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Heart Seedsticks Giveaway for Valentine's Day

Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Giveaway Ideas

Looking for eco-friendly ways to show love to your customers this Valentine’s Day? The true purpose of Valentine’s Day is to appreciate loved ones, but don’t forget to show love for the Earth too! Choose Valentine’s Giveaways that won’t harm or pollute the planet but also show your customers and clients how much you care about them. 

History of Valentine’s Day

But first, to fully appreciate Valentine’s Day, let’s delve into its origins. 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.  

Custom Valentine’s Gifts & Giveaways

 So, now that we’ve had a bit of history lesson, let’s fast forward to the present day. 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.

The most popular Valentine’s Day product is the greetings card. Whilst most Valentine’s Day cards are paper rather than plastic, it still takes lots of energy and resources to create virgin paper or even to recycle paper.  And if a paper card is decorated with glitter or metallics it’s less likely to be recyclable after use. 

Check out our eco-friendly sustainable greeting cards (or alternatives) that are kinder to the Earth. All of our Valentine’s Giveaways can be custom-printed with any business branding and logo.  Use them as giveaways to loyal customers, brand ambassadors, influencers or as a thank you to employees.  Click on the links near the products to request a sample or a quote. 

Growing Greetings Valentine’s Cards 

Growing Greetings - Valentine's Day 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 that’s 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? 

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Heart-Shaped Seedsticks®

Seedstick Shapes - Valentine's Heart Shape Giveaway

Our heart-shaped Seedsticks® don’t just make the perfect Valentine’s greeting, but they double as a very long-lasting bouquet!  Each Seedstick is embedded with a seed – just pop in soil and before long, flowers will start to grow.  For an added love-themed touch, we recommend the use of our Nigella Love-In-A-Mist flower seeds.  Ideal for Valentine’s campaigns – use as a giveaway for customers

We also strive for all of our printing to be as green as possible, making a more sustainable product for your giveaway. 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).  

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The Growbar

Growbar - Victorian Flowers - Valentine's Giveaway 

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 pictured Victorian Flowers Growbar makes the ideal Valentine’s giveaway. The bar just needs to be unwrapped, popped into a tray, and watered regularly. 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. 

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Infinity Rose Holder

Infinity Rose for Valentine's Day

Red Roses are traditionally given on Valentine’s Day flower and are one of the best-selling flowers every year. Roses symbolise love, but a traditional bouquet has a very short shelf-life.  Unlike our Infinity Roses, which last up to three years! The perfect promotional product for Valentine’s Day, these are real roses that have been preserved with glycerine and dye.

Each preserved rose is presented in a custom-printed holder and flowers are available in five different colours -including traditional red! This unique floral gift will be remembered for long-time and help create a long-lasting connection between your customers and your brand.

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Sourcing Sustainable Valentine’s Day Giveaways

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.  Our memorable and unique floral and plant gifts show that your brand cares about the planet whilst also acting as an effective Valentine’s Day giveaway that promotes your brand.

We could all certainly do with some love after the tough year we’ve all had! Get in touch today for samples and quotes.  Our Valentine’s Day products can be created and delivered in just 1-3 weeks, so get in touch today to ensure delivery in time for Valentine’s Day 2021. 

 

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.  

seeded stocking stuffers

Stuff Your Stockings with Seeded Sprout Pencils!

Seeded Sprout Pencils – Write with A Purpose

seeded stocking stuffers
These days, it’s more important than ever that we do our part and encourage our loved ones to take care of the Earth. We carry a lovely product called Sprout Pencils contain a water-soluble seed capsule in place of an eraser. Then, once the pencil is through, just plant the pencil into some soil, then watch it grow into flowers, herbs or vegetables.

 

Some Details

seeded sprout pencils

The pencils can be laser engraved (10cm x 0.5cm) with a custom logo or message. Customers can choose for their plantable capsule to contain vegetable, herb, or flower seeds. Also, our list of seed options is available here. We also offer colour pencils that are available with 12 different plants. Each plant has its own colour.

What’s New at Buddy Burst HQ

Firstly, our Seedsticks have made their grocery store debut! Next time you pick up a bottle of Daffy’s Gin, be sure to look for a pack of our Seedsticks® tied around the bottle neck.

seedsticksAbove, you can see  some of the Seedsticks® we created for the internship/work experience finder app, Young Professionals.

 

seeded paper carrier bagsFinally, our seeded paper carrier bags were used to promote the FutureScape Event. As you may know, this event is a massive landscaping show that recently took place on November 20th.

 

 

reusable water bottles from Buddy Burst

Reusable Bottles to Keep Your Beverages Warm

Trendy Reusable Bottles For Your Brand

 

reusable buddy burst water bottle
Drinking tap water from a reusable water bottle can be up to 2,000 times cheaper than buying plastic water bottles.

But, these customisable water bottles aren’t only good for cool beverages. For instance, our reusable water bottles can handle hot beverages, too. As the weather grows cooler, ditch the single-use cups and keep your tea or coffee steaming warm inside one of our eco-friendly bottles. Plus, you can use it to take beverages you make at home on the go, or give it to your barista to refill.

buddy burst water bottles

Designing a reusable bottle unique to your brand:

– Contributes to bringing an end to the wasteful plastic water bottle industry.

– Ensures high impressions of your brand’s message, as customers will likely travel with their bottle.

– Reminds customers of your company’s dedication to sustainability.

– Provides opportunity for extremely creative designs thanks to the bottle’s large surface area.  

What Else We’ve Been Up To

Oxford Investigation Service

Oxford Investigation Services Seedsticks

Continuing, corporate fraud investigators Oxford Investigation Service recently used our Seedsticks® as giveaways at their annual fraud conference.

 

Wahaca

wahaca seedsticks

Delicioso! Our Serrano Seedsticks® make an appearance in Wahaca’s new soft taco kit, now available at Waitrose.

A Very Merry Buddy Burst Christmas

A Happy Christmas with Buddy Burst

The Christmas season is right around the corner! So, during this year’s “season of giving”, we’re offering you a way to promote your brand! Our recommended festive giveaway will benefit both your customers, and the environment. Recently, we’ve made a load of Seedsticks shapes available for purchase. This includes everything from hamburgers to telephone to, naturally,  Christmas trees! Of course, the best part is that you can fill these fun packets with Seedsticks that will grow into little Christmas trees. Naturally, these Seedsticks are a fan favorite for the festive season!

christmas tree seedsticks

Some Details

Designed to imitate the branded matchboxes of the past, Seedsticks come 5 to a box with completely customisable packaging, measuring 77mm x 74mm. Each Seedstick can then simply be torn off, and planted into the soil.

What’s New at Buddy Burst HQ 

Green Business Award Shortlist

green business awards hammersmith and fulham

Earlier this year, we were shortlisted for the Green Business Award from the Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards! Additionally, we had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony on November 7th!

Wahaca

wahaca seedsticks

To carry on, we’re delighted to continue our work with Wahaca, helping them with their rebrand by providing our Serrano Seedsticks and promoting their “#WahacaChiliGrower” hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. Read more here.

⠀Accenture’s Kidovation

accenture kidovation

Finally, we recently had the pleasure of doing repeat business with Accenture. This client used our Seedsticks to promote their Kidovation weekend and “#kidovation” Twitter hashtag.

biodegradable poncho blog

Rain Protection Minus the Plastic!

Eco-Friendly Rain Protection

Hosting an outdoor event like a graduation, concert, or sports match? You never know what Mother Nature may have in store. As your mother always told you, it’s best to stay prepared. Sure, ponchos are tactful in keeping crowds dry, but all of that one-time-use plastic is pretty terrible for the environment.

biodegradable poncho

Prevent plastic waste and show off your brand’s logo with our compostable corn starch ponchos, a product perfectly in line with the mission of the Evening Standard’s Plastic-Free Project. Interestingly enough, this initiative is being carried out in line with Bee Midtown, and is paving the way for Londoners to reduce their plastic use and ultimately make Midtown a zero waste area.

As for the ponchos themselves, it takes as little as 8-12 weeks for these ponchos to break down. Plus, they are completely non-toxic and CO2 neutral. Also, the color and print on the ponchos can be customised to suit your brand,. So, this poncho doubles as a functional marketing piece that people will be thankful for when the rain comes in. Rain poncho and printing colours according to the European Standard EN 13432, with the OK Compost quality seal. Includes one colour print on the front or the back (one position). Additionally, Pantone matched poncho and other printing options (including packaging and paper insert) are available upon request.

What Else We’ve Been Up To

The One Hundred Network

One Hundred is a network that exists to “support individuals in their purposeful leadership and understanding through the exchange of ideas and experience.” Plus, not only did we have the pleasure of supplying them with custom seeded paper carrier bags for their annual reception, but Jamie, our CEO, was able to attend.

 

Dunnhumby

dubbhumby seedsicks by Buddy Burst

Next, the data company dunnhumby recently used our telephone-shaped Seedsticks® for a clever promotion. Basically, our telephone-shaped Seedsticks were used to encourage employees to “#speakup” if they saw conduct code being broken. Very clever!

Muck Boot

muck boot prince harry meghan markle

Finally, our dear client Muck Boot had its 15 minutes of fame recently.  The brand received the royal treatment when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in the classic footwear. Very cool!

 

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!

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

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.