Natural News: Help the Bees, Please!

We’ve all heard the buzz. Bees are in trouble!

To make matters worse, a recent news report from Friends of the Earth revealed that some plants tagged as “bee-friendly” at big home improvement stores & garden centers are, in fact, the opposite. They’re pre-treated with pesticides harmful to bees. So now the poor bees need to beware of our own, supposedly bee-friendly backyards!

Here’s a quick way to take action by asking the big stores to stop selling these dangerous plants and pesticides. You can also learn more from our friends at Veritey and at BeeAction.org.

Thanks in advance, from all of us here at Glee, for bee-ing involved.

Vintage French Beehive

 

Featured Fans: Spotted in the Big Apple

Ariel C., Hannah H., and Rosie C. work together in sales for a furniture designer. They get their Glee Gum—Spearmint or Peppermint, please— from the corner deli near their Manhattan office.

A few fun facts about these three clever colleagues: one grew up in the Philippines. Another just might be obsessed with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. And the third is rumored to be excellent at riding mechanical bulls (hopefully not while chewing gum).

During a recent office “happy hour,” the creative coworkers took the time to craft a mustachioed, cheetah-printed tribute to Glee…

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Thanks, gals! We salute you, and your fine taste in chewing gum. But, pleeeeease be careful on those bulls! Egad.

If YOU would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— just send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com

Gluten-Free Guide Giveaway

Eating gluten-free these days? Triumph Dining has a great book to help you do that. And we’re giving away a copy of it, plus a Sweet Stack of gluten-free Glee Gum, to 2 lucky winners!

Up for grabs:

–  The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide provides a comprehensive list of over 44,000 gluten-free products at grocery stores across the US. Covering everything from baby formula to frozen foods, both brand name and store-brand products, it’s an easy way to save time and hassle while shopping.

The Sweet Stack includes 8 boxes of Glee Gum: 1 box each of Triple Berry, Bubblegum, Tangerine, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Sugar-Free Lemon-Lime, and Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint.

Total prize value: $32.90, plus shipping.

What’s your favorite gluten-free treat to eat? Tell us for a chance to win! 

How to enter:

– Simply email your favorite gluten-free treat to eat, along with your name & zip code, to gleeguy@gleegum.com (1 entry per person).

– For up to 3 additional, bonus entries, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or follow us on Pinterest (be sure to include your social media handles in your email).

Free contest for a random drawing. Open to US residents only, 18 years old and older. Deadline for submissions 8/30/13 at 11:59 am ET. Suggested treats may be featured on the blog at GleeGum.com. Good luck!

Gum in School? This Time, It’s Cool.

Our company president Deborah Schimberg recently met with local 7th graders for a discussion of social entrepreneurship— with lots to chew on. The students in Calcutt Middle School’s summer program, “S.E.E. CF Shine,” enjoyed learning about the history of Glee, the harvest of chicle, and the process of making gum. And they got a chance to try the process themselves, with our Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit.

GleeGum1S.E.E. CF Shine is an authentic partnership between the Central Falls School District, the organization Progreso Latino, teachers, community partners, administrators, and high school students. These groups collaboratively design and deliver a project-based, service-learning program. The program includes students from 5th to 8th grade and runs for 6 weeks, exploring themes of safety, the environment, and entrepreneurship. It’s a great way to make innovative lessons stick (pun intended)!

GleeGum3GleeGum5GleeGum6GleeGum7Want to learn more about the educational aspects of our Make Your Own Candy Kits? Be sure to check out our sample lesson plans, fun facts, and more. And, if you’re a teacher interested in using the Kits in the classroom, contact us directly for more info on educator’s discounts!

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Featured Fan Section - May 2013A 3-year-old fan named Evelyn tried her first piece of gum recently, at Earth Fare in Dayton, OH. Her mother reports that she absolutely loved it. Can you tell from the picture? According to Mom, in her spare time Evelyn also enjoys yogurt, show tunes, and wearing a tiara in the bathtub.

If you would like to be considered as a “Featured Fan” in our e-newsletter —and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— please send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com. No tiara required. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

If Glee Gum Were an Animal…

Students at Boston University’s School of Management recently accepted a chewy challenge. As a semester project, they applied their nimble minds to the matter of all things Glee Gum. Part of their research involved a survey of volunteer participants. And, part of that survey was this question:

IF GLEE GUM WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT ANIMAL WOULD IT BE? DESCRIBE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE.

This question elicited some rather interesting responses. Here is but a sampling:

– “an exotic parrot”

– “a sea cucumber”

– “a Scottish terrier”

– “a monkey– one that swings from branch to branch, delivering his wonderful treats”

– “a seal cub– so cute! and fun to watch”

– “a kitten, because it is harmless to our environment, and it’s fun”

– “a platypus, daring to be who he is and not like the rest!”

– “a hummingbird– full of energy, personable, responsible, working to make the world a healthy and happy place”

– “a giant anteater, the greatest of all animals”

– “a koala bear, or any other endangered species for that matter. Just like an endangered species, it can be hard to find certain products that are all natural.”

– “a lemur with a little pink hat and crazy boa”

– “a rainbow-spotted furry LamZeBraDoodle”

– “I don’t know why, but an adorable elephant comes to mind. Like, an elephant holding a balloon with its trunk. But that doesn’t make sense. Maybe you should go with a bird. Because they’re happy.”

What would YOU say? Oh, and, if you happen to see a rainbow-spotted furry LamZeBraDoodle anywhere, kindly send him our way.

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