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  • A you beaut, Australian made, <$40 (including metro delivery) corporate gift... that won't be put in the drawer

    The last time I moved I took an enormous bag full of unused gifts from various past employers to Vinnies.  Along with the 20 odd t-shirts and 11 caps were 2 (shoddily made) picnic hamper sets, 5 umbrella's, (I kept another 4 - although why I really have no idea as I haven't used any of them in 6 years), about 9 stress balls (what message does THAT send?!!), 4 plastic insulated coffee cups, a vinyl/faux leather notebook cover and desk set, 5 completely useless branded backpacks and about 15 plastic water bottles.  [What didn't make it were the various bottles of wine which I had consumed having long since forgotten who they were from and the olive tapenade and stale crackers never eaten!]

    I know I had cupboards full of what was essentially landfill but I felt too guilty to send it there given the consumption of precious resources taken to make it.  Sadly when I got to Vinnies they told me that they would throw the vast majority of it away as they were inundated with it.

    So, why then write a post about more "stuff".  Well because we're heading into giving season and if you're going to give stuff then it would be remiss of me not to tell you about gifts that are useful, beautiful and sustainable.  A gift that keeps on giving - to our farmers & beekeepers, to the jobs it creates at our hive, to our local packaging manufacturers and suppliers.  A gift that recognises that your staff work hard and they also need to relax hard.

    A few months ago we were tasked by long term client, Buzz Strategic Concepts, to put together a little 'just because' gift for their clients.  Not for Christmas.  Not for any particular reason.  Just a random act of kindness and gratitude gift.  They sent us personalised cards to go with each gift and we did all the logistics for them.  Bravo!

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    And to make sure the gift went the extra mile, we put their brand on the candle - subtle but effective.  Every time their client looks at or fires up this little beauty (and if you know your Queen B candles you'll know that that will be a whole lot of times over a whole long period of time!) lovely, sweet, positive, appreciative thoughts flying your way!

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    Of course we also do larger gifts and hampers

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    And we do smaller gifts too... this one coming in under $15.

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    If you're looking for ideas, send us an email or give us a buzz, we'd be only too happy to help you out.

    Cate xx

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  • Buy Consciously

    I had two blog posts that I wanted to work on today and initially thought they were separate subjects.  One on "Buy Nothing New Month" and one on Conscious Giving - but then I realised that they're really one and the same.

    I must admit that my initial (knee-jerk) reaction to Buy Nothing New Month was one of horror.  Taken literally, that would be a complete disaster not just for Queen B, but for thousands of Australian manufacturers and small businesses.  Then I started thinking about how it really doesn't apply to our candles!  Being beeswax, they are essentially recycled.  They're not 'new'.  We take a waste product from honey production and turn it into something functional.  Beeswax candles are as 'vintage' as it gets.  My lawyer brain was working overtime!

    Then I read on...

    "It's about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we're done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our 'stuff'."

    And you know what, I really get that.  I think about that stuff on a daily basis.  It's one of the reasons that we only use 100% pure Australian beeswax - infinite (if we look after our bees), long lasting, naturally carbon neutral, non-toxic, no landfill content (soy, palm and paraffin all have a very high environmental cost).  It's why we don't make square candles (too much wasted beeswax).  It's why we use sinamay bags (a waste product from banana harvesting that is completely biodegradable).  It's why we use Australian sourced, FSC certified card for our packaging (smaller environmental footprint than recycled card as it turns out).

    And that then gets me on to my second post which was all about conscious giving.  Choosing carefully.  While it may seem too early to be talking about the festive season, when you're pouring candles individually from an enamel teapot, you get started on Christmas early!... and I happen to know that we have lots of 'A type' personalities in our customer base (takes one to know one) who are planning end of year teachers gifts!  Anyway, I acknowledge my own bias, but if you are considering gifts (be they birthday, corporate, festive, teachers, lovers or just because), then I know that giving a Queen B candle is a gift that gives many times over.

    As for 'buy nothing new month', I suggest that we change it to 'buy consciously every day of the year'.  That Queen B lady... She's a crazy one!

     

     


    Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

     

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