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3 Promotional Product Ideas To Plant Seeds And Save The Bees
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Why are the bees dying?

In 2006, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) wiped out one-third of all honeybees in the U.S.

Colony Collapes occurs when honey bees collect and bring home toxic pollen from pesticide-covered crops.

Of the 250 bumblebee species found throughout the world, about one-quarter are thought to be facing the risk of extinction.

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Press Release: Bloomin Becomes a BCorp!
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What is a B Corporation?

 

We are proud to announce that Bloomin has recently joined the B Corp Community! B Corps (or Benefit Corporations) are for-profit companies that have adopted a new type of company structure, to ultimately solve social and environmental problems.

 

In a nutshell, Benefit Corporations are required to consider the impact of their decisions on shareholders and stakeholders equally. In this way, B Corps actively seek to improve standards for company stakeholders including: workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment. Additionally, each company hoping to become a B Corp must score at least at least 82 points on a rigorous impact assessment proctored by B Labs in order to become certified. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

 

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Bloomin Nominated for the 2016 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards!
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We are proud to annouce that Bloomin has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Distributor Choice Awards in the Party & Holiday Supplies Favor category. Any distributor can vote! Vote for us today through 11/20/2015 by submitting your vote at the following link : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16_Couns_DC

To view all of our Holiday specific products, click here!  Or view our Client Safe Holiday Catalog by clicking the image below!

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How To Turn A Thanksgiving Self Promo Into Holiday Sales
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Tis the season to give thanks and celebrate the holiday season!

Sending Thanksgiving thank you cards to clients is a great marketing tool that also makes you feel good! The act of sending a personalized card shows your clients that you care about them and appreciate their continued business. It also creates an opportunity to start a conversation about holiday orders.

With over 1.5 billion greeting cards sold during the holiday season every year it is clear that holiday cards are a big money maker. However, it is also clear that standard holiday cards create tons of waste. Glossy coatings and foil render greeting cards unrecycleable, meaning that those types of cards will go straight to the landfill. So why not choose eco-friendly paper instead? Stand out with Bloomin 100% recycled, 100% plantable seed paper.

 

Visit our website to see all of our NEW Thanksgiving Designs to find a design that's right for your next self promo.

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Plantable Pope Posters For All!
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 Today at the national mall in Washington D.C. about 30,000 Bloomin wildflower seed paper posters were passed around for a climate change rally that during the Pope's congressional address. These "One Human Family" Pope posters (seen below) were distributed to numerous activisits to show how the Pope's message aligned with climate change awareness.

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    Bloomin was chosen as the official manufacturer of seed paper for Universal's latest blockbuster, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax! We helped produce 3 million bookmarks adorned with seed paper in the shape of a Truffula Tree. In order to stay consistent with the movie's message, we made a special, custom seed mix for this project, and used white spruce seeds in place of our typical wildflower mix.

    The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss children's classic with an environmental theme. The Lorax "speaks for the trees because the trees have no tongues." Before long, the greedy Onceler ventures into the land filled with Truffula Trees and begins chopping them all down in order to make and sell "Thneeds", something that EVERYONE needs. The story goes on to share messages of industrialism, pollution, and greed, all of which are important to note in this day and age, especially with our children.

    We were so excited to be a part of this project, and we even more excited to see our bookmark on an IHOP commercial during prime time television.


    The bookmark also made it into the re-release of the original production of The Lorax DVD! This animated version was produced specifically for television back in 1972. Make sure to get your copy of this classic, exclusively at Target!

    Just remember that we all can make a difference when it comes to global warming and protecting our planet. To quote The Lorax, "Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."

    Hope you enjoy the movie, and happy planting!

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    And there it is! Now that's a pretty snazzy bookmark
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    Here is another rough iphone video from Tom at Bloomin' Flower Cards. Our seed paper garden has been in full bloom for six to eight weeks I think. It started out a little slow. I was concerned that we had waited a little too long. Why is it the folks in "the" business often don't get done themselves what we do for others all year long.

     

    For example, I spent a few hours in the evenings before Christmas, cramming in Adobe Creative suite on my own family Christmas cards, and I never did print, die cut and send them out. I put so much work into them I finally had to at least post them on my facebook page, for what ever that was worth. My sub point is that I did my best to help hundreds of others get their holiday cards out and failed getting my own out.

    Anyway, my main point is that we shipped hundreds of thousands of seed paper products out to our customers before the end of May so everyone could take advantage of the beginning of the planting season and I neglected to get our own garden in early. Whew, that was a mouthful. Well as it turned out we didn't miss a thing. We have a great late summer garden that I think will be looking good for another month or more.

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    Steve Porsborg, our seed paper making facility guru (i.e. manager) is pictured here holding a sheet of plantable seed paper utilizing our newest process for manufacturing flat 4-color process printable paper. We can now print 4-color on most custom seed mixes (small seeds only of course)! Making nice, flat seed paper sheets with high germination rates is what we continue to do best. Still made from 100% recycled paper and flat enough to go through our inkjet printers, our seed papers continues to be the greenest and growin'est.

    You asked for it, and now we've got it! Small batch 4-color print runs on custom seed papers (including parsley, chives, basil, grass, carrots, lettuce, and more) are now available! Of course we can always letterpress print on any of our papers with 1 or 2 colors for that old world debossed look.

    We continue to find new and better ways of doing things! Innovation is alive and well at Bloomin' and remains the secret to our 16 years of growth.

     

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    Last weekend's TEDx Mile High "Ideas Unbridled" was a fantastic experience. Speakers included entrepreneurs, scientists, professors, analysts, designers, musicians, and poets and covered topics from the polar vortex weakening to polling the over-all emotional well-being of the country using Twitter data points! 

     

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    This Spring, the University of Colorado spent a few afternoons digging into the notable sustainability efforts Bloomin has helped pioneer in the promotional products industry. This video is a brief outline of the many products and processes that Bloomin developed 22 years ago. With hundreds of thousands of seed paper products sold around the globe each year, Bloomin has been recognized as the originator and true authority on all things seed paper.

    Bloomin still makes paper the old fashioned way, one sheet at a time, in the Shadows of the University of Colorado. We are proud of our close ties to the community and appreciate CU taking the time to recognize our efforts to operate at the forefront of environmental sustainability. Go Buffs!

     

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    We have all heard about the declining bee populations, and the dramatic impact it will  have the on world’s food supply.

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    Ask me what makes our company great, and I'll tell you its the people who work there. Our current team of All Star Rock Stars is constantly striving to build a better company for our valued customers every day. Be it back in the die cutting department, paper making, printing, accounting, assembly, shipping, customer service, sales, or the art department, we all are working hard to make Bloomin' the best it can be. It's the people that work there that make it so fun and exciting to come to work everyday. It is inspiring to see the diverse backgrounds and interests that make up our complex, yet ever so simple company fabric.

     

    I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell books. Having read the Tipping point and Blink, I was excited to find his latest release "Outliers" traveling back from one of my recent promotional products trade shows. He delivers many insightful accounts, including one of the Chinese rice farmers of the 15th century. He describes their work as particularly meaningful and entrepreneurial. "They weren't just planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall, they autonomously ran their own small businesses - renting the best land they could find, juggling the family workforce, hedging uncertainty with hearty seed selection, building and maintaining sophisticated irrigation systems, and coordinating the complicated process of harvesting the first crop while simultaneously preparing the next". Sounds a lot like the challenges and rewards we face at Bloomin!

    In Outliers, Gladwell talks about how today's very best hockey and soccer players are people who are not only talented and work hard but they also benefit from weird and peculiar ways in which their world is organized. I am certain the Outlier phenomenon occurs within many of our own key people, and has been instrumental in our ability to pen our own "Story of Success". A good read, as are all of his books. 

     

     

     

     

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    Here is Tia and Naomi, my two 7 year olds enjoying a wintry Sunday morning. We broke a weather record the experts say, I believe it, brrrrrrrrrrrr. Is it because of climate change? I suspect so but I sure hope not. Anyway, I hope these two beauties will brighten your day, they brighten my day everyday. Our kids are the best thing that ever happened to us. It is so much fun looking at the world through their bright eyes. If you have kids, you know what I am talking about huh, if not, I'm sure you have plenty of other great things you enjoy. I hope it gets back up in the 70's soon, I'm not done with fall yet.

     

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