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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.

Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler

7 May

Shown with full color imprint.

The new Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler from Leeds is nice example of a recycled content item that does not look made from recycled content. With a 100% recycled polyester outer shell, the retro top fold-over style is reminiscent of a paper lunch bag.

The Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be decorated with a full color logo using Leed’s multi-color transfer imprinting process, or the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be screen printed with exact PMS spot colors.

For companies looking for lunch totes for employee health and wellness, or new hire programs, these cooler as a great option. If your company is working to project a sustainable image, even more so.

(Leeds does point out that the foil lining, webbing handle and webbing trim are not made with recycled materials.)

If you are interested in the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler 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.

Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel

25 Mar

Used to be water bottles.

The Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel from Goodhope bags could likely use a more catchy name. It does, however, look a lot better than it sounds, and could easily slip into a gym or college promotions program, on looks alone.

Made with recycled 52% PET material, and in this stylish two-tone design in green and tan (there is also an all black version), the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel, includes a couple of nice touches, like a generous sized front pocket and side zippered pocket. The overall size is 19″L x 10 ½”H x 10″W, which provides a spacious interior, and the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel come with a fabric-wrapped handles and adjustable shoulder strap.

What is Post Consumer Recycled PET? From the web, “PET (or Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic is it is one of the most common plastics in the world. You have probably seen this plastic in your soda and water bottles that are marked with the resin code #1. PET is produced from fossil fuels — typically natural gas and petroleum, but it is one of the easiest plastics to recycle.  Using this material means that we need use fewer virgin petroleum resources to make our products at the end of the day.”

So, lets say that basically 52% of this bag used to be water bottles. But, it is a really good looking bag, and not something that screams “I am recycled”, so if the recycled pedigree is important to your branding, we suggest incorporating a recycled theme into your artwork for the bag, or even adding a hag-tag with a message, explaining exactly why this bag fro your audience.

If you are interested in the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel 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.

Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote

25 Feb

Preprint back

Preprint back. Your logo is printed on blank panel area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote has, well not the most buzz-worthy name. However, what it does have is a big pop of color for a preprinted grocery tote.

From the manufacturer, “Veggies and antique kitchen utensils take center stage in this vintage print. Perfect alternative to plastic bags. Large open main compartment. Supportive bottom board. Contrasting regular polypropylene front open pocket. Matte finish. Laminated material is water-resistant and easily wipes clean. Reinforced handles and binding for added durability.”

This is a great bag for farmer’s markets, community gardens, cooking programs. The bag comes with all that beautiful color in the preprint design, on a natural color back drop. We simply add your logo onto the front pocket area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote is a big 15″ H X 10″ W X 13″ D, and made from 110g Laminated Non-Woven Polypropylene, a recyclable material. If you are running a program in a city with a bag ban, these bags are great giveaways. They can be cleaned with soap and water, and reused over and over again, constantly showing off your brand.

If you are interested in the Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote 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.

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
Exclusive Design

Exclusive Design

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.

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