Glee Gum Blog

Keep up with all the goings-on in the world of Glee.

A Featured Fan & Upcoming Events

Around Town Bulk Mint Gum
This flavor is feeling the love!

We got a bit of Glee-ful fan mail recently, from Cathleen W. She suffers from dry mouth syndrome, and told us that Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint Glee helps to moisturize her mouth. She writes, “I order the large amounts in the white container because I go through it so fast!”

Got a story about Glee? We’d love to hear it! And, for a chance to pick up free samples for yourself or someone you know, be sure to check out our list of upcoming community events.

EggFest 2012

Robe Ann Park

April 6th, 2012

Greencastle, IN

Eggfest.org

The Green Metropolis Fair

The Green Exchange

April 14, 2012

Chicago, IL

Greenmetropolisfair.com

Bump Club and Beyond

Whole Foods Market

April 16th, 2012

Austin, TX

Bumpclubandbeyond.com

The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference

Westin O’Hare

April 19th-22nd, 2012

Chicago, IL

Aath.org

Sixth Annual Autism Information Fair

Westchester County Center

April 22, 2012

White Plains, NY

Coachforhealthyliving.com/31713.html

Earth Day Event

Whole Foods Market Arroyo

April 22nd, 2012

Pasadena, CA

Wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/arroyo

WHEF Bowl-A-Thon

Town Hall Lanes

April 29th, 2012

Johnston, RI

Whefri.org

Bump Club and Beyond

Whole Foods Market

April 30th, 2012

Chicago, IL

Bumpclubandbeyond.com

FAAN Walk

September 29, 2012

Charlotte, NC

Foodallergy.org

Win a Book to Turn Your Parties Green!

Here at Glee Gum HQ, we love a good shindig. New gum flavors, birthdays, holidays, Fridays– there’s always a worthy cause! But parties can also lead to a lot of waste. That’s why we turn to the experts for tips on how to paint the town red, and go green at the same time.

Love to Compete - Celebrate Green

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, the mother-daughter duo behind the non-profit Green Halloween®, are the co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family. It’s a great book with fun ideas for all kinds of festive occasions. Send us your best tips for greening a party, and you could win a copy for yourself… plus some gum to give away as a party favor!

Just this month alone, there’s Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, and Arbor Day to celebrate. And, though folks say April showers bring May flowers, they also bring more showers—bridal showers, baby showers… Before you know it, it will be the 4th of July! So this book is sure to come in handy.

Here’s how to win your own copy of Celebrate Green!

Post on the Glee Gum Facebook page, send a Tweet to @gleeguy, or email gleeguy@gleegum.com with your best green party tip. 3 winners will each receive the book, plus a bag of 80 mixed Mini Glee Gum samples. If submitting via email, be sure to include your name, email address and zip code. There’s no limit to the number of entries you can send. Ideas may be featured on our social media. Deadline April 15, 2012. Open to US residents only. Good luck, and have a hootenanny! 

The Scoop on Sugar

Sugar CaneSugar sweetens coffee, desserts, and—at least, in our office—life in general. When enjoyed with moderation, of course! For countries around the world, sugar is also one of the most important sources of national income.

But, a fluctuating market and the increased use of corn syrup and artificial sweeteners have taken a toll on the price of sugar. Over the past 25 years, it has dropped to a quarter of its value. And this is sad news for millions of sugar cane farmers and their communities.

The good news is that more and more consumers and manufacturers are choosing to purchase Fair Trade Certified sugar. What’s so great about going Fair Trade?

It means that sugar cane farmers are guaranteed a fair price, regardless of changes in the market. Certification also means environmental standards to restrict the use of agrochemicals and to encourage sustainability. This results in a safer product and safer farming practices.

As manufacturers who use Fair Trade Certified sugar in our Classic Glee Gum, we pay an extra premium per metric ton of sugar to not only guarantee fair pay for the farmers, but also to support heath services, education, community development, and more.

And, maybe it’s just us—but we think Fair Trade sugar tastes better, too!

Buy Two. Get One Free. Yippee!

Here’s an in-store coupon for you, chums!

Buy Two Get One Glee Gum Coupon - 2014

Click here for a print-able version.

Go ahead! Make two new friends this month.

Or, chew it all yourself! We won’t judge.

The Right to Know about GMOs

Do you think you have a right to know what’s in your food?

We do, too!

The FDA requires labels for trans fats and nuts– why not GMOs?

This past January and October, we told you about our partnership with the Just Label It: We Have a Right To Know campaign. The movement has been going strong, but now it’s gaining even more momentum. And we need your help! Please consider joining us and the nearly one million Americans who have contacted the FDA, asking them to label genetically engineered foods. It takes less than a minute to visit JustLabelIt.org and tell the FDA that you have a right to know!

Just Label It Info

Upcoming Events & A Field Trip for Glee Guy

As Glee Gum’s trusty mascot, the Glee Guy, I don’t often get a chance to travel outside the confines of a gum box. But, thanks to a blogger buddy, I recently took a vacation to fabulous Las Vegas! It was great fun until I learned that you can’t pay casinos in gum…

Oh, Boy!
Oh, Boy!
At Whole Foods Las Vegas
At Whole Foods Las Vegas
Spot the Hot Shot
Spot the Hot Shot in this Pic!

Back on the box, I can be seen at some sweet community events this spring. Check the list below to see if there’s one happening near you!

And, anyone else who wants to take me on a trip… my bags are packed and I’m raring to go!

Anniversary Celebration

Nutrition Network

March 1st, 2012

Winfield, IL

Building Social Enterprise Ecosystems

Brown University

March 16th-17th, 2012

Providence, RI

Seeedus.com

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Confluence

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

March 17th, 2012

Atlanta, GA

Georgeadoptastream.org

Escape to the Tropics

Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens

March 23rd, 2012

Indianapolis, IN

Garfieldgardensconservatory.org

Spring Fling Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction

March 31, 2012

Baldwin City, KS

rainbowexperiencepreschool.org

EggFest 2012

Robe Ann Park

April 6th, 2012

Greencastle, IN

Eggfest.org

Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Bergen County Zoo

March 31st, 2012

Paramus, NJ

Co.bergen.nj.us/parks

WHEF Bowl-A-Thon

Town Hall Lanes

April 29th, 2012

Johnston, RI

Whefri.org

Fanfare for Fair Trade

Look for the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark, coming soon to all six flavors of Classic Glee Gum!

Fair Trade is all about a better deal for farmers and workers. When you see the Mark on a box of Classic Glee Gum, it means that the cane sugar inside it meets the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International. It represents an international system of alternative trade in which you can be sure that the farmers and workers have been paid a fair and stable price for their produce.

Also exciting? It’s the first time this sweet sign will be spotted on a pack of gum—ever!

Glee Gum FairTrade Poster Image


Chewy Solution to Small Change

Small ChangeTired of hearing the jangle of loose coins in your purse or pocket? Plumb tuckered out from dealing with piles of pennies? Never have a nickel when you need one?

There is hope.

The whole concept of small change may be, well, changing. Following a recent rash of chewing gum thefts from British supermarkets, police discovered a surprising trend in Romania. That’s where the wily bandits were hoping to distribute their stolen packs. Why? Because there, as the BBC News reports, “Chewing gum and other small packets of sweets are commonly offered instead of small change by shopkeepers according to a police officer who has investigated the thefts.”

Here at Glee Gum, we do not condone stealing—especially chewing gum. Talk about sticky fingers! But, the idea of gum as currency is intriguing. Would you rather get a piece of gum than a penny? Something to chew on…

Valentine's Day, Hooray!

I found a card that expresses just how I feel about you, chums. Thanks for being your Glee-ful selves, and hope you enjoy the day. Don’t forget to pop a piece of Glee before you pucker up!

Gummy Valentine

Hey, FDA! Label GMOs, OK?

Just Label It

Did you know that over 80% of crops like corn and soy are genetically engineered?

Or that more than two-thirds of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients?

No? Well, you’re not alone. Since the current Food and Drug Administration policy doesn’t require labeling, it’s hard to know what  you’re eating. But, there’s something you can do about it!

Back in October, we told you about our partnership with the Just Label It: We Have a Right To Know campaign. Created to advocate for the labeling of genetically engineered  foods, the campaign has a legal petition to the FDA pending. We and over half a million other Americans have already  signed  it. Wanna join us? Visit JustLabelIt.org to tell the FDA that you have a right to know what’s in your food.

To learn more, check out the campaign’s new video by award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner of Food, Inc.

Video of We Have a Right to Know

Season's Greetings, from Glee Gum HQ

A new year, a new poem!

Office Staff
Your Glee-ful pals at Verve HQ (and their camera-shy canine friend, Poppy)

Two thousand twelve

Is a lovely blank slate.

With gum chums like you,

It’s sure to be great!


We’re writing to say,

With a whoop and a yell,

Happy New Year and thanks

For being so swell!

Green Holiday Tips, Plus a Giveaway

holly

Tis the season to be… green?

Absolutely!

Here are a few ideas from gum chums on how to do just that…

* Trim the After-Christmas Tree
“When you take your Christmas tree down, set it up outside for a few weeks. Decorate it with pinecones filled  with peanut butter and peanuts, and string other healthy organic treats for our feathered friends.”
– Shelly S., Glen Rock, PA

* Rejoice in Re-Gifting
“Take and give something you already have, something you really appreciate yourself. Or make craft projects from recycled material. It doesn’t take much to give from the heart.”
– Melinda M., Huntington, WV

* Set the Table Sustainably
“Get some cloth placemats and napkins, and use real silverware and plates! I know no one wants to do dishes on the holiday, and hostesses want a festive table, but it’s easy to get reusable stuff. Thrift shops often have great items, especially if you have a small family and only need small quantities of matching items.”
– Teresa H., Duluth, MN

* Keep It Local
“Buy a tree from a local farmer (if you want a live one), or buy a re-usable tree made from sustainable materials that you can enjoy year after year.”
– Robin O., Dothan, AL

* Tag Gifts Creatively
“I keep my Christmas cards from the previous years and cut off the front of the cards, the parts that have not been written in. I use a hole puncher to make a hole in the corner and pass some ribbon through it to create make-your-own gift tags.”
– Sophia C., Garden Grove, CA

* Get Crafty
“Make your own home-crafted wine and jellies from fresh fruits throughout the year. Reuse the bottles and jars for another batch. Use the corks for a unique cork board or trivet. Also, save acorns and leaves for a unique table decoration. Then plant the saved acorns to provide more trees.”
– James K.

* Try a New Spin on Santa’s Sack
“Instead of wrapping paper, try using material bags— handmade or bought. You can pass these around in families, they can be laundered, and after a few years you will be surprised at the memories– reminiscing of Christmases past, and what you received in a certain bag, and to whom it has been passed, and for how long it has been circulating.”
– Shelly S., Glen Rock, PA

* Doggy Bag Responsibly
“With holiday parties, there are always leftovers. This could mean lots of Saran Wrap, plastic baggies, etc. However, it’s easy to save disposable plastic containers (from yogurt, lunch meat, etc.) in advance to send leftover food home with guests. Covers are also available for many Pyrex and other brand containers; purchase with transport in mind.”
– Teresa H., Duluth, MN

* Wrap Wisely
“I highly recommend not buying any wrapping paper during the holidays. There are so many green options for wrapping gifts, like using pretty magazine ads or plain paper that you already have on hand and decorating it with markers. No need to cause more waste. I also recommend stuffing your family’s stockings with Glee Gum!”
– Robin O., Dothan, AL

CelebrateGreenBook-LargeGot a green holiday tip of your own to share? Email gleeguy@gleegum.com for a chance to win a copy of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. Written by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, green living experts and the mother-daughter team behind the non-profit Green Halloween®, the book is jam-packed with practical, affordable, and fun ideas for more sustainable and eco-friendly events. 3 winners will each receive the book, plus a selection of Glee Gum samples. Include your name, email address and zip code. There’s no limit to the number of tips you can send. Deadline January 1, 2012. Open to US residents only. Happy greening!

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