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13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board

9 Oct

Totally Bamboo is a family-owned company in San Marcos, California.

This 13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board from Totally Bamboo makes a great holiday or VIP gift for folks in the hospitality, foods services, construction, and real estate industries.

From the website, “Not only is this an exquisite board to use and display, look closely and you’ll see more than 800 images of exotic and endangered animals laser engraved into the surface. Our Tree of Life board was designed to reflect the importance of trees for ALL life, so it’s only natural that we craft it from sustainable, earth-loving bamboo.”

This 3-1/2″ x 13″ x 5/8″ certainly makes a statement. The back of the board can be decorated with your company logo, contact information, or even a special message to your audience. Using the 13″ Tree Of Life Serving Board as an award is therefor also an option.

I like Bamboo because it is basically a grass, and a sustainable material because it is easy to grow and easy to harvest. I like cutting boards because they are a useful, long lasting, practical promotional item. So win-win, as people say. Proforma has had a working relationship with Totally Bamboo for more than a decade, and ourselves and or clients are always impressed with their quality.

If you are interested in Totally Bamboo 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.

Wood PopSockets Grip

19 Apr

Introducing a Wood PopSockets® Grip!

PopSockets seem to be everywhere. Now they are available in bamboo and rosewood varieties.

The material first. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material because of how it is grown and harvested. Basically it is a grass, yet people treat it like a old growth hardwood, by which I mean bamboo has a very high perceived value. Rosewood is more problematic, as it is a real hardwood, and being able to trace its point of origin for products is sometimes nearly impossible. The issues with rosewood mostly revolve around where and how the wood itself is harvested.

Popsockets is making no claims of sustainability. Which is fine, and for that matter, honest. They are seeing the introduction of these woods in the most part as a marketing advantage, as a simple materials options, and nothing more.

From the Popsockets website “It just keeps getting better! Introducing a Wood PopSockets® Grip! Available in Bamboo and Rosewood, the unique wood finish lends perfectly to a classic laser engraving. The back of anyone’s phone is prime real estate for any promotion, and the best part is that a PopSockets Grip can be used on almost any brand of phone or phone case.”

Still, if your brand is about sustainability, and you have been thinking about marketing programs built around PopSockets, or one off their many competitors, at least this bamboo version allows for an option that will look like it belongs with your program.

If you are interested in Bamboo or Rosewood Unisex PopSockets 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.

Bamboo Wine Bottle and Glasses Valet

4 Sep

The bamboo wine valet is perfect for showcasing your favorite bottle of wine and two glasses. Convenient for carrying wine bottle and glasses all in one hand.

If you have followed this blog for a while you know that we like bamboo.

Bamboo is basically grass so we consider it a sustainable building material because it is easy to grow and easy to harvest.

Inside of the promotional products industry there’s often a bamboo equivalent for a lot of the plastic items out there.

Take for example this nifty wine glass holder from Leeds.

The Bamboo Wine Bottle and Glasses Valet provides a very clean look for delivering a bottle and glasses to an outside patio setting. Whether you are the patio (i.e restaurant) or the bottle (vineyard), this is a solid piece that can be used as a point of purchase item, gift, or just used in daily service.

The decoration option on the Bamboo Wine Bottle and Glasses Valet is a center laser engrave (0.75″ H x 3.00″ W), and there are optional laser initials areas about the circular wine stem holds.

Because of the flat design the Bamboo Wine Bottle and Glasses Valet is an easy to ship item, so it could even be used in a mailing campaign.

Take one out for a test drive of the last of the summer wine.

If you are interested in the Bamboo Wine Bottle and Glasses Valet to promote your own business, 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.

Bunch Of Boards

2 May

We are working on the Combined Federal Campaign for 2013 and a number of our clients are thinking of using custom cutting boards as award gifts, in lieu of tradition award plaques that would just sit on a wall.

Here is a photo of the first group of cutting boards sent to our office by ANJ. You can see why ANJ is an ASI two-time Winner of Best Green Product, both at the ASI Show Chicago 2010 and ASI Show Orlando 2011. But the genius part is ANJ took the time to look at my email signature and add that to the back of the sample. See ANJ Bamboo Cutting Boards post for more about their sample program.

a-bunch-of-boads

So sustainable, practical, useful, long lasting, the ANJ bamboo cutting board has got it all.

Illini Earth Day Flyer

19 Feb

Is it to soon to start thinking about Earth Day events? Illini does not seem to think so. This flyer on sustainable ideas just came in. I have always liked their blossom kits.

First Earth Day flyer of the year.

First Earth Day flyer of the year.

If you are looking for more information on the Mini Bamboo Blossom Kit and other ideas on flyer talk to Julie Fischer at Illini. 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.

ANJ Bamboo Cutting Boards

5 Feb

picSpec  samples are often offered to folks in the marketing field. It seems that ANJ Logos out of Sarasota Florida is building their whole marketing plan around this idea. And I am not complaining.

Rarely are spec samples the quality of the bamboo cutting boards sent by ANJ. You can see why ANJ is an ASI two-time Winner of Best Green Product, both at the ASI Show Chicago 2010 and ASI Show Orlando 2011. But the genius part is ANJ took the time to look at my email signature and add that to the back of the sample.

With my name on the board, they are producing not just a sample, but a sales tool for me, indeed a cutting board is a lot harder to lose than a business card. Prospects and clients love samples and now they know exactly who gave this one to them. Also I can suggest to my clients the same idea. Two location imprinting means clients can place their contact information on these boards, without distracting from their main art or logo.

But let’s talk about the boards themselves.

The material first. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material because of how it is grown and harvested. Basically it is a grass yet people treat it like a old growth hardwood, by which I mean bamboo has a very high perceived value.

The item second. Cutting boards most often end up in a client’s home, in the kitchen, so exactly where you want your message to be, making sure that your audience interacts with you every day.

The samples size sent are great for beverage companies, because they are the perfect size to use when cutting up lemons, limes, and other garnishes. Also a good size for spa gifts (fancy soap tray) and hotel suites. Something to grab when you do not need a big board. For those in the kitchen related industries, I say go big, get a board large enough for everyday use.

photo1So sustainable, practical, useful, long lasting, the ANJ bamboo cutting board has got it all.

If you are an ASI distributor, for your own perfect samples visit ANJ on line at http://www.anjlogos.com or email them at jgolm@anjlogos.com.

If you are interested in Bamboo Cutting Boards for your own business promotions, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Starline Bamboo Cutting Boards

16 Jan
Bamboo Fish Filet Board: High quality bamboo boards are 16% harder than maple. Constructed from renewable resources. Utensils made with FDA compliant material.

Bamboo Fish Filet Board: High quality bamboo boards are 16% harder than maple. Constructed from renewable resources. Utensils made with FDA compliant material.

It looks like the use of bamboo will continue to grow in 2013, and one of the most practical and long-lasting bamboo promotional items is the cutting board.

Cutting boards are great because they almost always end up inside the home, which is normally exactly where you want your brand to be, especially if your product is related to household goods or services.

Companies like Starline offer a number of bamboo cutting boards and other bamboo solutions in different sizes for different markets and needs.

As you look at cutting boards for your programs, remember that marketers need not go with just the traditional rectangle cutting board, indeed I like the Starline Bamboo Fish Filet Board because it allows a focus on a specific market group, people that need a fish filet board. A few audiences come to mind here, vocational cooking classes, fishing theme vacations, high dollar boat sales incentives.

Whatever the shape, the cutting board is practical, and it basically lasts forever with a little care and maintenance. I really think the classic square board is an often overlooked item for banks, financial service providers, and others that really market to a home consumer.

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about Starline Bamboo Cutting Boards, contact Starline customer services. If you are interested in bamboo items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

16 oz Eco Pint

7 Jan
16 oz bamboo fiber eco pint cup.

16 oz bamboo fiber eco pint cup.

Bamboo floors, bamboo fiber rugs, bamboo fabric clothing. It seems that natural bamboo fiber construction is showing up everywhere.

The Express Line now brings us their 16 oz Eco Pint. And yes it is made from a natural bamboo fiber construction.

From a marketing point of view this gives you a pint cup with a very unique texture and look because slight variations in color and texture are delivered in the natural properties of this bamboo material. And although the 16 oz Eco Pint is a basic pint design only, the Express Line still makes sure to offer the 16 oz eco pint in a heck of a lot of colors — red, orange, yellow, lime green, royal, gray, black, navy, and of course white.

I love this idea as a promotional item for anyone working in the natural food industry. I also think the 16 oz Eco Pint makes a lot of sense for those folks putting in bamboo floors and others marketing retail bamboo products.

If you are an ASI distributor Jarel Guerrero is the contact to talk to at The Express Line. If you are interested in using the 16 oz Eco Pint to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information, pricing, and samples.

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.

A Green Base for Your Corporate Mug

27 Oct

ROUND BAMBOO COASTER SET

Popular during the holidays are gifts of ceramic mugs and travel mugs. But of course mugs are popular promo gifts all year round. You can make the mug more festive by adding sweets, tea sachets, or nuts.

But why not encourage your client to add pop to the standard mug gift with a green coaster set to rest the mugs on?

K&R has a Round Bamboo Coaster Set, which is made of 100% eco-friendly materials. It includes 4 bamboo coasters with a laser engraving area of 3.50” x 0.75”.

The bamboo coasters are on clearance, but you can also take advantage of their equally eco-friendly and handsome Stainless Steel Coaster Set. With 6 stainless steel coasters with non-slip foam bottom in a stylish black caddy, these coasters will be used again and again long after the holidays are over. Laser engraving is area 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”.

Pair one of these coaster sets with a mug or K & R’s Jute Wine Tote, and you have the perfect holiday gift.

If you are an ASI distributor, you can get more information about Zipline’s Bamboo items from K & R Precision Corporation. If you are interested in K & R products to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

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