Dolphin Blue Sponsors the First Ever ‘Run for Environment’

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Despite the cold, windy and rainy weather, Dolphin Blue’s staff members Courtney, Mike and Miguel along with our CEO Tom Kemper arrived early on Saturday morning for the very first Green Source DFW Run for the Environment at Cedar Hill State Park, sponsored by Dolphin Blue, to set up our booth that featured several of our Pet Supplies, Kids Toys, Planners & CalendarsPersonal Care Products and Cleaning Supplies. We also featured our new line of dog toys, Zogoflex: Chew, Play and Treat toys.

Our booth all set up and ready for the run to start!

Our booth all set up and ready for the run to start!

While Courtney and Mike stayed behind to mingle with the people curiously coming to our booth, Miguel ventured off to take these amazing pictures of the participants, the live band and the scenery.

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There were plenty of photo-ops to be captured at the Run for the Environment including runners, live band, children and dogs.

Courtney felt all the good energy at the run, here is what she had to say about her Run for the Environment experience.

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Courtney smiling brightly at the camera.

“There was a good energy there and definitely excitement when the race began. Everyone I spoke to was passionate about living green in some way or another.

Dolphin Blue was able to educate some people on why our products are so important, others already knew what we did and expressed their adulation.

There were a lot of great aspects that you don’t see at other runs, such as organic vendors, compost bins for all the post-race bananas and portable solar panels providing all of the power needed.”

Wildtree giving out samples.

Wildtree giving out samples.

Sponsors, such as Wildtree, gave samples of their oils and spices to those who visited their tent while Kroger gave out fruits, drinks and snack bars.

Dolphin Blue gave out organic Body Wash and Body Lotion samples to everyone who wandered to our booth and Dolphin Plush Dog Toys to the energetic pups who were at the event.

Dan Lepinski’s solar shuttle provided power for the live band and the race timers.

Preservation Tree and Texas Trees Foundation donated chinquapin oaks, which were included in the goodie bags given out to all the participants.

It was good to see a lot of people who care about our planet show up on such a gloomy day for a good cause. Everyone from Dolphin Blue had a great time at the run and we hope to see you all at the next Run for the Environment.

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Mike and Courtney at the Dolphin Blue booth

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Hank the Cowdog happily trotting back with his Frisbee at the Run for the Environment.

A very dog friendly event!

A very dog friendly event!

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Announcing the winners of the run.

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B Corp Best for the Environment List 2014

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All BCorps strive to be best for the world. They set the bar for businesses seeking to have a positive and environmental impact. We join our fellow BCorps in working to create a healthier planet, not just a profit, year round.

In honor of Earth Day, we wish to congratulate 84 of our fellow Certified BCorps for being the best of the best! The BCorp Best For the Environment Honorees have earned an environmental score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Check out the full list and meet some companies that inspire us!

Thank you for helping us succeed where it truly matters and please join us in congratulating this year’s Best for the Environment Honorees.

Want to join the movement? Visit bthechange.com for more details.

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Infographic Friday: March for Elephants

Elephants are being poached for their ivory at the highest rate ever recorded. Current estimates put the figure at 36,000 elephants killed annually, equating to one elephant dying every 15 minutes.

The International March for Elephants organized by iworry, a campaign by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, was created to sound a warning that the future survival of elephants is in serious jeopardy.

Elephants share the same emotions as humans. They have a strong sense of family and mourn the deaths of their loved ones, just as we do. Elephants have unique personalities like us, too! They can be playful or mischievous; they can even hold grudges.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has learned the beauty of elephants first hand and they have also witnessed the terrible impact of the renewed ivory poaching that we are seeing today. In just 18 days in September, they were called on to rescue 14 orphaned elephants. To date, they have arrested 1,406 poachers and their veterinary teams have successfully treated over 500 wounded elephants.

The International March for Elephants is demanding stronger laws and penalties associated with wildlife crime in countries where poaching and ivory trafficking occurs; increased levels of investment in anti-poaching initiatives by international governments; increased diplomatic pressure on countries where elephants live; and pressure on those nations that fuel the demand.

Learn more about The International March for Elephants and join the digital march to help protecting elephants now!

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CEO’s Green Wedding

In anticipation to the upcoming wedding season, Thomas Kemper (CEO of Dolphin Blue, Inc.) answered an email from a writer about his wedding and how he made it green and environmentally friendly. Throughout the courtship of Thomas and Margaret, the couple made eco-friendly items a priority, with Margaret changing her outlook on the environment and sustainability, and utilizing it in her medical practice. It seemed only fitting to bring their ideals to their wedding once Tom proposed.

The wedding was a three-day celebration held on a ranch here in Texas. Guests enjoyed the outside weather, the basic but elegant wedding setting, and the sustainable and earth-friendly attributes combined with the traditional wedding aspects.

To green their wedding they used the following:

  • Wedding invitations were printed on paper that is 100% post consumer recycled, FSC-certified, processed chlorine free and made carbon-neutral with Green-E certified renewable wind energy.
  • Envelopes were made of paper with the same environmental attributes (All thank you cards sent after the wedding were also made of the same paper and envelopes).
  • The food was locally-grown, organic, and came from small farmers.
  • Wine and beer served were from a Llano, Texas (hill-country) winery and a Ft. Worth microbrewery.
  • On the wedding day, the catered lunch was prepared and served by Kozy Kitchen, a local Dallas-based family restaurant that offers a gluten-free, locally-grown fare.
  • All plastic plates, cups and utensils we used were made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic yogurt cups, collected by the manufacturer through a successful take-back recycling program, as well as all napkins and paper towels.

Overall, the weekend was a success and a great start to Thomas’ marriage to Margaret and, inevitably, their commitment to sustainability will continue to grow throughout their relationship and within both their businesses.

Have you been a guest at a green wedding or had your own? What is some advice we can give to others to help make their wedding a sustainable one?

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