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News from Sprouts

15 Dec

 

Got an email from Sprouts about 2020 plans. Just like their pencils, 2020 seems to all be about growth and a better alternatives.

“We are working hard to get everything planned for 2020. However, I can promise you that we’ll have some news for you. Here is a sneak peak at some of the news:

#1: Color print on pencils
Beside our engraving on the pencils, we want to offer you another alternative. From Spring 2020 it will be possible to get your message and logo printed in colors on your Sprout pencils.
As always, it will be 100% eco-friendly. We will keep you updated on when and how.

#2: New single card
We will be offering an alternative to our single card. It will be thinner and easier to ship. As soon as it’s ready, we’ll send you more information. Most likely in Spring 2020.

#3: New catalog and website
Sprout is not only about plantable pencils. We’re on a mission to fight plastic and inspire change with positive examples. We’re Sprout pencil, Sprout Spoon and Sprout Makeup Liner.
We are Sprout World. In 2020 we will have a new catalogue and a new website ready that integrates it all. Stay tuned.

~ Sidsel Lundtang Rasmussen, CEO at Sprout”

For more information visit their site at https://sproutworld.com/

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.

Plants from Pencils for Holidays

22 Oct

From Sprout email this morning.

Just one single plantable pencil can make a corporate gift stand out?

It’s true. We know it due to all the feedback we receive every year around Christmas from our company clients. Keep it coming, we love to hear from you.

It seems that both employees, partners or clients get surprised when they see the Sprout pencil. It’s such a strong conversation starter. It’s something to remember. It’s a gift that gives back.

You can customize both pencil and single card or get your order faster and choose our standard design.

Learn more about Sprout at https://sproutworld.com/

If you are interested in Sprout 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.

Visstun has your holiday cups covered

21 Oct

Visstun, the made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, and home of the “Everything Green” program, is now going big with pre-prints for holidays and special occasion on their made in the USA line of sustainable drinkware.

With Visstun, you get the scariest, merriest, most exciting plastic cups available anywhere for any occasion. Plus, they’re reusable, recyclable, top-shelf dishwasher safe, and use 30% less plastic than boring ordinary stadium cups

And Visstun is not stopping with Halloween and jolly guys in red, they also have stock designs for sports, kids, seasons, campaigns, and a whole lot more.

“Need a simple way to add pizzazz to a basic promotion? Add ready-to-use full color backgrounds to your cup promotion. The stock images below are available for all cup sizes and will vary according to cup/container size. Simply specify the image name when ordering and we will combine it with your supplied logo and artwork. Depending on the cup size required, most of the stock art found at www.digispec.com/stock can be used for cups.”

Once again Visstun is living up to their tagline of “Visually Stunning Cups & Containers”. And remember, if they can do all of these stock ideas, then they can easily get your exact, full color, custom art, on a stadium cup as well.

If you are interested in Visstun 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.

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.

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