modern beekeeping.

The fact that bees are dying at an alarming rate is a massive concern to the world’s population. There is no life without bees and the pollination services that bees naturally provide us with are invaluable. Without them, not only would honey supplies be down, but basic crops like apples would be threatened. Albert Einstein famously said that “if the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live”. 

The purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping and inform the public of major beekeeping events around the world so that they can celebrate World Bee Day! Here at Buddy Burst, we are buzzing to help businesses and brands share the news with their customers, helping to not only raise awareness but actively give something back to the bees.

 

Other Bee-Friendly Promotions & Awareness Campaigns

World Bee Day isn’t the only awareness campaign to help educate people about the importance of our bee population. So, if you miss it there are still other opportunities for your brand to get involved in their conservation.

Wildflower Seeds for Bees

One of the best things we can do to help sustain the bee population is to simply plant wildflowers! Bees love nectar-rich wildflowers as they provide food and habitat to live in.  That’s where our range of promotional wildflower seed products comes in. 

Seedballs

One of our favourite (and by far the most fun) ways to plant wildflowers is with our Seedballs. The tiny balls are made from a mixture of seeds, clay, peat-free compost, and chili powder, which create a protective casing against seed predators. To be planted, they simply need to be scattered on fertile soil, and nature will do the rest

Seedball Tin - Wildflower Mix

The best thing about our Seedballs is that they come specifically in a “Bee Mix” variety. The Bee Mix seeds grow into a mix of wildflowers that are particularly good for the bees.

Available in either matchbox-style sets of 8, or in tins of 20.  All packs can be custom-printed with your brand logo and marketing message.

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Seedball Matchbox

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Seedball products delivered within 2-4 weeks, depending on the quantity required.

Minimum order quantity: 250 units

Seedsticks – Bee-Shaped Pack


Honey Bee Pack -Seedstick Shapes

Our Bee shaped Seedsticks pack is a great choice for brands looking to get involved in World Bee Day. Encourage customers to grow wildflowers and create new habitats to help save our bees!

Perfect for guerilla gardening or easy planting at home. Just plant these seeded matchsticks in a bare patch of earth and wait 2-3 weeks for wildflower to start growing.  The bee-shaped pack is ideal for World Bee Day but could also be used for conservation, farming & agricultural brands, honey brands and any foods with honey as a main ingredient!

Minimum order quantity of 250 units.

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Express Seedsticks – Delivered in Just 3 Days!

Express Seedsticks® - Wildflower Herbs

If you’re yet to get organised for World Bee Day, don’t panic! Our new Express Seedsticks can be printed and delivered in as little as 2-3 days.

Perfect for last-minute campaigns as the matchstick book pack can be custom-printed with your logo and branding in full-colour.

Available in either Wildflower Mix or Herb Mix (bees love herbs too!). Minimum order quantity of 100 units.

All of our Seedsticks products are Made in Britain certified, so won’t be subject to any unexpected custom taxes or delays.

RHS Plants for Pollinators

As well as supporting World Bee Day, we also support the work of the RHS Plants for Pollinators. This is a campaign aimed at gardeners to educate them on which plants provide the best food source for wild bees and pollinating insects and will help to halt the decline in natural populations.

If you missed World Bee Day, but are looking at promoting conservation or running a Save the Bees campaign, then we have the promotional products you need.

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You can also request a quote by clicking on the Request a Quote button, using the chat box in the bottom-right on this website, or by giving us a call on 020 7157 9598

Earth Day Gifts - Round Earth Seedstick Shapes

Sustainable Earth Day Gifts for Employees & Customers

The theme of Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’. Thousands of organizations worldwide will come together from 20th – 22nd April for three days of climate action. Anyone can get involved – just visit the Earth Day website to register and check events in your region.

Raise awareness by creating a sustainable Earth Day gift for customers and employees that makes a positive impact on both the planet and your brand.

Sourcing Earth Day Gifts – Say No To Single-Use Plastic

Say No to Single Use Plastic Free “stuff” is always appealing as we can’t help but like getting something for free! That’s why branded promotional products like notepads and pens are a popular way to promote brands.

However, many of these corporate gifts are adding to the single-use plastic crisis. Choose a sustainable, eco-friendly gift for Earth Day 2021 that’s beneficial to both your brand image and the environment.  Show customers that you care by creating promotional gifts that not only leave no waste but also improves the local ecology by giving back via the power of plants!

Here at Buddy Burst, we specialise in eco-friendly promotional gifts with minimal single-use plastic.  We avoid it where possible, aiming to swap it out for biodegradable cellophane. So, when you order an Earth Day Gift from Buddy Burst you can be sure you are purchasing a sustainable product that won’t damage our planet.

 

Earth Seedsticks® Shapes

Earth Day Gifts - Round Earth Seedstick ShapesOur round Seedsticks® Shapes are perfect for Earth Day – these promotional seeds are eco-friendly and sustainable. Each pack is 100% biodegradable and leaves only flowers & plants behind.

Seedsticks are also Made in Britain certified, lowering our carbon footprint for transport and deliveries. Seedsticks® are the most unique and memorable eco-friendly promotional product on the market for Earth Day.  Request a Quote Now!

Other Seedstick Products

We supply a wide range of bespoke Seedsticks® packs in many shapes, sizes and designs to suit all industries. We can custom-print Seedstick packs in the shape of bees, flowers, gardening equipment, animals and more.

We also stock retail packs for prominent Point of Sale promotions.

Browse the full range to see which promotional Seedsticks® product best suits your business branding and marketing campaigns.

 

Promotional Seeds – Creating Connection with your Brand

Printed Seed Packets - Add your logoSeeds have great longevity and create a nurturing response in the recipient. This helps to develop a feeling of connection to your brand and your business will be recalled each time they tend to their growing Matchstick Garden.

We stock a wide range of promotional seed products including Seed Paper bookmarks and postcards, sustainable corporate stationery, wildflower Seed Boms and more!

Treating the Earth and environment well is a hot button topic right now, and with the hovering presence of global warming, it’s doubtful that this trend will go away any time soon. Step up to the plate, and practice sustainable business within your daily operations. See how one of our products could enhance your brand.

Browse our full range of Sustainable Products for Earth Day Gift Inspiration! 

 

More about our Sustainable Production Process & Business Practices

In addition to supplying a variety of customisable eco-friendly, plantable promotional products, Buddy Burst practices carbon-neutral printing. Our carbon neutral printing is certified to ISO14001 environmental standard. It is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Unfortunately,  the creation of carbon emissions during printing is unavoidable. To solve this, our printers support two projects that help avoid the creation of CO2 and actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Moreover, our factory is powered by solar panels. This means that we use a truly renewable energy source (the sun) instead of excess fossil fuels to push us forward.

 

Download the Buddy Burst Promotional Seed Catalogue

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Made In Britain Accreditation - Buddy Burst

Proud to Announce our Made in Britain Accreditation!

We have recently been accredited as a member of Made in Britain for our range of eco-friendly & seed-based promotional products.  The accreditation was granted in recognition of our wide range of uniquely customisable and sustainable promotional products,  that have been manufactured in the UK for decades.

Buddy Burst is proud to now be able to sport the official Made in Britain mark, helping customers to recognize that their purchase is high-quality, British-made, and will go back into the local economy. 

“I was really excited when I heard that Buddy Burst has joined Made in Britain. It’s eco-friendly promotional products such as Seedsticks are amazing – they really grow! Joining the enabling network of Made in Britain will also help Buddy Burst grow and by using our official mark it will help its customers buy with confidence. Companies like Buddy Burst enhance Made in Britain, too, helping us to help grow businesses while still protecting the planet.”

John Pearce, Made in Britain

Seed-Based Promotional Products – Made In Britain

At Buddy Burst, we’re delighted to actively take steps to help brands create a better tomorrow for our planet. Our promotional seed range not only encourages flower and herb planting, it also reduces the plastic waste created by some traditional promotional products.

Regarding the accreditation, our Sales & Operations Director, Jamie Gray said, “Though we’ve seen the benefits of manufacturing in Britain for years now, this accreditation feels especially timely. Being a UK-based company enabled us to keep meeting client needs in the midst of the pandemic, as we didn’t have to rely on overseas product supplies. We couldn’t’ be prouder to manufacture our seed-based items in the UK, and do our bit to contribute to the British economy, as well as its vegetation.”

 

All Buddy Burst eco-friendly promotional products can be customised with any business logo or company branding.  For more information on our Made in Britain accreditation or our product range, call +44 (0) 207 157 9598, or email us at hello@buddyburst.com.   

 

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Direct Mail Marketing: Reaching Customers at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 crisis has meant that many businesses finished the first quarter of the year in a very different position than expected. Thriving brands are now finding that they’re having to adapt quickly in order to survive. If marketing budget is usually spent on events or outdoor advertising it may be better spent diverted into a direct mail campaigns.

It’s a great way to reach people at home during isolation and will help to keep brands in people’s minds. But what should you send? Direct mail could consist of a simple postcard offering a discount or advertising an online event. It could also be something more elaborate – think about offering customers something that will cheer them up during the long days isolated at home.

You could send a sample of your own product if it’s something that can be posted, and that people need. Alternatively, you could explore other useful products that are practical and useful to those stuck in isolation. Sales of products like seeds have surged during isolation as people pass their time in the garden. Garden centres & seed brands have experienced a rush of customers as people prepare to be socially distant and there have also been reports that seed companies are struggling with demand. This is great news for seed companies but also provides an opportunity for all companies – no matter what goods or services you sell.

Give Something Back to Customers using Direct Mail

Buddy Burst have been offering a free pack of Seedsticks® to all and have had a fantastic response. It’s been great to see people’s feedback and how much they are enjoying using our Seedsticks®. Offering free seeds when they are difficult to find in the shops provides a powerful boost to your brand’s image. They are small and inexpensive to send but are help to get a brand message to reach new people and create a wonderful vibe!

Seeds are the perfect promotional gift for these unprecedented times. Direct Mail is a traditional form of marketing that’s an effective way to reach people stuck at home. Everyone loves a freebie and people will love to receive a gift they can nurture and grow. It will show that your brand is still very much around and cares about giving back and making lives easier during the isolation period.

Benefits of Direct Mail Marketing During Lockdown

  • Highly targeted – identify and reach the right target market for your brand
  • An effective way to reach people stuck at home with limited activities
  • Extremely cost effective compared to outdoor and media advertising
  • Measurable results if you use a code or dedicated URL
  • Custom printed to order to add the personal touch
  • Flexible – there’s an option for all budgets and products. Send just a seed paper postcard, or send a larger grow kit

Plantable Direct Mail Products

Buddy Burst offer a wide range of plantable direct mail products. All are small enough to post, are custom-printed and can be supplied in just 2-4 weeks. They’ll make a great brand impression and we have seeds to suit all types of campaigns. Choose from flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs and speciality plant seeds.

Here’s our recommended promotional grow kits and seeds for direct mail marketing campaigns to reach people during isolation:

 

Seedsticks - Custom MatchbookSeedsticks®

Seedsticks™ are our hero product. Made in the UK, they are the size of a matchbook and will fit into the smallest of envelopes! They make growing plants easy and accessible for all ages and experience. We also stock a wide range of Seedstick Shapes from dogs to rockets to beer bottles! There’s something to suit all brands, no matter what industry.

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Seed PacketsPrinted Seed Packets - Add your logo

Seed Packets are inexpensive and versatile as packs are available in a range of sizes to suit your campaign. Lockdown has caused a nationwide shortage of seeds so give your customers what they need! Colourful and long-lasting, promotional seeds are popular with wholesalers, distributors clients and brand agencies.

Browse Seed Packets

 

Seed Paper Postcard - add your logo here textSeed Paper Postcards

Biodegradable postcards are made from recycled paper that’s embedded with wildflower seeds. Ideal for sustainable direct mail campaigns as it uses plant based ink and can be planted after use. Team with a Seed Paper Envelope or any other product from the Seed Paper range including bookmarks.

Find out more about Seed Paper Postcards

 

Instant Garden Seed Kit - Add your logoInstant Garden

The Instant Garden is the perfect size for letterboxes and direct mail campaigns! This Seed Kit comes in a narrow, custom-printed box and everything needed to grow a plant. Customers will love the simplicity of this seed kit and it will help them pass time during lockdown – just unpack and it’s ready to grow! Available with a wide range of organic seeds including medicinal & culinary herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Find out more about Instant Garden

 

Growing Greeting CardGrowing Greeting Cards

These eco-friendly cards can grow edible microgreens that are ready to eat in just 7-10 days. A great way to get your veggies when fresh food is scarce in the supermarket or you are unable to leave the house too often.

Grow your own salad at home! Choose from basil, broccoli, clover, mizuna, mustard, pak choi, red cabbage and Rocket seeds.

Browse our Seed Greeting Cards Range 

How to Order Plantable Direct Mail Products

Give us a call on +44 (0) 207 157 9598 or email at hello@buddyburst.com for a quote. If budgets are limited let us know and we can advise on the best plantable direct mail products for your campaign.

If you’d like a free mock-up visual to see how your branding would look on any of these products please email design@graysongroupltd.com specifying the product you are interested in.

You can also request product samples here.

 

5 Reasons to Incorporate Corporate Gifts In Your Business

 

No matter what sort of business you run, the relationship you hold with your customers is one of the most vital factors contributing to the success of your company. Corporate gifts not only show your customers just how much you value your relationship with them, but they impact the way that your brand is perceived by your clientele and stakeholders. This perception of your brand has a direct impact on your company’s growth. So, presenting customers with gifts, specifically around the holiday season, allows you the opportunity to shape the perception of your brand.

Keep reading to learn the 5 different reasons that corporate gift-giving is so vital.  

Corporate Gifts Establish a Relationship with Your Clients and Colleagues 

Gift-giving is considered to be one of the five love languages, so it’s no surprise that giving gifts to clients is vital in establishing business relationships. Specifically, our eco-friendly gifts help to shape your customer’s perception of the company as being a responsible, sustainable one.  

As Forbes.com contributor Ian Altman writes “It’s always a good idea to show clients your gratitude.” In fact, a recent report from the Business Satisfaction survey, as reported by Forbes, revealed that the market for non-cash business gifts totals at close to an estimated £95 billion. 

Corporate Gifts Demonstrate Appreciation 

Believe it or not, gifts can significantly hurt, or help, the growth of your business. In the Business Satisfaction survey previously referred to, 57% of respondents said that “gifts can impact their opinion of a business partner both positively and negatively.” This data shows that it’s vital to know how much to spend, as well as what sort of gift to give, to ensure that your business gift recipient feels appreciated in the right way.  

Corporate Gifts Display A Commitment to Your Partnership 

Like all partnerships, business partnerships are dynamic and ever-changing. Just like gifts demonstrate an appreciation for your business partner or client, they also show that you are committed to the continued partnership that you hold. Giving a corporate gift, especially around the holidays, shows that you are ready to be in it together through thick and thin, quarter after quarter. The Business Satisfaction survey also noted that more than 80% of C-suite executives believe that business gifts generate positive ROI.

Additionally, speaking to the intangible benefits of gifts, a survey respondent stated, “Gifts humanize business.” Gifts especially help to “humanize” businesses when they are thoughtful, and have the power to serve an altruistic purpose.  

 Corporate Gifts Help Reinforce Your Brand 

When they are outfitted with the logos and/or branding of your company, corporate gifts can help to reinforce your brand. Nearly all of Buddy Burst’s products are designed to be customised with the specific branding of your company. Even better, Buddy Burst products can be infused with a variety of different herb, vegetable and flower seed mixes that can play up your brand. For example, a Mexican restaurant might opt for chili seeds, while a spa might go for lavender seeds. For all holiday seeded gifts, we even offer rosemary and pine tree seeds.  

Corporate Gifts Show Your Brand’s Personality/Values 

While the type of seed you decide to include in your gift can impact the brand personality you’re putting forward, the gift itself can say even more about your brand.  Alternatively, if you want to come across as especially functional/professional, our classic Seedsticks™ might be more up your alley. Whatever the corporate gift, be sure it rings true to the message you wish to send about your company. No matter what you select, you can guarantee that your gift will demonstrate your company’s commitment to the environment. 

poppy seeds for remembrance day

Poppy Seeds for Remembrance Day

Remember, Remembrance Day is less than a month away! As you may know, poppies became associated with Remembrance Day because once regrowth began to take place after World War I,  poppies were the first to bloom. After they populated some of the worst battlefields of Flanders after World War I, their brilliant red colour quickly becoming a symbolic remembrance of the blood shed in the war.

While it may be difficult to give your customers real poppies, we can supply something that’s perhaps even better – poppy seeds that your customers can grow on their own! Not to mention, they come in a

Poppy Seedsticks® by Buddy Burst

In addition to showcasing excellent corporate social responsibility, the beauty of using our poppy Seedsticks is that you can encourage philanthropic promotions or hashtag usage on the packaging. As you can see in the image below, Poppy Scotland used the Seedsticks last Remembrance Day to promote a text message-driven donation campaign, as well as the hashtag, “#MyPoppyMeans.”

seedsticks for poppy scotland

What Else We’ve Been Up To

Warwick University is leading the way for sustainability in higher learning institutions with their Global Sustainable Development initiative, annual Sustainability Summit, and of course, with our very own seed packets! Well done, Warwick!

seedsticks for warwick university

Score Big During This Summer’s World Cup!

It may seem like the Winter Olympics only just wrapped up, but it’s nearly time for the other massive quadrennial event of the year, the 2018 World Cup! If you’re looking for a creative way to promote your company while playing up the events, look no further than our seeded paper flags!

Alright, you probably won’t be getting much use waving a Canadian flag at this year’s event, but luckily, both sides of these little flags are completely customisable, and can be printed on in full colour.  

You can encourage your customers to back their team, and even incorporate your company’s logo on the opposing side of the flag. Once the flag is ready to be retired, the seeded paper on it can be planted. Once planted and sufficiently watered, these spectating accessories can grow into a lovely wildflower mix, lettuce, or even dill! Lucky for you, there’s loads of fun wordplay to be had with these plants…

Lettuce take home the World Cup.

We’re kind of a big dill.

If you’re backing England (or another country) and a seeded paper flag isn’t your thing, our Seedsticks® always make for a fantastic promo product when it comes to sporting events… just ask England. 😉  

An eco-friendly spin off from the promotional matchbox of the past, each Seedsticks® can be torn away and planted individually. One of our favourite football-themed promotions is infused with grass seeds, with the idea of being able to “grow your own pitch.” Some other fun ideas with our Seedsticks® include:

Chili seeds to help “Fire England to the World Cup.”

Thyme seeds, because “It’s about thyme we took home a World Cup again.”

Sweet pepper seeds, as “Victory is ever so sweet.

If you don’t fancy any of those options, not to worry! The Seedsticks® can be filled with a variety of flower, herb, or vegetable seeds. We’ve got loads of options. For both the seeded flags and Seedsticks®, please allow 3-4 weeks lead time from artwork approval.

No matter which of our sustainable products you choose to celebrate the World Cup with, you’re sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone who gets a seeded product from you.  

We’d love to help you create some lovely promotional products for the World Cup. Email us with any questions here, or give us a call at +44 (0) 207 157 9598.