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24 Sep

Reduce Plastic Waste With Easy Product Swaps. Everyday decisions that make a difference. Ideas from PCNA.

We believe that big change begins with small steps. And when backed by organization-wide commitment, the small steps add up to real progress. At PCNA, their EcoSmart® program is the driving force behind the actions we’re taking to move our organization, and the promotional products industry, toward a more eco-friendly future.

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

Swap: One reusable water bottle can save 167 plastic water bottles per year (Fast Company).

Hugo Vacuum Insulated Bottle 18oz. Double-wall construction, vacuum insulated. Keeps drinks hot for 5 hours and cold for 15 hours. Leak-proof locking cap.

Swap: One reusable cup can save 115 disposable coffee cups per year (Freedonia Group).

Copper Vacuum Insulated K Mini Tumbler 14oz. Part of our Bold Geometry trend collection this style is defined by angles that create a great tactile and visual experience. Double-wall vacuum construction with copper insulation. Keeps drinks hot for 8 hours and cold for 24 hours. The construction also prevents condensation on the outside of the tumbler. Compact design fits easily under most single cup or K-cup coffee makers as well as in all standard cup holders. Easy sipping, push-on lid with slide closure. Wide opening for comfortable filling and pouring.

Swap: One reusable grocery tote can save 500 plastic bags per year (

Laminated 100% Recycled Shopper. This fashionable tote is laminated to provide maximum durability. Reusable shopping bag is perfect for all your grocery essentials. Large main compartment and generous gusset for maximum capacity. 23.5″ shoulder straps. This product is made from 100% PET recycled fabric.

Swap: One reusable food container can save 250 disposable takeout containers per year (Huffington Post).

Plastic and Wheat Straw Lunch Box Container. 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. Pack your food in style with the plastic and wheat straw lunch box. This item features a tray to keep your food separated and a locking lid with handles for carrying. FDA tested. BPA free.

Swap: One reusable cooler can save 200 plastic or paper bags per year (Huffington Post).

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 cooler features a 100% recycled polyester outer main material. Top fold-over style reminiscent of a paper lunch bag and includes a grab handle. Note: Foil lining, webbing handle and webbing trim are not made with recycled materials.

If you are interested in sustainable ideas to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, email 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.

This Holiday, Make It Last with Glass

29 Oct

Footed Square Glass Jar

What could be sweeter than a holiday gift that promotes your business or organization all year long? During the holidays, food-related gifts are popular, but it’s important to make sure that the container (and your logo) lasts long past the time the treats are devoured.

Enter the glass goody container, which can be used and displayed on office desks and kitchen counters for years to come.

The more attractive the jar, the longer it will be used and the more prominently it will be displayed. Mid-Nite Snax has many handsome glass containers to choose from (filled or empty). I am a fan of both the Footed Square Glass Jar with Sports theme candies and the classic Glass Square Jar.

While you’re on the Mid-Nite Snax website, check out their snack tins too – since metal and glass are more likely to be reused than a cardboard container, and are by their nature recyclable, they can help promote your client’s sustainable message or brand better than a tosh away container, especially if language explaining the re-usability of the contain is included with your marketing message.

If you are an ASI distributor, you can get more information about Mid-Nite Snax’s glass containers on their website. If you are interested in Mid-Nite Snax products to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email for information and pricing.

New Generation of BPA Free Bottles Aims at Spas and Gyms

3 Oct

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

I mentioned before in this blog that the gym and spa industry is one of the main buyers of sport bottles. It makes sense, sign-up for a membership, get a water bottle and t-shirt.

I also mentioned that the BPA scare pretty much halted the market for plastic gym bottles. This was an event especially felt by eco-friendly gyms, yoga studios and spas that had been using bottles as giveaway items. Many businesses gave up on plastic altogether and moved to aluminum or steel bottles.

Well the industry is fighting back with BPA free bottles especially designed for gyms – like Glass America’s 19 oz. Treadmill BPA Free Bottle – bottles designed with wide mouths and easy grips.

These new bottles also have the words “BPA free” imprinted directly on them to make sure the audience does not miss the fact these are “safe” bottles.

We will see how well these new bottle designs do. It is nice to see the industry bouncing back in this area and at the same time moving forward on green products.

For more information on BPA free bottles from Glass America please visit their website or visit us at

Organic Cotton Bags Getting Less Expensive

20 Sep

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

Non Woven Poly bags are great but many of our clients don’t like non wovens and keep asking when an inexpensive organic cotton tote would be available.

Well the new Econo Tote Bag from Debco seems to fit the bill at 14.75” W x 16.5” with runs under $2 for orders over 1000 units and starts around $3.50 for a small run of 50 units with one color imprint included. These bags are 100% natural organic cotton processed AZO-Free with no hazardous chemicals. Continue reading

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