A Sign For The Times

17 May

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy (see proformagreen.com). John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

On April 21, 2009 Drinking With Benefits held their latest open house event at the State and Allen Lounge in downtown Dallas.

The goal of Drinking With Benefits is to “develop an awareness and call to action for local communities through businesses that implement the ideals of an eco-friendly community, thereby creating an active ‘go green’ network of lounges, bar and nightclubs”. Part of their education and advocacy outreach is recognition by Drinking With Benefits of those businesses who recycle their waste—in particular glass, which has the most connection to the patrons of these businesses.

As part of their program Drinking With Benefits needs to get their message out by identifying the bars that are members of their organization. Enter the Dakota Burl plaque from Norwood. This plaque is made entirely of sunflower husks and when laser etched really looks very elegant. Each new member of Drinking With Benefits is now presented with a Dakota Burl plaque to place in their establishment to show their participation in the program and to help promote it. That was part of the reason for the April 21st event.

With an EQP of $31.00 it is a great alternative to the traditional plaques made from hardwood like maple, oak, walnut, and cherry woods. The Dakota is 8″w x 10″h x 1/2″d with a normal production time of 5 business days. I also think the unique patterning of the Dakota Burl plaque make it stand out much better than the many bamboo plaques on the market.

The Dakota is a great idea for Ecopreneurists looking for employee recognition plaques and event basic signage for retail stores and other businesses. Since Norwood is able to laser engrave the entire front of the Dakota, it can really be imprinted with any image that you can design.

If you are an ASI distributor Mark Goldring is the contact to talk to at Norwood. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

If you are interested in more information about Drinking With Benefits contact their president Narisha Johnson at nj@drinkwhereitsgreen.org.

One Response to “A Sign For The Times”


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