The Biodegradable Plant & Algae T-Shirt

16 Sep

The Biodegradable Plant & Algae T-Shirt (article repeated from ASI)

A London, U.K.-based apparel company has pulled off a fashion first that takes the concept of eco-friendly clothing to the next level.

Photo from Vollebak.

Vollebak has created a T-shirt that’s made from pulped eucalyptus and beech that’s sourced from sustainably-managed forests, as well as algae that’s grown in bioreactors. The end product is a soft, durable earthily hip tee that’s biodegradable. Bury it in the earth, and it’s gone in approximately three months. But don’t worry, Vollebak says, the shirt won’t biodegrade while you’re wearing it; the tee needs the fungus, bacteria and heat from the Earth to do that.

The ingenious tee is the work of Vollebak founders Nick and Steve Tidball – twin brothers who’ve been at the forefront of wild apparel innovations since launching their company four years ago. The innovations include a solar charged jacket that won a list of awards, including Time’s Best Invention of 2018, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design award and Wired’s Gear of the Year. The T-shirt made with ceramic technology for high-level abrasion resistance, a jacket that mimics the adaptive camouflage of squid, and fire-and-water battling pants designed to last 100 years are other notables.

The Black Squid Jacket mimics the adaptive camouflage of the squid. Photo from Vollebak.

Still, it’s the recently released Plant and Algae Shirt that’s been gaining the most attention of late because it addresses one of the biggest negatives of the textile industry – and that’s the heavy toll clothing waste and industrial apparel manufacturing take on the planet. Consider: People sent about 11.2 million tons of textiles to landfills in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, it takes anywhere from 25 to 40 gallons of water to dye two pounds of fabric, and the textile industry gulps down almost 25 trillion gallons of water annually, research shows.

But through an innovative process and use of organic materials left in their natural state, Vollebak is presenting an innovative solution to the waste and resource depletion with its Plant and Algae Shirt. The ingenuity includes using a closed loop production process to turn the wood from sustainably-managed forests into fabric. “In practice this means that over 99% of the water and solvent used to turn pulp into fibre is recycled and reused,” Vollebak says on its website. “And on the Higg MSI scoring system, which measures the impact of producing a kilogram of fibre – taking into account fossil resource depletion, water scarcity, eutrophication and global warming – this fabric scores 10 against cotton’s score of 60. Our eventual aim is to score 0.”

Photo from Vollebak.

The green engineering extends to the T-shirt print, which is made from algae. “To turn algae into a printable ink, we use the same technique used in Kenya to create algae cake,” Vollebak says. “Instead of passing lake water through a cotton net, we pass water from the bioreactor through a filter. This process separates the algae, leaving a soupy algae paste. This paste is then dried in the sun to create a fine powder, and this powder is mixed with a water-based binder to make algae ink.”

Over time, the algae print organically changes color. No chemicals or dyes are used in the making of the shirt. So, when wearers do bury it to biodegrade, only organic material enters the soil. “Our idea with all our clothing is to cut down on the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills and [..] make people think differently about how long they could or should own a piece of clothing for,” Vollebak CEO Steve Tidball told Forbes.

Currently, the shirt retails for $110, and we don’t expect the tees to start popping up in the promo products industry tomorrow – but one day they, and future models like them, just might. After all, the shirts are representative of a growing movement centered on creating apparel that’s truly sustainable in material, production process and post-life. As younger Millennials and Gen Zers begin to dominate the consumer and corporate buying marketplaces, promotional products professionals should look for demand for verifiably green wearables to take deeper root and sprout.

If you are interested in sustainable tees shirts and apparel 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.

Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler

2 Jul
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MATERIALS / DIMENSIONS: Bamboo Fiber, Stainless Steel / 3.25″L 6.75″H 3.25″W

The 13.5 oz Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is a bio-composite of 70% bamboo fibers and other natural materials. The stainless steel interior and push on lid for added hot and cold retention and the base of tumbler features nonslip grip for extra stability.

The Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is BPA Free, PVC free, and Phthalate free. Just don’t put in the microwave.

For companies with a natural theme to their brand, the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is a great marketing and promotional peice to tie into your brand identitiy, for employee gifts or sales call leave behinds.

The imprint size on the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is 5″w x 4″h with a one color imprint maximum. Laser engrave on the tumbler is also an option. Decoration is available on both the body and the lid. And the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler ships with a gift box.

If you are interested in the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler. 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.

That doesn’t look like a recycled bag

10 Jun

Exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles.

The #1 comment we get on the new Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel is, “Gee, that doesn’t look like a recycled bag”. To which I think the correct answer is, “it is not supposed too look like a recycled bag (and who says gee anymore, anyways)”.

The Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel is indeed made from 100% Recycled PET. Parkland likes to say made from 100% water bottles, but since RPET is fungible, I think 100% recycled is a strong enough statement to make. From the manufacturer, “The exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles. The Parkland Lookout 18.5” is a duffel designed with style and sustainability in mind. Its convenient 24 liter interior is an ideal size for a quick trip to the gym or an overnight stay”.

The Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel has the look of a traditional varsity style tube duffel bag, which a good size of 10″ H X 10″ W X 18.5″ D.  Options are a natural blue or gray/black exterior.

Parkland likes to promo their bags with the following video, basically showing recycled material bags are like any other bag, except that the starting point is discarded – as opposed to virgin – plastic. And that is really the whole point here. Once the used plastic is broken down and spun into fabric, it really is just like any other bag.  Parkland does include a recycled content tag inside of all their bags,to help get the point across.

If you are interested in the Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel 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.

Disrupt Messenger on Clearance

27 May

Large decoration area on front flap for your logo.

Quick access side pocket.

 

The Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger for PCNA is on clearance, with a sale price of just $19,.98 including decoration of any one color artwork. This is a great looking messenger bag with a 100% recycled material perigee (100% Recycled PET), and carrying Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark.

I would put the sale down to a change in seasons, with new bags for Fall coming right around the corner. Here is the Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger pitch straight from the PCNA website, “Disrupt the status quo with a bag that is environmentally friendly without sacrificing quality and function. This EcoSmart bag is not only made from recycled bottles and recycled leather, but is loaded with organization and features for the latest technology while remaining PVC free. Compu-Messenger can hold your 15” computer and other essentials. Comfortable messenger design has a dedicated iPad/tablet compartment along with separate iPad Mini pocket. Holds all of your essentials including iPhone in a lined pocket and other business accessories. Compact design has integrated, zipped side water bottle pocket that can be tucked away when not in use. Recycled material has been verified by a 3rd party and received Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark”.

This is a great everyday carry bag for office computers, or full time travelers. Grab them fast before they are gone at this price.

If you are interested in the Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger 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.

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.

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