Video: Lungsal’s Bamboo Pens

24 Mar

Lungsal has new bamboo pens for 2020, and new videos to go with them. Enjoy.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

Eco Smart Cloth Thin is here!

12 Mar

This flyer on the new Eco Smart Cloth from ToddyGear just came in. Cloths are great give-away items. They are reusable. Everyone has a screen to clean. Cost to print ratio is great. Large full color imprint area. It is a lot from a simple cloth.

flyer

From Toddy:

Be clean and green with the Eco Smart Cloth Thin. This cloth combines the lightweight feel and cleaning power of thin microfiber while making a positive environmental impact for the long term. Ethically made out of recycled plastic water bottles, Eco Smart Cloth Thin wipes away dirt, dust, and smudges from many delicate surfaces such as mobile device screens and eyewear. Offering vibrant, full-color decoration, single- or double-sided. The Eco Smart Cloth Thin transforms a traditional promotional microfiber into the perfect promotional gift that inspires a sustainable lifestyle. Available in 3 sizes.

Features and Benefits

    • Cleans dirt, dust, and smudges from mobile devices, eyewear, and more
    • Made from 100% recycled plastic products with sustainability in mind
    • Fully-customizable imprint area to meet any promotional/branding needs
    • Full-color dye sublimated for vibrant graphics
    • Double-sided decoration available
    • Washable for extended use

Upgrade your packaging with the Eco Spark™ Recycled Packaging*. This eco-friendly box is made out of Recycled Matte Cover, an FSC certified recycled stock. Made specifically for Eco Smart Cloth Thin models.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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 May Showers

3 Mar

42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella

Umbrellas. Go do a quick google search for “umbrellas crowd”. What you get is a lot, a really lot, of unused marketing space. Hotels, restaurants, yes, but think technology, food services, website marketing, autos. Umbrellas are walking billboards. And since may umbrellas can be printed full color, inside and out, using all the canopy for your marketing, I think umbrellas are a very underrated and under used portable billboard for you business.

The 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella is a basic sort of umbrella, with a bit of pop. It is part of the EcoSmart line from PCNA because the canopy on this umbrella is 100% recycled PET.

“42” Automatic Opening umbrella that features a bold plaid pattern and a 4″ solid hem that is perfect for decorating. Made from 100% recycled PET material and features a natural wooden handle. Available for one-day turn with Sureship®. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.”

As you would expect on an umbrella, the 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella has a large imprint area of 2.00″ H x 8.00″ W, and can be decorated on up to three panels. And colors, Burgundy, Gray/white, Blue, as well as Black. The 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella also features a wooden handle, which is a nice touch.

So start thinking umbrellas. Indeed, next time it rains, look around. See how the landscape changes into an opportunity to spread you marketing message all over the city.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

Made in the USA and Union decorated mugs

26 Feb

New flyer from Allen Colorcraft. Here is their pitch.

Flyer

WHY CHOOSE PROMOTIONAL MUGS FOR A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

Promotional mugs bring extended value to election campaigns. Mug sales in a candidate’s online store provide needed campaign dollars. Campaign supporters like promotional mugs both as collectibles and as a functional item they will use frequently.

Promotional mugs keep a candidate’s brand on display each time the mug is used. Political campaigns can use this visibility to their advantage with interesting logos and appealing messages on a bright color like our red AMP11 mug.

Studies show logoed mugs are more effective than television or radio spots and at a fraction of the cost. One study showed 57% of people were able to recall the advertiser on a mug versus 32% for radio and 28% for TV.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

In the mood for a made in USA bottle?

17 Feb

Handy little video on Made in USA 32 oz. Mood Grip Bottle from Aakronline. Take a look.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

Travel Pouch Set

10 Feb

Nesting set. Imprint on smallest pouch.

 

The Split Recycled 3pc Travel Pouch Set from PCNA is a simple, nesting travel kit, designed to hold some of the basics, whether you are traveling to the gym, or away for a few days.

“The Split Recycled 3pc Travel Pouch Set features pre-consumer recycled cotton. This 3 pc travel pouch set makes the perfect travel accessory and can help keep you organized on the go. These versatile pieces can hold toiletries, electronic cables, small articles of clothing, and so much more. Each pouch is a different size. LG: 18″H x 14″W. MD: 15″H x 12″W. SM: 10″H x 8.5″W. The two largest pouches are packed inside the smallest piece for shipping. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.”

As noted, these bags are made from pre-consumer cotton. So what is that? Pre-consumer is all the cutting, clippings, scraps, etc., that are the waste products of creating cotton goods in the first place. This is waste created at the factory level. So pre-consumer recycled cotton goods are made from cotton that would otherwise be going directly from production to garbage, without the consumer ever playing a part.

I like these items as a conference gift set, maybe as a leisure travel gift as well. Mainly because they are practical, and reusable. The imprint area is a good at 5″ x 5″, on a flat surface, so decoration is simple, via heat transfer, or event multi-color silk-screening. The bags are 70%-80% recycled content.

Not much more to them. Just a neat little recycled idea.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

Promo Companies Respond to Recycling Crisis

28 Jan

Visstun is the latest supplier to offer products made with recycled content.
{from ASI Christopher Ruvo}

The United States is experiencing a recycling crisis. The trouble stems, in significant part, from China’s decision in 2018 to restrict imports of certain recyclables, including most used plastics and mixed paper, such as office paper and junk mail.

That was a big problem for the U.S., which had been shipping massive quantities of such recyclables to China. As a result, some communities in the U.S. and other nations, including Canada, “are running out of room to store the mounting stockpiles [of recyclables] and have stopped collecting plastic, paper products or glass,” Bloomberg News reported. “Some places in the U.S., Australia and Canada are sending material to landfills or burning it.”

Such practices present environmental hazards. Still, some private companies are stepping up to mitigate the impact. Last year, for example, Mars, PepsiCo and Unilever vowed to reduce their use of new plastic in favor of used plastic.

Forward-thinking promotional products companies are getting in on the sustainability initiatives, too. The latest example comes from Visstun (asi/49716).

WELCOME TO THE INDUSTRY’S HI-DEFINITION, HIGH-VOLUME CUP & CONTAINER MANUFACTURER

On Friday, the Las Vegas, NV-based supplier announced that all of its paper cups, containers and paper lids contain Sustana’s EnviroLife post-consumer recycled fiber. It had been Visstun’s goal for 2019 to make all the products using 30% recycled fiber. But Visstun exceeded that goal: As of Dec. 17, 2019, the products contained 35% post-consumer recycled content.

This eco-friendly upgrade applies to all paper cup, container, and lid products, including Visstun’s paper hot, cold and microwave cups and containers, as well as its Vx2 double wall cups and P2 paper lids.

“We felt it was too important a step to only go halfway. So, at no additional cost to our customers, we jumped in with both feet, upgrading all our material. The response has been awesome,” said Joe Davis, Visstun’s national sales director. “With this first major step towards more sustainable products behind us, we’re continuing our research and testing of advanced eco-friendly materials. We’re looking for that perfect sustainable cup.”

The U.S.’s recycling challenges were an important factor in motivating Visstun to get greener. “Right now, the United States has a recycling crisis,” said James Lake, Visstun’s cup production manager. “Consumers are recycling paperboard products more than ever, but there’s nowhere for it to go. Visstun decided that providing a use for post-consumer recycled fiber in our cups and containers is an important, socially responsible first step.”

The Nevada firm might be onto something. Leading industry executives have said that sustainability will be a top trend in the promotional products industry in 2020 and beyond. That was backed up by trend-spotting at the ASI Show Orlando. The boots-on-the-ground research revealed that suppliers are placing a strong emphasis on eco-friendlier options. For instance, several apparel companies, including Top 40 supplier SanMar (asi/84863), debuted T-shirts made from recycled materials. The new Re-Tee from SanMar’s District brand is 100% recycled, made from plastic bottles and cotton scraps. “It takes cotton scraps, combines them with recycled polyester, and creates a new yarn and a new T-shirt that doesn’t use water (or) new dyes. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly T-shirts that you can have, and it feels really great, soft and easy to wear,” said Jeremy Lott, SanMar president.

Other industry firms have been weaving a focus on recycling into their business models and products. Founded in 2014, Upcycle Goods (asi/92767) has become a market leader in using recycled materials in its promo products. The company has worked with major brands like Microsoft, Apple, HP, AT&T, GE, Home Depot, Boeing, Dr. Pepper, Google and more.

Meanwhile, Grossman Marketing Group (asi/215205), a $35 million distributorship based in Somerville, MA, last year launched SwagCycle. The new startup initiative focuses on helping businesses manage the lifecycle of their logoed merchandise in a responsible, ethical and affordable way, according to Ben Grossman, the distributorship’s co-president and founder of the firms’ Green Marketing and Sustainability Practice.

To enable organizations to address the sustainability challenges presented by obsolete merch, SwagCycle offers a three-step process: Assess the inventory of unwanted items; confirm brand guidelines to determine if excess items can live on with charitable partners or should be recycled; and match items with an appropriate charity or one of Grossman’s recycling partners.

While such efforts alone won’t solve America’s recycling challenges, the initiatives from Grossman, Visstun and others in promo aim to contribute toward a solution. Visstun intends to keep pursuing the creation of products that are more environmentally friendly.

“There are a lot of important pieces to the eco-friendly ‘green’ puzzle, and using renewable and recycled resources is just the beginning,” the company said in a statement. “Visstun has explored many different options and is working to get to a cup that is compostable or biodegradable and Made-in-the-USA. Stay tuned for future developments.” Learn more about Visstun’s commitment to green here.

Founded in 2007, Visstun launched what it says was the world’s first hi-definition convolute cups. The technology improved traditional cup imprinting methods by first printing high-quality images on flat sheets and then forming them into cups on custom-engineered machinery.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

WHAT IS RECYCLED COTTON?

27 Jan

Natural / Gray

So what is recycled cotton, and why are there so many new promotional products coming to market, using recycled cotton.

For this post I am going to be borrowing a lot from the Cottonworks website on recycled cotton.

Recycled cotton can be generally defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused in textile products. It is divided into two classes, Pre-consumer, and Post-consumer. I think we all understand Post-consumer. Something is made, and ends it’s useful life cycle, and is recycled. The thing that caught my eye lately are the pre-consumer recycled goods.

Pre-consumer is all the cutting, clippings, scraps, etc., that are the waste products of creating cotton goods in the first place. This is waste created at the factory level. So pre-consumer recycled cotton goods are made from cotton that would otherwise be going directly from production to garbage, without the consumer ever playing a part.

The largest volume of recycled cotton sources is produced through pre-consumer waste, such as cutting scraps. Post-consumer waste is more difficult to sort through due to various color shades, fabric blends, and it is generally a more labor-intensive process.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is an example of what our industry is doing with this pre-consumer waste. The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is made from a blend of production cotton and pre-consumer cotton. The means those cotton ‘scraps’ from production do not go to the landfill, but instead are blended into a useful product. In this case a really nice cinch style tote bag.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring is made from cotton and pre-consumer cotton. This drawstring features a trendy color-block design with drawstring closure. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is a good size at 16.5″ H X 14″ D, and available with a large full color imprint area from branding purposes. The bag also has a natural, slightly raw look and feels to it. However I suspect that has more to do with a purposeful design aesthetic, not to the materials used to create it. So yes, the bag screams look at me, I’m something different, maybe wholesome, maybe more ‘natural’.

Thinking about consumer perception, it is interesting that most consumers do not equate recycled with sustainable, according to a report done by Lifestyle Monitor.

Cotton Incorporated’s Lifestyle Monitor™ research shows that consumers are seeking out recycled materials, but “recycled” does not necessarily equate to “sustainable” in a consumers’ mind.1 Research shows that 24% of consumers are willing to pay more for clothing or home textiles that are labeled as “recycled”, and 32% of consumers who plan on purchasing clothing or home textiles will look for “recycled” clothing; however, only 5% of consumers believe that “sustainable” = “recycled”. Consumers place more value in clothing or products labeled as “100% cotton”, “natural”, or “environmentally-friendly”. 

In this case it may be important for the marketing professional to clearly understand the story they wish to tell with their recycled cotton promotional products.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

Cold Weather Must-Haves, Eco-Insulated Jackets

27 Jan

Storm Creek is bringing in a line of recycled content jackets to help battle the winter cold. In the case of Storm Creek, the recycled material is being used in the interior of the jackets, as insulation, instead of the other shell of jacket, as we have seen with PCNA and other brands.

Two styles to take a look at with Storm Creek are their Eco-insulated Travelpack jackets, and their Luxe Eco-Insulated jackets. From the manufacturer;

Eco-insulated Travelpack jackets; No room in your luggage for an insulated jacket? No worries. This packable, super lightweight travel coat offers 60 gsm of Thermolite® EcoMade insulation to ensure that the warmth comes along, wherever you go.

Luxe Eco-Insulated jackets; Warm. Waterproof. Breathable. Adjustable. The Luxe truly has it all. This versatile piece of outerwear is ready to go wherever the cold takes you. The StormX™ Herringbone Polyester Fabric and EcoMade Insulation (165 gsm) keep out the cold and wet.

Both jackets are very nice. And for both there is no way for the consumer to actually tell these jackets have any recycled content unless you tell them. Aside from a hangtag with the jackets, they have little to identify them as recycled. Of course adding the recycled content information into the decoration of the jackets is always an option.

Info card

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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.

 

Messenger Bag with a Message

22 Jan

Parkland Script Messenger Bag

The Parkland Script Messenger Bag is a messenger bag with a message. This recycled content messenger lets your audience know that recycled and sustainable can also be useful and fashionable.

The Parkland Script Messenger Bag is clearly marked with sewn in recycled materials symbol, and a hang-tag is attached to each item, reading “Recycled Polyester” along with a statement on Parkland’s sustainability goals. It is also easy, given the bags generous 6.00″ H x 8.00″ W imprint area, for you to incorporate a recycled message into your artwork for this bag.

The ability to be a brief or a backpack makes the Parkland Script Messenger Bag a great messenger for employees on the move, a traveling sales force, or split time office / home workers.

From the manufacturer, “The exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles. Stow your laptop and essentials for commutes and travel inside the versatile Parkland Script Messenger Bag. It features a 15.6” laptop sleeve and multiple pockets to keep your items organized and easy to find. Hidden backpack straps let you convert this durably constructed bag into a traditional backpack for hands-free carrying. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.”

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, 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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