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Recycling Pays Forward and Back

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

OK, a raise of hands: How many of you are willing to help the environment and recycle? Yup, me too. That goes double, triple, quadruple for members of the Green Team here at Vermont Teddy Bear. In addition to their regular jobs, the Green Team crew work year round to promote and put into practice […]

Thoughts on the Environment

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

As a Green Team member, I take my committment to “greening” VTB very seriously, sometimes, almost too seriously. I acknowledge that I can get edgy when I see recyclable materials being tossed out. For me, it’s become a habit to recycle anything that I see. I don’t think it’s a bad habit to have but […]

Bearvolution Signage

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

I don’t know if they’ve made it up to the Newport Factory, but here in Shelburne little signs have begun popping up in such places as copiers and bathroom mirrors. It’s the run-up to a significant branding campaign called Bearvolution, and it’s been in the works for a while. Part of the effort included asking […]

New Site Search for VTB 2

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Some news on the site search front: We’re temporarily going back to the default Yahoo! Store site search tool while we gear up to try another tool. You may recall that we had been checking out a site search tool from one vendor. It was pretty rockin’, but didn’t quite do everything we needed it […]

Demo Bears on Tour

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Here’s another picture from a recent Factory Tour. These guys are waiting to be used to demonstrate stuffing and parts assembly. If you look carefully at the larger image, you’ll see what appears to be a Teddy Bear hard at work in the background. What’s he doing? Operating machinery? Doesn’t he need a badge? With […]

New Site Search for VTB

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Hey, has anyone noticed the new site search tool on We’re trying out a tool that gives us a lot more control over the search results, including, at the top of the results, a “Refine Your Search” box… …, additional search results controls such as the ability to sort by popularity, price, and alternate […]

Green-Up Day Feedback?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

What did everyone think about the company-wide Green Up Day? Was it as success? Did you enjoy cleaning out junk and recycling paper? Are there changes you would like to see for next year? Feel free to share.

Bocce at VTB

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

I remember when I told a friend that I was starting at Vermont Teddy Bear, she asked, “Are you going to do bocce?” Bocce? The same game I used to see the old guys playing in Carroll Gardens 30 years ago? Come to find out, yes, there’s an annual bocce tournament here. And sure enough, […]

Smoke-Free Campus, One Month and Counting

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

It’s the one-month anniversary of our new smoke-free campus. We went officially smoking-free on July 1, applied to both Bear Crew and customers. The rule is intended to promote wellness by encouraging smoking cessation, so…how’s it workin’ out? I know of at least one person who has to go on occasional drives off campus in […]