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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.

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.

Wheat with Memory

8 Mar

Here is a quick case study sent to us by iClick on their Wheat Straw swivel drive.

“Activation: Grow Organics is a small, family-owned business that creates organic and locally sourced baby foods in their home state of Washington. They started out selling primarily at farmer’s markets but they were very interested in expanding into brick and mortar stores.

They had been using catalogs to showcase their offerings, but they wanted a less wasteful option to spread the word even more. They felt physical catalogs did not align with their company values of sustainability, but they still liked the idea of handing something out in meetings.

The iClick – Wheat Straw allowed them to hand out digital copies of their catalog. The item itself is eco-friendly, being made out of wheat straw, a byproduct of wheat production. Plus, they know the iClick – Wheat Straw can be reused in the future and will not be tossed in the trash. This led to more brand recognition, a giveaway that really aligned with their company values, and a partnership with a major supermarket chain.”

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.

The Eco Trend: Gifts You Can Feel Good About

15 Feb

{reprinted from PCNA newsletter 01/18/2022}

Sustainability is becoming a higher priority for people everywhere, and demand for eco-friendly products is on the rise. Consumers are more mindful of their purchases, and businesses are taking strides to be more environmentally conscious.

The “green” movement is making big waves in the promo industry, so we sat down with AJ Dickson, PCNA Senior Category Director, to learn more about one of the biggest trends of 2022.

Q: It seems like in the past five or so years, we’ve seen a huge increase in eco-friendly promotional products. Why do you think that is?A: “Whether you’re talking about consumers or corporations, there’s been a seismic shift toward sustainability. In retail, shoppers are seeking out eco-friendly products. And at the corporate level, sustainability initiatives are driving decisions. Everyone is waking up and realizing the importance of preserving and protecting our environment, and the promo industry is doing its part by offering a bigger selection of eco-friendly products.”

Q: More and more retail brands are taking sustainability seriously. What’s the driving force behind this change?A: “I think there are a few factors. For starters, people want to buy from brands whose values are aligned with their own, and the brands have taken notice. Also, brands have a responsibility to the environment, and they’re stepping up in big ways. Whether it’s tentree planting 10 trees for every item sold, Karst making tree-free paper from 100% recycled stone or Welly donating more than one percent of sales to provide clean drinking water, it’s wonderful to see companies doing their part. These are the kinds of brands we like to partner with, and we’re always looking for others that share our commitment to the environment.”

Q: Why do distributors who are focused on sustainability look to PCNA?A: “Our commitment to making a difference goes far beyond offering the industry’s biggest eco-friendly collection and partnering with likeminded retail brands. Yes, we want to make it easy to create promo gifts everyone can feel good about, but we’re also taking big steps toward sustainability as a company. Three of our facilities locations have earned Chain-Of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council®, a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. Chain-Of-Custody certification traces the path of FSC®-certified products from forests through the supply chain, ensuring that the FSC®-certified products you buy from us come from responsibly managed forests. It shows that we’re not just here to sell products, but we genuinely want to do our part for the planet as well.”

Q: Recycled materials are becoming more commonly available in manufacturing. Which categories are benefitting the most?A: “It’s nearly impossible to pick just one. Almost every new apparel item we’re launching this year is made with recycled materials. We’ve also added lots of new bags made from recycled cotton and drinkware made from recycled plastic. Aside from recycled materials, we have food storage made from wheat straw and tech accessories made with natural bamboo fiber. Safe to say that all categories are moving in the right direction, and we’ll keep pushing them that way.”

Better For The Planet

Make a difference with eco-friendly and sustainable gifts. Click here to see our entire collection.

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.

Refresh Glass Rescue and Transformation Process in 60 Seconds

27 Jan

Refresh Glass is bring a new idea to the marketing table. I love new ideas. Their pitch, take old glass bottles, and make new glass tumblers.

Take a look at the video

See the unique Refresh Glass rescue and transformation process in 1 minute. Working towards our 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission, we collect empties from the community and repurpose the orphaned bottles into functional wares that can be reused and enjoyed for years to come.

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.

That is a lot of pens…

11 Jan

So according to earth911, in 2019, “Americans toss 1.6 billion disposable pens annually. These plastic pens end up in landfills and as litter. Some of this plastic waste makes its way to our waterways, where it breaks down into microplastics, polluting our water and harming ocean life.”

That is a lot of pens. It is an amount that gets your attention, but still something difficult for individuals to address.

In truth I am no longer a fan of pens, preferring pencils made of wood grown from FSC sources. Still our industry produces a lot of pens, indeed I have many, many samples here at the office. To me this issue is something that only a systemic change can address.

To the point, if the industry is going to keep making pens, and people keep using pens, we need to start making pens in a more sustainable way.

And this has been happening. Pens with bamboo casings, pens made from biodegradable corn plastic, pens made from the recycled plastic of consumer goods like water bottles, the options keep coming.

So if you are buying pens for the office, or for giveaways, take a minute to check what you are buying, and maybe support these new styles. Because the more they sell, the stronger the argument for the manufactures to keep making them.

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.

Modern Sprout Seed Ornament

29 Dec

These showed up but a bit late to the party (let us blame supply chain issues) but what a fun idea.

The Seed Ornament by Modern Sprout is an ‘eco-friendly ornamental see kit’ made of molded paper pulp. Here is the run down from the manufacturer.

“Deck the halls, plant and grow! Make the holidays more sustainable with Modern Sprout’s Eco-Friendly Ornament Seed Kits. Featuring festive seed types in bold and playful packaging, these plastic free ornaments are the perfect accent for decking the halls. Once the holidays are over they become an excellent indoor gardening activity to take you from the post holiday blues right into spring fling!
Each ornament includes seeds and an expanding coco disc for planting.”

Seed Ornament by Modern Sprout varieties include:
Grow Joy Poinsettia – A holiday favorite, this plant features an incredible range of foliage colors perfectly complimented by brilliant red-orange foliage blooms
Grow Hope Spruce -This species of spruce is native to the northern part of North America and a favorite Christmas tree variety
Grow Cheer Cosmos – A cousin to the daisy, cosmos yield an abundance of delicate white and magenta colored blooms
Grow Peace Eucalyptus -This versatile and aromatic plant features slender sage green stems and delicate small leaves.

Your custom imprint is placed on center on the back panel, at a maximum of 1.25″W x 1.25″H. Full color imprint is possible, however one color imprints seem to work best.

You can seem more items from Modern Sprout on there website, https://www.modsprout.com/. Already a number of these items are available to the promotional market from our partner Gemline, see items on the Gemline site here.

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.

Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack

15 Dec

The Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack is another example of an item that you would have no idea was made of recycled materials, unless you directly inquired.

This bag is well designed, sturdy, stylish, and perfect office or travel companion. It is also made from recycled polyester.

From the manufacturer, “The Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack is streamlined to cleverly organize work, life and gym gear in a minimalist design. This backpack features a separate laptop section with internal pouch for accessories and can hold devices up to 16″. Find what you need easily with the full-zip clamshell opening for easy accessibility and quick-access front pocket with mesh slip pockets and pen loop. Keep your sunglasses safely in the soft-lined pouch on top. The external side pockets invisibly stores a wallet, water bottle and other essentials. A large internal stretch pocket is perfect for holding your gym shoes or sweatshirt, while the internal zip mesh pocket is ideal for storing small items. The contoured, breathable back panel and padded shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying.”

The 20L in the name of the Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack stands for 20 litters, which is how volume in bags is measured. See Bo Ismono’s excellent explanation of bag size here.

Decoration of your logo or artwork on the bag can be done as embroidery (recommended) or professional digital print transfer.

The Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack is a great idea for a sales force that is on the go, even if that just means an occasional trip between virtual and main office.

Need more convincing, take a look at the Bellroy Transit 20L Workpack video (which weirdly has no sound).

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.

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