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Eco Gifts For Virtual Conferences And Tradeshows

22 Feb

Online Events Reduce Your Footprint – And So Can The Gifts, article present by PCNA Eco Style.

January is about more than trying to stick with New Year’s resolutions. It’s also a big month for conferences, tradeshows and sales meetings.

Now that those events are moving to virtual platforms, people are discovering that hosting them online has some advantages – for one thing, it opens up the event to more presenters and attendees, who no longer have to worry about scheduling conflicts or the time, effort and expense required for travel.

Another huge benefit of going virtual? It eliminates the environmental impact of bringing together hundreds or thousands of people:

+ No travel to and from event.

+ No lighting, heat or AC for the venue.

+ No heaping mounds of trash destined for a landfill.

Sustainability and eco-consciousness emerged as big trends in 2020, so promoting 2021 virtual events as a win for the environment makes a lot of sense – starting with an eco-friendly swag bag. And as a bonus, all the products you’re about to see are part of our 1% For The Planet program, meaning one percent of sales are contributed to environmental nonprofits.

Pretty cool, huh?

Dege Eco Knit Half Zip | 18306 (M) and 98306 (W)

Want to feel good about what you’re wearing? This half-zip is made from recycled polyester AND it looks great. The convertible collar gives you two different ways to wear it. It also has moisture-wicking, snag-resistant, wash-and-wear fabric with UPF 40+ protection (light colors UPF 15-24) and an anti-microbial finish to keep you feeling fresh.

Can’t have a killer swag bag without really cool apparel. Trend-right style and casual comfort make the Dege a standout, but what’s even better is that it’s made with more than 30% recycled polyester, taking plastic waste and turning it into something you can feel good about wearing.

 

Cougar Wheat Straw Ballpoint | SM-4482

The Cougar Wheat Straw Ballpoint features 40% wheat straw barrel. Click action mechanism. Black ink cartridge with 1.0mm pen tip. 800m writing length. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

Here’s the thing about people doing virtual events: They can’t take notes on their laptop! So a pen and notebook really come in handy. (We’ll get to the notebook in a second.) The Cougar Ballpoint has a barrel partly made with sturdy, sustainable wheat straw instead of planet-harming plastic.

5” x 7” EcoFlex PerfectBook | PEC-700EB

Flexible, wraparound 100% recycled paper covers in Natural or Black. Includes 1-color foil or blind deboss imprint. 100 sheets of 60# lined EcoFiller, or blank. Graph or dot grid available for an upcharge (contact sales for pricing). Perfect-bound spine

OK, about that notebook. The EcoFlex features a flexible wraparound cover made with 100% recycled paper. In other words, it’s pretty much a no-brainer for your eco-friendly swag bag.

Wheat Straw Storage With Utensils | SM-2226

The Wheat Straw Food Storage with Utensils comes equipped with a band to hold the lid and utensils in place. Container is microwave safe. Do not put band or utensils in microwave. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

Food storage is another gift that’s big right now, with more people packing lunch as part of the new routine for 9 to 5. And in case you’re wondering, the wheat straw container is microwave-safe.

Recycled 5oz Cotton Twill Tote | SM-5830

This recycled cotton twill tote is great for any convention and helps promote corporate social responsibility. It is manufactured from pre-consumer waste generated by factories during the fabric cutting process. Approximately 70%-80% recycled cotton and 20-30% RPET. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

Naturally, you’re going to need a nice bag for everything. This trendy twill tote is made with pre-consumer recycled cotton, which is material that’s left over from the manufacture of other cotton goods. So instead of going to a landfill, that extra cotton is turned into an eco-friendly alternative to plastic conference totes.

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.

ALLMADE Sustainable Materials Face Mask

19 Jun

Just came across my desk, the Allmade® Tri-Blend Allmask.

Here is their pitch, “This super-soft, fitted face mask is light, breathable and reusable. It’s made from an equivalent of up to one recycled plastic water bottle, organic cotton and Tencel™ Modal. Great coverage for you, great for the planet. Two-ply 4.2-ounce, 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic bottles/25% organic, US-grown cotton/25% Tencel™ Modal­. Non-medical and Machine washable­. Mask covers the wearer’s nose and mouth with multi functional elastic head straps.”

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.

Cold Weather Must-Haves, Eco-Insulated Jackets

27 Jan

Storm Creek is bringing in a line of recycled content jackets to help battle the winter cold. In the case of Storm Creek, the recycled material is being used in the interior of the jackets, as insulation, instead of the other shell of jacket, as we have seen with PCNA and other brands.

Two styles to take a look at with Storm Creek are their Eco-insulated Travelpack jackets, and their Luxe Eco-Insulated jackets. From the manufacturer;

Eco-insulated Travelpack jackets; No room in your luggage for an insulated jacket? No worries. This packable, super lightweight travel coat offers 60 gsm of Thermolite® EcoMade insulation to ensure that the warmth comes along, wherever you go.

Luxe Eco-Insulated jackets; Warm. Waterproof. Breathable. Adjustable. The Luxe truly has it all. This versatile piece of outerwear is ready to go wherever the cold takes you. The StormX™ Herringbone Polyester Fabric and EcoMade Insulation (165 gsm) keep out the cold and wet.

Both jackets are very nice. And for both there is no way for the consumer to actually tell these jackets have any recycled content unless you tell them. Aside from a hangtag with the jackets, they have little to identify them as recycled. Of course adding the recycled content information into the decoration of the jackets is always an option.

Info card

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.

 

PCNA is doing recycled clothing

15 Jan

RINCON Packable Jacket

So this is kind of a big deal. PCNA, one of the leading manufacturers in the promotional products industry, is now offering recycled clothing options inside their TRIMARK line.

First, let’s remind everyone why TRIMARK is already a category killer for promotional apparel. 1) One stop pricing that includes decoration, 2) Multiple decoration options including deboss, embroidery, and laser engrave 3) Male and female companions for most items, 4) Free virtuals program.

So PCNA is adding to that lineup recycled clothing options.

Let take a look at the RINCON Packable Jacket. The jacket is available in five colors; white, vintage red, metro blue, loden, black/silver. The male jackets run S – 5XL, ladies jackets run XS – 3XL. Production is 5-7 days from art approval.

On materials, the outer shell is 60% Polyester and 40% Recycled polyester 240T woven with water resistant coating (600mm) & water repellent finish, 80 g/m² (2.4 oz/yd²).

Here is the pitch from the website.

“Good for your style, even better for the planet. The Rincon is made with recycled polyester and even has recycled zipper tape. It’s also wind- and water-resistant with a roll-away hood to keep you drier longer and it’s got a mesh lining and breathable back vents to keep you cool and comfy. Color pop details for extra style points. It even packs away into a built-in stuff sack for easy stowing.”

Again, I want to stress that TRIMARK is a excellent, award setting brand in promotional apparel. I expect nothing less in comfort, quality, and style in their new line of EcoSmart Apparel. I also expect that PCNA will continue to add to this line in the coming months.

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.

From Bottle to Beautiful

19 Dec

More for 2020

This email just came through, it seems Storm Creek is expanding their eco collection in 2020.

Explore our Eco-Collection, which includes a variety of styles containing at least 35% recycled post-consumer waste, made primarily of recycled plastic bottles. Since launching this collection, we’ve saved more than a million plastic bottles from landfills or oceans. But this is just the beginning, as we’re weaving recycled materials into more styles every season. Plus, 1% from every purchase of our eco-collection goes to protect the environment.

Storm Creek is a pretty solid brand. And their eco-collection runs as high as 35% recycled content, so that puts them ahead of a number of other lines. Add to that a good choice of cuts and colors, and you have some great sustainable apparel options for your company’s marketing and uniform needs.

Also, keep in mind that Storm Creek decorates in house, with a typical turn around of 5-8 business days from art approval.

See the full look book at https://view.publitas.com/storm-creek/sc_lookbook_eco_codeda/page/1.

Like many other producers, Storm Creek is also participating in the 1% for the Planet initiative.

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.

Earthwise collection from Vantage

11 Dec

Looks like Vantage Apparel is going to carrying more sustainable clothing options in 2020. This announcement just hit my inbox.

If your brand is looking for ways to create a more sustainable footprint, our Vantage Earthwise collection is the perfect place to start.

The Vantage Earthwise collection is a new wave of sustainable fashion that offers high-performing essentials made from REPREVE® HIGH-QUALITY recycled polyester. Each style within the Earthwise collection helps to keep plastic bottles from ending up in our oceans and landfills. Vantage has also pledged to donate a portion of sales to nonprofits committed to protecting our environment. Choose Earthwise and feel good that your promotional decision will affect real change in the protection and restoration of our planet.

See the full collection here https://vantageapparel.com/earthwise/

The clothing will be made with Repreve recycled fiber and also be participating in the 1% for the Planet Project. Those two facts make this inititiative into sustainable clothing better than most other options out there.

Plus this is Vantage Apparel we are talking about. They have been in business since 1977, and are always ranked as one of the best vendors in the promotional clothing market. “With more than 500,000 different embroidered logos under our belt, 1200 embroidery heads and the industry’s most experienced digitizers and operators, Vantage is the premier supplier to fulfill your order quickly and successfully. Our mission is to deliver a comprehensive apparel solution to our customers by providing the Complete Source for their decorated apparel needs.”

So the Earthwise Collection is simply getting Vantage a bit closer to that mission goal.

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.

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.

Flyer

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.

Eco Heavyweight Tee

25 Sep

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If you are interested in sustainable ideas 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.

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.

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.

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