Rain, Rain, go away

31 Oct

51% Post-Consumer Recycled PET.

Please, enough with all the rain already. Or maybe we just make the rain work a little for your marketing plans?

The 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella from LEEDs is a 48′ canopy umbrella made of 51% recycled material, with a full wood handle, shaft, and tips. Those wooden touches add a classic feel and look to the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella, and that enough makes it stand out as a promotional item. The extra bonus of 51% recycled material, is , well, a bonus.

Add you logo to the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella, plus mayeb a message, like “I Recycle’, or  “Class From Trash” or “Your Old Water Bottle is Keeping the Rain Off of My Head”, or perhaps something shorter, but you get the idea.

This is a automatic opening umbrella, and it comes with a case that includes a should strap (which is also made from recycled content).

If you are interested in the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Pens from Packing Material

19 Oct

Was packing material

The name for Recycled Tetra Pen is rather self evident. These pens are made from recycled Tetra Pak®, and similar food and beverage container material. So of course I have to wonder, are the office of Tetra Pak just full of these pens? I mean if you visit Nike, you can pretty much expect to see people in Nike products, right. I wonder if Tetra Pak is actually using these pens in their own marketing efforts.

The Recycled Tetra Pen is your basic black ink click style pen, and the pen has a 2 1/2″w x 11/16″h imprint area.

Because of these pens pedigree, they do make a nice tie-in for any company in the packing industry. Also would be a nice touch in sustainability programs being run by those same industries.

If you are interested in the Recycled Tetra Pen to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

USBGB Bamboo Drive

3 Oct

Imprint on cap or body, or both.

Lose that plastic casing, and go with bamboo for your USB drives. It is a nice mix of the natural and technology. Bamboo is a bit better than the plastic casing most USB drives come in.

The Bamboo Drive from All-in-One comes in memory sizes from 512 MB – 16 GB. Decoration on the casing can be color screen print or laser engrave.

I still like Bamboo drives as a simple way to mail, or handout, a lot of information. Videos, music, sale presentations, pre-loading the drives can easily be done at the factory.

Any marketing campaign working on a warm, natural feel, will benefit from the use of a natural casing flashdrive.

If you are interested in Bamboo USBs to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits

25 Sep

Looking for a promo item that will brighten your client’s office, or home. How about a look at the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits from Jornik.

These live kits each contain three packages of seeds and starter soil, plus wooden plant stakes, all inside a recycled 6 count egg carton. They make a great little garden for an office work space, or apartment kitchen. (Use as a new home, or move in gift, is one of their top uses with our clients.)

There are three option on herb mixes; Mexican Herb Seeds include: Cumin, Oregano and Cilantro, Italian Herb Seeds include: Parsley, Oregano and Sweet Basil, Cocktail Herb Seeds include: Mint, Thyme and Lavender.

Messaging on the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits is easy with the full color, full wrap, digitally printed belly band, and covers the full kit. The 3″ x 1 1/4″ imprint area give plenty of room for your marketing message, and the smell of fresh herbs, is a constant reminder of your business, or service, to the recipient.

If you are interested the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Samsonite ECO-Glide™

24 Sep

Smart Top Storage allows easy access and storage for important items during security checks and throughout travel .Smart Fix Buckles keeps tie down straps and buckles out of your way during packing – makes it easy to secure items when fully packed. Patent pending unique wrap-around frame design is lightweight, strong, and stylish.

In another case of a recycled content item, that no one would every guess is recycled content, here is the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ 20″ Expandable Spinner. 

In the Samsonite ECO-Glide™, Samsonite has designed all textile fabrics, including the lining, to be created from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, mainly from bottles. So it you are in the plastic bottle business, or a beverage distributor, with a traveling workforce, the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ is a perfect travel companion to serve as your brand ambassador. Artwork can be added to the bag, included with your logo, along the lines of “I used to be a water bottle”. Or along the lines of ” We take your trash, and help turn it into bags like this”. You get the idea. (Decoration is only available on luggage tag is included with spinner).

Other than the bag’s recycled content, the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ is just a really nice travel bag. The Samsonite ECO-Glide™ uses Samsonite’s Saguaro™ Wheel System, which is engineered for lighter weight and high performance. The bag weights in at just 7lbs empty, and fits most carry on guidelines.

Take a look at the video.

If you are interested the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

RECYCLED NEWPORT

17 Sep

Classic Fit, 14.0 oz. (410g) Recycled anti-pilling GREEN PLUS® fleece.

Landway is now doing their very popular Newport fleece jacket in a 85% recycled polyester variation. This is basically the same fleece as the standard Newport, is is simply made from polyester from recycled resources, instead of virgin poly.

The Recycled Newport is 14oz fleece, Landway refers to their recycled fleece pas GREEN PLUS® fleece, with a full-zip front zipper, and two zippered pockets. The Recycled Newport comes in Black, Deepwater Blue, and Spruce green.

These jackets are always good for embroidery, although Landway does not do decoration in house.

For any company with a focus on outdoor activities, and with a sustainable message or product, these are great fall fleece alternative to mainstream jackets.

If you are interested the Recycled Newport jacket to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

52 messages that never go away

14 Sep

Let’s Deal

Got a deck of cards? Sure you do. How long have you had them? How often do you use them, and when using them I bet your are around friends.

Playing cards are a great promotional item, and since 1986, Apollo has manufactured custom-imprinted playing card here in the United States. A Made in the USA stamp can easiely be added to your artwork, so everyone knows these are made in USA cards.

Apollo can 100% customize backs of the cards, as well as faces. Use your our product images for each suit. Let HR create a safety deck, with the procedures for the plant printed right on the cards. In the food and beverage industry? Cards make great point of purchase give-aways, printed with your brand or latest marketing campaign, or contest.

Apollo supplies art templates for both bridge style and poker style decks. And additional information cards, maybe a menu, maybe a product overview, maybe a contact card, can easily be added to your deck. Custom packing can of course also be created.

If you are interested in Apollo Made in the USA playing cards to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Put a Bottle on Your Head

13 Sep

50/50 RECYCLED PET SPUN POLYESTER/COTTON TWILL. STRUCTURED; SIX-PANEL; MID-PROFILE. PRE-CURVED VISOR; MATCHING UNDERVISOR. VELCRO CLOSURE. SEWN EYELETS

Sweda USA has redone their recycled content baseball caps in a few new colors. The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap is now available in Navy Blue, Red, Gray, White, Black, and Khaki.

These caps are a 50/50 blend, so 50% recycled PET spun polyester (think old plastic bottles) and 50% cotton twill.  The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap is your basic mid-profile cap with pre-curved visor. They have a velcro closure.

Sweda USA does decoration in house, so it is one stop shopping, and easy to get virtuals done for this caps. Indeed Sweda includes up to 10,000 stitches in the cost of the cap, with is $9.89 at EQP of 288 units.

The caps are great show and event giveaways – no one ever throws out a cap – for companies that have sustainability or waste management as their focus.

If you are interested in the The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Trash Talking Cooler

10 Sep

“This is your trash talking” imprint on side of each bag.

The Trash Talking Recycled 6 Can Lunch Cooler from Leeds seems to get its name from the pre-printed artwork on the cooler itself.

Made from certified 100% recycled 140g non-woven PET, the Trash Talking Recycled 6 Can Lunch Cooler, features a zippered main compartment, and open front pocket. The inside of the cooler features an insulated, heat-sealed, water-resistant lining.

And of course it is the unique “Trash Talking” graphic on the side of each cooler that helps to promote the recycled message.

The large 5″H x 5″W imprint area on the Trash Talking Recycled 6 Can Lunch Cooler can be screen-printed, or Leeds’ PhotoGrafixx design also is available for full color decoration.

We like this cooler for camps or seminars, where the focus of the event is sustainability, or recycling, since the Trash Talking Recycled 6 Can Lunch Cooler is itself a physical example of a useful and practical item that can be manufactured from consumer waste materials.

If you are interested in the Trash Talking Recycled 6 Can Lunch Cooler to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

Rolling Green on the Greens

7 Sep

The Wilson Eco Core golf ball is made from recycled material. Help the environment one golf ball at a time.

The Wilson® Eco Core Golf ball is a bit better than your standard ball, for the environment anyway, and it is a good try to bring a bit of green to the greens.

Basically the Wilson® Eco Core Golf balls have a core molded from unvulcanized automobile tires. They are packaged in recycled paper, and save about 40% of the materials, and energy to produce a ‘normal’ golf ball. The rubber from recycled tires replaces the virgin polybutadiene used in most all other golf balls.

For players, the internet says these balls are “lower-spinning distance ball”, but I confess I don’t know what that means.

For our industry, the imprinting goes on the ball itself, with pad print of 7/8″ diameter around the middle of the ball, or as a top of ball print, also at 7/8″. The imprint can have a max of 5 colors, with 4 color imprint being standard.

The recycled paper box is the standard retail looking packaging. It is not imprinted. But it does explain the pedigree of the golf balls inside, so that helps to get the sustainable story across to your audience.

So these are golf balls, which means golf events at their #1 promotional use. If your event, or course, is working on its environmental footprint, using these balls as the event give-away can add a nice touch.

If you are interested in the Wilson® Eco Core Golf ball to promote your own business, email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

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