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.

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.

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