Wood PopSockets Grip

19 Apr

Introducing a Wood PopSockets® Grip!

PopSockets seem to be everywhere. Now they are available in bamboo and rosewood varieties.

The material first. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material because of how it is grown and harvested. Basically it is a grass, yet people treat it like a old growth hardwood, by which I mean bamboo has a very high perceived value. Rosewood is more problematic, as it is a real hardwood, and being able to trace its point of origin for products is sometimes nearly impossible. The issues with rosewood mostly revolve around where and how the wood itself is harvested.

Popsockets is making no claims of sustainability. Which is fine, and for that matter, honest. They are seeing the introduction of these woods in the most part as a marketing advantage, as a simple materials options, and nothing more.

From the Popsockets website “It just keeps getting better! Introducing a Wood PopSockets® Grip! Available in Bamboo and Rosewood, the unique wood finish lends perfectly to a classic laser engraving. The back of anyone’s phone is prime real estate for any promotion, and the best part is that a PopSockets Grip can be used on almost any brand of phone or phone case.”

Still, if your brand is about sustainability, and you have been thinking about marketing programs built around PopSockets, or one off their many competitors, at least this bamboo version allows for an option that will look like it belongs with your program.

If you are interested in Bamboo or Rosewood Unisex PopSockets 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.

100% Organic and Made in USA

11 Apr

Now even cooler.

The EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious, is checking all the boxes for Earth Day event tees this year. Ok, two boxes. But when if comes to sustainable tees, these are the two important ones.

The shirts are 100% certified organic ringspun cotton, and made in the USA. These are, what we call around the office, fashion tees, so a little sporty, very soft, and a little fashion forward.

The EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious, features a cotton rib neck, side-seam construction, and a tear-away lapel. Tee shirt colors are Black, Olive, Pacific Blue, and White, with sizes from S to 2XL.

That’s about it. We are talking about a tee shirt after all. But if you need 100% organic and USA made, this is really one of the few tee options on the market.

Lucky, it is a very nice option.

If you are interested in EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious 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.

Introducing New Recycled Bottles!

1 Apr

New Options from Garyline.

Eco-Cyclist a 22 oz Bike Sports Bottle with Wide-Mouth Push-Pull Cap and the RP20D, a 20oz Recycled Transparent Bottle with Drink Thru Lid.

Shown here in green, both bottles actually come in a bunch of colors. And you can mix and match lids, as you can with other bottles in the Garyline line up.

Both options are molded with 100% Post Consumer Recycled PETE, both bottle bodies are made in the USA. (Actually a lot of what Garyline does in made in the USA, and/or union made, and/or made from recycled content.)

Also notice that Garyline is now announcing that they can custom mold any of the sport bottles in their line with post-consumer recycled content. That means it is open season over there, regarding additional bottle shapes. Custom molding will take a bit longer, but it does let you find the perfect fit for you marketing need. Take a look at the full Garyline selection at www.garyline.com.

If you are interested in Garyline Post Consumer Recycled bottles 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.

Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel

25 Mar

Used to be water bottles.

The Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel from Goodhope bags could likely use a more catchy name. It does, however, look a lot better than it sounds, and could easily slip into a gym or college promotions program, on looks alone.

Made with recycled 52% PET material, and in this stylish two-tone design in green and tan (there is also an all black version), the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel, includes a couple of nice touches, like a generous sized front pocket and side zippered pocket. The overall size is 19″L x 10 ½”H x 10″W, which provides a spacious interior, and the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel come with a fabric-wrapped handles and adjustable shoulder strap.

What is Post Consumer Recycled PET? From the web, “PET (or Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic is it is one of the most common plastics in the world. You have probably seen this plastic in your soda and water bottles that are marked with the resin code #1. PET is produced from fossil fuels — typically natural gas and petroleum, but it is one of the easiest plastics to recycle.  Using this material means that we need use fewer virgin petroleum resources to make our products at the end of the day.”

So, lets say that basically 52% of this bag used to be water bottles. But, it is a really good looking bag, and not something that screams “I am recycled”, so if the recycled pedigree is important to your branding, we suggest incorporating a recycled theme into your artwork for the bag, or even adding a hag-tag with a message, explaining exactly why this bag fro your audience.

If you are interested in the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel 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.

Now Smelling Like Apples

19 Mar

ApPeel® Medio Slim Journal

The complete ApPeel line from Castelli is unique in that these Made in Italy (but decorated in USA, so normal 5-7 turn around on orders) journals and padfolios are made from recycled apple waste. Yes, apples.

Take for example the ApPeel® Medio Slim Journal, “The ApPeel Medio Slim Journal is made from apple peels that are ground and emulsified into an organic paper. This ground breaking eco friendly product is animal friendly, sustainable and all natural. Size: 5 1/4 x 8 3/8. Gray end pages with colored stripes. Back paper pocket.”

When I first wrote about this line I mentioned “the silly questions”, saying the ApPeel Medio Notebook does not smell or not taste like apples. But now, apparently, they do smell like apples. Actually, you have an option of scents; apple, orange, lavender, or coffee. These is done by adding a sent packet to the completed custom journal.

Also, each ApPeel Medio Notebook is printed with information explaining that the ApPeel Medio Notebook is made from apple waste, and so that this story can be easily incorporated into your our sustainability marketing message.

Of course we love this idea for anyone working on campaigns for sales, production, or distribution channels in the grocery or fruit industry. If your company is doing something with apples specifically, all the better.

And teachers gifts, as a nice Appeel Medio Notebook is likely more practical then an actual apple.

If you are interested in the Appeel Padfolio 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.

EOS™ Lip Balm

12 Mar

This is the same EOS™ Lip Balm you see in retail store, only this time branded with your logo.

This premium quality lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and free of paraben and petrolatum. Its formula includes vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil to keep lips soft and sensationally smooth with every wear.

Plus EOS Lip Balm is made in the USA, Prop 65 compliant, and proudly formulated with ingredients (above) that create a retail quality promotional product.

And EOS Lip Balm comes in a crazy number of colors and flavors, including, Blueberry Acai (Blue), Fresh Grapefruit SPF 30 (Light/Dark Pink), Lemon Twist SPF 15 (Light/Dark Yellow), Passion Fruit (Purple), Pomegranate Raspberry (Pomegranate), and Strawberry Sorbet (Pink).

Take a look at the video.

If you are interested in the EOS™ Lip Balm to promote your 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.

Port & Company® – All-American Tee

4 Mar

USA100 By Port & Company

An error that happens a often in our industry is also a simple mistake, an assumption really, on the part of our clients. The tee shirts and baseball caps, etc., that we design and produce for our clients are always printed here in Texas, or at another USA decorator.  So decoration is nearly always America. This fact sometimes allows client to drift into thinking they are getting a USA made tee shirt. They are not. They are getting a USA printed tee shirts, but the manufacturer of the tee shirt itself could be Mexico, Honduras, Vietnam, China, etc.

Since most of the time a tee shirt order comes down to what does the tee shirt cost, the shirt’s actual origin story is not very relevant. Except, of course, when it is. Some Union clients, some Universities, some political clients, really do want an 100% made/decorated in the USA tee. That pedigree is important to their ‘brand’ and the audiences they are trying to reach.

So enter the Port & Company® – All-American Tee. From the Port & Company website, “Our All-American Tee is 100% made in the USA. From the cotton to the fabric manufacturing to the sewing of the finished tee, our All-American Tees help create and sustain jobs right here in America.” They even go so far as to make available a Certificate of Authenticity.

Make no mistake, this tee shirt will cost more than a tee made outside of the USA. But not that much more. And often, when the reputation of your brand is based on being local, sustainable, or US based, it is worthwhile to spend a bit more to align with your brand values.

If you are interested in the Port & Company® – All-American Tee to promote your 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.

Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote

25 Feb

Preprint back

Preprint back. Your logo is printed on blank panel area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote has, well not the most buzz-worthy name. However, what it does have is a big pop of color for a preprinted grocery tote.

From the manufacturer, “Veggies and antique kitchen utensils take center stage in this vintage print. Perfect alternative to plastic bags. Large open main compartment. Supportive bottom board. Contrasting regular polypropylene front open pocket. Matte finish. Laminated material is water-resistant and easily wipes clean. Reinforced handles and binding for added durability.”

This is a great bag for farmer’s markets, community gardens, cooking programs. The bag comes with all that beautiful color in the preprint design, on a natural color back drop. We simply add your logo onto the front pocket area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote is a big 15″ H X 10″ W X 13″ D, and made from 110g Laminated Non-Woven Polypropylene, a recyclable material. If you are running a program in a city with a bag ban, these bags are great giveaways. They can be cleaned with soap and water, and reused over and over again, constantly showing off your brand.

If you are interested in the Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote to promote your 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.

24 Oz Endurance Tumbler With Mixing Ball

18 Feb

Perfect for any use.

Got a heath and wellness program at your company? Own a gym? Working in the life science arena? Well then you might be looking for a good blender bottle for your marketing efforts, and for those efforts, can we suggest the 24 Oz Endurance Tumbler With Mixing Ball from Garyline.

The 24 Oz Endurance Tumbler With Mixing Ball is a 24oz / 750ml sports cup, featuring a drink thru lid, and, as the name suggestions, carrying a shaker ball. It is a perfect item for fitness programs, or marketers of energy & meal replacement drinks.

With a wide top opening for easy filling, and both ounce and milliliter measurements on the sides, the 24 Oz Endurance Tumbler With Mixing Ball, is easy to use, and piratical.

This made in the USA bottle is molded from reusable and recyclable polypropylene, and is both PBS free and FDA food compliant.

The tumbler body is available in five colors, the mixer ball in nine colors, and the lids in eight colors, allowing for a mix-and-match design palette that will work for most any logo.

If you are interested in the 24 Oz Endurance Tumbler With Mixing Ball 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.

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.

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