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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.

Econscious Men’s 7 oz. Organic/Recycled Heathered Full-Zip Hoodie

24 Feb
55% certified organic cotton, 45% recycled polyester hood is lined with organic cotton jersey clean-finished neck seam with woven tape pouch pocket double-needle coverstitched seams YKK Zipper 2x1 cotton/spandex rib

55% certified organic cotton, 45% recycled polyester, hood is lined with organic cotton jersey, clean-finished neck seam with woven tape, pouch pocket, double-needle coverstitched seams, YKK Zipper, 2×1 cotton/spandex rib.

Comfy. Soft. Relaxing.

All great words to describe the Econscious Men’s 7 oz. Organic/Recycled Heathered Full-Zip Hoodie.

With a blend of 55% certified organic cotton, and 45% recycled polyester, the Econscious Men’s 7 oz. Organic/Recycled Heathered Full-Zip Hoodie is an incredibly comfortable and durable fashion hoodie, and a great platform on which to promote your brand.

The Econscious Men’s 7 oz. Organic/Recycled Heathered Full-Zip Hoodie runs in sizes from XS – 2XL, and is available in 5 color options, Athletic Grey, Berry Red, Charcoal, Military Green, and Water Blue.

Decoration on these hoodies can be screen-printing or embroidery, and is done at the factory. They can also be sold as blanks, if required.

They are a great option for the college, sports, and outdoor recreational markets. Everyone needs a comfy hoodie, so get your brand on an item your audience is sure to hold onto for a very long time.

If you are interested in the Econscious Men’s 7 oz. Organic/Recycled Heathered Full-Zip Hoodie 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 if possible.

Ash City – North End Ladies’ Sustain Lightweight Recycled Polyester Dobby Jacket

14 Feb
100% recycled polyester, 2.1 oz./yd2/70 gsm

100% recycled polyester, 2.1 oz./yd2/70 gsm

Wow that’s a long name. But the  North End Ladies’ Sustain Lightweight Recycled Polyester Dobby Jacket from Ash City is worth the extra words.

This is a very retail looking ladies coat, made from 100% recycled polyester (2.1 oz./yd2/70 gsm) with water resistant finish. The contrast points are 50% recycled polyester/50% polyester birdseye mesh (3.8 oz./yd2 /128 gsm) with moisture wicking performance.

All together a very clean look, and the North End Ladies’ Sustain Lightweight Recycled Polyester Dobby Jacket is decorated via embroidery, at the factory, so color matching is simple. This jacket is a great show piece for any logo.

The jacket comes in sizes for the whole team, from XS – 3XL, and there is a men’s matching jacket that run S – 5XL. Color options are Carbon (blue/black), Flame Red, and Nautical Blue.

These are very fashion friendly, reliable jackets, that just happen to be made of 100% recycled materials. For any business or organization that has sustainability as part of their mission, these make great uniform jackets for employees. Also excellent VIP and incentive gifts.

If you are interested in the North End Ladies’ Sustain Lightweight Recycled Polyester Dobby Jacket 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 if possible.

Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve

9 Feb
60% certified organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester.

60% certified organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester.

There is a new long sleeve tee from Econscious on the market. And it is really, really nice.

The EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is available in 3 color options and sizes, S- XXL. The material for the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is a 4.25oz 60% organic cotton ring-spun jersey material, with a 40% blend of recycled polyester.

These are the same quality shirts that Econsciuos is selling in their retail line, and part of the 1% For The Planet initiative at Econsciuos, see https://www.econscious.net/pages/sustainability. The shirts have a great drape, and a retail look to them.

However, as covered in the FAQ page at the Econsciuos website, these shirts are not manufactured in the USA, and in their defense, it is really hard to locate affordable, recycled content tees, that are made in the USA.

Other than their materials, the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is your basic long-sleeve tee (ok, they are a lot nicer than an average tee shirt), and by that I mean we can imprint the tees locally, with any art or logo necessary for your brand or business.

I think the extra cost of a sustainable tee is only really worthwhile, if the fact that the tee is made from sustainability sourced materials directly ties to the brand message your business or organization is seeking to promote. If you are teaching or preaching sustainability via your brand, it is good to look the part.

If you are interested in the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve 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 if possible.

Ash City e.c.o Apparel Included in FALL Sale

8 Aug

Ash City Fall Sale

Ash City has sent out the link for their US FALL SALES 2012 event.  The sale features savings of up to 88% on some items.

The virtual catalog for the event does feature e.c.o apparel on pages 9 – 11, including special pricing of $24 in the very popular 88630 MEN’S RECYCLED POLYESTER PERFORMANCE WAFFLE POLO and 78624 LADIES’ PERFORMANCE POLYESTER (from Bamboo Charcoal Nano-Particles) TWO-TONE JACQUARD POLO at $20.

If you are thinking of a new look for your Fall 2012 for event staff, employee uniforms, or event golf event polos, the US FALL SALES deals from Ash City are certainly have some great fashion forward ideas to consider. And if your looking to try out more sustainable materials, this is the perfect time to take the plunge and save some money. Also remember that Ash City can decorate at the plant, which also saves time and money.

For more information on the complete Ash City e.c.o. collection contact Chris Clark at Ash City USA. If you are looking to purchase Ash City e.c.o items for your own business contact your local promotional items distributor or email info@proformagreen.com for samples and pricing.

Cotton Tees Without Dye

27 Jul

Anvil Natural Pre-shrunk 5.0 oz. 100% Organic Cotton Tee

As the summer event season is in full swing, our office is receiving many requests for event tee shirts. A lot of folks want sustainable alternatives although many planners are disappointed when they find out the cost of bamboo or recycled or organic content tee shirts. They are also disappointed by the fact that most of these shirts are made overseas – although printed in the USA.

When considering sustainable tees planners often get blinded by content, stressing the recycled cotton or recycled water bottle (rPET) / organic cotton blends. But there is another option I urge folks to consider, and that is the option of non-dyed tee shirts.

The fact is all cotton tee shirts are plant material, that means they are biodegradable (it is just cotton people, and FYI a recycled content rPET tee shirt is recycled plastic, so what happens to rPET once the tee shirt hits the landfill?).

A cotton shirt without dyes is a cotton shirt that skipped perhaps one of the most polluting aspects involved in processing cotton. In our industry these shirts are often called natural tees, and nearly every manufacturer offers the natural tee option in their line, whether the shirts are of sustainable materials or not. (Take a look at Anvil’s impressive sustainable line and see if you can spot all nine natural options.)

Even better may I suggest a natural cotton tee shirt, Made in the USA, for use in the USA. No dyes and less of a carbon footprint, as there is no overseas shipment of goods to the US. American Apparel, Anvil, UltraClub Collection by Bodek and Rhodes, and other manufactures are producing made in the USA tee shirts, many of which have the natural option.

Additionally it costs money to dye shirts so non-dyed natural shirts are often a little less expensive than dyed shirts of the same model. A non-dyed tee tends to have a parchment like color which does age with time and wear.

So if you are looking for a sustainable tee option, consider the 100% cotton natural tee shirt, and if possible buy local, i.e. USA Made. The planet and your wallet may both thank you.

If you are in the business and need more information on natural tee shirts please contact the manufacturers mentioned. If you are interested in natural tee shirts to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Anvil Offers USA Made Tee Shirts

22 Jul

American Classic Tee – Made in the USA

Anvil Knitware, one of the largest manufactures of apparel for the promotional products industry, now offers made in the USA tees shirts.

Anvil already has one of the strongest sustainable tee collections in the industry, and I am very happy to see that they are now doing Made in USA options as well.

Here is their new promotional video. Item numbers are US749, US779, and US911

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If you are an ASI member contact Anvil directly about their USA line. If you are interested in printing USA made tee shirts to promote your own business or event, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Ash City e.c.o Fleece Warms The Green Heart

30 Dec

The Men’s Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket and matching Ladies’ Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket from the Ash City e.c.o collection are both great, warm, comfy jackets to consider for any cold weather promotional program or winter staff uniforms.

Both jackets are made from 75% recycled polyester blended with 25% virgin polyester as 165 gsm anti-pill fleece. The shoulder and side panels trim on both jackets is done with 100% recycled polyester.

There are a few nice touches to these jackets as well, like the adjustable draw cords at the hem, and the Ash City Ezaway System® which features zipper pulls with easy grip ends, great for closing zipper with gloves on.

The custom embroidery program from Ash City means the embroidery on these jackets can be done in-house, so the folks doing the embroidery are the same folks that designed the jackets. The end result is nearly always a perfect final product.

780 Crimson e.c.o Fleece

Men’s jackets come in Black, Alpine Green, Crimson, Lake Blue, Night, Concrete, and White. Ladies’ jackets run Pearl Frost, Black, Alpine Green, Crimson, Lake Blue, Powder Pink, and Night.

With these great colors and cuts the Men’s Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket and matching Ladies’ Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket from the Ash City make perfect winter staff apparel, and other cold weather event wear like client or employee winter team building events.

Ash City has long been a leader in eco-friendly apparel options for promotional products, and in 2011 I expect to see even more designs from Ash City hit the market.

For more information on the Ash City e.c.o line contact Chris Clark at Ash City USA. If you are looking to purchase Ash City e.c.o Fleece for your own business contact your local promotional items distributor or  email info@proformagreen.com for samples and pricing.

Thinking Pink and Green with Ash City USA

2 Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ash City USA is doing their part with the “We’re Thinking Pink” campaign to help raise money for the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

The “We’re Thinking Pink” campaign gives the buyer two ways to fund the American Breast Cancer Foundation. First order any item from the Ash City catalog and have Ash City decorate the item in-house with the offical pink ribbon and Ash City will make a donation.  Or second, pick any of the pink apparel items in the Ash City catalog, with or without decoration, and Ash City will make a donation to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

According to Ash City’s website,  “monies raised will help provide individuals, their families and their loved ones in financial need with direct financial assistance, education, support, and access to early detection screenings”. An overview of the program can be seen in the 2010 Thinking Pink letter.

Ladies Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket

Because Ash City is an industry leader in eco-apparel solutions, the “We’re Thinking Pink” campaign provides the audience an opportunity to think green as well as pink.

Here are a few eco-apparel items in pink that are perfect for any walk or run in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, both for staff and participants.

October is a cool month in most of North America and the Ladies Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket (a.k.a water bottle jacket) makes a great staff jacket for any outside October event.

The Ladies Recycled Polyester Fleece Full-Zip Jacket features a full zipper front with lower security pockets, shoulder and side panels trimmed with recycled woven fabric, and stylish seam lines for a flattering feminine fit. The build is 75% recycled polyester/25% polyester anti-pill fleece, with an overlay trim of 100% recycled polyester.

Ladies Organic Cotton / Spandex Jersey Long Sleeve Crew

For those participating in the walks themselves layers are always a good place to start. The Ladies Organic Cotton / Spandex Jersey Long Sleeve Crew works perfectly as a stylish team shirt. Ladies Organic Cotton / Spandex Jersey Long Sleeve Crew is 94% organic cotton with 6% spandex to give the shirt more of an athletic look, and ranges in size from XS-XXL.

To complete the pink makeover I would like to have been able to include a pink version of Ash City’s organic cotton or recycled polyester caps.

BRUSHED CHINO TWILL SANDWICH CAP WITH BUCKLE

Unfortunately Ash City is not producing a pink eco cap this year, so if you want to keep the order all under the same roof (and with the great in-house embroidery available from Ash City I do suggest you do), your best cap choice is the Powder Pink w/White Brushed  Chino Twill Sandwich cap. Outfit complete.

For more information on the Ash City “We’re Thinking Pink” campaign contact Chris Clark at Ash City USA. If you are looking to purchase Ash City clothing for your own breast cancer awareness event, contact your local promotional items distributor or  email info@proformagreen.com for samples and pricing.

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