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Spector 2022 Feels Good Catalog

29 Mar

The Spector 2022 Feels Good Catalog has been published online.

This is a full catalog of the sustainable and recycled products in the Spector line.

Notebooks, drinkware, pens, backpacks, desk item, the Spector 2022 Feels Good Catalog has a little bit of everything.

If you are interested in this product 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.

Sustainability Is Here to Stay

15 Mar

{Originally Published by Koozie Group}

The buzzwords are everywhere – go green, eco-conscious, environmentally friendly – and with good reason. A survey conducted ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference revealed that sustainability is an important purchase criterion for 61% of US consumers, with more than a third of people willing to pay a premium for such products or services. (1) Generation Z and Millennials are leading the charge, and what may have been just trendy practices several years ago are quickly becoming the norm.

The promo products industry needs to take note. A 2020 survey reported that 46% of recipients have a more favorable opinion of an advertiser who gives them environmentally friendly swag. (2)  How do you help your customers choose the right product? There are no clear-cut rules about what constitutes a “sustainable” product, and items with a green stance can fall into several buckets. Using the tried-and-true framework of the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – provides one way to explore Earth-friendly features of some common promotional products.

Reduce

Reducing environmental impact is one key component of sustainability. There are several ways to achieve this goal, including choosing products made of raw materials that have a smaller eco-footprint.

The Cork Yoga Mat Item #41207 provides a cushiony and nonslip surface for doing daily downward dogs.

Some raw materials are inherently “green.” Take cork, for example, which comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Harvesting does not harm the tree, and actually allows it to absorb more carbon dioxide. Cork forests are biodiverse places, providing a home to more species per square meter than even the Amazon rainforest. Add in the fact that almost all cork items can be recycled, and this durable material rates near the top on the sustainability scale. (3) Other good contenders for low-impact natural components include jute and bamboo.

Sometimes it’s not the raw material itself but the way it’s processed that raises environmental concerns. Paper, for example, is made from a renewable source. However, harvesting practices can make its production unsustainable. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for independent organizations to step in and administer a certification process that identifies responsibly produced materials. With the legwork done, buyers can be assured that an item and/or its components were produced in a responsible way. 

Certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) or Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is the gold standard in the forestry industry. Three Koozie Group facilities earned these designations in 2021, and we’ve upgraded to either SFI®- or FSC®-certified source stock paper in most of our calendars along with our Souvenir® Sticky Note™ pads and Souvenir® scratch pad products. It’s our way of making sure it’s easy to find products with a recognized sustainability stance.

Reuse

Another simple way to reduce consumption and waste is to replace disposable products with a reusable equivalent. Some longstanding best sellers in the promo industry check this box. It’s worth pointing out their potential benefits to customers who are searching for eco-friendly choices.

Drinkware

Americans use an estimated 120 billion disposable cups every year, and most single-use cups are made of hard-to-recycle materials. One person using a reusable mug or tumbler for a year’s worth of morning joe could save up to 281 gallons of water, 16 pounds of solid waste, and 1 tree from being chopped down. (4) If end users need further convincing, tumblers with double-wall insulation will keep both hot and cold brews at just the right temperature for hours. That’s a win-win solution.

Drinkware Case Study

A local coffee shop wanted to phase out the use of disposable cups. They purchased the Koozie® Triple Vacuum Tumbler in both the 13 oz. and 16 oz. sizes to add to their retail offerings. Customers received 50¢ off their order every time they brought in their Triple; loaner tumblers were available, with a deposit, for when customers showed up empty-handed. By placing messaging about the environmental impact of single-use cups around the store, participation in the program steadily grew. The coffeehouse now has a goal of eliminating all disposables by the end of the year.

As a side benefit, customers fell in love with the versatility of the Koozie® Triple Vacuum Tumbler. They loved its 3-in-1 design, which means it can function as a cup, tumbler, or bottle/can cooler. Word got around, and the coffee shop saw sales of the tumbler to non-regulars grow by 20%.

Bags

On average, a single American uses one plastic bag each day of the year. This habit has several devastating effects on the environment. In fact, experts predict that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 without changes to current behavior. (5)

Jute Grocery Tote Item #15655
Make a trip to the grocery store or farmers market easier with this tote that features shoulder-length cotton handles.

Before the pandemic, a growing number of states and municipalities were passing bans on single-use plastic bags. Some of those efforts were put on hold over the past two years, but action around eliminating throwaway bags is heating up again. (6) These laws are likely to spur additional demand for reusable bags both as promotional merch and giveaways. Taking it one step further, choosing totes and market-sized coolers made of either natural fibers or recycled materials can up the sustainability factor.

Recycle

The word recycle resonates with many consumers looking to lessen their environmental impact. When it comes to paper, recycling has been around for longer than one might realize. The first paper mill in the United States opened in 1690 and used recycled linen and cotton rags in its production process. (7) Today, paper is one of the most recycled materials, with experts estimating that consumers recycle up to 70% of this everyday commodity. (8)

goingreen™ 5″ x 7″ Notebook Item #15940
Both the cover and pages of this handy journal include a minimum of 30% recycled material.

Two types of recycled paper fiber make it into new products. Pre-consumer materials are by-products of the manufacturing process but never reach an end user. Post-consumer content comes from materials collected from office and curbside recycling programs. From a sustainability standpoint, paper that contains post-consumer content is the preferred choice.

Newer to the recycled material scene is recycled PET (RPET). A growing number of companies, including iconic brands like Converse, now use this material to craft everything from high tops to swimwear to tees. The polyester fabric, made from recycled plastic containers, is equivalent in quality to polyester made from virgin material and takes 59% less energy to create. (9) A growing number of promotional products made from RPET are hitting the market, including these bags, coolers, tech gear, and writing instruments in the Koozie Group lineup. 

KAPSTON® Willow Recycled Backpack Item # 16193
Made from 71% post-consumer RPET 600D polyester that contains the equivalent of 17 (14 oz.) water bottles, this stylish backpack has a spot for all your daily essentials.

It’s time to plan your strategy for bringing eco-conscious products to your customers. Use Earth Day (April 22) to get the conversation started; then, head on over to kooziegroup.com and use the 3 Rs to find the perfect products to lessen your environmental impact.

If you are interested in this product 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.

Field & Co. Fireside Eco Duffel

1 Feb

The Field & Co. Fireside Eco Duffel is a duffle that wants to get outside, go to the gym, take a weekend trip. This Recycled Polyester duffel is really ready for just about anything.

From the manufacturer, “The Field & Co. Fireside Eco Duffel is great for outdoor adventures. It features a durable tarpaulin-coated bottom along with a main material made from recycled water bottles. Adjustable straps on the front can carry a sleeping pad or other rolled items. The spacious interior pocket has a back organizational panel and custom plaid-print Field & Co. lining. It also has a zippered shoe pocket and double exterior lash tabs for attaching other necessary items via carabiner. The adjustable padded removable shoulder strap features Sherpa lining for added comfort.”

The shell of the Field & Co. Fireside Eco Duffel is constructed of 100% recycled polyester. Factory decoration methods for the Field & Co. Fireside Eco Duffel include Digital Print Transfer, Embroidery, and Digital Print Transfer via PhotoGrafixx.

Placing your logo or marketing message on a named brand like Field & Co. Fireside is always a easy way to add perceived value in the perception of the recipient.

If you are interested in this product 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.

JORIS Eco Softshell Jacket

17 Nov

It is time to get your corporate wear in line with your corporate values. Most company’s do not really understand that there are 100s of stylish caps, shirts, polos, and jackets made from recycled and/or sustainable materials. And, indeed, the the cost of these clothing options have steadily been falling over the last few years.

A great example is the JORIS Eco Softshell Jacket. This jacket boasts a seemingly endless combination of both decoration locations, and decoration styles. Left Chest, right chest, full front, full back, sleeve, shoulder, rear neck, via Apparel Embroidery, Apparel Laser, Apparel Deboss, full color detail Apparel Transfer, mix and match as you wish.

The JORIS Eco Softshell Jacket itself has an outer shell of 50% Recycled polyester 50% Polyester interlock knit bonded to 70% Recycled polyester 30% Polyester jacquard fleece.

JORIS Eco Softshell Jacket comes in a number of colors, and is offered in both men’s and women’s cuts.

From the manufacturer, “The women’s Joris Eco Softshell Jacket looks out for your wellness and the planet’s. The eco-friendly Joris is made from recycled polyester, and the included No Contact Keychain in the right pocket lets you use door handles, press elevator buttons and use ATM keypads without touching them. The brushed fleece lining delivers next-level comfort, and the breathable, three-layer waterproof construction and water-repellant finish make it the perfect lightweight jacket for any weather. Shaped seams and a tapered waist on the women’s styling make for the ultimate fit. It’s even loaded with functional features, like brushed tricot lined pockets for extra comfort and zippered pockets to keep your valuables safe. Yep, the Joris has it all. One percent of all Eco sales are donated to environmental profits through a partnership with 1% For The Planet.”

So if is time to make a change to your corporate wear, might we suggest letting us design a JORIS Eco Softshell Jacket that properly reflects your corporate culture and brand.

If you are interested in this product 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.

Soft 190D rPET Fodable Totoe

24 Mar

New flyer arrived from our friends at Garyline.

Take a look.

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.

Eco-Friendly Items for the Outdoors

23 Mar

With its lightweight materials and reversible, double-duty design, the Eco-Arete 18 is one of the most versatile packs we make. This bag gives you room for snacks, layers, essentials, and 1.5 liters of water. It’s lightweight materials and packable design also make it an excellent travel bag that won’t add bulk to your luggage. We updated this version of the Arete with additional pockets to keep your gear organized, along with a removable sternum strap. This bag is made with waterless dyed lining, recycled poly airmesh harness, recycled poly pocket mesh. The reservoir is not included. Use the code on the hangtag to get 20% off the reservoir. 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.

(This post was sent to us by PCNA and supports their products)

More People Are Heading Outside For Fun And Relaxation. Hiking, biking, camping – even a brisk walk in the park. Between gym closures and people generally feeling stir crazy, the pandemic has driven interest in getting outside, where you can escape the confines of the house without being around lots of people.

At the same time, this renewed appreciation for nature has more people focused on protecting the environment, leading to greater demand for sustainable products. Here are some of our favorite eco-friendly styles for outdoor adventures.

Amos Eco Snood – Made with 34% recycled polyester, the lightweight, breathable Amos has UV protection for sunny days.

CamelBak® Eco-Arete 18L Backpack – Roomy yet lightweight. Eco-friendly features include waterless-dyed lining, recycled polyester airmesh harness and recycled polyester pocket mesh.

Bone-A-Fide Wheat Straw Baggie Dispenser – Don’t take the dog out for a hike without a few baggies for cleanup.

CamelBak® Pivot 25oz Echo™ – Made partly with plant-based material, this durable CamelBak® bottle is perfect for getting out and exploring.

Bamboo Fiber Lunch Box With Utensil Pocket – Pack a lunch for a mid-hike picnic, or stash trail mix and energy bars for a quick snack along the way.

One Percent. Twice As Much Good.

Remember, one percent of EcoSmart® sales are donated to environmental nonprofits, so you’re helping the planet in more ways than one.

Shop Collection (link to: https://www.pcna.com/pcnacontents/en-us/content/ecosmartv3)

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.

How to reduce plastic waste with easy product swaps

3 Mar

the list

This was sent to us from PCNA and support their products. Also, I want to mention, I think the straw thing is silly. Just don’t use straws. or maybe (rinse) and reuses a plastic for the whole year. Our industries love of straw substitutes is a little odd to me.

2020 has changed the way we live. And during this pandemic, people everywhere are shifting focus to the things that matter most, like their health. But to care for our own health isn’t enough. We also must do our part to protect the planet. After all, we’ve only got one, and it’s important that we take advantage of this opportunity for progress in the fight against climate change.

In honor of the everyday eco-friendly decisions we can all take, we’ve put together a list of some easy ways to send a message of eco-friendliness and actually eco-friendly at the same time. Amplify your brand with these reusable products that can easily replace their disposable counterparts.

Swap: One reusable water bottle can save 167 plastic water bottles per year (Fast Company). Take a look at CamelBak® Pivot 25oz Echo | 1627-21

Swap:  One reusable straw can save 594 disposable straws per year (National Park Service). Take a look at Reusable Stretchable SS Straw | SM-6402

Swap: One reusable cup can save 115 disposable coffee cups per year (Freedonia Group). Take a look at Dagon Wheat Straw Mug | 1628-46

Swap: One reusable grocery tote can save 500 plastic bags per year (Reusethisbag.com). Take a look at Recycled Cotton Grocery Tote | 7901-07

Swap: One reusable food container can save 250 disposable takeout containers per year (Huffington Post). Take a look at Plastic and Wheat Straw Lunch Box Container |1033-61

Swap: One reusable cooler can save 200 plastic or paper bags per year (Huffington Post).  Take a look at rPET Non- Woven 6 Can Lunch Cooler | 4200-18

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.

Albany Bamboo Notebook with Pen

2 Feb

The Albany Bamboo Notebook with Pen is a very classic looking journal for at a decorated price under $8 eqp. With the number of screens, tablets, and smartphones we are all tied to throughout the day, our industry has seen a rise in sales of notepads over the last few years.

People seem to like the feel of writing in a real journal, and the feel of a pen on paper. For me, I tend to keep a pad on my – real – desktop, and carry one into meetings, simply because I find it quicker to make a notation.

The spiral bound Albany Bamboo Notebook with Pen is beautiful notebook, and feels good in the hand. The Albany Bamboo Notebook with Pen features a bamboo cover and recycled paper pages (80 lined writing pages). Over all size is 5 3/4″ W x 7 1/8″ H x 3/4″ D.

Imprinting for the Albany Bamboo Notebook is done by screen printing, with four pad locations possible for imprint, including the back center. Maximum imprint is up to 3 spot colors per location.

The size of the Albany Bamboo Notebook makes it a great item to mail pre-meeting. Maybe with a short hello letter, and some overview materials, providing the client a place to jot notes during your Zoom call.

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.

Why Companies Are Opting For Eco-Friendly Products

22 Jan

(This was sent to us by PCNA and supports their products)

2020 has changed the way we live. Amid a global pandemic, people everywhere are shifting focus to the things that matter most, like protecting the planet. In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly two thirds of respondents agreed that governments’ economic recovery efforts after Covid-19 should prioritize climate change.

Bottom line? There’s never been a better time to go green, and our EcoSmart® collection is your one-stop-shop for all things eco-friendly:

Bags, Bags And More Bags

Start with something everybody can use, like an eco-friendly bag. A backpack made from recycled materials keeps waste out of landfills, and one reusable tote can save 22,000 plastic grocery bags (ReuseThisBag.com), so whether it’s for a trip to the grocery store or carrying your stuff to work, a sustainable bag is a win for the environment. Check out a few of our best-selling eco-friendly bags:

7275-03 Parkland Vintage 13” Computer Backpack

3005-73 Split Recycled Cotton Drawstring Bag

7901-06 Recycled Cotton Convention Tote

Recycled Notebooks

We may live in the age of technology, but notebooks aren’t going anywhere. Studies show that taking notes by hand improves memory and retention compared to typing on a keyboard. And it can be done in an environmentally-conscious way. We use recycled cardboard to make the covers of these notebooks. They’re great for doodling, and great for the planet. A perfect addition to any student or employee gift bag.

1921-12 Recycled Ambassador Bound JournalBook®

SM-3429 5” x 4” Recycled Spiral Jotter with Pen

ECO-700C | 5 x 7 Wire-Bound EcoBooks

From Bottle To Blanket

Why throw out plastic bottles when they can be turned into super soft blankets? This 50”x 60” blanket is made from 100% recycled PET, but it feels like your favorite cozy fleece.

1081-57 100% Recycled PET Fleece Blanket with Canvas Pouch

Going Green (And Looking Good)

Outfitting your team with eco-friendly clothing is a great way to reinforce your company’s commitment to sustainability. This comfy and stylish half-zip is made with recycled polyester. Even better, it’s moisture-wicking to keep them cool in hot weather.

TM18306/TM98306 Dege Eco Knit Half Zip

Masks Are Here To Stay

Everybody needs a face covering, whether it’s for the classroom, the office or a trip to the store. The Amos Eco Snood is made with the same lightweight, breathable recycled polyester as our Amos Short Sleeve Polo, so it’s super comfy. It’s also easy to customize with our full-color, edge-to-edge decoration, so you can find the right look for any project.

TM45601 Amos Eco Snood

And remember, one percent of all EcoSmart® sales are donated to environmental nonprofits. So you’re getting an awesome product and doing something good for the planet.

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.

Printing and Sustainability

19 Nov

Got an email from FOREMOST GRAPHICS this morning, outlining the TWO SIDES! paper initiative. Worth taking a look if you have concerns about commercial printing and the environment.

Print and paper have been the preferred communication medium for more than 2,000 years. By gaining a better understanding of printing’s environmental impact today, we’re positioning print and paper to continue as the communication medium of choice.

The Two Sides initiative explodes the myths and sets out the facts about print media’s sustainability in a clear and concise manner. By helping people gain an understanding of why Print and Paper is a versatile and sustainable communications medium.

Two Sides is telling the sustainability story of print and paper. By tackling the relevant environmental and social issues head-on with factual, authoritative information that exposes the myths, explains our industry’s true sustainability and gives stakeholders a solid foundation for making well-informed decisions about the use of print and paper.

Check out how Two-Sides can help clear the air on Printing and the Environment:

TWO SIDES!

Might also want to take a look at their fact sheet page, https://twosidesna.org/Two-Sides-Fact-Sheet.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to lower the impact of your promotional printing, email info@proformagreen.com for information.

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.

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