Printing and Sustainability

19 Nov

Got an email from FOREMOST GRAPHICS this morning, outlining the TWO SIDES! paper initiative. Worth taking a look if you have concerns about commercial printing and the environment.

Print and paper have been the preferred communication medium for more than 2,000 years. By gaining a better understanding of printing’s environmental impact today, we’re positioning print and paper to continue as the communication medium of choice.

The Two Sides initiative explodes the myths and sets out the facts about print media’s sustainability in a clear and concise manner. By helping people gain an understanding of why Print and Paper is a versatile and sustainable communications medium.

Two Sides is telling the sustainability story of print and paper. By tackling the relevant environmental and social issues head-on with factual, authoritative information that exposes the myths, explains our industry’s true sustainability and gives stakeholders a solid foundation for making well-informed decisions about the use of print and paper.

Check out how Two-Sides can help clear the air on Printing and the Environment:

TWO SIDES!

Might also want to take a look at their fact sheet page, https://twosidesna.org/Two-Sides-Fact-Sheet.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to lower the impact of your promotional printing, email info@proformagreen.com for information.

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.

Premium Eco-Friendly Fleece

18 Nov

New Premium Eco-Friendly Fleece from Econscious. These folks are still at it, and the products continue to improve.

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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 Vegan Leather?

31 Oct

LVL Pounches are one of many items now being made from vegan leather.

The team at Pop! Promos has expanded their line of products with in a number of creative ideas made from Vegan Leather of LVL. These are Pop! Promos items, so of course expect lots of color, lots of fun, but what exactly is meant by Vegan Leather? I asked.

The term vegan leather is one that is relatively new to the promotional products industry. Simply put, vegan leather is a sustainable and ethical alternative to traditional leather. Most vegan leather is made using plastic-based polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane materials. In the past, the term “pleather” (plastic leather) was used because of the makeup of the base materials.

While it’s acknowledged that the use of plastics still has drawbacks, in comparison to the resources and waste output of creating leather, it still creates less of an environmental impact, in addition to being cruelty free.

Vegan leather also offers the consumer a durable, high-quality material which can be decorated in a number of exciting and versatile ways. From full-color detailed imagery to solid patterns, vegan leather is an excellent canvas for branding opportunities!

Low Maintenance: In addition to being stylish, the crosshatch texture of LVL products is easier to wipe clean than traditional pebbled leather, so your full-color designs will stay brighter and last longer.

Luxurious Feel: The LVL Line is crafted with high-quality vegan leather with a fashionable crosshatch texture. Modeled after traditional Saffiano leather, the elevated, dimensional texture of our vegan leather feels just as luxurious as it looks.

Cruelty Free: Made from durable crossline PVC, the entire LVL Line offers an animal-free, ethical alternative to your favorite leather goods, with the added bonus of full-color customization possibilities at an attractive price.

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.

Wheat Collection From Hit Promo

24 Oct

Buildable Wheat Straw Kit In Travel Case

Hit Promo has started a new line of office items made from a wheat straw composite material.  Here is the pitch;

ECO-INSPIRED WHEAT COLLECTION – Leave an impression you’re proud of with this environmentally conscious collection. Made with wheat straw pp composite material, this lightweight plastic-alternative offers several environmental and economic benefits. Wheat straw is an annually renewable and reclaimed natural-plant fiber created using repurposed agricultural food byproduct. Repurposing this byproduct into a bioplastic filler reduces agricultural waste and the CO² emissions that they create.

The Wheat Collection covers items from pens, to mugs, to straws, to lunch kits, even sunglasses. Take a look at https://www.hitpromo.net/search/product/wheat

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.

Plants from Pencils for Holidays

22 Oct

From Sprout email this morning.

Just one single plantable pencil can make a corporate gift stand out?

It’s true. We know it due to all the feedback we receive every year around Christmas from our company clients. Keep it coming, we love to hear from you.

It seems that both employees, partners or clients get surprised when they see the Sprout pencil. It’s such a strong conversation starter. It’s something to remember. It’s a gift that gives back.

You can customize both pencil and single card or get your order faster and choose our standard design.

Learn more about Sprout at https://sproutworld.com/

If you are interested in Sprout 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.

Visstun has your holiday cups covered

21 Oct

Visstun, the made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, and home of the “Everything Green” program, is now going big with pre-prints for holidays and special occasion on their made in the USA line of sustainable drinkware.

With Visstun, you get the scariest, merriest, most exciting plastic cups available anywhere for any occasion. Plus, they’re reusable, recyclable, top-shelf dishwasher safe, and use 30% less plastic than boring ordinary stadium cups

And Visstun is not stopping with Halloween and jolly guys in red, they also have stock designs for sports, kids, seasons, campaigns, and a whole lot more.

“Need a simple way to add pizzazz to a basic promotion? Add ready-to-use full color backgrounds to your cup promotion. The stock images below are available for all cup sizes and will vary according to cup/container size. Simply specify the image name when ordering and we will combine it with your supplied logo and artwork. Depending on the cup size required, most of the stock art found at www.digispec.com/stock can be used for cups.”

Once again Visstun is living up to their tagline of “Visually Stunning Cups & Containers”. And remember, if they can do all of these stock ideas, then they can easily get your exact, full color, custom art, on a stadium cup as well.

If you are interested in Visstun 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 USA Holiday Lipbalm

17 Oct

Theme Lip Balm is both fun and practical at this time of year.

The weather is changing once again, time to think about dry air and dry lips, time to think about lip balm. Fortunately cold weather also brings a number of Fall and Winter events that easily lend themselves to marketing your business.

And if you are thinking about lip balm for Fall projects, our friends at Raining Rose are making it easy with new Fall and Holiday theme backdrops.

But first let’s talk about the company itself. Raining Rose products are all USA made, using natural and organic ingredients in a USDA certified facility. Raining Rose even offers 100% USDA certified organic lip balm, in tubes containing 30% recycled plastic content. Lots of flavor, shapes, sizes, and colors as well.

Add to their superior product the ability for full wrap, full color imprinting, and the option of a theme backdrops, and you have a practical promotional item with excellent messaging opportunities.

The themes really shine come the fall holidays. You name your event, and Raining Rose likely has stock art on hand to match it. And if not, no problem, their art department is great at developing custom ideas to perfectly meet the needs of your project.

If you are interested in Raining Rose 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.

13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board

9 Oct

Totally Bamboo is a family-owned company in San Marcos, California.

This 13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board from Totally Bamboo makes a great holiday or VIP gift for folks in the hospitality, foods services, construction, and real estate industries.

From the website, “Not only is this an exquisite board to use and display, look closely and you’ll see more than 800 images of exotic and endangered animals laser engraved into the surface. Our Tree of Life board was designed to reflect the importance of trees for ALL life, so it’s only natural that we craft it from sustainable, earth-loving bamboo.”

This 3-1/2″ x 13″ x 5/8″ certainly makes a statement. The back of the board can be decorated with your company logo, contact information, or even a special message to your audience. Using the 13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board as an award is therefor also an option.

I like Bamboo because it is basically a grass, and a sustainable material because it is easy to grow and easy to harvest. I like cutting boards because they are a useful, long lasting, practical promotional item. So win-win, as people say. Proforma has had a working relationship with Totally Bamboo for more than a decade, and ourselves and or clients are always impressed with their quality.

If you are interested in Totally Bamboo 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.

Hanes® EcoSmart®

8 Oct

Hanes® – EcoSmart® 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt

So 5%, when you get through to the small print, the Hanes® EcoSmart® is “made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles”. I have seen higher percentages from other lines, such as Patagonia, where some items as as high as 100% recycled poly. However I would agree that comparing Patagonia and Hanes is not really fair. Different products, different business models.

Hanes is one of the largest producers of tee and hoodies for the Promotional products industry. It is nice that a producer of their size is offering recycled content clothing alternatives. I guess I just wish they could have gotten a bit higher than 5% content.

Best sellers in the Hanes® EcoSmart® line are likely the Hanes® EcoSmart® – Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt (7.8-ounce, 50/50 cotton/poly. Made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles), and the Hanes® – EcoSmart® 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt (5.2-ounce, 50/50 cotton/poly. Made with up to 5% polyester from recycled plastic bottles).

I keep expecting more value based options (read inexpensive) in recycled tees and hoodies to arrive in the market. But so far it seems that the continuing trend is that recycled gets used mostly for higher end clothing options. If someone could produce a higher content, basic use, recycled tee, there certainly seems a market for them.

If you are interested in Hanes® EcoSmart® 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.

From Water Bottles to Backpacks

1 Oct

Four color options. As us for a virtual layout with you artwork. Virtuals are always free.

The Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack from PCNA is part of their EcoSmart line of promotional products from recycled materials. The exterior of each Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles.  Additionally, 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 Parkland Kingston Plus itself, is a backpack designed with style and sustainability in mind. Equipped with a variety of pockets, including one for water bottle and 15″ laptop, the Kingston Plus is an essential upgrade to your organizational game.

With its classic design and size ( 17.75″ H X 6″ W X 12.25″ D), the Parkland Kingston Plus is a great bag for college and employee programs. Custom decoration of your logo can be come with either full color transfer, or embroidery. The Parkland Kingston Plus comes in four color options.

If you are interested in the Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack 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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