School Fundraisers: Green Options Needed
Foster has notified us that they are taking steps to make their
business more green. We applaud them for their efforts, and hope
that they continue down this path. Here is the list of steps
they are taking to be more environmentally friendly.
- 22 of our premium giftwrap papers are printed on
recycled stock containing a minimum of 10% post consumer waste.
- Our giftwrap is printed with water compliant inks that contain
no ozone-depleting chemicals, no lead or other heavy
- Our giftwrap cores are not glued and are made of heavy
board that unwinds making it possible to use for
craft projects once your
giftwrap is gone.
- Our giftwraps are acid-free.
- Over 78% of our
giftwrap papers are recyclable & biodegradable.
- Sally Foster has made a concerted effort to decrease
the amount of plastic used in our fulfillment
- Our catalogs are recyclable and the inks
used to print them are soy based.
- Our shipping boxes
are biodegradable & can be recycled.
And, use water based adhesives.
- We reuse our pallets; and we bundle and recycle
all our excess cardboard.
- Soy based inks are more environmentally
friendly, healthy and provide a safe
approach to printing
that only takes a small amount
of energy to make.
may leave feedback for them here,
They responded to us in regard to this article posted last year:
daughter came home from school with a giant envelope containing
the Sally Foster Fall 2007 GiftWrap catalog. While I
want to support her school, and assist in fundraising efforts,
I couldn't find a single thing I wanted in the catalog. Flipping
through the pages again, I decided to buy the obligatory gift-wrap.
I was shocked to see there wasn't ONE recycled-paper gift-wrap
option - not one recycled symbol anywhere. In disbelief,
I went to the Sally Foster website and typed in 'recycled' in
If I'm going to shell out $8.50 for a tube of gift-wrap,
I want to feel darn well good about it. So here's a personal note
to Sally Foster:
me be blunt - I can go to any dollar store and pick up half
in this catalog. Cheap totes, cheap
picture frames and scented candles made in China. The thing is,
Sally, I don't want any of it. Wouldn't it be great, and productive,
to offer quality products that
kind on the earth and beneficial to the children hocking your products?
There are beautiful recycled gift wrap paper options now, card
journals. There are natural soy candles that are trendy
and hip. Cotton tote bags, recycled material picture frames,
pens and more.
Sally, offer us something we can feel good about! I know there
are many retailers who have these products and would be thrilled
to partake in a national fundraiser program.
for this year, Sally ol' gal, I think I'll pass on the fundraiser
and support the upcoming book fair.
Happy Hippie Mom
be fair, I called the Sally Foster Company and
asked why there was no recycled gift wrap. The company represenative
with a lovely southern accent sounded sympathetic, as she said
they did not offer any right
now, but they were looking into it for next year. She also stated
that the gift wrap was acid-free and could BE recycled. Well..whew,
that's good! I sincerely hope the Sally Foster organization looks
hard, very hard, for eco-friendly gift products for next year's
fundraising is not a foreign concept, but it's just not mainstrean..yet.
Many schools choose programs such as Sally Foster because it's
convenient, and they've set the marketing machine and organization
into place. However, I strongly believe that once people have
the option to choose beautiful items, that look
to purchase these items over the garbage.
are some sites to investigate and mention to your local school
- I know I am!
School Fund Raisers: http://greenstudents.ca/Home.html
Green Coupon Book - http://www.fundraisinggreen.com/insidebook.php
BeGreenNow - http://www.begreennow.com/pages/giftofgreen
if you need gift wrap - Earthloven.com - 100% Recycled Gift