The Makings of An Eco-Friendly Party

A party is all the more fun when the makings of it are eco-friendly! Buddy Burst is happy to provide sustainable party essentials, from birthday cards to favours, and even decorations in-between! Read on to see some of our showcased products that you can use in your next “green” celebration.

Growing Greeting Cards

Cards have evolved. First there were paper cards, then singing cards, and now there are growing cards. Growing Greetings are eco-friendly cards with a little extra flair to them – they grow into edible plants!  Plant the seeds in the card, and sprouts will bloom and be ready to eat in 7-10 days.  These inventive little cards make growing organic microgreens easy, and provide delicious results! Read up more about the cards, and learn how to order them for yourself, here.

Seed Paper Decorations

Our Seed Paper can be put to a myriad of uses, and cut into a variety of shapes, like cards, bookmarks, wristbands, specific symbols and animals, and more. You could even craft them into origami or paper lanterns to use as decorations.

To make the Seed Paper, we collect post-consumer waste from business and schools in our local area and use this waste as the basis for our product. Through this collection, we save the local landfill from 10 tons of waste paper per year. The paper is embedded with seeds and when you plant the paper in a pot of soil or outside in the garden, the seeds germinate and the paper composts away,  leaving wildflowers and no waste.

The eco-friendly Seed Paper products are packaged in corn plastic that biodegrades when composted.

You can find easy ways to create a paper lantern here, DIY party origami decorations here, or even simply purchase a specific shape of seeded paper cutouts to give away as favours on our site, here.

 

Biodegradable Balloons

If you’re in the market for a more straightforward party decoration, you might opt for our Biodegradable Balloons. These balloons are low-cost, and can be printed with just about any branding or design you desire.

All of our latex balloons are made using 100% biodegradable natural rubber latex from environmentally sustainable sources. Latex balloons are available in a standard pastel, transparent crystal or metallic ‘pearlshine’ finish.

All of our balloons are available in a range of styles and more than 75 colours. They can be inflated with either air or helium, for which purpose we supply a multitude of accessories including valves, ribbon and weights.

 

 

bio balloons

 

Seed Paper Carrier Bags

Giving away gift bags or favours at your next party or big event? If so, why not make them eco-friendly? After all, if you’re going eco-friendly at your party, you may as well do soup to nuts!

Our eco-friendly, custom-printed Seed Paper Carrier Bags are made from plantable paper. The bags can be reused again and again and when you’re finished with it simply bury it in the ground and watch it grow! The seeds germinate and the paper degrades making this a truly eco-friendly promotional product!

Our Seed Paper Carrier Bags come with a mix of summer flowers as standard, but you can also have a different seed mix for runs of 1,000 units or more.

Party on! For information about Buddy Burst as a whole, or more information about any of the products mentioned above, go to buddyburst.com.

Grow Kits for Allotments Week

Celebrating Allotments

Affordable fresh fruits and vegetables are important! If you’re anything like us, you  love allotments. We’re looking forward to celebrating and promoting them throughout this year’s Allotments Week, the 12th – 18th of August. This week is put on by the National Allotment Society Initiative. Not only do allotments provide healthy, plant-based foods, but they help to create a sense of community amongst those who tend to them.

If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly allotments are, they can be thought of as a community garden. Individual gardeners are usually organised in an allotment association. These associations are then granted or leased a plot of land that may only be used for gardening, as dictated by zoning laws.  Usually, to be a part of the association, gardeners are charged a small membership fee.

Our Seed Grow Kits

While all of our seeded products offer a massive range of ways to grow plants, our Grow Kit Single Wrap Pots are budget friendly, and ideal for school and community projects, like allotments! These custom-printed promotional Grow Kit Single Pot Wraps contain everything you need to grow your own seeds, be it flowers, herbs, vegetables, or a tree.

On average, it will take seeds two weeks to germinate. Of course, your branding will be front and centre as the recipient tends to their plant. Finally, the plastic pot is meant to be reused time and time again, so this product is free of single-use plastic.

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. Encourage your customers to practice sustainable habits within their day-to-day lives. See the array of products we have to offer your company, and your customers. Have a look at our full line of products at buddyburst.com.

Contact us at+44 (0) 207 157 9598, or email us at hello@buddyburst.com.

The Case For Eco-Friendly Promotional Products

Sure, no matter what it is, free “stuff” is almost always appealing. That’s why large and small businesses alike frequently give away branded promotional products like notepads, pens, pencils, keychains and more. But, what is the value of these goods? How many of these items get thrown in the rubbish bin? Or, how many are immediately stowed away in the dark depths of a drawer, only to resurrect during a bout of spring cleaning. Unfortunately, if these items are not being used or seen on a regular basis, they lose virtually all value as marketing pieces. In this scenario, your brand is not staying top of mind with your customers, and you’re just adding to the single-use plastic crisis.

Avoiding single-use plastics.

However, making mindful decisions about your promotional products, and ensuring that they are in fact serviceable, can make for a very strong branded piece. As it turns out, eco-friendly promotional products are not only beneficial for both your brand and the environment. But, they help customers to perceive your company as sustainable, and help it to maintain an eco-conscious image. It’s time to move on from the days of cheap foam keychains and scratchy T-shirts that will only ever be worn as pajamas. Read on to see some of the main benefits you can enjoy from investing in high-quality, sustainable promotional products for your brand.

1. Offer them an experience

Promotional products that feature seeds live on well beyond even a product that gets day-to-day use, like a pen or notebook. Once the seeds from a product like our Seedsticks, Eco Cups, or Seed Paper are planted, a care-taking process is sparked. Your customers will nurture their seedlings as they grow. In turn, developing a more emotionally-invested relationship with your brand. Consistent interaction with a plant is necessary, meaning your brand will be regularly recalled every time a customer looks at or interacts with their greenery.

An example of a turf grass Seedstick piece we created for Arsenal FC.

2. Stronger Messaging

Just like plantable and eco-conscious promotional products allow for a stronger experience with a brand, the tie-in between the type of seed used and the brand can make for an even stronger communication piece. Between flower, herb, vegetable and tree seed varieties, there is a seed tie-in for just about any brand. For example, a spa may use Eucalyptus tree seeds in their product to simulate relaxation, while a veterans group may use poppy flower seeds to represent the blood shed in battle.

A variety of our seeded promotional products.

3. Support Sustainable Business and Habits

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 true renewable energy source (the sun) instead of excess fossil fuels to push us forward.

We also carry generally sustainable products that are not necessarily plantable. This includes the Humble Toothbrush, the world’s most highly sold bamboo toothbrush. By offering these products, we enable brands to encourage their customers to live more sustainable lifestyles, and reduce their use of non-biodegradable products.

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. Have a look at our full line of products at buddyburst.com. 

seedballs to sustain bees

Helping the Bees with Customised Seed Balls

Protect the Bees on “Don’t Step On A Bee Day”

Did you know that 10th July, is officially dubbed Don’t Step on A Bee Day throughout the UK? Of course, bees produce the honey and beeswax that we love so much. But additionally, the pollination they provide is essential to the well-being of plants, crops, and full ecosystems. Unfortunately, human activities like industrial agriculture, pesticide spraying, climate change and more are leading to a bit of a bee crisis. According to sos-bees.org, bees have been declining at alarming rates since the late 1990’s. Like most environmental issues, it is up to us as humans to try to reverse this damage.

Seedball Matchboxes

bees mix seedballs

In addition to raising awareness about protecting the bees, there are other ways you can help protect your neighborhood bees. For example, by buying honey locally, and of course, by planting wildflowers to help sustain the bee population. Our favourite way (and perhaps one of the easiest ways) to do this is with the help of our Seedball Matchboxes.

Like all of our Buddy Burst products, Seedball Matchboxes aren’t just great for the environment and for the promotion of planting, but they’re a great way to help promote brands, as well. To give a bit more detail, each Seedball Matchbox contains six easy to grow wildflower seed balls. Bonus – there’s no gardening skill required. The balls simply have to be scattered on soil, in a garden, or pot and nature is left to do the rest. So, because the seeds are inside of a clay ball, they are naturally protected against predators and more. The Bee Mix

As previously mentioned, this product is fully customisable, right down to the types of seeds that the balls are filled with. The special edition bee mix of the Seedballs contains a variety of wildflower seeds. These seed types were specially chosen, as they are each a type of plant that bees especially enjoy.

For room to promote your brand, each Seedball Matchbox comes outfitted with a fully brand-able label with a print size of 51 x 51mm which covers the top (34 x 51mm) and one side (14 x 51mm). For more details or to order your own Seedball Matchboxes, email hello@buddyburst.com.

Here’s to avoiding any and all bee deaths on “Don’t Step on A Bee Day!”

Buddy Burst is Blooming!

With the lovely summer weather has come some fantastic opportunities for us here at Buddy Burst.

We’re really delighted to have worked with some fabulous brands as of late, and even more delighted to share them with you. You’ll likely recognize some of the names we’ve been working with, so be sure to keep an eye out for our seeded products!

ASK Italian

Buddy Burst seed packets

If you find yourself frequently in the mood for pasta, you may already be familiar with the fabulous eatery, ASK Italian

Next time you’re treating yourself to some Italiano food at ASK, be sure to keep a lookout for our seed packets of #superpeas. Once your planted seeds are sprouted, customers can share their pea plant photos with #Peapower! There’s nothing better than homegrown veggies, after all. ⠀

Manhattan Loft Gardens

seededpaper

We’ll go ahead and say it, we’re a pretty big fan of our seeded papers, and apparently so are the The Manhattan Loft Gardens. The Loft Gardens are a thriving community in east London incorporating a design hotel, rental loft apartments, restaurants and more. We got to design some chic branded seeded papers for them that are almost as unique as their space.

Pallite

PALLITE®’s tagline is, “Helping the planet, one shipment at a time.” And they are indeed true to their word! They utilize 100% recyclable transit packaging, which we were pleased to have the opportunity to help promote with our signature Seedsticks.

GOSH! Kindness Cafe

Heard of the GOSH! Kindness Cafe? Going on in Shoreditch for the last few months, the cafe functions on the concept of  using kindness as currency, and encourages others to pay it forward. These Seedsticks and the #KindnessisCurrency hashtag promote the message.

Screenocean

Just like we have eco-friendly products that bring your promotions to life, Screenocean possesses loads of archived footage from the last century to bring your stories to life. We loved making these video camera-shaped Seedsticks for them! ⠀

 

Wärtsilä is a Finnish manufacturing company that serves as a global leader in the sustainable energy field. To keep up with their sustainable mission, we created these branded wildflower Seedsticks.

A World Environment Day Update

Celebrating World Environment Day

Each year, the United Nations recognises World Environment Day on 5th June. This day is celebrated in an effort to raise awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year’s host country was China, and the theme is #BeatAirPollution.

World Environment day

Everyday, we create products that promote planting and gardening. By doing so, we’re helping to #BeatAirPollution. After all, our seeded products grow into plants have air purification values. Have a look at what we’ve been up to lately as we stride towards creating a greener, more sustainable planet.

EOY Challenge: Completed!

World Environment Day - EY

On May 10, we climbed 3 of Yorkshire’s highest peaks. We did this as part of the EOY Accelerate Challenge to support social enterprises to scale sustainably. How’s that for getting out in nature? The team raised over £27,000, all in the name of opening doors for mentorship, social enterprise and sustainable business.

Avallen Seeded Coasters

Avallen doesn’t just make any spirits – they craft spirits with a mission in mind – saving the bees! Luckily, we had the honor of making them these lovely seeded coasters!

South Staffs Water Seedsticks

With a focus on balancing human life and regard for the environment, South Staffs Water works to deliver excellent water quality and reliable water supplies. Of course, they hope to for future generations. 1.3m people and approximately 35,000 commercial customers rely on South Staffs Water across over 1,500 square km. This includes the West Midlands, South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire, North Warwickshire and North Worcestershire areas.

We made these adorable tractor-shaped Seedsticks™ to help them promote their Cambridge branch.

Earth DAy

Celebrating Earth Day with Buddy Burst

Celebrating Earth Day with Buddy Burst

In honour of Earth Day, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our environmentally-conscious efforts. We are proud to consistently create products that prevent waste, and encourage planting. If we say so ourselves, the amount of seed-infused, eco-friendly promotional products we’ve been able to put out in just the past 3 years is astounding. Of course, the numbers don’t lie… so have a look!

 

What’s New at Buddy Burst HQ

 

It was a pleasure to create Seedsticks for perhaps the planet’s most acclaimed wilderness preservation organization, World Wildlife Fund. Featuring the infamous panda logo, these flower pot-shaped Seedsticks were created for the Wales division of WWF. 

Finally, did you know that our factories utilize renewable energy by means of solar panels? We’re proud to practice what we preach, and take our own steps towards a better future for the Earth.

Seedboms™ for Springtime

Spring Into Springtime with Seedboms

The Easter holiday is right around the corner, and with it comes the spring season. This is typically the time of year that most people taking to planting and beginning to tend their gardens. But who ever said gardening had to be tedious? Our Seedboms™ make gardening fun, and make the act of “seed bombing” a breeze.

Seedboms™

Seed bombing is often times uses in what’s become known as “guerrilla gardening”, and explains why our Seedboms™ are shaped like grenades. Guerrilla gardening occurs in subcultures in which people transform unused public spaces into lovely gardens by throwing seeds. In this case, the seeds are protected by a biobased shell. They shell just needs to be dampened, then it can be tossed onto bare ground. Once it hits the ground, the shell will explode and release the seeds. The seeds will eventually sprout, thus transforming unloved spaces with a blast of life and colour. In addition to helping produce clean air, the plants also help sustain bee, butterfly and other important insect populations.

Not only is it fun, but it’s the perfect way to beautify the planet, connect with nature, and start off the springtime. Customers simply need to soak the Seedboms™ so that they are damp, then they can be tossed so that the shell explodes and releases seeds. You can find out even more about our Seedboms™ here.

Egg Seedsticks for Easter

Of course, we can’t talk about spring without mentioning Easter. The holiday is taking place on Sunday, April 21 this year. That means there’s still plenty of time to order our lovely egg-shaped Seedsticks™.  For some background, eggs were originally associated with Easter during Pagan celebrations. This is because the egg is symbolic of new life, aligning with the rebirth of flora and fauna during springtime. In Christian traditions, the egg symbolises the rebirth of Jesus Christ.

Colouring eggs with dye and holding Easter egg hunts are some of the most popular modern day Easter activities, making our egg-shaped Seedsticks™ perfect for the upcoming celebrations.

What We’ve Been Up To

Additionally, we’re super proud to have worked with some incredible brands lately . Have a look at the unique promotional products we’ve been creating. 

EY
EY Seedsticks™

“How will individual behaviour impact our collective future?”

That’s the question asked by EY on the Seedsticks we recently created for them. Never forget just what a massive impact your actions may have – especially when it comes to helping the wellbeing of our planet!

 

Love Ireland

ireland seedsticks™

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, we had the opportunity to create Seedsticks for the Irish gift company, Love Ireland!

 

dunnhumby

dunnhumby

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to provide dunnhumby with T-shirts, stickers, badges, flags and water bottles, all in the name of supporting their new LGBTQ+ network, dhProud.

Brexit Survival Kit Seedsticks™

With Brexit decisions right around the corner, it’s imperative to begin considering some of the statistics regarding food shortages. For example, about 30% of the food we consume in the United Kingdom comes from the European Union. Even more frightening, a whopping 85% of the veggies we eat in the UK come from the EU, too. If we want a shot at being able to keep yummy greens in our diets, we must take matters into our own hands. That’s where our handy dandy Seedsticks™ come into play. 

Luckily, Buddy Burst has recently released a special edition Brexit Survival Kit Seedsticks™. These allow UK citizens to easily grow their own herb plants. In doing so,  they can do their part in preventing post-Brexit food shortages. Regardless of the Brexit proceedings, your customers will be delighted to grow their very own herbs to cook with.

brexit survival kit seedsticks

Of course, all Seedsticks™ packs can be customised with your individual company’s branding. Why use plastic products to promote your company when you can share a unique gift that will stick around for a while – because it can be planted! Our products not only contribute to bettering the flora of the planet (more plants = more oxygen production = a healthier Earth). To see our wide variety of sustainable promotional products, go to www.buddyburst.com. To place an order or learn more about pricing, call +44 (0) 207 157 9598, or email hello@buddyburst.com.

Heart-Shaped Seedsticks

Seedsticks™ For The Season Of Love

Spreading the Love with SeedsticksTM

Whether it’s Sweetest Day or Valentine’s Day, our heart-shaped SeedstickTM packets make the perfect lasting sentiment for any romantic season. Of course, you can They’re even more special when filled with our Nigella Love-In-A-Mist seeds.

heart-shaped seedsticks

 

The Flowers

Nigella seeds grow into beautiful, delicate pale blue flowers. The seeds themselves are often used as a condiment in India and the Middle East on flatbreads and vegetable dishes. The flowers, meanwhile have come to be known as Love-In-A-Mist.  This name stems from a legend about the Emperor Frederick I (1125-1190), who drowned in a shallow river.  According to the story, he was seduced by a water spirit with green hair who drowned him in the hip-deep water. This plant sprang up at the shore and is said to display the water spirit’s hair.


Love In A Mist

Some Details

So what are you waiting for? Spread the love this season with some lovely Love-In-A-Mist seeds packaged in a lovely festive design. But first, here’s some details:

Designed to imitate the branded matchboxes of the past, Seedsticks come 5 to a box with completely customisable packaging, measuring 79mm x 56mm. Each Seedstick can then simply be torn off, and planted into the soil.

What Else We’ve Been Up To

We always stay busy here at Buddy Burst! Here are just a few of the exciting happenings and projects we’ve been up to lately:

Brewin Dolphin

One of the UK’s leading wealth mangers, Brewin Dolphin, recently used our seed kits to promote their learning portal.

 Funding Circle

Peer-to-peer small business loan company Funding Circle created these lovely little holiday cards for their clients using our pine tree Seedsticks! We love the design!

Funding Circle