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Herschel Eco Novel Duffel

22 Mar

PCNA continues to add to their eco line with the new Herschel Eco Novel Duffel.

The Heschel retail line is slowing bring similar products to the promotional products industry. “Founded in 2009 by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, Herschel Supply Co. adopted the name of the town where three generations of their family grew up. Based in Vancouver, Canada Herschel Supply Co. is a design driven global accessories brand that produces timeless utility products.”

The Herschel Eco Novel Duffel makes it to this page because it is made with 100% Recycled 600D Polyester. “A signature style made sustainable, the Herschel Eco Novel™ Duffle features a removable shoulder strap and Herschel’s signature shoe compartment. Perfect for long days and weekends away, this classic duffle is reimagined with 100% recycled fabrics and industry-leading recycled materials from the liner to the label.”

In addition to the sustainable pedigree, the Herschel Eco Novel Duffel does capture the Herschel goal “to create a timeless product with fine regard for detail”. Which makes this duffel another recycled product that does not “look recycled”.

The Herschel Eco Novel Duffel is a good size overnight bag, with at 11.75in high, 20.5in wide, and 11in deep. The bag can be decorated with Digital Print Transfer or Embroidery, with Digital Print Transfer being the preferred method.

This is a casual, cool bag for business travel, or marketing events like team building. I look forward to seeing more of the Herschel line enter our industry.

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.

Washable Kraft Stone Bound JournalBook

4 Jan

The 5.5″ x 8.5″ Washable Kraft Stone Bound JournalBook from PCNA is new for 2022. And I had to look at this thing for awhile before I really understood what is was.

So, yes it is a notebook. Original I thought the word Stone in the name had to do with the raised decorating technique printed on the sample (show above). Nope. Stone in the name means, just that. The ‘paper’ in the journal is not made from trees, but from stone, “combine calcium carbonate with resin. Add heat and pressure”, equals paper.

This site, from retail company Karst, gives a very good overview of the material itself.

A bonus to paper made from stone, is that is does not really tear. And it is water proof, yes water proof. It seems when stone paper first was available commercial groups like Police, EMS, insurance investigators, military’s, were all first adaptors, since you can write in the rain on this stuff.

From the manufacturer, “The 5.5” x 8.5” Washable Kraft Stone Bound JournalBook features a durable, water-resistant cover with 60 sheets of lined stone paper, which is water-resistant, tearproof and noticeably smooth for a superior writing experience. It also features an elastic closure, ribbon page marker and elastic pen loop. And through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of all EcoSmart® products are donated to environmental nonprofits.”

The decoration that gives the sample journal’s cover such a pop is considered Deboss by PCNA. The look of the Washable Kraft Stone Bound JournalBook, plus the materials it is made from, really make this a standout item. We expect to see more of these types of journal in 2022.

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.

Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L

10 Nov

Using name brand items in your marketing efforts is always a good way to go. The better the brand’s reputation, the higher the perceived value of the item given.

Thule was founded in 1942 in the deepest forest of Småland, Sweden, by Erik Thulin, a true lover of the outdoors. Since then, their focus has been designing and developing quality products that help carry your gear wherever your passion takes you.

The new Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L goes a step rather in it’s relationship with Bluesign, an independent verifier which works to ensure manufacturing with the lowest possible environmental impact.

So what you get with the Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L is a very serious travel backpack, from a well know brand, and with a well sustainable pedigree.

From the manufacturer, “From office to class, carry in style with the Thule Heritage 79 Backpack. The exterior materials of this backpack are Bluesign® approved. This backpack features a main compartment with elevated, padded protection for laptops up to 15.6” and fits books and folders. Find storage for all your belongings with the easy access exterior pocket with small accessory storage and key fob, quick access slip pocket, and large zipped interior translucent pocket stores pens and small accessories. This backpack features must haves like two water bottle pockets, a padded back panel, and webbing grab handle.”

This large bag features the travelers essentials, an organizational pocket, laptop compartment, water bottle pocket, and padded adjustable shoulder straps. For those in the know, 23L refers to 23 litters, the bags carrying size.

Decoration on the Thule Heritage Indago 15.6″ Computer Backpack 23L is in full color, using factory level Digital Print Transfer, with embroidery as a second option.

We love this bag and brand for tech companies that have workers on the go. See all Thule options at https://www.pcna.com/en-us/brand/thule/shop-all

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.

Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler with Sling

3 Nov

The Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler with Sling is a great idea for a corporate gift that is reusable, practical, long lasting, and just happens to be made from 100% Recycled materials.

The Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler with Sling is a great cross between a true cooler and an easy to carry backpack. Your logo can be placed on the Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler in full color using factory level digital print transfer.

From the manufacturer, “Arctic Zone® RPET Backpack Cooler with removable insulated sling makes your outdoor adventure even easier! This fully insulated backpack cooler features a padded back panel and comfortable backpack straps for easy carrying. The exterior is made from REPREVE® RPET, the world’s leading recycled fiber, which makes it extra eco-friendly. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of all EcoSmart® products are donated to environmental nonprofits.”

I think the Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler with Sling is a great promotional item for companies in the food, beverage, and leisure industries. The large internal pocket measures 17in x 11.5 in, and boasts a full color four inch wide imprint area.

The Arctic Zone® Repreve® Backpack Cooler with Sling also includes a hangtag for every unit, printed with the message “MADE FROM RECYCLED BOTTLES” and explaining the nature of the recycled fibers from which it is made.

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.

Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock

27 Oct

Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is new for 2021, is made of FSC Certified Bamboo, and features the option of Laser or Digital Inkjet imprinting of your logo.

Laser decoration is the suggest better method, with a laser used to directly etch the artwork into each item.

From the manufacturer, “The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock can be used on any desk, end table or night stand. The top surface has a 5W wireless charging pad for compatible devices. The clock has an alarm function, can show temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius and display three different levels of light brightness. One additional USB output 5V/1.5A for charging through a cable. If you want to charge an iPhone series before iPhone 8 with wireless technology, an external wireless charging receiver or receiver case is required. It works with most plastic phone cases on. Includes 39″ USB to Type C charging cable. Packaged in a FSC certified premium gift box.”

The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is another example of a traditional product design being recreated using a bamboo instead of traditional plastic. Bamboo is a more sustainable material, and of course it will break down after useful life much quicker than plastic.

The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is a great giveaway item for home based employees and clients, as it allows your brand to enter your audiences home, bedroom, and work space. With ever glace at the time, your audience will be reminded of your 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.

Going Even Greener: Bags

28 Feb

Parkland Southland 15″ Computer Backpack

Promotional products manufacturer LEED’S (PCNA) has introduced a number of new bags in time for Earth Day 2021. These seems to be part of a larger push to provide a wider range of promotional products made from recycled and/or sustainable materials.

From LEED’S, “As sustainability becomes a higher priority for people everywhere, demand for eco-friendly products is on the rise. Businesses are taking strides to be more environmentally conscious, and consumers are more mindful of what they’re buying. In fact, 66% of shoppers reported that they would spend more on a product if it came from a sustainable brand (Nielsen). Here are some new ideas for the type of eco-friendly gifts your clients may be looking for.”

Here are some of the new bags they have released. See more options on their website. We will  be looking at these new products, and likely writing some blogs about individual items.

Merritt Recycled 15″ Computer Backpack – The Merritt Recycled 15” Computer Backpack is modern, on trend and offers a simple everyday carry solution. This backpack features a roomy, zippered main compartment with 15” laptop sleeve, a zippered front pocket on the top flap, as well as another zippered front pocket. Added features like a side water bottle pocket and padded shoulder straps make this a great everyday carry option. This backpack is made from recycled water bottles.

Graphite Deluxe Recycled Sling Backpack

Graphite Deluxe Recycled Sling Backpack – The Graphite Deluxe Recycled Sling Backpack features a zippered main compartment and a front zippered pocket with organization. This sling includes a premium lash tab and an adjustable shoulder strap. Made from recycled water bottles, not only is this sling on-trend, but it’s also eco-friendly.

Merchant & Craft Revive 15″ Computer Rucksack – Merchant & Craft-simple classics for your modern lifestyle. The Merchant & Craft Revive Recycled 15″ Computer Rucksack features RPET 600d material made from recycled water bottles. This backpack features a padded laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 15″ laptop in the large, zippered main compartment. Keep your water bottle close by with the side water bottle pocket while keeping your mask and keys handy in the zippered front pocket. Carry in comfort with the padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

Parkland Southland 15″ Computer Backpack – The exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles. The Parkland Southland 15″ Computer Backpack was designed with style and sustainability in mind. The Southland’s top loading main compartment makes it easy to pack. This backpack also features double side water bottle pockets and a zippered front pocket. The high volume design makes this backpack both a great everyday bag and the perfect travel companion.

Parkland Tello 15″ Computer Backpack – The exterior of Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles. Say hello to the Parkland Tello, a backpack designed with style and sustainability in mind. Complete with a discrete water bottle pocket and 15″ laptop sleeve, the Tello combines the functionality of a traditional school bag with a simple, clean design. This backpack features slim shoulder straps, a secure front zip pocket, and can hold three 1″ binders.

CamelBak Eco-Arete 18L Backpack – 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.

Aft Recycled 15″ Computer Backpack – The AFT Recycled 15” Computer Backpack is sure to be your new go-to bag. This backpack features a zippered main compartment with a padded laptop sleep. In the main compartment you’ll also find a large zippered mesh pocket perfect for storing clothes for an overnight trip. The front of this backpack also features vertical 2 zippered pockets. One pocket features ample storage and organization while the other is a PEVA lined water bottle pocket. There’s also a smaller front zippered pocket for easy access to your essentials. This backpack is made from recycled water bottles.

All off the bags are part of the partnership with 1% For The Planet, where one percent of sales will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.

If you are interested in these products to promote your business, or if you wish to see 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.

TRENDS & NEW PRODUCTS

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 (Reusethisbag.com)

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 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.

Leeds Video: From Plastic to Product

31 Oct

Owl® 51% Recycled Deluxe Compu-Messenger Bag Made from 51% post-consumer recycled material. Large main compartment with built-in 17″ laptop sleeve. Front zippered pocket with media pocket, headphone port and zippered accessory pocket. Full organization under flap. Rear zippered pocket and trolley handle. Two side mesh pockets. Detachable, adjustable shoulder strap. Carry handle.

Saw this video from Leeds (Polyconcept) regarding the making of recycled PET fabrics.

Leeds has a number of items in their EcoSmart line made from 51% to 100% recycled materials, like the Owl Recycled Deluxe Compu-Messenger Bag.

The video is no where near as informative as the TED TALK given by Mike Biddle.

Still nice short overview, and we get this question all the time.

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If you are an ASI distributor Michael Dunsworth is the contact to talk to about complete EcoSmart line. If you are interested in EcoSmart items for your own business or event, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information, pricing, and samples.

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