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Samsonite ECO-Glide™

24 Sep

Smart Top Storage allows easy access and storage for important items during security checks and throughout travel .Smart Fix Buckles keeps tie down straps and buckles out of your way during packing – makes it easy to secure items when fully packed. Patent pending unique wrap-around frame design is lightweight, strong, and stylish.

In another case of a recycled content item, that no one would every guess is recycled content, here is the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ 20″ Expandable Spinner. 

In the Samsonite ECO-Glide™, Samsonite has designed all textile fabrics, including the lining, to be created from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, mainly from bottles. So it you are in the plastic bottle business, or a beverage distributor, with a traveling workforce, the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ is a perfect travel companion to serve as your brand ambassador. Artwork can be added to the bag, included with your logo, along the lines of “I used to be a water bottle”. Or along the lines of ” We take your trash, and help turn it into bags like this”. You get the idea. (Decoration is only available on luggage tag is included with spinner).

Other than the bag’s recycled content, the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ is just a really nice travel bag. The Samsonite ECO-Glide™ uses Samsonite’s Saguaro™ Wheel System, which is engineered for lighter weight and high performance. The bag weights in at just 7lbs empty, and fits most carry on guidelines.

Take a look at the video.

If you are interested the Samsonite ECO-Glide™ 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.

Laminated Non-Woven Brown Baggin’ It Lunch Bag

20 Feb
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The Laminated Non-Woven Brown Baggin’ It Lunch Bag from LEEDs is another fun concept bag made from non-woven poly, so we are talking about recycled water bottles, yogurt containers, that sort of thing.

Now don’t start thinking this is a material that the factory is making, it is not. It is material they are buying, LEEDs just happens to use it to make these cute little bags, other manufacturers use it for other things.

In recent years, nonwovens have become an alternative to polyurethane foam. Typically, a certain percentage of recycled fabrics and oil-based materials are used in nonwoven fabrics. The percentage of recycled fabrics vary based upon the strength of material needed for the specific use. In addition, some nonwoven fabrics can be recycled after use, given the proper treatment and facilities. For this reason, some consider nonwovens a more ecological fabric for certain applications, especially in fields and industries where disposable or single use products are important, such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes and luxury accommodations. (*)

For marketing purposes, the Laminated Non-Woven Brown Baggin’ It Lunch Bag is a great lunch bag, with that nostalgic look of the old paper bag, but all the modern comforts, and details.

This is how the manufacturer describes it. “Unique brown paper lunch-bag style reminiscent of your school cafeteria days. Main compartment with roll top and Velcro closure. Open front pocket. Laminated material is water-resistant and easily wipes clean. Contrast carry handle with 5″ drop height. Insulated with heat-sealed water-resistant lining.”

We like these bags for schools and colleges, but also for corporate team building events, and wellness programs. Also they are great give-aways for food, beverage, and catering companies.

The Laminated Non-Woven Brown Baggin’ It Lunch Bag is CPSIA complaint (actually a long list of items from LEEDs are CPSIA complaint), so again, good for kids and school programs.

The bag comes as shown with a lot of pre-printed artwork. The imprint art for your additional custom artwork is centered on front pocket at 4.00″ H x 4.00″ W.  The overall size of the bag is 11″ H X 5″ W X 7.5″ L.

If you are interested in the Laminated Non-Woven Brown Baggin’ It Lunch Bag 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.

Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper

11 Feb

The Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper gets a new look for 2017, with a variety of pre-printed designs ready to be printed with you company logo. These laminated – and hand washable – non-woven totes are a workhorse basic grocery style shopper, made from 100% recycled PET Fabric.

The Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper size is 13″L 15″H 8.5″W, with the new color patterns being based on a theme of Royal Blue, Kelly Green, and Tan.

Take a look at the video from Gemline. Let us know what you think.

If you are interested in the Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper 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% Cotton All Purpose Tote

15 Jan
All Purpose Tote: Roomy shopping bag style in strong cotton canvas. 22" Handles. Double reinforced open top and bound inner seams. Large imprint area. Product size and color may vary slightly. This product is kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant

All Purpose Tote: Roomy shopping bag style in strong cotton canvas. 22″ Handles. Double reinforced open top and bound inner seams. Large imprint area. Product size and color may vary slightly. This product is kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant

When people think about sustainable products often it is recycled materials in the forefront of their ideas. I would like to once again make the case for cotton. Cotton is plant fiber. When, for example, cotton bags are done with their useful life, over time they will simply break down and go away.

I do understand that cotton is a more water intensive crop than some other plant fibers. I do understand that GM cotton and cotton grown with petrochemical fertilizers is a concern to some in our community. However if you’re looking for sustainable products, yes you can do recycled, yes you can do organic cotton, but something as simple as finding a natural finish cotton bag, like the Gemline All Purpose Tote, might fit your project just fine.

The dying in the production of cotton cloth is one of the more significantly harmful parts of the process. But it is getting better, as more companies adopt higher standards. Also more companies like Gemline are offering their cotton items with a natural, dye free finish.

Take a look at this all purpose 9oz cotton canvas tote with 100% cotton natural finish from Gemline.  A practical item, a very strong bag, a natural look, and a natural feel. It is time to reconsider cotton.

If you are interested in made in these bags to promote your own business, contact Proforma Green Marketing or 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.

Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper

5 Jan

z2_1697The Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper from Gemline are still one of the most popular recycled bags on the market. Since we last mentioned Laminated Recycled Shopper bags in 2010, Gemline has continued to add pre-printed designs to this line, and with the Fall 2015 additions, there are now eight unique designs to choose from.

The popularity of this new Vita Laminated Recycled Shopper  bags rests in the pre-printed art and messaging, with statements like “I used to be a water bottle” and “100% recycled” worked into the design.

Each bag is indeed made from a laminated 100% Recycled PET fabric, estimated to keep about the equivalent of three water bottles worth of plastic out of the landfill.

All bags are the same size with a 13″L 15″H 8″W main compartment and generous gusset for maximum capacity. They all feature 23.5″ shoulder straps and are kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant.

The following video from Gemline gives you an idea of how big and bold these bags really are, and what can be achieved by simply adding client artwork to the pre-existing motifs.

If you are interested in these bags to promote your business, contact Proforma Green Marketing or 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.

Pike Messenger Bag

5 Dec
Due to the nature of any recycled material, Alchemy bags, which are constructed of recycled bike tire inner tubes often show the wear and unique markings associated with them. The pictures represented may not be exactly identical to the products you receive.

Due to the nature of any recycled material, Alchemy bags, which are constructed of recycled bike tire inner tubes often show the wear and unique markings associated with them. The pictures represented may not be exactly identical to the products you receive.

Alchemy is now making a line of high style totes from recycled tires, actually bike tires to be exact. So if your business has anything to do with bike racing, bike manufacturing, bike events, or sales, your promotional items might just have arrived.

Take for example the Pike Messenger Bag. We recently ran a sample of this bag for the City of Arlington, Texas, Parks and Recreation department (which shows that your core business need not be bike related for these bags to still work for your brand). Each bag in the line really is just telling a story about what can be done with recycled materials. Completing that loop of the recycled story, there was trash, now there is a bag in its place.

Alchemy says each Pike Messenger Bag is made from 67% of their “Upcycled Material”. The eco-friendly bag is a medium sized messenger with a inner divider (15” laptop capable), waterproof exterior pocket, two internal pockets (plus pen slots), and internal key clip.

Constructed of upcycled inner tubes, the bags also boast reflective tape for nighttime visibility, adjustable shoulder strap made from upcycled seatbelt, and full front flap with Velcro® closure for extra security. Even the zipper pulls are recycled from the air valves of the bike inner tube.

They are a great size at 9″H x 14-1/2″w x 4-1/2″. Decoration is done via embrodiery of a PVC patch direct to the front cover of the flap. All bags bear the Alchemy brand AG logo, and come with a hagtag that tells the story of their creation.

All and all, very cool, very hip.

If you are interested in made in the Pike Messenger Bag to promote your own business, contact Proforma Green Marketing or 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.

More GameTime! ® From Jetline

8 Jun

GameTime! ® Softball Drawstring Backpack

Reusable and inexpensive team tote bags are good promotional items to support summertime youth leagues. Perhaps that is why June will see an increase in GameTime! ® string style backpacks from Jetline.

Jetline has released volleyball and softball bags to their GameTime! ®. Current styles include football, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, and baseball.

The GameTime! ® bag is a great idea for youth sports leagues, school booster clubs, and summer sport camps. The bags are a good size — large enough to hold a change of clothes, snack lunch, maybe matching water bottle (see Folding Water Bottles at ASI Dallas).

I would say expect more designs as 2012 continues. If you are ASI contact  Alex Skorupsky at Jetline. If you are interested in the GameTime! ®  for your own league or team, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Gemline’s Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

16 Dec

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Time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A perennial favorite is diet, which usually means out with the heavy restaurant lunches, in with the BYO healthy lunches from home.

Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

The Recycled Essentials Lunch Kit from Gemline offers a handsome black lunch bag kit made from 70% recycled PET fabric, with PEVA lining and PU fabric backing (non-PVC). This black bag is 7″L x 10″H x 6.5″W. It has a side pocket for water bottle, fold top with Velcro closure, front zippered pocket. The bag also includes educational product hangtag and is kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant.

But this is no ordinary lunch bag, as the kit includes a stainless steel water bottle (which also can be decorated), a plastic reusable food container, and a cotton cloth napkin. Just add fruits, veggies, and logos, and you’re good to go.

And there are lots of decorating options. You can print on the Front Pocket Center (4.5W x 4H), Front Pocket Upper Center (4.5” x 2H), Water bottle front panel center (1.75W x 2H), or Water bottle front panel upper center (1.75W x 1H). You can embroider the Front Pocket Upper Center (2” dia.). And you can do a Gemphoto on the Front pocket center (4W x 4H).

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about these Gemline products contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in The Recycled Essentials Lunch kit to promote your own business, or as end of year gift idea, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Two Options for Roll-Up Totes

9 Apr

8 oz 100% Raw Cotton Canvas 100% Reusable, Washable

Continental Marketing Services now offers their eGreen Roll-up Tote in both raw cotton canvas and 85% recycled from plastic bottle PET. Though we wrote about the raw cotton canvas bag earlier, both bags are worth a second look.

The eGreen Roll-up Tote I is made from 8oz 100% raw cotton canvas. It is offered only as a non-dyed bag, so in a natural, parchment like hue, which will fade naturally over time.

Because this bag is not dyed it is easily washable, which is a nice trick for a grocery tote. Continental Marketing Services, operating as BAGS, also lists the bag as recyclable, which is a bit of a stretch.

Yes, cotton is recyclable, but I rather like to put cotton – all cotton – into the natural fiber camp, meaning it is a material that will naturally break down over time, something a polyester or nylon tote cannot do.

120G PET 85% Recycled from Plastic Bottle 100% Recyclable, Reusable, Hand Washable

The second option for this bag design is the eGreen Roll-up Tote II, which is made from 120gm 85% recycled PET (basically old water bottles). This bag is a number 5 recyclable and is hand washable. So soap and water in the sink yes, but the high heat of a washing machine is a no-no. This bag is currently only offered in black.

Both bags offer a stylish, modern design that is still practical for daily use. Both bags offer an 11″ x 9″ imprint area, with the raw cotton tote additionally offering an 8″ diameter embroidery area.

Both bags have a body size of 20″ x 14″ x 3.5″. The eGreen Roll-up Tote II offers full color digital imprinting. Both bags ship un-folded so they arrive with crisp lines, ready to market your brand or message.

And of course both bags roll up to a pocket size tube with snap closure for easy storage and portability.

The size of these bags makes them a great grab-and-go shopper option. The 11″ x 9″ imprint area gives lots of room for your brand, logo, and marketing message.

If you are looking for more information on the eGreen line write to Cindy Audoung at Continental Marketing Services. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler

10 Feb

100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler

I think the new 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler from Gemline is a slam dunk for any marketing program aimed at promoting healthy eating or healthy food choices.

Why? This is a high style tote that happens to be 100% recycled material, and in the minds of most audiences healthy and eco-friendly go hand-in-hand.

Water Motif Pre-Print On Side Gusset Green and Blue Bags.

The 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler allows the marketer to position their heathy eating message/brand on a platform that is also ‘healthy’ for the environment. Win-win.

The 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler is an adult size lunch bag at 8″L x 9″H x 6″W. Too often in our industry folks see a lunch style tote and stop thinking about adults. I think that is a mistake, a lot of adults bring their lunch to work, and bringing lunch to work carries both an economic and healthy choice message that should work well in our current economic climate.

Imprint area is front pocket only at 5″W x 3″H, and as the name suggests the cooler is made from a laminated100% recycled PET fabric. Bags run BLACK, BLUE, GREEN, and RED. As a bonus the 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler comes with a pre-printed gusset in either a water bottle or checker motif. The handles of these bags are printed with the text MADE FROM WATER BOTTLES.

Like all Gemline bags the 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler is in compliance with the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and can be tracked to its point of production.

Check the video for a great overview look at these bags. (They mention school events, but that is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction when talking about this shape of bag, I would much rather see this bag representing an organic frozen apple juice or other healthy food line.)

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about Gemline products contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in the 100% Recycled Impulse Lunch Cooler to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

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