MotherEarth

Earth Day Tips: Packing a Healthier, Zero Waste Lunch

This is a guest blog by WildMintShop.com

Tuesday, April 22 this year is “Earth Day,” a day when people around the globe get together to bring awareness to environmental issues and promote greater appreciation of the planet. There are thousands of steps, big or small, one can take to help protect our planet, and today we wanted to focus on a topic we know everyone can relate to—food! As busy health professionals, we know it’s probably hard to find time to pack lunch, yet, ordering takeout, eating in the cafeteria, or constantly going out for lunch aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective or healthiest options. That’s why we’re here to help you change up your lunch routine while going green! At Wild Mint, we are dedicated to helping families live healthier, safer, and more earth-friendly lifestyles, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips to help you pack a healthier, zero waste lunch for work.

There are two main areas you can focus on to help pack a healthier lunch: the food you pack and the containers you use to pack your food.  First, trying to pack whole, fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts, legumes, and grains are of course better for your health than eating processed foods and those high in saturated fats.  But another thing to remember is that research shows organic foods are higher in nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) and free from many of the toxic pesticides used in regular foods.  To help you shop for organic foods on a budget, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to see the best foods to try to buy organic.

Now that you’re packing healthier foods, it’s time to consider your food containers. Did you know that chemicals in some items including lunch bags, plastic containers, utensils, plastic baggies, and water bottles can actually leach into your food and drink? These toxic chemicals (including Bisphenol-A or BPA, phthalates and PVC’s, and lead) can have a short or long term effect on people’s health including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, worsening allergy and asthma symptoms, impaired intellect, and some cancers. To help you avoid any potential health consequences from using products made with toxic chemicals, switch to non toxic, reusable lunch-packing gear made from glass, stainless steel, organic cotton, and bamboo.

Packing your lunch in reusable products is also a great way to reduce waste in the environment. According to RecycleWorks.org, a person who uses a disposable lunch creates between 4-8 ounces of garbage everyday, which can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year! That’s a lot of garbage by just one person that is polluting the air and oceans. Additionally, plastics, which are used to make so many disposable lunch gear items, take centuries to decompose and if incinerated in the process, release toxic byproducts into the atmosphere.

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1)      Pack a Reusable Lunch Bag: Look for a reusable lunch bag free from toxic chemicals like lead, PVCs, phth alates, and BPA. If you’re looking for the most eco friendly option, opt for a bag made completely from 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of pesticides and has lower environmental impacts than conventional cotton.

2)      Store Healthy Food in Reusable Containers: As discussed, glass, stainless steel, and organic cotton are all toxin-free alternatives to plastic that also promote healthier eating by conscious food preparation. Pack healthy sandwiches, meals, veggie sticks, yogurt, fruit, and more nutritious options in safer glass food storage containers and stainless steel food containers. Replace plastic baggies with reusable sandwich bags and reusable snack bags which will save money in the long run and help reduce waste!

3)      Sustainable Utensils & Napkins: Reusable bamboo utensils are an Eco-friendly alternative to plastics, much lighter then packing silverware, and super cute! With napkins, opt for reusable 100% organic cotton instead of paper napkins that add unnecessary waste to landfills.

4)      Reusable Beverage Bottles: Plastic water bottles, juice boxes, soda cans, and other disposable drinks can contain unhealthy ingredients, toxic chemicals, and of course contribute to waste. Instead, use reusable glass water bottles or stainless steel water bottles filled with water and other healthy beverages. We love Lifefactory water bottles for glass and Klean Kanteen bottles for stainless steel.

We hope these tips have been helpful and informative in learning about toxin-free, earth friendly lunch packing. For some ideas on healthy lunch and snack options visit our Recipe Section and to learn more about healthy, safer living visit our Learn Section.

 

 

 

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Just Wanted to Say THANK YOU…on National Compliment Day!

Today is National Compliment Day and we want to THANK YOU for being the BEST CUSTOMERS a company could ask for! Our goal as a company is to provide YOU, our valued customers, with not only quality merchandise, but also superior Customer Service.  It is our #1 priority to reciprocate the dedication and loyalty that we receive from our customers.  We love receiving feedback from YOU so we can continually improve and make sure that we are providing you with the best possible shopping experience.  So thank you to all of our customers who take a minute out of their day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can help you best! We really appreciate each and every one of you!

From Anastasia:

Thank you so much for helping me when my package was lost in the mail!! I truly appreciate the fast response to my email and the genuine care that I received when discussing my order. I wish more companies cared as much as your company does. I am thankful for your easy to use website as well; it always helps me find everything I need at ease. You have a customer for life here, I will continue to purchase strictly through your company! Feel free to use my review on your website; I’d love for people to see the great experience I always have with you guys!! Have a happy holiday!!

From Karen:

I recently had a large order of 27 items.  Once I got this list organized, it was very easy to go online and put in my order.  I then received them very, very quickly.  I just wanted to thank you for the excellent service and scrubs.

From Jill:

I wanted to tell you all that I am very happy with my shopping experience.  First, the website is easy and fun to navigate.  I love the size filters and color match buttons.  It allowed me to put together matching outfits quickly and without confusion.  Your scrubs are affordable, while sacrificing none of the look and quality I prefer, and I received my scrubs only five days after ordering them!  Thank you so much for everything!

From Megan:

I am emailing to let you know I received my order today, they fit perfectly and look great.  Very fast shipping to Australia and excellent customer service.  Thank you very much.

From Patricia:

I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the great customer service and wonderful product! I ordered your butter soft smock tops, and they are perfect! The team received them today, and love, love, loved them!

Have questions about a product? Need help with sizing or color matching?  We’re here to help! Our Customer Service department is here to make your shopping trip with Uniform Advantage a positive one, so the next time you have a question or need assistance be sure to contact us!  Whether you prefer email, phone, or live chat online we are here for you!

Fan Feedback!

To reach our goal of providing our customers with the best possible shopping experience, we rely on feedback straight from the source! We wanted to share some of the comments we’ve received recently and thank you all for taking the time to tell us what you like about our site.  We are continuously trying to improve to best serve YOU–our valued and loyal customers!

If you ever need assistance, or have a question about your order don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated Customer Service team as they are here to help!  They are available by phone, email, and live chat (just look at our Contact Us page) to make it easy for you.

I LOVE UNIFORM ADVANTAGE! IT IS THE ONLY PLACE I BUY MY UNIFORMS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! –Denise E.

I love that you can click on the color swatch of the item you are looking at and it will bring up all other items in the same color. Also love your selection of tall pants. –Lindsey B.

All the items were purchased as a Christmas gift – recipient loved them.  I really, really do appreciate the prompt and efficient way my order was handled.  Thank you. –Marge B.

The quality of your products is outstanding at a very reasonable price. That is what keeps me a continued customer. –Anna M.

I ordered uniforms on the Jan 3, to be sent to Perth Western Australia. On Jan 7 the parcel arrived. The items in the parcel matched my order and the items are exactly as seen and described on your web page. My colleagues and I are extremely impressed with the exceptional service you promised and delivered. I will highly recommend your company to other colleagues and health professionals. Kind regards, Bettina I.

JUST A SHORT NOTE TO SAY  THANK YOU .  MY ORDER ARRIVED AS STATED BY YOUR COMPANY , ON TIME, FOR THE  PARTY WE ARE  HAVING FOR MY MOTHER TOMORROW. I REALLY APPRECIATED THE WORK ETHIC AND EFFICIENCY OF YOUR COMPANY. I FIND YOU ALL TO BE A VERY CUSTOMER-FIRST ESTABLISHMENT !”     -Kenneth L.

I have been ordering my scrubs from this company for years. Always a pleasure and so easy to find what I am looking for. I love the different viewing options. thanks so much.  Olga F

Love your scrubs. I’m constantly asked where I buy them! –Amanda W.

It is my second order. I was very pleased with the first order that I received. It was shipped quickly and I got exactly what I ordered. My daughter just started her first job as a nurse and as been very pleased with all of her scrubs I ordered from your company. -Dawn M.

Once again, I am wowed from the exceptional service and quality. I couldn’t be more happier with my purchase. I am writing to tell you thank you for being a great company and providing inexpensive fantastic quality scrubs. I will pass the word on to my co workers and family. Uniform advantage is by far the best place to buy scrubs! I am so pleased. Thank you and continue what your doing! -Cara T.

Thank You to our Customers!

Here at UA, Customer Service is our highest priority and we strive daily to exceed customer’s expectations.  So we want to say THANK YOU to all of the customers who have given us feedback over the past year, so that we can keep improving to best help you! Here are a few of many notes we’ve received from our valued customers:

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From Debbie:

I just wanted to let you know I am spreading the word at work (at a local hospital) about how beautiful and affordable your tops are.  We have a uniform sale here twice a year, their plus size tops range from $26 to $30 and of course selection is very limited.  I was so frustrated I went online as soon as I got home and ordered my tops from you.  I was THRILLED to be able to get six tops, with shipping, averaging $10.60 each!  And received them only 3 days after placing my order…  WOW again!  Can’t wait to show them off at work.   Thank you so much.

From Linda:

I just received my second order from UA.  I just want to let you know how pleased I am with quality and service your company provides.  All three fit well and am very pleased with the quality and price. I work in a pharmacy that recently changed their dress code standards and until I came across your catalog I thought I’d never find any tops in navy with pockets.  UA is a life saver!

 From Eric:

“I have shopped twice on your website for my girlfriend and the quality of the products I have bought have been excellent and I will continue to shop with you.  Thank you!

From Victoria:

Thank you for such prompt service. I don’t believe I have ever gotten an order so fast.

 From Roseanne:

Your site was recommended to my by a classmate and I am really happy with it. I was able to find what I needed in the color I needed. Very good prices on your scrubs too, the best prices I’ve seen online.

From Madelyn

It is the easiest site of all the uniform sites to navigate. I buy from you because of the quality of the uniform fabric and the ease in which to buy it. Thank you

From Kristi

I just want to say THANK YOU!!! I wear skirts all the time and I was so excited to see that y’all have long scrub skirts!! I’ll be ordering every color!  I’ve tried making my own, and they’re just not great, and time consuming to make, but I was very excited to see that you all carry these and in multiple colors! Keep ‘em coming!!

From Marcy

I want to thank you for your help and taking care of my return. I had omitted the return invoice by mistake and emailed you with the item number. I appreciate the wonderful customer service I received, which today seems to have all but disappeared. I thank you again!

From Mary

Only website I use for scrubs – Thank you for making shopping for “work clothes” such a pleasure.

Have a question about your order? Finding the right size? Let us help! You can contact our expert Customer Service team today to assist you by phone, email, or live chat!

Putting the YUM in the Holiday Season!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and is also the season where spare time seems to be nonexistent!  So we’re making it easy for you this year and bringing you party-ready treats for you to bring into work for your co-workers (while you all have on your winter holiday scrubs of course), make for your neighborhood gathering, or even save for family on Christmas day!  Let us know if we forgot any, we’d love to hear your favorite festive recipe for the holidays!

Sausage Wreath

Sausage Wreath

Santa Hat Pretzels

Santa Hat Pretzels

Christmas Mice Cookies

Christmas Mice Cookies

Snowman Cheese ball

Snowman Cheese ball

Santa Crackers

Santa Crackers

Olive Christmas Penguin Poppers

Olive Christmas Penguin Poppers

Movember 2012

For those of you unfamiliar with Movember, we’re here to tell you about this campaign that is (literally) changing the face of men’s health around the world.  Men worldwide start Movember, November 1st, clean shaven and then make it their goal throughout the month to grow the most impressive mustache they can.

They become walking, talking personal ads raising awareness, word-of-mouth buzz,  and money for the often ignored issue of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancers.  As this movement continues to grow on a global scale, there is now mustache merchandise in many stores and mustache-themed fundraising parties. Movember participants nicknamed “Mo Bros” along with the women in their lives “Mo Sistas” have been very successful, raising $126.3 million in 2011.  It is the goal of the organization to change the attitudes that men have about their health, to increase the chances of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these cancers.

We tracked down some local Movember “Mo Bros” from our Ft. Lauderdale, FL fire department doing their part in the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.

If you would like to learn more about this fundraising campaign or would like to donate to this international effort visit Movember.com.  Do you know anyone participating in Movember?

YOU…Our #1 Priority!

Our goal as a company is to provide our valued customers with not only quality merchandise, but also top quality Customer Service.  We make it our #1 priority to reciprocate the dedication and loyalty that we receive from our customers.  We love receiving feedback from YOU, our customers, so we can continually improve and make sure that we are providing you with the best possible shopping experience.  So thank you to all of customers who take a minute out of their day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can help you best!  

From Thea:

Hi just a short note to let you know that I received my scrub tops and I am very very happy with them. They are a perfect fit. Thank you so much for looking after me so well.

Yours faithfully

From Karla:

I have ordered uniforms from various suppliers for over 10 years and YOUR company delivered FASTER than anyone else, with the best quality and most reasonable price of any uniforms I’ve purchased in the past 3 years. The fabric has not faded or shrunk and the value is definitely there in terms of style.  Thanks. I will do business with only UA Uniform Advantage from now on.

From Jennifer:

I actually just wanted to give you guys a big thank you for getting my order shipped to me so quickly. I ordered it on 4/23 and received it yesterday which was super fast and I only had ground shipping. My uniforms were in excellent condition and fit perfectly. Overall my service received from your company was outstanding. Thank you very much.

From Martina:

Hi, I’m an Italian Veterinary student, I ordered some of yours scrubs, and  arrived today (in 4 days)!!!They are perfect, more beautiful than the images! The sizes are perfect, thanks to the useful size chart! I’m very satisfied with the items! I’ll certainly order in future again!

Have a nice summer! Thanks for your professionalism! :)

From Michelle:

I would just like to thank you for the speedy service.  I placed an order yesterday afternoon and checked on my status this morning to show that it had already been shipped! Very impressive, I will definitely shop from your company again.

From Brittany:

I just received my shipment of uniforms 7-19-2012 and I just wanted to say I was very pleased with my order and the quality of my tops! I will be using this site from now on to do all my scrub shopping! Thank you very much for such a pleasant hassle free process!

From Peggy:

Thank you for responding so quickly with my concerns. Always happy to find a company that truly believes in customer satisfaction. I will be happy to share my experience with others at work where they can find a good company for their uniforms.

Have questions about a product? Need help with sizing or color matching?  We’re here to help! Our Customer Service department is here to make your shopping trip with Uniform Advantage a positive one, so the next time you have a question or need assistance be sure to contact us!  Whether you prefer email, phone, or live chat online we are here for you!