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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.

100% Recycled 7-in-1 Jacket

13 Aug

Flame Red w/Light Grey

The 88142 MEN’S RECYCLED POLYESTER 7-IN-1 WIND JACKET WITH REVERSIBLE LINER from the Ash City e.c.o collection  is a 100% recycled content jacket that is 100% serious for cold weather (it has been over 100 degrees here in Dallas for the past week and I am dreaming of snow).

Look at the stats:

  • Outer Shell: 100% recycled polyester with water resistant finish. 2.9 oz./yd2/100 gsm. Full polyester taffeta lining.
  • Liner-woven side: 100% recycled polyester with water resistant finish.
  • Liner-reverse fleece side: 100% recycled polyester anti-pill brushed fleece. 4.3 oz./yd2/145 gsm.

Plus this is a jacket from Ash City, so regardless of materials used, you can expect all the extra perks, like flat reflective safety piping and reverse coil zippers on the jacket’s front and lower pockets.

The 88142 comes in four dramatic color choices, Captain’s Blue w/Light Grey, Flame Red w/Light Grey, Black w/Light Grey and Classic Navy w/Light Grey. The jacket also makes use of the Ash City Ezaway System® making for an easy conversion from jacket to vest (sleeves zipper off of the jacket, and 100% recycled material fleece lining is removable as fleece jacket).

The Ash City 88142 is a great option for staff jackets for any organization that has a commitment to sustainability, especially hotels and resorts that wanting to make a physical, visual, statements in their staff apparel that reflects their larger sustainable commitment.

Ash City does both screen printing and embroidery in-house, which means they know all the tricks to get the best look out of your artwork on their clothing. And since Ash City specializes in corporate apparel programs, adding the 88142 and other items of the e.c.o. collection into your existing apparel program is a snap. (Perhaps a recycled content performance polo makes more sense for the current heat).

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.

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.

12 Sustainable Women’s Polos from Ash City

24 Aug

LADIES' RECYCLED POLYESTER/PERFORMANCE POLYESTER (from Bamboo Charcoal Nano-Particles) ZIPPED POLO

Ash City has 12 sustainable polos just for the ladies in their 2011 line. I repeat, 12.

That is huge.

When did this happen? I know when I talked to Chris Clark, VP of Sales for Ash City USA, back in 2009 he told us more sustainable blends and shirt styles were coming from Ash City. But when the heck did they get to 12 ladies cuts just for polos alone?

It may not seem like such a big deal to the reader, but understand most other producers offer maybe three or four sustainable appareal items. Even Anvil, the big player when it comes to tee shirts, only has organic cotton, recycled cotton, and 50% recycled PET, 50% organic cotton conversion materials in their line.

When you are working on a client’s program, choice is huge. Choice is everything, because if the clothing does not work for the client’s brand and identity, does it really mater if it is sustainable?

With more cuts, more blends, more colors, Ash City is bringing choice to sustainable material promotional clothing. And that is a big deal. Here are links to the 12 polos and a video of Chris from 2009.

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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.

Water Bottle Jacket Hit at Live Green Expo

18 Apr

MEN'S LIGHTWEIGHT 100% RECYCLED POLYESTER JACKET

The Ash City 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket was a crowd pleaser at this weekend’s Live Green Expo in Plano, Texas.

Part of the Ash City e.c.o. line, the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket is made from 100% recycled polyester. This material is mainly derived from water bottles and other items made from Polythylene Terephthalate that are recycled into new materials like the recycled content jackets and shirts sold by Ash City.

The Live Green Expo is held each year in Plano as a venue designed to educate the people of North Texas on the many different ways they can choose to “go green” in their daily life. Proforma Green Marketing attends the Live Green Expo each year to help educate the audience to the fact that from apparel to promo to printing, there is likely a better more sustainable marketing solution for the items most companies are already using.

This brings us back to the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket. Really the only difference between this jacket and others sold by our industry is that the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket is simply made from reclaimed materials. Jacket to jacket the quality of the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket is the same or better than other light weight jackets on the market. The pricing is about the same, the choice of colors about the same, etc.

Indeed the fastest way to start a conversation at the Live Green Expo seemed to be to point at the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket in our display and say “water bottle”. That would stop show attendees in their tracks and allow us a chance to tell them about our unique “going green” message.

Matching 65% Recycled Polyester Performance Waffle Polo

If you are an organization with a core belief in sustainability, using items like the 88136 Men’s Light Weight Recycled Jacket and other apparel from the Ash City e.c.o line is a simple way to tie your organization’s outward appearance, indeed outward projection, to those core beliefs.

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.

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.

Ash City Has A Lot Going On

15 Aug

At least once a week I sit down to write about the great work going on at Ash City. Then when I try to actually get something together I just get overwhelmed. What am I going to focus on?

How about the constant growth of the Ash City e.c.o (ecological clothing options) collection? In 2007 it started with 2 units, now Ash City offers over 50 items in seven categories. Currently the line includes blends with Organic Cotton, Soybean Protein, Bamboo Fiber, Bamboo Charcoal Nano-Particles, and Recycled Polyester – RPET.

Why not talk about fabric testing and certification processes used at Ash City? Ash City works with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, as well as Intertek Testing Service (ITS) and American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATTC), and many others.

Or even the outreach Ash City is doing in the community? For more than 10 years, Ash City has worked with Windfall, a charity providing new clothing and basic necessities to over 64,000 people in Toronto, Canada living in poverty. They work with the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) and the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) through their “We’re Going Pink” and “We’re Thinking Pink” campaigns. Plus UNICEF. Plus the Canadian Red Cross.

I am telling you there is a lot going on at Ash City. For those in the promotional items industry and our clients that want to get a better handle on all the good works happening at Ash City, a good starting place is the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on the Ash City website.

For this article maybe I should just pick something closer to me and go from there. This past week Proforma Green Marketing moved into new, larger offices. There was a lot of moving of stuff in 100+ heat (we are in Dallas, and it is summer time).

The Ash City connection? I spent most of the day in my blue Ash City 85096 Rayon (from Bamboo) Recycled Polyester polo. Ash City is always talking about how wonderful the shirt works in heat, because the waffle weave of the 85096 polo breathes great, and has natural antimicrobial, deodorizing (it pulls sweat off the skin) and moisture wicking properties.

In the searing summer heat of this move the 60% rayon (from bamboo)/40% recycled polyester polo lived up to all those claims. To be honest it is now likely my favorite polo for the summer. Great company. Great product.

For more information on the Ash City line contact Chris Clark at Ash City USA. If you are looking to purchase Ash City clothing for your own office move, or any other purpose like your next golf event or as an upgrade in your corporate apparel, please contact your local promotional items distributor or email info@proformagreen.com for samples and pricing.

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