Gardening Improves Mental Health

Get Back to Nature: Gardening for Mental Health and to Promote Your Brand

2020 has been quite a year!  The Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down has seen people and society adapting to many new things, such as working remotely from home, social distancing and restricted social activities.  It’s been a steep learning curve but on the upside, we’ve seen a marvellous effect on our environment and the health of our planet.

Air pollution levels are significantly down, environmental noise levels have been reduced, and beach waters are crystal clear. There has also been an obvious change in the way that humans are connecting to nature. As many of us have been off work or at home, we’ve been pulled away from our normal work, school and life routines. There has been a huge surge in the popularity of gardening as we have time on our hands. There are many benefits to getting out into the garden and it’s a practical skill that can reap huge rewards for budding gardeners.

Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health

Getting out in nature and taking walks outdoors has been a popular way to maintain sanity during the lockdown period.  This trend will continue as part of the UK go into local lock-down or if a second wave begins.

Growing own carrots- bunch being pulled from the ground

Most of our Facebook and Instagram feeds filled with snapshots of backyard vegetable gardens as food shortages at the start of the Covid lockdown worried many and encouraged them to grow their own food to become more self-sufficient.

Growing your own food is a very satisfying hobby and has a practical purpose too. It’s also a great way to teach children where food comes from and how to grow their own. Many parents have taken up gardening with their children whilst school is closed. It’s a great way to engage children in practical science lessons that are fun, engaging and nurturing.

Gardening is also a great activity to get your body moving and keep your brain active. Some doctors are recommending gardening and getting involved in tending community allotments, to help in the national fight against obesity. 

Connecting with nature, and gardening in particular, has a myriad of mental health benefits including lessened depression, improved creativity, and more. As more people engage with planting and begin to experience its benefits, we only plan to see the trend become increasingly popular.

Gardening Promotional Products

Gardening Promotional Products - Seedsticks d Packets

As a supplier of eco-friendly, sustainable gardening promotional products, we dedicate ourselves to creating easy-to-grow seed  & plant-based products that are packaged in a number of creative ways. All products can be custom printed with a company logo and branding, with the option of vegetable, fruit, herb, or flower seeds, that work with the brand messaging.  

Seedsticks are our hero product and couldn’t be easier to use. Just place the seeded matchstick in soil and wait for them to germinate and grow. We can also supply Baby Tree Kits, Seed Balls and printed Seed Packets.

Gardening Promotional Products can be used by many Brands and Businesses:

  • Gardening Brands, Products & Services (both trade & consumer)
  • Ecological Charities & Initiatives
  • Educational Brands
  • Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Brands
  • Farming, Food & Cookery Industries
  • FMCG Brands
  • Can be supplied to Promo Product Distributors
  • Eco-friendly Giveaway for Events and Trade Shows

 

BROWSE OUR FULL RANGE OF GARDENING PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

Seed Paper Postcard - add your logo here textIn addition to normalising the art of the video call, the pandemic has unlocked a lot of creativity surrounding sending things via direct mail or “snail mail.”  We’ve had great success selling seeded & gardening promotional products that could easily fit through a letterbox

Read: How Brands can use Plantable Direct Mail Products to Reach Consumers at Home

Founder of Buddy Burst, Jamie Gray comments that we can only assume moving forward, brands will continue to embrace this newfound (or perhaps rekindled) love of gardening amongst their customer base. We sure hope that they do, not only for our business, but for the wellbeing of the world to come”. 


Samples and FREE Design Visualisation Service

We offer products samples and a free design visualisation service so that agency clients & wholesale customers can see how the products look with their companies branding and logo before they order.  Visit our Contact Us page to request a quote, sample or ask us a question. 

Back to Work After COVID-19: Sustainable Social Distancing Products for Work

With lock-down gradually easing and people returning to work after the Covid crisis, we all need to get used to the ‘new normal’. Social Distancing is part of that and all businesses need to take responsibility and inform both employees & customers on social distancing rules in the workplace and public spaces.

We stock a range of sustainable promotional products that will help to communicate and educate people on social distancing rules and keep them safe from COVID-19.  These social distancing products can be used in a variety of workplaces and industries including:

  • Warehouses
  • Construction sites
  • Offices
  • Delivery drivers
  • Restaurants & cafes
  • Any workplace where people work closely together
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

Read on for more information on our social distancing products and how they can be used to protect the workplace from Covid-19.

Reusable Face Masks for Business - Custom PrintedCustom Printed Reusable Face Masks for Business

Face Masks are part of our ‘new normal’ and must be worn on public transport,  in shops, hospitals and other public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. Made from polyester, our masks come in three sizes and eight stock designs. There is also the option to custom-design a branded face mask with your business logo.

Protect public-facing employees like hairdressers,  service staff and retail workers.  Ideal for supermarkets, hotels, airports, factories and more to protect employees from Covid-19.

Find out more about Reusable Face Masks and get a quote.

 

Custom Biodegradable Hygiene HookAvoid Spreading Covid-19 with a Hygiene Hook Keyring

This branded Hygiene Hook is a social distancing product that can be used to avoid touching surfaces like key pads, doors, handles, cash tills and more.  Keeps hands away from viruses and germs.

Each hook comes on a keyring so it’s at hand every time it’s needed. It is perfect for good hygiene practice in the workplace or schools, helping to protect employees, customers, and students. Lightweight, cost-effective and biodegradable.

View Hygiene Hook Key Ring and get a quote.

 

Sustainable Social Distancing Badges made from Seed PaperSustainable Social Distancing Badges made from Seed Paper

Printed Badges can be worn by customer facing employees to help communicate social distancing rules in-store, at community services, food retailers and more.

The badges act as a reminder to keep a distance and can carry other important messages about social distancing. Made from eco-friendly seed paper, the badges can be custom-printed to order. Personalise with your company logo and branding or choose from stock design options.

Seed paper is recycled paper that is embedded with seeds. The paper from these sustainable badges can be planted after use, leaving behind only beautiful wildflowers. As for the safety pin, we suggest reusing it for anything from fixing a broken flip flop to securing your keys!

Find out more about social distancing badges and get a quote.

 

Seed Paper Postcard - add your logo here textInform Customers about Social Distancing Rules Using Seed Paper Postcards

Hand out recycled biodegradable postcards to staff & customers explaining your in-house social distancing rules. Can be handed out to queuing customers or posted to customers on your mailing list in preparation for opening day. These postcards are great for sustainable direct mail campaigns.

After use, the recipient can rip up the postcard and plant it in the ground and grow a wildflower garden!  Helping them to remember your brand favourably as well as looking after the environment.

Choose from full colour print on both sides. Wildflower mix and other seeds available.

View Seed Paper Postcards and get a quote.

 

Broadcast Social Distancing Messages using Printed T-shirtsMan wearing white cotton Promotional T-shirt with Buddy Burst Logo

Printed T-shirts provide a great canvas for social distancing rules and are easy to read at a longer distance if a big, bold font is used. Can be worn by customer-facing staff to remind visitors to keep their distance.

Our range of organic cotton T-shirts are available in a all sizes from Small through to XXL. Full colour print is available on both back and front of T-shirt.

Find out more about T-shirts and get a quote.

Promotional Caps - Bamboo Charcoal Caps

Protect Employees from the Elements with a Recycled Cap

Another social distancing product that can be used as branded workplace apparel. Embroider your message on the front of the cap. Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, this promotional cap is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Provides another way to help customers identify staff as well as helping to protect staff managing queues outside from the Summer sun and rain showers.

Available in Black, Grey, Navy, Olive or Red. Find out more about Recycled Caps

 

Recycled Paper Flags - Custom PrintedSignpost the 2 Metre Rule with Balloons & Flags

Balloons and flags can be used to decorate retail space, offices and public areas, highlighting 2 metres distance and indicating where people should stand. Balloons can also be handed out to any young children waiting with their parents to help keep them amused while queuing.

Great social distancing products for schools, outdoor spaces, Childrens services and any business that caters for children and families. Both flags and balloons are 100% biodegradable and provide a low-cost way to promote social distancing.

Read more about Biodegradable Balloons & Recycled Paper Flags

 

Free Design Visualisation Service

If your business would like to see how your logo would look on any of these products, get in touch today for more details on our design visualisation service. We can mock-up a visual of our promotional products with your business logo so that you can see how your branding will look before you place an order.

Request a Quote or Product Sample

We can supply free samples for some products and charge a small fee for others. To get product samples for your business, visit our Samples page and complete the form.

For a quote on any of these social distancing promotional products, please do visit our Request a Quote page and complete the form.

Seed Paper Postcard - add your logo here text

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.

Browse Seedsticks™

 

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.

 

Get Buzzing with Simple Ways to Help the Bee Population

It’s February, which means that we’ve nearly arrived to the official spring season (finally). It also means that if you’re a gardener, you may be itching to get back outside and begin tilling the soil and planting once again. However, in the midst of all of the greenery reviving itself, weeds will also begin sprouting up! One of the most notorious culprits that will begin cropping up in the month of February are dandelions. But what harm do these vibrant yellow little flowers actually cause? It turns out that in fact, they may do a lot more good than we may realise. 

It’s especially in these early weeks of the changing seasons that the prevalence of so-called “weeds” like dandelions can make a big impact. February is the time when early pollinators begin to rise out of hibernation. This includes species like solitary bees, honey bees and hoverflies. These dandelions can serve as a critical food source for early pollinators, especially since they are prevalent before most other flowers are planted. According to an article by The Guardian, “each dandelion head contains up to 100 individual flowers, known as florets, which contain nectar and pollen.” That can make a significant meal for bees, whose population numbers are currently struggling. Most of this population loss is attributed to parasites and pathogens, insecticides used by the agriculture industry, as well as climate change.  

How You Can Help

So, before you decide to mow over or pull out those dandelions in your garden, take a moment to weigh out the positives versus the negatives of simply letting be. Remember just how beneficial these tiny flowers can be to creatures that can use all of the help that they can get to maintain healthy population levels.  It’s also worthwhile to remember how remarkable of an impact that pollinating insects like bees have on the wellbeing of crops, which directly impacts our supply chain of food.  

If you want to go an extra step to help out these hungry pollinators, try to plant more flowers with exposed pollen and nectar parts. These are typically much easier for pollinating insects to eat from, as opposed to more “pompom” shaped flowers like Dahlias.  

The Benefits of Our Bee Mix

Believe it or not, you can make a positive impact for the bees by way of marketing promotions, as well. BuddyBurst offers a variety of promotional products with seed mixes that are specially designed with bees in mind. Try our Bee Mix Seedballs; notable brands like BNP Paribas have already found success in using these guerilla gardening products in what we call our “Bee Mix.” Seedballs can be thrown onto literally any soil, and after they’re scattered, they simply need to be watered. Nature will handle the rest, and an array of wildflowers that bees will love will be sprouted in no time.  

To have a look through our wide range of seeded and eco-friendly products, visit buddyburst.com. 

Eco-Friendly Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day

What better time is there to celebrate love than during the Valentine’s season?  That being said, there is definitely a balance to strike in between the true purpose of Valentine’s Day – appreciating love and your loved ones – and showing that appreciation with gifts that won’t harm or pollute the Earth. We’re featuring a variety of products and ideas that merge the loving spirit of Valentine’s Day with products that you can feel good about – because they’re good for the Earth!   

But first, to fully appreciate Valentine’s Day, let’s delve into its origins, as reported by Britannica.com. The mid-February celebrations can actually be traced all of way back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility, paired men off with women based on a lottery system. It wouldn’t be until the end of the 5th century when Christianity was in full-swing that Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. Naturally, Valentine was a popular name in the olden days, so nobody is quite sure just which acclaimed Valentine the day is named after. One version of the legend claims that a priest named Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to a woman he had befriended and by some accounts, healed of her blindness.  Thus came the birth of Valentine’s cards! The other commonly accepted origin story is that a priest named Valentine married couples in secret against the orders of the emperor. The marriages were done to spare husbands from having to go off to war leaving their loved ones. Either theory is quite lovely, and supports why St. Valentine’s Day is associated with love.  

 So, now that we’ve had a bit of history lesson, let’s fast forward to the 2020s. As you know, the environment isn’t in a great place right now. Between climate change and the ever-growing plastic waste affecting our land and ocean environments, it’s important for each of us to do everything in our power to be more eco-friendly, and reduce the use of single-use plastics. While yes, most Valentine’s Day cards are paper rather than plastic, it still takes lots of energy to recycle paper. Plus, a lot of the paper cards outfitted with glitter and metallics actually are less likely to be recyclable. There are still material alternatives that are kinder to the Earth, and we’re pleased to share some of those with you.  

Growing Greetings Love Cards 

There’s nothing quite like a proper Valentine’s card that is sent via snail mail. While paper cards tend to be unsustainable, our Growing Greetings cards have a little something extra that makes them especially eco-friendly, and fantastic for direct mail campaigns. Every card contains a package of seeds that can grow into edible microgreens and are ready to eat in just 7-10 days. The cards can be printed with any design of your choice, and feature a hemp mat for the seeds to sow. We use only organic seeds and recycled materials to make these unique, eco-friendly greeting cards. After all, what says “I love you” more than fresh microgreens? 

 

Heart Seedsticks 

Our heart-shaped Seedsticks™ don’t just make the perfect Valentine’s greeting, but they double as a very long-lasting bouquet, as well. The Seedsticks are able to be planted to grow into whatever seed they are filled with. For an added love-themed touch, we recommend the use of our Nigella Love-In-A-Mist flower seeds. We also strive for all of our printing to be as green as possible, making a more eco-friendly product for you. Not only are our printers certified to ISO14001 environmental standard, but they are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  

 

The Growbar

 

One of our newest products, the Growbar has all the fun of giving a sweet Valentine’s chocolatey treat with none of the calories! Growbars are styled to look like chocolate bars and although not edible straight out of the box; many varieties include edible plantsEvery Growbar contains a themed seed collection within fertile coir bars. The bar just needs to be unwrapped, popped into a tray, and be watered. Within just 6-8 weeks, healthy seedlings will be growing,  and will be ready to plant in pots or in the garden. The coolest part? The Growbar is 100% eco-friendly, as the coir is made with coconut fibres a sustainable alternative to peat. The film wrap is recyclable, and made from sugar cane, which is 100% biodegradable. Even the card packaging is recyclable. 

 

No matter how you decide to show the love this Valentine’s Day, we urge you to try to do it in the most eco-friendly way possible.  

Environmentalism for the New Decade

As of January 3, 2020, just three days into the new decade, Time reported that over 12 million acres of Australia have burned, with millions of animals succumbing to the flames, and devastating amounts of biodiversity being lost. Needless to say, it’s not an optimistic look into the next decade when it comes to the wellbeing of the environment.   

Frankly, as MIT Technology review states, the 2010s were basically another decade of lost progress in the fight against climate change. By neglecting to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the last 10 years, it’s not looking promising that we will be able to halt temperature rising at 1.5 ˚C or at this point, even 2 ˚C. While it may not seem like much, that half of a degree could mean doom for the coral reefs, and subject more than ⅓ of the world’ population to debilitating heat waves. Overall, this past decade will likely be one of the warmest on record, in turn causing sea levels to rise as a result of melting icebergs.  Additionally, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere also rose throughout the past decade, with 2016 – 2019 experiencing consistent growth year-over-year.  

So, now with a fresh decade on our hands, it’s up to us to shape it. Do you really want to be reading environmental statistics like this in ten years, only to look back and realise you could’ve done a lot more? While New Year’s is an excellent time to focus on yourself and positive changes you can make to your lifestyle, why not also focus on changes you can take to ensure a healthier future for the Earth?  

To get you started, we’re offering up some ideas to take on a new decade of action against climate change and global warming.  

Shop More Sustainably 

We get it. 2-day free shipping of any product you could ever dream of is just about as convenient as it gets. However, “fast fashion” is a trend that is far from stylish when it comes to the impact it has on the environment. In fact, the worldwide fashion industry emits nearly as much carbon as the entire continent of Europe. They say that where you choose to spend every and every penny matters. So we recommend trying to avoid shopping at fast fashion outlets, and instead do your research on sustainable companies, and use your buying power for good.  

Clothing made from recycled or upcycled materials is a great way to go, too! We even offer bamboo t-shirts that are significantly more eco-friendly than cotton. 

Cut the Single-Use Plastic 

Although global concern over plastic usage has increased greatly in recent years, the top UK supermarkets are only increasing the amount of plastic on their shelves. Swap single-use plastic water bottles, cutlery, cups and bags for reusable bottles, thermoses, metal cutlery and canvas bags. It’s a small step that will, over time, send a strong message to policy makers and companies. We offer a variety of plastic alternatives, from reusable products to seed-based ones, for utilitarian purposes or for fun. Head over to our main site to have a look at our eco-friendly products.  

 

Reduce Your Meat Intake 

Industrial farming is one of the biggest offenders in climate change. In addition to producing deadly methane levels that trigger global warming, this industry is responsible for deforestation, fires and more. The main way to lessen the impact of the industry is to reduce its need and profits, by simply eating less meat. It doesn’t have to be full-fledged vegetarianism or veganism, either. Meatless Mondays can be a fun way to start.  

 

Embrace Public Transport 

Did you know that transportation is the highest-emitting sector in the UK? Depending on the remoteness of the area you live in, it may be tricky to cut down on driving. However, using public transport whenever you can is massively positive not just for the environment, but for reducing traffic, too.  

Additionally, alternative transportation like walking or cycling are great habits to improve your health, and the health of everyone around you.  

 

Here’s to a happy, healthy you in the new decade, as well as a healthier planet!  

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 do 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.  

Establish Relationships 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 also 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. 

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.  

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.  

 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.  

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. For something a bit more cheeky, you may opt for our cactus keyring or eco bamboo sunglasses. 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. 

5 Simple Ways to Keep The Environment Healthy

The International Federation of Environmental Health has been observing September 26th as World Environmental Health Day for eight years now, beginning in 2011. Every year, a different theme is chosen to focus on. This year’s theme, in 2019, is “Climate change challenges, time for global environmental health to act in unison.” Considering the recent climate change strike and the worldwide crusade led by Greta Thunberg to fight climate change, this is an extremely relevant and topical focus. While the entire idea of climate change may feel overwhelming, there are small steps every individual can take to help keep the environment healthy and fight climate change.

Reduce Your Use of Pesticides and Chemicals

The chemicals you use for sanitizing, killing weeds and even spraying your hair can have a profound negative affect on the environment. While the CFCs in hairspray are notorious for ozone depletion, using pesticides and weed killers, even on a small scale, can alter your local ecosystem negatively. Killing too much of any single species in an area can be detrimental for biodiversity.

 

Recycle

One of the”Three Rs” that we love so much! Recycling has become such an easy thing to do at this point, that it’s simply lazy not to. It takes all of a few seconds to correctly sort your glass, plastics, aluminum and paper from your rubbish, so just do it!

 

Eat/Grow Your Food Locally

The saying goes, “Think globally, act locally”, so it only makes sense to eat locally, as well. Consuming locally grown food cuts down on overall transportation costs, pesticides and preservatives. If you choose to go down the fruit and vegetable garden route, there are also a myriad of benefits to tending plants.

 

Drive Less

Sure, this is much easier said than done, but why not carpool when you can? Many places offer carpool lanes, rewarding those who carpool with faster transit. Taking advantage of public transport in metropolitan areas can also massively help to reduce the number of cars on the road and gas consumption.

 

Reduce Your Electricity and Gas Consumption

It’s likely the same stuff that your parents told you at a young age – turn off the light when you leave a room! Well, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful of your gas consumption as well. Think twice before you turn on the heater, and wash your clothes in cold or lukewarm, rather than hot, water.

Biodiversity Month – Protecting, Conserving and Improving

Every day, humans use an estimated 40,000 different species of plants and animals. Let that sink in for a moment – 40,000! While that’s indeed a whooping number, it is estimated that in total, there are over 10 million species of plants and animals on Earth. While we’re only using a fraction of these resources day to day, human impact takes a massive effect on the wellbeing of the ecosystems these beings live in. The word for the sum of all of these species – from the microbial to the animals, plants and fungi, is of course, biodiversity! Biodiversity can be thought of as the ‘web of life’ or ‘variety of living things’ that exists in every environment on the planet – be it the oceans or the arctic.

Photo by Tobias Adam on Unsplash.

September has come to be known year over year as Biodiversity Month – and we here at Buddy Burst are happy to celebrate that. The month is dedicated to promoting the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity on Earth. After all, removing just one single species can disrupt the biodiversity and wellbeing of an ecosystem. So, how can one work to protect and improve biodiversity? It’s basically just a matter of being a mindful human being, and taking continuous steps to lead a sustainable and eco-friendly existence. Some of the steps you can take to promote biodiversity include:

Planting

It’s as simple as that! Planting species of plants that are native to your area improve habitats for local birds, insects, and more. Not to mention, plants help keep the air clean, and provide a load of other benefits. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Buddy Burst offers a variety of seeded products that not only make planting fun, but makes seeds, well, brandable too!

Eating Meat and Seafood Mindfully

While it certainly requires a little extra cash, buying sustainably raised meats and seafood helps to fight against unethical farming and harvesting practices. Being sure not to indulge in threatened species helps protect biodiversity, as well.

Composting

Composting gives the vegetable and fruit peelings that would otherwise end up in a landfill the opportunity to instead, nourish your garden! Composting reduces the need for chemicals and fertilizers, and helps to improve the overall health and wellbeing of your soil. The less chemicals – the better!

Own Pets Responsibly

This one comes across as a no-brainer, though many people don’t realize the impact that letting domestic cats outside can have on ecosystems. When cats kill birds as prey, they throw off the biodiversity, causing issues for the entire ecosystem.

Be Conscious of What You Pour Down the Drain

While it may seem like nothing to pour chemical disinfectants and oils down the drain, those substances can cause issues for biodiversity later on once they end up in bodies of water.

The Eco-Friendly Values of the Gen Z Market

Targeting Gen Zers

The demographic known as Generation Z  or Gen Z, born from 1996 to 2010, already accounts for $44 billion in buying power. By the year 2020, Gen Z will make up 40% of all consumers.

This up-and-coming population boasts some major differences from its predecessors, the millennials, who were born from 1981 – 1996. Its oldest members were only children when the 2008 Great Recession hit, causing Gen Zers to develop somewhat more frugal spending habits. They value high-quality products, while remaining conscious about price. 

The children of Generation Z are the first to be properly born into a world overtaken by internet and social media. Unlike the coupon-clipping ways of their elders, Gen Zers are mainly  shopping online, and constantly cross-referencing prices and product information to obtain the best deal possible. According to research by professional services firm EY, 63% of Gen Zers report shopping online in order to save time, compared to 55% of millennials.

Appealing to a new generation of consumers means figuring out their habits, mindsets, and values. As their presence grows in the marketplace, promotional products professionals can use a few different strategies to attract customers. 

Shopping Habits

Online everything: According to the EY study we previously mentioned, Gen Zers are less likely than older generations to take advantage of branded loyalty and reward programs. Instead, they prefer to surf the web on their own to find the best deals. Generation Z values efficiency, lower prices and in particular, free shipping.

Custom patches and pins: Thanks to the encouragement of self-expression byway of social media, customized items that promote are especially popular among Generation Z. These people enjoy expressing their individualism with things like patches or pins that feature political and social messages. Overall, this age range is less concerned about brands and labels as opposed to older generations.

Eco-friendly products: In the age of climate change concerns, Gen Zers are passionate about creating a positive impact on the world. Overall, they prefer buying from and supporting brands that are sustainable. This is where our eco-friendly products come in. 

seeded paper from buddy burst

We offer paper, bookmarks, pencils, envelopes and more that come infused with seeds for customers to plant as they wish. We even have clothing available that is created out of sustainable material like bamboo. We offer flower, vegetable, fruit, herb and tree seeds, so you can truly customize your eco-friendly product to fit your unique brand messaging. 

At the end of the day, Gen Z values genuineness, and we here at Buddy Burst are happy to deliver on that.