Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler

7 May

Shown with full color imprint.

The new Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler from Leeds is nice example of a recycled content item that does not look made from recycled content. With a 100% recycled polyester outer shell, the retro top fold-over style is reminiscent of a paper lunch bag.

The Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be decorated with a full color logo using Leed’s multi-color transfer imprinting process, or the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be screen printed with exact PMS spot colors.

For companies looking for lunch totes for employee health and wellness, or new hire programs, these cooler as a great option. If your company is working to project a sustainable image, even more so.

(Leeds does point out that the foil lining, webbing handle and webbing trim are not made with recycled materials.)

If you are interested in the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler to promote your own business, or if you wish 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.

Visstun Announces Everything Green!

2 May

Say hello to total color and design.

Visstun, that made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, just sent our office an email announcing their new “Everything Green” program. Read it for yourselves.

We are excited to announce our “Everything Green” program. This awesome new project will add 32% Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber (PCF) to ALL paper cup, container, & lid products in 2019 – at no additional cost! Yes, this is not a typo – at no additional cost!

Everything Green in a nut shell:

    • ALL paper products made with 32% Sustana EnviroLife™, FSC® Certified, Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber
    • No Upcharge – cost neutral for customers
    • No List of Options – This is our new standard not an additional item
    • Appearance and performance like regular paper board
    • Just Green – a great use for recycled fiber

We started making products with Sustana’s awesome NEW Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber in April 2019 and expect to have 100% of our paper cups, containers, and lids built using this paper by the end of 2019. To see our progress, visit Visstun.com/nowgreen. Also, each of our website product pages contains an “Everything Green” progress bar.

If you are interested in Visstun cups 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.

Hemp Washed Soft Mesh Trucker

26 Apr

The folks at Econscious are now producing items from Hemp. So let’s take a look at this Hemp Washed Soft Mesh Trucker.

The Hemp Washed Soft Mesh Trucker follows the basic trucker design, with a front that is 55% hemp and 45% cotton, with the back mesh material made from 100% recycled polyester.

There are six colors available, Olive/Oyster (shown), Navy/Oyster, Earth/Oyster (shown), Black/Oyster, Charcoal/Black, and Black/Black. And they are pricey, at $22 per unit. As a reference, an organic cotton cap normally runs closer to $5-$8 range, with an imprint.

But they are the only folks that seem to have a hemp cap, and honestly, with the explosion in related marketing for marijuana, and CBD oils and products, they have a large market to service, as everyone is looking for promotional items they feel they can tie in with the new industry. Econscious is also doing hemp grocery totes and pouches, but so far not tees or other wearables.

I will say the quality and feel of the cap is very much like a premium fashion cap, and people will be able to tell that these are not your basic trucker caps.

If you are interested in hemp caps 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.

Reusable Products Graph

23 Apr

Stats from PCNA

Some fun with stats 🙂

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.

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.

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