Build-A-Bear Workshop Introduces First Make-Your-Own Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda

People & Planet Friendly Flowers for Mom

Green Living. Green Dying. Eco-Friendly Funeral Options Green Cremation Urns

Lovable Labrador Gives Palsy Patient New Lease on Life

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Introduces First Make-Your-Own
Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda

Build-A-Bear Workshop®, the interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, announced today that it will offer the first make-your-own Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda in stores and online at buildabear.com® beginning on April 20 for $25. When a Guest purchases Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda, a tree will be planted in their honor by the Arbor Day Foundation. Guests can visit buildabear.com/greenzys to receive a personalized digital certificate acknowledging their planted tree contribution.

“We are excited to bring Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda to Build-A-Bear Workshop,” said Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop founder and chief executive bear. “The GREENZYS character, who grows bamboo to prevent erosion and create oxygen, promotes green living and teaches eco-friendly practices to our young Guests.”

Guests who purchase Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda will receive exclusive gifts to be redeemed at Bearville.com™, the Build-A-Bear Workshop online entertainment destination and virtual world. Guests will receive a virtual seed that grows into a heart shaped tree, along with themed wallpaper for their virtual Cub Condo®. They will also receive 2,000 Bear Bills®, the Bearville™ currency, and Guests who purchase Yew Yew the GREENZYS Panda from April 20 to May 20 will receive an additional 1,000 Bear Bills.

GREENZYS is today’s premiere literary based, eco-friendly children's brand, encompassing books, plush toys, animated content and an interactive website. GREENZYS founders Mark Lieber and Lisa Keyser share a deep passion for animals and the environment. Their mission is to entertain and educate children while reinforcing the importance of green living practices such as conservation of natural resources, recycling, reusing and replanting. Their hope is that children cultivate these eco-friendly practices as habits that will sustain them throughout their lives.

For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning website at buildabear.com.

Parental permission may be required to access Bearville.com. Visit Bearville.com for details.

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People & Planet
Friendly Flowers for Mom

According to the National Retail Federation, about $1.9 billion will be spent on Mother's Day flowers in 2011. So what makes one bouquet better than the rest? Organic Bouquet flowers are not only grown with the environment in mind, but they are also a mission-based company, helping mothers in underdeveloped areas around the world.

The largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic gifts, Organic Bouquet employs over 60% women, and provides workers in underdeveloped countries everything from zero-interest loans, childcare, healthcare, education, environmental protection, supplies and more. Focused on responsible practices in every step of production, from the grower to the final consumer, Organic Bouquet offers flowers that give back.

So, if you are looking for a great Mother's Day gift that will delight Mom and be good for people and planet, Green America recommends Organic Bouquet as the perfect solution. This long-time member of their Green Business Network™ will donate 10% of your purchase price back to Green America -- and your Mom will know that you care about protecting the Earth as much as you care about her!

For more information about Green America, visit: www.greenamerica.org

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Green Living. Green Dying.
Eco-Friendly Funeral Options
Green Cremation Urns

Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns, LLC, a Colorado based cremation urn company, recently announced the launch of their new line of fully biodegradable urns.

“As concerns about the environment and over population rise in this country and across the world, people are beginning to look at preserving the earth in every possible aspect of their lifestyle, including death,” said Melody Jamali, president of Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns. “And, when you look at the financial and environmental cost of traditional burials, having a green funeral option makes good, sound sense.”

Currently, the funeral industry buries 30 million board feet of wood a year, 90,000 tons of steel, 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete and more than 800,000 gallons of toxic embalming fluid into the ground (source: Naturalburial.org). With more than 22,500 cemeteries in the U.S, traditional burials also bring up space concerns.

If these biodegradable urns are buried in the ground like a traditional funeral or put in water such as a burial at sea, they can fully dissolve very quickly. Yet, in a normal, temperature-controlled environment such as a house, a biodegradable urn can last for quite some time.

Une Belle Vie’s current collection of biodegradable urns ranges from traditional-shaped cremation urns made of clay, organic proteins and sand, to wooden boxes void of toxic finishes and plastic or metal hinges. Une Belle Vie also has a selection of simple, baked clay vessels. They are available in a variety of sizes, for both humans and pets, and range in price from $60-$205.

For more information, click on this link: http://decorative-urns.com/types-of-urns/biodegradable-urns

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“This touching memoir will warm the hearts of pet lovers everywhere… a canine version of Homer’s Odyssey (2009) (that) will appeal equally to readers interested in coping or helping others cope with disabilities.” --Jessica Moyer, Booklist

Lovable Labrador Gives Palsy Patient New Lease on Life

"I have cerebral palsy. I walk funny and my balance is bad. I fall a lot. My hands shake, too. That means I'm not so good at carrying things. And if I drop stuff, sometimes it's hard to just bend down and get it." I waited anxiously for the interviewer's response. She smiled. "It sounds like a service dog could be great for you."

So began Leigh Brill's journey toward independence and confidence, all thanks to a trained companion dog named Slugger. The struggling college student and the Labrador with "a coat like sunshine" and a tail that never stopped wagging became an instant team. Together, they transformed a challenge into a triumph, eventually inspiring and educating all whom they met.

Leigh Brill tells the heart-warming story of her life and lovable Yellow Lab in her best-selling memoir, A Dog Named Slugger. The story begins near the end of Brill’s college years, when her Cerebral Palsy symptoms worsened and, in desperation, she turned to service dogs; canines trained to aid people with disabilities. Leigh was instantly matched with big, lovable Slugger, who would not only pick up dropped pens and open heavy doors, but would pick up Brill’s life and open her mind and heart, helping her to find peace, love and even a career.

The book is written in a fun, easy-to-read style, with Slugger himself leaving the most indelible mark as an unforgettable character. More than just a memoir, A Dog Named Slugger shines a light on the growing Service Dog movement, hopefully leading to more trainers, helper dogs and triumphant “Slugger stories” throughout the country and the world.

Leigh Brill is a writer, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities. She is actively involved in organizations promoting the work of service dogs. For more info or to purchase a copy, visit www.LeighBrill.com.

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