I’ve set up a few calendar appointments for myself so that I remember to re-watch inspiring videos. This one, “An Ode to Earth,” gives me chills every time, so I thought I’d share.
Recently we received a question from one of our great customers regarding our ReWrite Recycled Notebooks. Why use shrink wrap packaging? It’s a question that we field every so often so we thought it would make sense to share in case others were looking for more information.
Unedited questions and answer:
Q: ”Hi Guided Products,
I love using your notebooks with my students in science and garden classes. My students prefer them as well. Thank you for making them from recycled and recyclable materials.
I wish there was not so much plastic used to package the notebooks- it seems contrary to the reason I purchase them. I would love to know if you are working on solutions that would improve this problem.
A: ”Thanks for being a customer and also thanks for the feedback.
The short answer is that there are tradeoffs. There certainly are alternatives to the shrink wrap but all of them would either reduce automation or fail to meet packaging (retail) requirements. The result of these are both higher prices, less availability of our products in the marketplace…..and consequently more journals made overseas, from non-recycled materials being purchased and ending up in our US landfills.
We are constantly thinking about all of of our inputs (labor, materials, packaging, etc) and how we can make them better (economically and environmentally). Until there is a better solution, the tradeoff with our journals is that our awesome customers will need see something less than awesome (shrink). As a side note though, while the shrink is obviously not made form recycled materials, it still is recyclable though
Thanks again for the honest feedback.”
This time of year brings out the little ghouls and goblins. Along with metric tons of sugary treats. Parents, we try to tame the inevitable sugar comas– while also sneaking pieces for ourselves. Admit it, we know you nabbed that almond joy. Your kid hates coconut anyways. You did them a favor! Now it’s time for healthy halloween candy!
Do yourself a favor and explore these alternatives for Halloween candies that are just as delicious.
Peanut butter cups are delicious, plain and simple. Something about the pairing just tantalizes tastebuds. If your kids (and you) love them check out the Unreal’s Peanut Butter Cups! Featuring everything from sustainable palm oil, grass-fed dairy, and no artificial ingredients/corn syrup/preservatives/GMOS.
Puckering tartness of sour gummy worms are a perfect fit for Halloween time. As a kid it’s fun pretending they are real to gross out your friends. Surf Sweets’ sour worms are made from organic fruit juices for that burst of fresh fruit flavor.
Sometimes you just need to savor a piece of chocolate to hit that sweet tooth. Organic Milk Chocolate Bug Bites are bite sized pieces that also include an insect trading card. Chocolate and insect lovers unite!
While you tempt being teepeed for not handing out candy, you can toss in trinkets with the candy to mix it up.
Slinky. Classic toy that fascinates everyone–and best of all, American Made!
And last, not to toot our own horn, Guided’s ReWrite Recycled Memo notebooks are a great small treat to hand out. Stamp a Halloween image on the front or leave it blank for the kids to doodle to their hearts’ content.
Recycle a 3 ring binder, it’s easy as pie with ReBinders!
Watch Ricky Bobby & Kristi recycle an old binder back to mother nature! Our innovative ring is made to be removable, even with the pages locked in. You simply screw it into the t-nuts and you’re done.
Get some replaceable covers and you keep plastic vinyl binders out of the landfill. Better yet, when the metal eventually breaks, into the recycling bin it goes too! Heck yeah!
Purchase your own ReBinder here: http://www.guidedproducts.com/recycled-3-ring-binders
There are arguments on both side of the fence for GMO labeling. Here at Guided, we are firmly on the side of YES. Of course we are in favor of knowing what the heck we’re feeding our kids. As Guided is based in Seattle, Washington, we are currently in the midst of a GMO labeling vote. Along with that agenda, Washington state has filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) who allegedly raised and spent more than $7 million trying to squash the labeling effort. The lawsuit claims Pepsico, Coca-cola, Nestle USA, General Mills and others have contributed to the fund. All the while Monsanto has publicly donated more than $17 million in the effort to stop Washington from labeling GMOs. And just last year they shelled out over 46 million to help defeat Prop 37 in California. As for what people are thinking, The New York Times conducted a poll this summer where a whopping 93% wanted GMOs labelled. We can only hope the GMO labeling ball starts rolling here in Washington, and spreads all over the country (fingers crossed!).
“Sarah embodies a spirit of intense dedication and generosity – a woman who is the epitome of a sexy wife. Bestest friend and self-care maven” – Nisha Moodley.
Some pretty awesome things to be said about you – we tend to agree.
Sarah and team came to Guided to get some of our recycled ReWrite notebooks custom printed for their upcoming Life Free Retreat in Sonoma. The weekend retreat is for 70 women, dedicated to living the good life and creating the lifestyle, body and success they have always wanted.
We think Sarah, the event and these journals go together like motherhood and apple pie. Good for the mind, body, soul and planet. Thanks Sarah and team!
We have always believed brown was the new green in terms of our innovative, American-made and recyclable office products and marketing materials. We are now taking this one step further in partnering with our new logistics partner, UPS.
UPS has always be known as a leader in corporate sustainability, green programs and technology, and social responsibility. Here are the specifics with why we (Guided) are down with the brown (UPS):
- Continued decrease in gas emissions from operations and purchased energy, even with an increase in shipping volume.
- Global Forestry initiative to plant more than 1 million trees by the end of 2013.
- Total charitable and United Way contributions of of $97.5MM in 2012.
- 1.8 million volunteer hours donated by UPS employees.
Not to mention:
- From Seattle….what what?
If you are keeping tabs, please check out the 2012 UPS Corporate Sustainability Report.