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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.

What is Vegan Leather?

31 Oct

LVL Pounches are one of many items now being made from vegan leather.

The team at Pop! Promos has expanded their line of products with in a number of creative ideas made from Vegan Leather of LVL. These are Pop! Promos items, so of course expect lots of color, lots of fun, but what exactly is meant by Vegan Leather? I asked.

The term vegan leather is one that is relatively new to the promotional products industry. Simply put, vegan leather is a sustainable and ethical alternative to traditional leather. Most vegan leather is made using plastic-based polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane materials. In the past, the term “pleather” (plastic leather) was used because of the makeup of the base materials.

While it’s acknowledged that the use of plastics still has drawbacks, in comparison to the resources and waste output of creating leather, it still creates less of an environmental impact, in addition to being cruelty free.

Vegan leather also offers the consumer a durable, high-quality material which can be decorated in a number of exciting and versatile ways. From full-color detailed imagery to solid patterns, vegan leather is an excellent canvas for branding opportunities!

Low Maintenance: In addition to being stylish, the crosshatch texture of LVL products is easier to wipe clean than traditional pebbled leather, so your full-color designs will stay brighter and last longer.

Luxurious Feel: The LVL Line is crafted with high-quality vegan leather with a fashionable crosshatch texture. Modeled after traditional Saffiano leather, the elevated, dimensional texture of our vegan leather feels just as luxurious as it looks.

Cruelty Free: Made from durable crossline PVC, the entire LVL Line offers an animal-free, ethical alternative to your favorite leather goods, with the added bonus of full-color customization possibilities at an attractive price.

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.

Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler

2 Jul
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MATERIALS / DIMENSIONS: Bamboo Fiber, Stainless Steel / 3.25″L 6.75″H 3.25″W

The 13.5 oz Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is a bio-composite of 70% bamboo fibers and other natural materials. The stainless steel interior and push on lid for added hot and cold retention and the base of tumbler features nonslip grip for extra stability.

The Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is BPA Free, PVC free, and Phthalate free. Just don’t put in the microwave.

For companies with a natural theme to their brand, the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is a great marketing and promotional peice to tie into your brand identitiy, for employee gifts or sales call leave behinds.

The imprint size on the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler is 5″w x 4″h with a one color imprint maximum. Laser engrave on the tumbler is also an option. Decoration is available on both the body and the lid. And the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler ships with a gift box.

If you are interested in the Gaia Bamboo Fiber Tumbler. 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.

Rain, Rain, go away

31 Oct

51% Post-Consumer Recycled PET.

Please, enough with all the rain already. Or maybe we just make the rain work a little for your marketing plans?

The 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella from LEEDs is a 48′ canopy umbrella made of 51% recycled material, with a full wood handle, shaft, and tips. Those wooden touches add a classic feel and look to the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella, and that enough makes it stand out as a promotional item. The extra bonus of 51% recycled material, is , well, a bonus.

Add you logo to the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella, plus mayeb a message, like “I Recycle’, or  “Class From Trash” or “Your Old Water Bottle is Keeping the Rain Off of My Head”, or perhaps something shorter, but you get the idea.

This is a automatic opening umbrella, and it comes with a case that includes a should strap (which is also made from recycled content).

If you are interested in the 48″ EcoSmart® Stick Umbrella 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.

USBGB Bamboo Drive

3 Oct

Imprint on cap or body, or both.

Lose that plastic casing, and go with bamboo for your USB drives. It is a nice mix of the natural and technology. Bamboo is a bit better than the plastic casing most USB drives come in.

The Bamboo Drive from All-in-One comes in memory sizes from 512 MB – 16 GB. Decoration on the casing can be color screen print or laser engrave.

I still like Bamboo drives as a simple way to mail, or handout, a lot of information. Videos, music, sale presentations, pre-loading the drives can easily be done at the factory.

Any marketing campaign working on a warm, natural feel, will benefit from the use of a natural casing flashdrive.

If you are interested in Bamboo USBs 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.

FLYER: Celebrate Earth Day With Wall Sprouts Blossom Kits!

16 Mar

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If you are interested in Wall Sprouts Blossom 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.

North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve shirt

14 Mar

Fabric: 2.4 oz./yd2/80gsm. Moisture wicking performance. 54% recycled polyester 46% polyester mechanical stretch ripstop. Features: textured ripstop with mechanical stretch. structured collar stand. stylized front and back yokes. heat seal label. Front and back princess seams.

Organic coffee outfit looking for new staff uniforms? Don’t know why, but when I saw the North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve Shirt in the new Oak Moss color, I thought of coffee bars.

Of course there is also a good chance I am just a bit tired and wishing for caffeine.

So, the North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve shirt, as well as having likely the longest name for a polo I have ever seen, is made from 54% recycled polyester, plus a remaining 46% polyester mechanical stretch ripstop. What we have here is a performance polo, with moisture wicking properties, that is made from recycled milk cartons, water bottles, and other plastic.

Pretty neat right, and a perfect fit for an company working on their sustainable branding.

The North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve shirt run sizes XS – 3XL. They are custom embroidered in the USA at the factory. Color options are Black, Red, Night Blue, Oak Moss, and White.

There is a matching men’s companion available as well.

North End has been making exceptional clothing for the promotional industry for over a decade, and North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve shirt is a great addition to their line up.

If you are interested in North End Sport Red Ladies’ Charge Recycled Polyester Performance Short-Sleeve shirt 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.

Bobble Infuse Made in USA

17 Feb

Did you know that Bobble bottles are made in the USA? I didn’t. All I knew was that they seem to be in every retail outlet around town.

So if you go with a Bobble item, like the new Bobble Infuse 20oz, not only do you get a made in USA item, but also the well know Bobble brand to help boast the perceived value of your marketing collateral.

Another bonus of the Bobble Infuse being a retail item is that your audience can easily get replacement carbon filters for these bottles. That is a plus because, of course, the longer they keep and use the bottles the longer your marketing message is circulating.

(And also we can hope, the longer that person is using a refillable bottle, and not disposable bottled water, which keeps those not used bottles water bottles out of the landfill. Hey, it all adds up).

The Bobble Infuse 20oz filter cage easily detaches for filter removal, and a second carbon filter ships with the bottle. The neck is large enough for ice cubes. These are squeezable bottles, and BPA free. And we did mention made in USA right?

Check out the video.

If you are interested in the Bobble Infuse 20oz. 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.

Wooden Wheel Barrow Blossom Kit

13 Feb
1 Seed Packet (Specify on Order), 1 Peat Pellet, Wood Wheel Barrow Planter w/Plastic Liner, and Natural Kraft Box.

1 Seed Packet (Specify on Order), 1 Peat Pellet, Wood Wheel Barrow Planter w/Plastic Liner, and Natural Kraft Box.

What one word do we want to use to describe the Wooden Wheel Barrow Blossom Kit.

Adorable.

Blossom kits all share the same basic idea. The item being sent will grow a plant, normally from seeds. In the case of the Wooden Wheel Barrow Blossom Kit by Illini, the kit is constructed from natural pine wood with a plastic liner designed to protect the wood from water damage. The kit includes – of course – the cute little wooden wheel barrow planter, plus seed packet, peat pellet, and natural kraft box with printed planting instructions.

And it is a kit, arriving to your client with a retail looking cardboard box, all ready to go.

So let’s get started with a the clichés.

These type of products are inevitably use during marketing campaigns, where the marketer is promising to ‘grow’ something.  Grow your business, grow you ad revenue, grow for savings, etc. And it works. Also I personally like the juxtaposition of a tactical, natural item like this being used by software or tech firms to promote their business.  Plants are very real, something to smell and touch, whereas a lot of technology is seem as cold. The mix and match of the marketing message often sets your pitch above all those others using Powerbanks and iPad rests.

The other huge users of these items is school or City programs teaching about planting, nature, agriculture, etc.

The Wooden Wheel Barrow Blossom Kit comes with 11 available seed options – Basil, Coleus, Forget-Me-Not, Marigold, Money Plant, Oregano, Patriotic Mix, Poppy, Sunflower, Tomato, or Thyme – and a good size imprint area at 2 1/2” x 1 3/8”.

If you are interested in the Wooden Wheel Barrow Blossom Kit 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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