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Eco Heavyweight Tee

25 Sep

Flyer

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.

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.

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.

RECYCLED NEWPORT

17 Sep

Classic Fit, 14.0 oz. (410g) Recycled anti-pilling GREEN PLUS® fleece.

Landway is now doing their very popular Newport fleece jacket in a 85% recycled polyester variation. This is basically the same fleece as the standard Newport, is is simply made from polyester from recycled resources, instead of virgin poly.

The Recycled Newport is 14oz fleece, Landway refers to their recycled fleece pas GREEN PLUS® fleece, with a full-zip front zipper, and two zippered pockets. The Recycled Newport comes in Black, Deepwater Blue, and Spruce green.

These jackets are always good for embroidery, although Landway does not do decoration in house.

For any company with a focus on outdoor activities, and with a sustainable message or product, these are great fall fleece alternative to mainstream jackets.

If you are interested the Recycled Newport jacket 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.

Put a Bottle on Your Head

13 Sep

50/50 RECYCLED PET SPUN POLYESTER/COTTON TWILL. STRUCTURED; SIX-PANEL; MID-PROFILE. PRE-CURVED VISOR; MATCHING UNDERVISOR. VELCRO CLOSURE. SEWN EYELETS

Sweda USA has redone their recycled content baseball caps in a few new colors. The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap is now available in Navy Blue, Red, Gray, White, Black, and Khaki.

These caps are a 50/50 blend, so 50% recycled PET spun polyester (think old plastic bottles) and 50% cotton twill.  The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap is your basic mid-profile cap with pre-curved visor. They have a velcro closure.

Sweda USA does decoration in house, so it is one stop shopping, and easy to get virtuals done for this caps. Indeed Sweda includes up to 10,000 stitches in the cost of the cap, with is $9.89 at EQP of 288 units.

The caps are great show and event giveaways – no one ever throws out a cap – for companies that have sustainability or waste management as their focus.

If you are interested in the The Mega Cap Pet Recycled Structure Cap 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.

econscious Adult 9 oz. Organic/Recycled Pullover Hoodie

5 Sep

80% certified organic cotton, 20% recycled polyester. Enzyme washed. Clean-finished neck seam with woven tape. YKK Zipper. Double-needle coverstitched seams. 

So how comfortable does this hoodie look! Time to get ready for a change in the weather, and think about Fall apparel projects.

The econscious EC5500 Adult 9 oz. Organic/Recycled Pullover Hoodie runs XS-2XL, and comes in six fashion colors, Black, Charcoal, Earth, Jungle Green, Legacy Brown, and Pacific Blue.

The material of the econscious EC5500 is 80% certified organic cotton, 20% recycled polyester, and is enzyme washed for a slightly faded look. It also features a 2×1 cotton/spandex rib at belt and sleeves.

In terms of decoration, the econscious EC5500 can be treated like any other garment, screen printing, embroidery, etc., it will all work the same on the econscious EC5500 as any other cotton/poly mix hoodie. Indeed we encourage adding a fact about the hoodies 80% certified organic cotton, 20% recycled polyester blend into your artwork, if that is something you wish promoted. Because, without knowing it, this hoodie just looks like a normal – if rather nice – hoodie.

The econscious EC5500 are going to work great for any Fall gardening programs, or beach clean up campaigns. If you business brand is about sustainability, this is certainly the hoodie for you.

If you are interested in the econscious EC5500 to promote your own business, 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.

Econscious Organic Cotton/Recycled Polyester Apron

28 Mar

Yep, that’s an apron.

Got a farm-to-table theme restaurant, city gardening club, or organic food truck. Well, Econscious has got your uniform aprons.

The Econscious Organic 8 oz. Cotton/Recycled Polyester Apron, comes in three colors – black, navy, and oyster – and is made of 55% certified organic cotton and 45% recycled polyester. There are also two  brass riveted front pockets, to make the work day a bit easier.

The nature of an apron, the large, single section of cloth, allows for an equally large imprint area. The Econscious Organic 8 oz. Cotton/Recycled Polyester Apron can easily be embroidered, or take advantage of all that room for a large screen-printing of your artwork and logo.

At the 8 oz. weight, these aprons will be able to stand up to the daily grind. (Did we for get to mention these are great for coffee shops.)

That’s about it. Aprons are pretty basic. What more is there to say?

If you are interested in the Econscious Organic Cotton/Recycled Polyester Apron 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.

Gildan Plans U.S. Manufacturing for American Apparel

28 Feb

{reprinted from ASI News http://www.asicentral.com/news}

Gildan Activewear (asi/56842) has secured U.S.-based contractors to make fabrics and sew garments for key American Apparel styles offered to the wholesale market, which includes the promotional products industry, a company spokesman told Counselor on Monday.

At the same time, the Montreal-based apparel maker will also leverage its global manufacturing capabilities to produce certain American Apparel styles abroad, creating less expensive offerings that will be able to compete better for the business of price-conscious end-buyers. “We will have American Apparel product that is made in the USA for customers who value that aspect of the brand’s heritage, and we’ll also have a more price-centric American Apparel collection that will allow distributors to target customers who are more focused on price than made-in-USA,” said Garry Bell, Gildan’s vice president of marketing and communication.

Additionally, Bell said that Gildan plans to open an office in Los Angeles and hire some marketing and merchandising employees from American Apparel. Such moves, Bell said, will help Gildan maintain the unique, trendy marketing tone and brand image that helped give American Apparel its appeal. “It’s all part of remaining true to the distinct heritage of the brand,” said Bell, adding that it was yet unclear how many marketers and merchandisers from American Apparel will join Gildan.

Noting that the Los Angeles office should be operational by mid-March, Bell said that Gildan sees significant potential to grow American Apparel’s wholesale business in North America and overseas. “We’re hearing a lot of demand from abroad – Australia, New Zealand and more,” said Bell.

Going forward, Gildan expects to soon have fully integrated American Apparel’s customer service, web platforms and product distribution into its printwear operations. Bell said much of the integration has already occurred, adding that transactions through the American Apparel wholesale website should be occurring by mid-March. Currently, distributors and apparel decorators keen for American Apparel items can purchase product from authorized dealers, including alphabroder (asi/34063), TSC Apparel (asi/90518) and others. Authorized dealers will continue selling the line in addition to Gildan selling directly.

While Gildan has a clear plan for its wholesale American Apparel business, the picture on how to handle the iconic brand on the retail side of things remains murky. “We have not made final decisions on how we will bring the brand to consumers,” said Bell.

Earlier in February, Gildan cemented the $88 million acquisition of American Apparel’s brand and certain assets, including some equipment. The deal closed about a month after Gildan won a court-supervised auction for the formerly Los Angeles-headquartered clothing maker, which filed for bankruptcy in November. Gildan did not purchase American Apparel’s retail stores or manufacturing/distribution facilities. At its zenith, American Apparel – which made manufacturing in Los Angeles a central element of its operations and brand image – earned more than $600 million in sales. Gildan has said the brand is expected to bring in between $50 million and $75 million this year.

Last week, Gildan announced that it increased net sales 8.1% in the fourth quarter of 2016, while full-year sales ticked up 0.6% to nearly $2.59 billion. Adjusted net earnings also accelerated in 2016, advancing to $356.3 million, or $1.51 in adjusted diluted earnings per share – a 3.4% jump over $1.46 in 2015. For 2017, Gildan expects net sales in its printwear and branded apparel segments to each increase in the high single-digit range.

If you are interested in the USA Made American Apparel to promote 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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