Yay for Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, which always fills me with glee, I am taking this opportunity to post our company´s statement of commitiment to conservation. Why not make your own commitment to a greener lifestyle this year? From riding a bike to recycling, there are loads of way that you can help the earth on a daily basis! So Happy Earth Day to all my gum chums and candy comrades. And here´s hoping that we can celebrate it for years to come! 

A GLEEFUL WAY TO GO GREEN: Verve, Inc.’s Environmental Mission 

Verve, Inc. is an independent, family-owned business, dedicated to linking world communities and creating environmentally and socially responsible products. Verve, Inc. produces two all natural candy lines: Glee Chewing Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits. 

The Seeds of a Green Idea.
The concept for Verve was born in 1992, the year Deborah Schimberg and her family visited an economically depressed chiclé-producing community in Northern Guatemala. They learned that chiclé had been the basis of the entire chewing gum industry until synthetic resins became the norm. And that’s a shame, because the harvest of chiclé is sustainable and benefits both the rainforest and the economy. In an effort to help create a market for chiclé and to educate folks about it, Verve developed its first product, the Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit.

Green By Design. 
Two more candy kits and five flavors of chewing gum later, Verve is still dedicated to providing a sustainable source of income for chiclé-producing communities, while simultaneously offering fun, educational, and eco-friendly products. And they are the only company in North America to do so! Verve also uses recycled cardboard packaging on its products because it is 100% biodegradable. The result is easy on the eyes, to be sure, but it’s also eco-wise! 

Investing in a Greener Future. 
Verve is a dedicated member of 1% for the Planet and Co-op America. Together with others, Verve works to further environmental and social justice. Accordingly, they donate 1% of all sales to organizations which help to conserve the environment. And, to help empower the next generation, Verve offers three academic scholarships per year to the sons and daughters of Mexican chicleros engaged in the study of environmental issues and sustainable forestry. 

From Tree to Glee and Back Again. 
New for 2008, Verve has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant trees in Central America. Trees for the Future is an agroforestry resource center that introduces sustainable land management programs throughout the world, primarily through tree planting initiatives. Since chiclé-harvesting can only protect the sapodilla trees which produce it, this program will help to expand other forests and create more opportunities for environmental sustainability. 

When you give yourself a gleeful treat, helping the rainforest tastes so sweet!

Glee Goes Green at a Big Apple Expo!

Hello, faithful friends!

If you will be in the Big Apple area next weekend, come be gleeful with me at the GO GREEN EXPO! 

When?

Saturday, April 26
10 AM – 6 PM 

and 

Sunday, April 27
10 AM – 3 PM

Where?

The Hilton New York
53rd Street at 6th Avenue 
New York, New York

Why?

Because it is sure to be a hoot´nanny of a good time! 

There will be over 200 booths, film presentations, hands-on activities, samples, and even an eco-fashion show! (For some strange reason, they have not yet invited me to take a turn on the catwalk. I´m sure it´s an oversight! I´ve been practicing my pivots.)

Want More Info?
Check out The Go Green Expo Website!

Hope to see you there, gum chums!

Chock-Full of Reasons to Chew!

I recently came across an old but intriguing article I just had to share with you – all about the great reasons to chew gum! 

Check out:
“Something to chew over… the health benefits of gum” by Alok Jha, The Guardian International, Thursday, March 30, 2006.
Click here to read!

Off the top of my (disproportionately large) head, I’m thinking of a few other good reasons:

– To exercise your jaw muscles
(without talking someone’s ear off!)

– To freshen your breath
(sweet as you are, you know everyone smells SOMETIMES!)

– To help conserve the rainforest
(at least when you chew Glee Gum!)

– To make loud, glorious smacking sounds
(which EVERYONE loves to hear!!!)

Can you think of more?
Email them to me at gleeguy@gleegum.com and we can discuss!

Ciao for now, my fellow chew-ers!

Glee Gum is Rachael Ray's SNACK OF THE DAY!

Turn on the telly this Tuesday; you´re in for a doozy!

Why? Because on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, my beloved Glee Gum will be featured on Rachael Ray´s Daytime Talk Show as the “Snack of the Day”!

It´s incredible! It´s ingenious! It´s almost too wondrous for words! GOOD GRACIOUS!!! I must try to control my excitement. Lacking a torso as I do, I tire rather quickly. 

For showtimes in your area, check out the Rachael Ray Show website

And don´t forget to tune in Tuesday!

Investigating the Wacky World of the Internet

Howdy, friends!

I’ve been thinking of you, and missing you something awful. I really need to get out more – though it’s tricky to do when you’re stuck on the side of a box, like me!

In order to keep in better touch with all my gleeful pals and gals, I’ve got a new plan: I’m going to start spending time on the Internet! It sure is a wild and wacky place, but it seems like there is a lot of fun to be found there. 

You can befriend me on Facebook – just search for “Glee Guy”! 

And when you’re done, come visit my super swanky Myspace profile. Whatta hoot! 

You can also contact me directly — to say hello, share a tip, spin a yarn, or tell a gleeful tale. I just love to hear from my adoring fans… *wink, wink!*

Send an email my way by writing to gleeguy@gleegum.com.

I have no doubt it will be grand to have friends all over Internet-Land!

Two New Gleeful Flavors, More Gum to Savor!

Hello and Woo Hoo! What news I have for you!  

I can barely contain my glee over this latest scoop – we are introducing not one, but TWO new flavors of Glee Gum! 

Everyone loves Glee Peppermint, Tangerine, and Cinnamon Gum. But just wait ‘til you get a load of Glee SPEARMINT and Glee BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR! They are both, in a phrase, the bee’s knees! 

I am so inspired by these new flavors that I simply must compose some poetry. Really! Please permit me to indulge in some literary rambling about my two newfound loves… 

“A Salute to Spearmint” 
O Spearmint Glee, so sweet and tart 
You hold a dear place in my heart 
So mint-y fresh and full of flair 
Your eternal devotion I must swear! 

“A Ballad for Bubblegum” 
Do yourself a special favor 
Try Bubblegum, Glee’s newest flavor 
It is a wondrous treat to chew 
Worthy of cheers and great hullabaloo! 

Maybe I should give up my gig as the Glee Gum mascot, find a wee cottage in the woods, and write poetry all day! What d’ya say? I’d definitely need to buy a beret… 

On second thought, I’ll just chew some new Glee Spearmint and Bubblegum Flavor Gum. This stuff is the greatest! 

Look for it soon at a store near you, or buy it right here on our website. Happy chewing! 

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