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Recycled Canvas Fanny Pack

16 Jun

PopPromo just sent over information on their Recycled Canvas Fanny Packs. The use of fanny packs is picking on campus, and with gyms, as people try to carry less than a full backpack load. Also, it is a great trick for employees that do not have a lot of pocket space in their uniforms.

From the PopPromo website, Our Recycled Canvas Fanny Pack is the most customizable fanny pack in promo! With full color printing all over the entire bag and the option for retail-style printed lining, this functional fanny pack can be customized to fit any occasion and any style. Choose among 10 mix-and-match colors for the strap, buckle, and zipper, resulting in 1000 color combinations. The high quality RPET canvas, made with up 6 water bottles’ worth of recycled plastic, means you get to go green while sporting the latest retail trends!”

PopPromo specializes in 100% custom items. So do not think of the Recycled Canvas Fanny Pack as an item that you simply print you logo to. With the Recycled Canvas Fanny Pack, we can design a 100% full look for you, based on your marketing needs.

Send us your artwork, and let us send you a few ideas.

If you are interested in this product 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.

Field & Co. Fireside Eco 15″ Computer Rucksack

13 Nov

The Field & Co. Fireside Eco 15″ Computer Rucksack is a big bag. It is ready for the daily commute but also ready for corporate overnight events.

Ready for the outdoors

From the manufacturer, “The Field & Co. Fireside Eco 15″ Computer Rucksack is ready for your next adventure. This eco-friendly backpack is made from RPET and features sherpa accents. The zippered front pocket offers the perfect place for your logo as well as two slash pockets to help you stay organized. Two zippered side pockets give you a place for your water bottle and any other items you want close by. Inside the zippered main compartment, you’ll find a padded 15” computer sleeve and a zippered mesh pocket. Premium add-ons such as high-quality hardware and bottom accessory straps elevate this backpack to the next level. The padded, adjustable shoulder straps and sternum clip help keep the backpack comfortable on long walks into the woods. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of all EcoSmart® products are donated to environmental nonprofits.”

We think this bag is a great idea for press junkets, teaming building exercises, and team travel.

The shell of the Field & Co. Fireside Eco 15″ Computer Rucksack is constructed of 100% recycled polyester. Factory decoration methods for the Field & Co. Fireside Eco 15″ Computer Rucksack include Digital Print Transfer, Embroidery, and Digital Print Transfer via PhotoGrafixx.

Placing your logo or marketing message on a named brand like Field & Co. Fireside is always a easy way to add perceived value in the perception of the recipient.

If you are interested in this product 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.

Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L

10 Nov

Using name brand items in your marketing efforts is always a good way to go. The better the brand’s reputation, the higher the perceived value of the item given.

Thule was founded in 1942 in the deepest forest of Småland, Sweden, by Erik Thulin, a true lover of the outdoors. Since then, their focus has been designing and developing quality products that help carry your gear wherever your passion takes you.

The new Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L goes a step rather in it’s relationship with Bluesign, an independent verifier which works to ensure manufacturing with the lowest possible environmental impact.

So what you get with the Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L is a very serious travel backpack, from a well know brand, and with a well sustainable pedigree.

From the manufacturer, “From office to class, carry in style with the Thule Heritage 79 Backpack. The exterior materials of this backpack are Bluesign® approved. This backpack features a main compartment with elevated, padded protection for laptops up to 15.6” and fits books and folders. Find storage for all your belongings with the easy access exterior pocket with small accessory storage and key fob, quick access slip pocket, and large zipped interior translucent pocket stores pens and small accessories. This backpack features must haves like two water bottle pockets, a padded back panel, and webbing grab handle.”

This large bag features the travelers essentials, an organizational pocket, laptop compartment, water bottle pocket, and padded adjustable shoulder straps. For those in the know, 23L refers to 23 litters, the bags carrying size.

Decoration on the Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L is in full color, using factory level Digital Print Transfer, with embroidery as a second option.

We love this bag and brand for tech companies that have workers on the go. See all Thule options at https://www.pcna.com/en-us/brand/thule/shop-all

If you are interested in this product 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 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.

New Flyer from Garyline

4 Feb

New Flyer from Garyline, enjoy.

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.

Osprey® Arcane Large Day

22 Dec

Osprey® Arcane Large Day pack is a great corporate day pack, for employees moving between at home, and at office, work. The Arcane Large Day is a backpack constructed with durable recycled polyester fabric, which Osprey® says is equal to about 10.5 standard size plastic bottles. Specifically, we are talking about 500D Recycled Polyester Packcloth (Bluesign® approved) with a durable water repellent coating.

The backpack features a 15″ padded laptop sleeve and a document sleeve, plus internal organization system, and key clip.

The Osprey® Arcane Large Day pack has two options for embroidery decoration, both on front pocket upper center, and front pocket lower center, both at 4″W x 1.25″H

If your brand is focused on cool, tech, and sustainability, I think the Osprey® Arcane Large Day is a great corporate bag to carry your brand.

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.

WHAT IS RECYCLED COTTON?

27 Jan

Natural / Gray

So what is recycled cotton, and why are there so many new promotional products coming to market, using recycled cotton.

For this post I am going to be borrowing a lot from the Cottonworks website on recycled cotton.

Recycled cotton can be generally defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused in textile products. It is divided into two classes, Pre-consumer, and Post-consumer. I think we all understand Post-consumer. Something is made, and ends it’s useful life cycle, and is recycled. The thing that caught my eye lately are the pre-consumer recycled goods.

Pre-consumer is all the cutting, clippings, scraps, etc., that are the waste products of creating cotton goods in the first place. This is waste created at the factory level. So pre-consumer recycled cotton goods are made from cotton that would otherwise be going directly from production to garbage, without the consumer ever playing a part.

The largest volume of recycled cotton sources is produced through pre-consumer waste, such as cutting scraps. Post-consumer waste is more difficult to sort through due to various color shades, fabric blends, and it is generally a more labor-intensive process.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is an example of what our industry is doing with this pre-consumer waste. The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is made from a blend of production cotton and pre-consumer cotton. The means those cotton ‘scraps’ from production do not go to the landfill, but instead are blended into a useful product. In this case a really nice cinch style tote bag.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring is made from cotton and pre-consumer cotton. This drawstring features a trendy color-block design with drawstring closure. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

The Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag is a good size at 16.5″ H X 14″ D, and available with a large full color imprint area from branding purposes. The bag also has a natural, slightly raw look and feels to it. However I suspect that has more to do with a purposeful design aesthetic, not to the materials used to create it. So yes, the bag screams look at me, I’m something different, maybe wholesome, maybe more ‘natural’.

Thinking about consumer perception, it is interesting that most consumers do not equate recycled with sustainable, according to a report done by Lifestyle Monitor.

Cotton Incorporated’s Lifestyle Monitor™ research shows that consumers are seeking out recycled materials, but “recycled” does not necessarily equate to “sustainable” in a consumers’ mind.1 Research shows that 24% of consumers are willing to pay more for clothing or home textiles that are labeled as “recycled”, and 32% of consumers who plan on purchasing clothing or home textiles will look for “recycled” clothing; however, only 5% of consumers believe that “sustainable” = “recycled”. Consumers place more value in clothing or products labeled as “100% cotton”, “natural”, or “environmentally-friendly”. 

In this case it may be important for the marketing professional to clearly understand the story they wish to tell with their recycled cotton promotional products.

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 Water Bottles to Backpacks

1 Oct

Four color options. As us for a virtual layout with you artwork. Virtuals are always free.

The Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack from PCNA is part of their EcoSmart line of promotional products from recycled materials. The exterior of each Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles.  Additionally, through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

The Parkland Kingston Plus itself, is a backpack designed with style and sustainability in mind. Equipped with a variety of pockets, including one for water bottle and 15″ laptop, the Kingston Plus is an essential upgrade to your organizational game.

With its classic design and size ( 17.75″ H X 6″ W X 12.25″ D), the Parkland Kingston Plus is a great bag for college and employee programs. Custom decoration of your logo can be come with either full color transfer, or embroidery. The Parkland Kingston Plus comes in four color options.

If you are interested in the Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack 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.

That doesn’t look like a recycled bag

10 Jun

Exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles.

The #1 comment we get on the new Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel is, “Gee, that doesn’t look like a recycled bag”. To which I think the correct answer is, “it is not supposed too look like a recycled bag (and who says gee anymore, anyways)”.

The Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel is indeed made from 100% Recycled PET. Parkland likes to say made from 100% water bottles, but since RPET is fungible, I think 100% recycled is a strong enough statement to make. From the manufacturer, “The exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles. The Parkland Lookout 18.5” is a duffel designed with style and sustainability in mind. Its convenient 24 liter interior is an ideal size for a quick trip to the gym or an overnight stay”.

The Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel has the look of a traditional varsity style tube duffel bag, which a good size of 10″ H X 10″ W X 18.5″ D.  Options are a natural blue or gray/black exterior.

Parkland likes to promo their bags with the following video, basically showing recycled material bags are like any other bag, except that the starting point is discarded – as opposed to virgin – plastic. And that is really the whole point here. Once the used plastic is broken down and spun into fabric, it really is just like any other bag.  Parkland does include a recycled content tag inside of all their bags,to help get the point across.

If you are interested in the Parkland Lookout 18.5″ Duffel to promote your own business, or if you wish 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.

Disrupt Messenger on Clearance

27 May

Large decoration area on front flap for your logo.

Quick access side pocket.

 

The Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger for PCNA is on clearance, with a sale price of just $19,.98 including decoration of any one color artwork. This is a great looking messenger bag with a 100% recycled material perigee (100% Recycled PET), and carrying Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark.

I would put the sale down to a change in seasons, with new bags for Fall coming right around the corner. Here is the Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger pitch straight from the PCNA website, “Disrupt the status quo with a bag that is environmentally friendly without sacrificing quality and function. This EcoSmart bag is not only made from recycled bottles and recycled leather, but is loaded with organization and features for the latest technology while remaining PVC free. Compu-Messenger can hold your 15” computer and other essentials. Comfortable messenger design has a dedicated iPad/tablet compartment along with separate iPad Mini pocket. Holds all of your essentials including iPhone in a lined pocket and other business accessories. Compact design has integrated, zipped side water bottle pocket that can be tucked away when not in use. Recycled material has been verified by a 3rd party and received Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark”.

This is a great everyday carry bag for office computers, or full time travelers. Grab them fast before they are gone at this price.

If you are interested in the Disrupt® Recycled Compu-Messenger to promote your own business, or if you wish 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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