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100% Compostable Poncho

27 Sep

33.46″ x 43.31″ x 0.39″ (85 x 110 x 1 cm)

New product email from Emperor Promos just crossed our desk on their 100% Earth Friendly Eco Poncho. Just based on the last few large events I have been too that got rained on, I think the time has come for the 100% Earth Friendly Eco Poncho.

Here is their pitch.

Our 100% Compost Friendly Eco Poncho (EM-BC001) is a step in the right direction when it comes to an environmentally friendly world. The rain poncho is made of renewable resources of corn, soy or sunflower seeds. From this material, we are able to create an eco-friendly alternative as a counterpart to the normally used petroleum based rain poncho. Within 180 days of use these ponchos could actually be used as compost. All you need to do is ensure that the temperature reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit and there is water present. Although they are made from 100% renewable and compostable materials they maintain the same waterproof and durable qualities of plastic.

I know, it’s crazy, but Plastic Ponchos Are NOT Earth Friendly. Most “disposable” ponchos are used for less than 20 minutes. But the life of a traditional plastic poncho is much longer. In fact, plastic is estimated to last from 500 to 1,000 years. It’s made from a non-renewable resource and causes a host of problems to the environment whether it’s thrown on the street or in a landfill. Help the earth and help your bottom line! Sell earth friendly!

If you are interested in sustainable ideas 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.

The Biodegradable Plant & Algae T-Shirt

16 Sep

The Biodegradable Plant & Algae T-Shirt (article repeated from ASI)

A London, U.K.-based apparel company has pulled off a fashion first that takes the concept of eco-friendly clothing to the next level.

Photo from Vollebak.

Vollebak has created a T-shirt that’s made from pulped eucalyptus and beech that’s sourced from sustainably-managed forests, as well as algae that’s grown in bioreactors. The end product is a soft, durable earthily hip tee that’s biodegradable. Bury it in the earth, and it’s gone in approximately three months. But don’t worry, Vollebak says, the shirt won’t biodegrade while you’re wearing it; the tee needs the fungus, bacteria and heat from the Earth to do that.

The ingenious tee is the work of Vollebak founders Nick and Steve Tidball – twin brothers who’ve been at the forefront of wild apparel innovations since launching their company four years ago. The innovations include a solar charged jacket that won a list of awards, including Time’s Best Invention of 2018, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design award and Wired’s Gear of the Year. The T-shirt made with ceramic technology for high-level abrasion resistance, a jacket that mimics the adaptive camouflage of squid, and fire-and-water battling pants designed to last 100 years are other notables.

The Black Squid Jacket mimics the adaptive camouflage of the squid. Photo from Vollebak.

Still, it’s the recently released Plant and Algae Shirt that’s been gaining the most attention of late because it addresses one of the biggest negatives of the textile industry – and that’s the heavy toll clothing waste and industrial apparel manufacturing take on the planet. Consider: People sent about 11.2 million tons of textiles to landfills in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, it takes anywhere from 25 to 40 gallons of water to dye two pounds of fabric, and the textile industry gulps down almost 25 trillion gallons of water annually, research shows.

But through an innovative process and use of organic materials left in their natural state, Vollebak is presenting an innovative solution to the waste and resource depletion with its Plant and Algae Shirt. The ingenuity includes using a closed loop production process to turn the wood from sustainably-managed forests into fabric. “In practice this means that over 99% of the water and solvent used to turn pulp into fibre is recycled and reused,” Vollebak says on its website. “And on the Higg MSI scoring system, which measures the impact of producing a kilogram of fibre – taking into account fossil resource depletion, water scarcity, eutrophication and global warming – this fabric scores 10 against cotton’s score of 60. Our eventual aim is to score 0.”

Photo from Vollebak.

The green engineering extends to the T-shirt print, which is made from algae. “To turn algae into a printable ink, we use the same technique used in Kenya to create algae cake,” Vollebak says. “Instead of passing lake water through a cotton net, we pass water from the bioreactor through a filter. This process separates the algae, leaving a soupy algae paste. This paste is then dried in the sun to create a fine powder, and this powder is mixed with a water-based binder to make algae ink.”

Over time, the algae print organically changes color. No chemicals or dyes are used in the making of the shirt. So, when wearers do bury it to biodegrade, only organic material enters the soil. “Our idea with all our clothing is to cut down on the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills and [..] make people think differently about how long they could or should own a piece of clothing for,” Vollebak CEO Steve Tidball told Forbes.

Currently, the shirt retails for $110, and we don’t expect the tees to start popping up in the promo products industry tomorrow – but one day they, and future models like them, just might. After all, the shirts are representative of a growing movement centered on creating apparel that’s truly sustainable in material, production process and post-life. As younger Millennials and Gen Zers begin to dominate the consumer and corporate buying marketplaces, promotional products professionals should look for demand for verifiably green wearables to take deeper root and sprout.

If you are interested in sustainable tees shirts and apparel 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.

Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits

25 Sep

Looking for a promo item that will brighten your client’s office, or home. How about a look at the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits from Jornik.

These live kits each contain three packages of seeds and starter soil, plus wooden plant stakes, all inside a recycled 6 count egg carton. They make a great little garden for an office work space, or apartment kitchen. (Use as a new home, or move in gift, is one of their top uses with our clients.)

There are three option on herb mixes; Mexican Herb Seeds include: Cumin, Oregano and Cilantro, Italian Herb Seeds include: Parsley, Oregano and Sweet Basil, Cocktail Herb Seeds include: Mint, Thyme and Lavender.

Messaging on the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits is easy with the full color, full wrap, digitally printed belly band, and covers the full kit. The 3″ x 1 1/4″ imprint area give plenty of room for your marketing message, and the smell of fresh herbs, is a constant reminder of your business, or service, to the recipient.

If you are interested the Grow-Your-Own Herb Kits 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.

Greensleeve Insulated Beverage Holder

10 Apr

Be Cool or Stay Hot. EcoFriendly – Love your Mother. ErgoFriendly – Get a grip. Reusable-Recyclable-Biodegradable. Inked with water colors.

The Spring festival season is right around the corner. Perfect time to talk about an alternative to neoprene beverage holders. The Greensleeve Insulated Beverage Holder is a USA Made cardboard coolie that Valley Castings likes to say is, “Made in America by Americans with American Garbage”.

These Recycled Insulated Beverage Holders are made from 69% post consumer waste, and printed with an earth friendly water based ink. They cost as low as $0.49 per unit, and that unit price includes a one color – one location imprint. The imprint size is 1.5″ x 1.5″.

If you are interested in the Greensleeve Insulated Beverage Holders 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.

BioAd™ Trekker Travel Mug

26 Mar

Multicolored imprints no problem.

The Quickpoint website has a new look, and it looks like some new designs as well.

I like it 🙂

Take for example the BioAd™ Trekker Travel Mug. Much more retail design than past mug shapes, but still made in the USA. And, as a BioAd™ product the BioAd™ Trekker Travel will break down naturally in a landfill environment over a period of 3-5 years. (not the side of the road, not your break-room, but a proper landfill environment.)

So Quickpoint is continuing their commitment to both biodegradable and USA made items.

The BioAd™ Trekker Travel Mug comes in seven great colors (White, Black, Thunderbolt Blue, Sky Blue, Sage Green, and Red). It is fine for both hot and cold liquids, with a 24 .oz capacity.

Like the BioAd™ Trekker Travel Mug  as an idea for anything from thank gifts for community clean up projects, to trade-show giveaways for the recycling or waste management industries. Plus, they look pretty cool.

And, sometime else to keep in mind, the BioAd™ Trekker Travel Mug is lighter to ship, and less breakable, than traditional ceramic coffee mugs. Please ask us to see a sample, we will be happy to send one out.

If you are interested in these 100% R.P.E.T. Laminated Grocery Bag 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.

Appeel Medio Notebook

20 Mar

Colors: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Renetta, Applewood, Pink Lady. 5 3/4 x 8 1/5 x 0 3/4 inches

The complete Appeel line from Castelli is unique in that these Made in Italy (but decorated in USA, so normal 5-7 turn around on orders) journals and padfolios are made from recycled apple waste. Yes, apples.

Take for example the Appeel Medio Notebook, “The Appeel Medio journal is made from apple peels that are ground and emulsified into an organic paper. This ground breaking eco friendly product is animal friendly, sustainable and all natural. Size: 5 1/4 x 8 3/8. 192 apple paper pages with green lines. Gray end pages with colored stripes. Back paper pocket.”

First the silly questions. The Appeel Medio Notebook does not smell like apples. The Appeel Medio Notebook does not taste like apples. But, each Appeel Medio Notebook is printed with information explaining that the Appeel Medio Notebook is made from apple waste, and so that this story can be easily incorporated into your our sustainability marketing message.

Of course we love this idea for anyone working on campaigns for sales, production, or distribution channels in the grocery or fruit industry. If your company is doing something with apples specifically, all the better.

And teachers gifts, as a nice Appeel Medio Notebook is likely more practical then an actual apple.

If you are interested in the Appeel Padfolio 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.

MousePaper® Note Paper Mouse Pads Made in USA

10 Dec
Your message is printed on each sheet, giving youthe full impact of both a mouse pad and a note pad.

Your message is printed on each sheet, giving you
the full impact of both a mouse pad and a note pad.

Here is a video from ASI Dallas on the MousePaper® Note Paper Mouse Pads from Digispec. This is a Made in the USA product, built with recycled paper, and 100% post-consumer paper backboard. Your message is printed on each sheet, giving you the full impact of both a mouse pad and a note pad.

Take a look

If you are interested in made in these products 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.

Visstun® Made in USA cups for the team

30 Nov
Since you can print the entire surface of the cup, you can really print just about anything.

Since you can print the entire surface of the cup, you can really print just about anything.

We talk about the stunningly visual cups from Visstun® a lot of this blog, here, here, and here. It is because the product from Visstun® is just so darn versatile. So here is another idea.

These reusable cups from Visstun® come in a number different sizes, they are made in USA, they are top shelf dishwasher safe, and they are number five recyclable.

This idea is for local high school booster clubs, football, soccer, volleyball, band, baseball, that type of thing. Because of the quality of the Visstun® cups it is possible to print a full team photo in full-color directly on them. The kicker is to print the contact information of the sponsor on the base of the cup. This could work for a car dealership, a real estate agent, a local restaurant, a local insurance agent, any on interested in reaching the local community, students, and the parents.

The cups are then simply given to the local school for use at the concession stand during games. Sell can sell them as a fundraiser if they like, but the idea is to just give them to the school as a way to show support in the community for the local business. My predictions is that no one will throw one of these away, and as they keep the cup as a souvenir of that year’s team, they also keep the contact information for that local business sponsor.

Horizontal artwork or photos work best.

Horizontal artwork or photos work best.

Neat trick, right?

If you are interested in made in the USA Visstun® cups 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.

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.

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.

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