You’ll Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Ideas

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Brighten up your promotional products or awards assortment with our Valentine’s Day collection. All products are socially responsible, Green +™, and sure to win hearts.

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Awash in Love Gift Set
Enjoy the gentle, warm scents of a sampling of four 3 oz. bundles of fair trade Himalayan soaking salts. Included scents:Lavender Milk, Orange Bergamot, Vanilla Honey, and Eucalyptus Leaf. Made in USA.

Love Lights Gift Set
Sit back and enjoy the soft glow of the Love Lights Gift Set. This Valentine Collection includes four 3 oz. eco-friendly soy votive scents: Lavender Milk, Orange Bergamot, Vanilla Honey, and Eucalyptus Leaf. Made in USA.

Endless Love Bowl
Express your sentiments with this recycled 11” love bowl. Handmade by the artisans at a fair trade workshop in India using recycled bicycle tire spokes. Made in India.

Bike Chain Cuff Links
Add a bit of whimsy to your gentleman’s attire with these handsome cuff links made from upcycled links of bicycle chain. Links are chrome-plated iron and are presented in a velvet gift box. Made in India.

 

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Handmade in the USA

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In honor of the July 4th holiday, we’ve chosen a selection of our Handmade in the USA products that we think you’ll love! These Green+™ items are smart choices that help your company enhance its corporate social responsibility footprint and encourage recipients to celebrate all that our great country represents. There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with 4th of July promotions and incentives!

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Mahogany Octagon 12″ Quartz Clock

This elegant mahogany octagon hardwood clock features a white dial with Roman numerals and glass crystal with bezel. The Chicago Lighthouse is a non-profit agency committed to helping the blind and visually impaired. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $74.45

 

BE-2VOTVotive Gift Set Duo

Our votive gift set is like scented fireworks for your home. Each gift set contains two glass votive soy candles in Vanilla Honey and Aloe Lily. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $13.00

RX-BOTTLEBottle Opener

Sure to become the most useful tool in your home. Made in Chicago from stainless steel and reclaimed lumber destined for the landfill. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

 

GB-BROWN8Gourmet 8-Piece Brownie Box

Pack eight times the happiness with this 8-piece box of gourmet brownies.  Choose from Brown Sugar Blondie, Chocolate Fudge, Walnut Fudge, or Assorted. Fair Wage, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

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Jam Trio

Three favorite preserves in one fabulous gift assortment. A small wooden box arrives with blueberry, strawberry, and red raspberry preserves. Fair Wage, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

Administrative Professionals’ Day Gift Ideas

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On Administrative Professionals’ Day, April 24th, honor the hardworking, talented, multi-tasking administrative professionals who keep offices running smoothly. There’s no better way to show your appreciation than with unique, eco-friendly gifts that give back!

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Tea & Tin Travel Set

This set contains one Lemon Tea 2 oz. travel-sized eco-friendly soy candle and two pods of Lemon Tea scented bath teas. White gift box measures 6″H x 2.25″W x 2″D. Proceeds from the sale of this product provide a job development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24. Retail: $14.00 

 

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Delectable Cookie Duo

This simply delightful 1 lb. tin boasts a half-pound of double chocolate chip cookies and a half-pound of peanut butter cookies with tasty peanut butter chips. The purchase of this product provides valuable support to programs that serve adults with developmental disabilities. Retail: $17.95

 

THANKS6f54a2Thank You Bowl

Say a special thank you with this 11” handcrafted metal bowl handmade by the artisans at a fair trade workshop in India using recycled bicycle spokes. Proceeds from the sale of this product benefit the coop of individual crafters and artisan collectives in the developing world by ensuring compensation and building sustainable livelihoods. Retail: $32.95 

MESSENGER.1809a66Recycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger

Both durable and functional, this eco-friendly messenger bag is made from repurposed motorcycle seats and recycled netting. Features include an adjustable strap, snap hook for keys, front pocket, zippered back pocket, and two inside pockets. Available in Black and Brown. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families and free daycare and preschool for their children. Retail: $74.00 Small; $80.00 Large

Items that help our Earth… as well as others!

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Earth Day, April 22nd, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At HHR, every day is Earth Day! We like to call what we do Green+™: offering opportunities for companies to practice not only environmental sustainability but social sustainability, too. These solutions are great for companies like yours, that are looking to enhance their corporate social responsibility footprints.

JOURNALEvery Litter Bit Helps Journal

These beautiful journals are handmade by a family of artisans in in Tegallalang, Bali who have mastered the art of turning nature’s litter into art. They collect the materials from their garden to create the covers and make paper using a kitchen blender. The family also employs women and older members of the community who are able to work from home. Available in Brown and Green/Brown Circles. Retail: $18.

WASHIron Washer Bowl

Let freedom ring – Freedom and independence ring true in these bold iron bowls. Artisans of Noah’s Ark in Moradabad, India collect each individual iron ring from local repair shops, hand-welding each of the nearly 1,000 connection points. Noah’s Ark provides jobs and stability where few employment opportunities exist – offering women the freedom to live independently. Retail: $30 11” bowl and $40 14” bowl.

WINERecycled Colored Glass Wine Bottle

A “green” candle inside and out, reclaimed and recycled wine bottles are used to create each cobalt blue or green glass container, then filled with hand poured eco-friendly soy wax. Created by the social enterprise for New Moms Inc., which provides a job development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24. Available scents: Vanilla Honey, Pacific Redwood, Aloe Lily, Lemon Tea, Yuzu Coconut, and Lavender Milk. Approximate burn time: 40 hrs. Retail: $30.

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Eco-friendly, chic and perfect for all occasions, this recycled “pop-tab” purse was designed by the motivated young women of Moda Esperanza in Honduras. These women and single mothers, many of whom are orphans themselves, are empowered by earning a fair wage, turning recycled pop tabs into beautiful purses. Available in Black and Pewter. Retail: $32.

 

YOGARecycled Yoga Bag

Made from recycled Vietnamese rice bags, this yoga bag is perfect for the yoga enthusiast! Features a drawstring closure and shoulder strap. Proceeds increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Available in Green, Light Blue and Red. Retail: $22.

 

MESSENGERRecycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger

Both durable and functional, this eco-friendly messenger bag is made from recycled motorcycle seats and recycled netting. Features include an adjustable strap, snap hook for keys, front pocket, back pocket, and two inside pockets. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families and free daycare for their children. Available in Black and Brown. Retail: $74 Small and $80 Large.

A Dreambean Saturday Afternoon

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Drinks. Cookies. A live pianist. Of course it wouldn’t be a Bright Endeavors open house without its large assortment of Dreambean candles out on display.

Recycled Bottle Candles

This past Saturday, Bright Endeavors opened its doors  to the public showcasing their great variety of candles handmade by women in their program. For those who may not already know, Bright Endeavors is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to helping inner city, homeless and at-risk young women, between the ages of 16 – 25, gain the necessary skills to become self-sufficient, successful adults. The money made from producing candles goes towards life and job skills training to help improve the self-sufficiency of these women.

Sure the candles help support a great cause but there are also some great ideas behind the candles!

One selection offered by Bright Endeavors were candles made in recycled wine, beer and soda bottles. Each candle was made with a soy wax inside of the bottom halves of these recycled bottles. The soy wax is water soluble so once you are finished with the candle, you can wash out the glass and use it as a drinking glass. Talk about recyclable!

Flower Pot Candles

While on the topic of recyclable goods, one other candle promoted green usage. These candles were held in flower pots made from recycled rice hulls. Not only were the pots made from something recyclable but after the candle was finished, they could be used as normal flower pots. If you chose to throw it away instead, the pots were completely bio-degradable, which also made it that much more green-friendly.

As a result of the open house, Bright Endeavors sold enough product to support 90 hours of quality training and mentoring for their homeless/at-risk women. It was a Saturday afternoon well spent.

Check out Bright Endeavors at www.brightendeavors.org or follow @brightendeavors on Twitter!

Bright Endeavors: Jamie’s Story

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Helping Hand Rewards partner Bright Endeavors is a Chicago-based social enterprise that is committed to helping homeless and at-risk young women, between the ages of 16-25, gain the necessary skills to become self-sufficient, successful adults. They offer transitional employment through its natural candle line Dreambean Candles and provide each participant with the guidance and training needed to build a foundation that leads to the achievement of personal and professional goals. Profits generated from the sales of Dreambean Candles go towards funding for training, support, education and permanent job placement for their participants.

The following is a personal success story of one of their participants. It’s stories like these that make doing business with social enterprises make even more sense!

Jamie’s Story

Jamie was a nineteen-year-old single mother when she joined Bright Endeavors in May 2008. Initially, Jamie expected simply to learn how to make candles but she quickly realized there was much more to be gained.

Every day presented new challenges for her both at home and at Bright Endeavors. Outside of Bright Endeavors Jamie had experienced homelessness, inadequate health care for her son, the loss of family support and the everyday struggles of raising a newborn baby by herself. Frequently Jamie would come to work appearing to be overwhelmed by the various day-to-day demands on her, but she was able to find warmth and support with the staff and participants at Bright Endeavors.

One of Jamie’s first struggles was managing a work schedule while meeting the ever-changing needs of her infant son. On one given morning Jamie appeared to be less connected to work than usual. She didn’t participate in the daily pre-shift meeting and returned to her work station with little enthusiasm. In most work places this would be misinterpreted as an employee with a poor attitude and could lead to future workplace issues. Because of the staffing design of Bright Endeavors, a manager was able to pull her aside and talk through the negative performance. What became clear was that her behavior had nothing to do with the work at hand. Her son was ill and Jamie was out of solutions. The lack of support and erratic suggestions by her doctor to alter her son’s diet, coupled with the clinic’s inability to vaccinate her son, sent Jamie into a tailspin. Reeling from the stress and worry of her son’s well being, Jamie was paralyzed and unable to think of anything else. With Bright Endeavors’ support and input Jamie developed a firm plan; she was able to proactively manage the health care of her child, find a new pediatrician and elevate her work performance. Now she is a valued leader on the production floor. She trains new associates in candle production and often leads pre-shift and post-shift discussions.

In the future Jamie hopes to have a home for her and her son and be on her way to earning a medical degree, specifically in pediatrics. In her own words, “There aren’t a lot of jobs or programs that you can go into that are actually going to be concerned with what happens outside of work, and here there is always someone to talk to and help you with your problems.” She embodies our motto, “renewable resources…renewed spirits”.

(This story, along with others, can also be found at our home website. Check it out here!)