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

eco-friendly seeded bags

Eco-Friendly Bags You’ll Love

While wrapping up presents for special occasions is a tradition done all in good fun, wrapping material can be extremely wasteful. Luckily, our seeded paper carrier bags offer a solution that is as ecologically responsible as it is pretty. Our clients No. 1 Rosemary Water recently used them to launch their new line, No. 1 Botanicals. 

 eco-friendly seeded bags

Seed Paper Carrier Bags by Buddy Burst

Our promotional seeded carrier bags are especially ideal for live event giveaways. 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!

What’s New at Buddy Burst HQ?

gearbulk seedsti

We love seeing companies find creative ways to use our seeded paper. Gearbulk recently gave out these seeded paper flyers in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

sproutpencils accenture

As you can see from the Instalove, our Sprout Pencils and seeded paper cards for Accenture Ireland were a massive hit. On the cards, Accenture Ireland discussed the efforts that they are taking to be an eco-conscious company. They even saved 210,000 pages of paper this year by only offering their brochure digitally. Well done!

Environmentally Conscious Coffee Cups

Did you know that every year, half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world? That’s over 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet. (source: ecoffeecup.eco). With all of the stylish reusable cups now available on the market, there’s no longer an excuse to be using wasteful single-use coffee mugs. Several coffee shops even offer discounts for bringing in reusable cups these days, so it’s an all around win.

eco-conscious coffee cup

Ecoffee Cups – Branded Reusable Takeaway Mugs

You’ve probably seen branded reusable takeaway cups before, but what about branded biodegradable, and reusable takeaway cups?

Customers who are concerned with being eco-friendly while also embracing trends will find our Ecoffee cups ideal. These reusable coffee cups are made from naturally organic bamboo and corn fibres. The cups also feature a silicone sleeve and silicone lid, both of which can be removed. Printing of your company’s logo can be placed either on the silicone sleeve, or on the cup itself.

Some News From Buddy Burst

the truly epic book of veg power uk

Embracing The Power of Homegrown Veg

Our friends at Veg Power UK are on a mission to get the UK eating more veg. It’s even easier to eat vegetables when you grow them yourself, which is why we’ve equipped copies of “The Epic Book of Veg Power” with our signature seedsticks.

diamond resorts seedstick packets

Promoting Sustainable Messaging

We recently designed some of our signature  Seedsticks™️specially for Diamond Resorts.The company is using the sticks to promote their dedication to the environment, and encouraging recipients to share photos of the sticks with “#ShowUsYourGarden.”

Sprout pencils with seeds

Sustainable Marketing Materials for Universities

We recently had the pleasure of working with University of Strathyclyde, providing them with our eco-friendly Sprout Pencils. Regarding how pleased they are with the pencils,  Špela Rapoša AIEMA, the school’s environment resources manager said, “We encourage sustainable options and waste minimisation at the University of Strathclyde, although we appreciate that marketing materials are a helpful tool for spreading the message about what we do. With such an array of materials available these days it’s tricky to keep on top of natural choices so when we found out about Sprout Pencils we were very excited and can’t wait to share these with our staff and students. The simplicity of it all is really eye-catching and makes the ‘freebie’ stand out from the crowd of the usual suspects.”

Plastic Straw Alternatives

First off, if you haven’t heard, there have recently been massive developments in the fight against plastic straws. With 28,218 stores worldwide, Starbucks is one of the world’s largest fast food chains, and they’ve just promised to phase out plastic straws by 2020! Of course, this is great news for the amount of straws that will be saved at Starbucks shops alone. Even more notably, this decision is drawing massive attention to the issue of plastic straws all over.

Bio Straws For Your Brand

Straws – talk about a current hot-button topic!  Naturally, it’s a perfect time to show your customers how much you value the environment by replacing any and all of your straw needs with our biodegradable straws. These straws are made completely from PLA, a plant-based material with 67% less embodied carbon than oil-based PP plastic. Meanwhile, our white promotional straws are made from Ecovio, a compostable plant-based material with great properties. But, unlike paper straws, they won’t break down easily and cause complaints.

plastic straw alternative

Our straws are designed for commercial composting together with food waste, where facilities exist. Custom-printed biodegradable straws are available from 5 mm to 10 mm in black, white with a green stripe or in clear biodegradable plastic. Additionally, customers can even choose a custom-printed wrapper to really boost a brand’s impact.

In Other News…

Here are a couple 2018 summer highlights around the world of environmentalism (and us, of course).

What Our Clients Are Up To

Our lovely client, F Zeen Retreat, recently gave oregano seedsticks away to guests. These packs were beautifully displayed in the rooms for turn down service. Of course, the sticks could then be conveniently taken home to be planted. We love seeing all of the creative ways seedsticks can be put to use!

seedsticks by Buddy Burst for F Zeen Retreat

Sporty, Sustainable Fashion

In other news, Juventus recently revealed their third-kit design for the upcoming season created by Adidas designer Francesca Venturini . Interestingly, the jerseys are made from recycled plastic, and have been created in partnership with Parley for the Oceans. The jersey design has “eco-innovation and longevity at its very heart”.  Read more about this eco-friendly fashion here.

sustainable fashion

plastic pollution from water bottles

Reusable Bottles from Buddy Burst

Making It Easier to Banish The Bottle

Of course, it’s no secret that plastic bottles are one of the most wasteful concepts out there. Be it a water, soda or milk bottle, only 1 in 5 of each of them get recycled. Then, the rest sadly end up in the ocean, or in landfills. 1,500 every single second, to be precise. Even the plastic bottles that are BPA-free are still filled with potentially harmful chemicals. All things considered, it’s no wonder several organizations have called for a ban on the bottles.

plastic bottle waste

Trendy Reusable Bottles For Your Brand

In addition to being much more environmentally friendly, drinking tap water from a reusable water bottle can be up to 2,000 times cheaper than buying plastic water bottles. Moreover, because of the popularity of these bottles, a bit of a fashion culture has recently emerged around them. By the same token, reusable bottles of all sorts of shapes, brands, and designs are now popular among eco-conscious consumers.

Designing a reusable bottle unique to your brand:

  • Reminds customers of your company’s dedication to sustainability.
  • Ensures high impressions of your brand’s message as customers will likely travel with their bottle.
  • Contributes to bringing an end to the wasteful plastic water bottle industry.
  • Provides opportunity for extremely creative designs thanks to the bottle’s large surface area.reusable alternative to plastic bottle

Some Details

We provide customisable double-walled, stainless steel water bottles with leak-proof screw cap and a matte finish topcoat. A variety of colors, materials, and sizes may be available upon inquiry. Suitable for maintaining the temperature of hot and cold drinks. Not suitable for dishwasher use. Capacity 350 ml. Each piece comes in a box, and engraving or one colour print is available. Colours available in black or white.

What We’ve Been Up To…

Sustainable Accessories

Our lovely client, Bramwith Consulting, recently decked out their employees with reusable totes and cups that we had the pleasure of creating for them. As you can see, the company is inspirational, aiming for a paper-free office by 2020. We’re pleased to have been able to help them take a step towards this goal!

Bramwith consulting promotional products thought Buddy Burst

For details, product specifications, or to learn a bit more about us, pop over to buddyburst.com.

Certainly, f you have any questions at all, please do get in touch. Call +44 (0) 207 157 9598.

tomatoes for growth with seedsticks

“Thyme” to Learn About Seedsticks™ for the Summer

Gardening is cool again, and the numbers speak for themselves! According to a 2014 report , there have been significant increases in both households that participate in community gardening, and younger households. The best thing about the world of gardening is that there are just so many things to grow – fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and even trees, and our Seedsticks™ can grow into any of these! Promoting your brand with plant-based items might be one of the most valuable marketing moves you can make! Not only are plants themselves fantastic for combatting air pollution, but bypassing plastic promotional products keeps loads of non-compostable material out of landfills.

vegetables to grow with Seedsticks™

While we’d recommend any of our plant and seed-based products to build brand loyalty, our Seedsticks have come out on top time and time again. Once customers plant their Seedsticks™, they will consistently be reminded of your brand as they nurture their plant and watch it grow.

Seedsticks™

While we offer a variety of seed options, our two favourite are thyme and tomato. While thyme is ideal for wordplay and puns, tomatoes are packed full of health benefits that can be tied into your brand’s marketing message. 

tomatoes that can be grown with Seedsticks™

Some of the nutrients tomatoes are dense in include:

Carotenoids

Antioxidants

Calcium

Magnesium,

Beta-Carotene (which becomes vitamin A when consumed)

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

 

Meanwhile, thyme is used in loads of recipes, and turns out to be a helpful little plant for just about anyone who cooks. When thyme is consumed, it is usually dried out, and used to season meats, fish and vegetables. Isn’t it thyme you implemented thyme into your herb garden? Other herbs we recommend implementing into your garden include basil, sage, and oregano.

 

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch. Email us at hello@buddyburst.com, or call +44 (0) 207 157 9598.

 

buddy burst seedsticks

Summertime News From Buddy Burst HQ

A lot has been happening for us over here at Buddy Burst, and we couldn’t do it without wonderful clients! Between awards, new collaborations, and some charity work, we’ve got loads to update you on!

 

We are absolutely over the moon to say that Buddy Burst Founder Jamie Gray was named a “Highly Commended Director of the Year” in the Start-Up category at the 2018 Institute of Directors Awards. The Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards are comprised of 9 different categories that recognise excellence in leaders across businesses that are early stage, family-run, global,  and more.

Buddy Burst wins IoD Award

2018 IoD Awards

The days of feeling guilty about throwing away gift bags are over! Rather than sit in a landfill for years, these seeded paper bags we created for No1 Rosemary Water sprout into lovely wildflowers. No1 Rosemary Water is the world’s first pure rosemary water brand, and we at Buddy Burst were so pleased to have the pleasure of working with them. We supplied them with lovely, minimalist-style seeded paper bags. Have a look at all we can do with seeded bags here!

Seeded paper bags for No1 Rosemary Water by Buddy Burst

Our Seedsticks™ recently made an appearance at the Taste of London…and for a great cause, to boot! We had the pleasure of donating Seedsticks™ to Action Against Hunger, an organisation that works across 40 countries to lead the fight against hunger. Not only did they serve as sustainable, eco-friendly promotions, but they especially helped to drive home the organisation’s message – that each individual’s actions, no matter how small they may seem, can contribute to ending hunger. Through fundraising associated with this event, Action Against Hunger UK was able to raise a total of £27,000, the equivalent needed to save the lives of over 635 severely malnourished children.

Action Against Hunger UK with Buddy Burst seed sticks

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch. Email us at hello@buddyburst.com, or call +44 (0) 207 157 9598. Buddy Burst has a massive range of sustainable promotional products, find the one to suit your business! 

 

Sprout Pencils - Eco friendly pencils that you can plant after use

Sprouting Sustainable Behaviors with the Sprout Pencil

Did you know that every year, the United States alone throws out 1.6 billion plastic pens? Until computers completely take over, we will always need writing utensils, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those utensils have to end up in landfills. While more eco-friendly solutions to non-compostable pens and pencils are popping up, our all time favourite solution is the Sprout Pencil.

sprout pencils eco-friendly sustainable promo products

The Sprout Pencil is not just any old biodegradable pencil. In place of an eraser, the end of the pencil has a water-soluble capsule filled with seeds. Once the pencil is through, the pencil can be planted into some soil, and grow into flowers, herbs or vegetables, depending on which type of seed the capsule is customised with. A list of the seeds that the Sprout Pencil can be made with is listed below:

sprout pencil seed options custom eco-friendly promo product

Even cooler, the pencils can be laser engraved (10cm x 0.5cm) with a custom logo or message, making them an ideal marketing tool for brands of all sorts. Colour pencils are also available, and can “sprout” into a variety of 12 different plants.

From a marketing standpoint, there is tremendous value in a seed-based promotional product like a Sprout Pencil. Not only are clients reminded of your marketing message each time they use the pencil, but, if they decide to plant it, their relationship with the branded product turns into a nurturing one. As they tend to the plant and watch it grow, they form a stronger bond to your brand. How often do you come across a product that’s great for your clients, business, and the environment! Leave it to the Sprout Pencil.

sprout pencil eco-friendly promo productIf you do make the decision to go ahead and promote your brand with Sprout Pencils, please allow for a lead time of 3-5 weeks from artwork approval.  We’re always happy to hear from you, and would love to help you create some lovely promotional products that will help the Earth. Send us an email at hello@buddyburst.com, or call us at +44 (0) 207 157 9598.  

Cactus Keyrings

When it comes to key accessories, it doesn’t get much cooler than living cactus keyrings.

That being said, one of our fan favourites at Buddy Burst are our cactus keyrings! These lovely little succulents grow slowly in their capsules for their first 8-12 months, then will grow large enough to be replanted into a pot. Brands can have their logos printed right on the side of the enclosure, or on the packaging. Because the mini cactus also needs to be tended to and watered about once a month, a special relationship with the brand will be fostered as folks care for their cacti.

cactus keyring spike & west eco-friendly promotional products

The succulents that come within the cactus keyrings are available in either “Spike” or “West” variety, so your clients can choose their prickly preferences.  As for details, the product dimensions are 17mm x 40mm, while the whole thing weighs only 15g. It can have both sides of the packaging printed in full colour, and even have an imprint on the capsule. Lead time is approximately 2-3 from artwork approval.

cactus keyrings eco-friendly sustainable promo products

Here are some fun facts that you might not have known about cacti via Softpedia News.

 

  • There are over 2,000 total species of cacti. The plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in the southwestern United States, can grow to be over 20 m tall.

 

  • Cacti plants are actual water reservoirs. If you were to split open a cacti, the inner clear liquid may not look like the water that the average person is used to, but nonetheless, the thick liquid inside the plant is perfectly drinkable.

 

  • Just like other plants, cacti are pollinated by animals like hummingbirds and bees.

 

  • Cacti flowers range in colour and blooming periods depending on the species. Interestingly enough, some only bloom at sunset, while others only bloom in the daylight.

If you have any questions at all regarding the cactus keyrings, please don’t hesitate to ask! Simply email hello@buddyburst.com, or call us at +44 (0) 207 157 9598.

Seedballs helping to feed bees

Keeping The Bees Buzzing With Seedballs

The fact that bees are dying at an alarming rate may be one of your favourite memes on the internet, but the wellbeing of bees really is a massive concern. The pollination services that bees naturally provide us with are invaluable. Without enough bees, not only would honey supplies be down, but basic crops like apples would be threatened.

But why are we telling you all of this? Well, we’re determined to do what we can to help. Interestingly enough, one of the best things you can do to help sustain the bee population is to simply plant wildflowers! That’s where our seed-based products come in.

 

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

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, as according to experts. Most recently, BNP Paribas used tins of our Bee Mix Seedballs as favours at a conference. Having them as favours helped spark conversation about sustainability during the event.

 

The seedballs are available in either matchbox-style sets of 8, or in tins of 20. The packages can be customised to represent a specific message from your brand. Not only will your brand be correlated with sustainable planting, but the seedballs will grow into something that consumers will tend to, look after, and affectionately associate your brand with. To learn  more information about seedballs, or to contact us, visit https://buddyburst.com/products/.