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Wheat Collection From Hit Promo

24 Oct

Buildable Wheat Straw Kit In Travel Case

Hit Promo has started a new line of office items made from a wheat straw composite material.  Here is the pitch;

ECO-INSPIRED WHEAT COLLECTION – Leave an impression you’re proud of with this environmentally conscious collection. Made with wheat straw pp composite material, this lightweight plastic-alternative offers several environmental and economic benefits. Wheat straw is an annually renewable and reclaimed natural-plant fiber created using repurposed agricultural food byproduct. Repurposing this byproduct into a bioplastic filler reduces agricultural waste and the CO² emissions that they create.

The Wheat Collection covers items from pens, to mugs, to straws, to lunch kits, even sunglasses. Take a look at https://www.hitpromo.net/search/product/wheat

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.

Visstun has your holiday cups covered

21 Oct

Visstun, the made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, and home of the “Everything Green” program, is now going big with pre-prints for holidays and special occasion on their made in the USA line of sustainable drinkware.

With Visstun, you get the scariest, merriest, most exciting plastic cups available anywhere for any occasion. Plus, they’re reusable, recyclable, top-shelf dishwasher safe, and use 30% less plastic than boring ordinary stadium cups

And Visstun is not stopping with Halloween and jolly guys in red, they also have stock designs for sports, kids, seasons, campaigns, and a whole lot more.

“Need a simple way to add pizzazz to a basic promotion? Add ready-to-use full color backgrounds to your cup promotion. The stock images below are available for all cup sizes and will vary according to cup/container size. Simply specify the image name when ordering and we will combine it with your supplied logo and artwork. Depending on the cup size required, most of the stock art found at www.digispec.com/stock can be used for cups.”

Once again Visstun is living up to their tagline of “Visually Stunning Cups & Containers”. And remember, if they can do all of these stock ideas, then they can easily get your exact, full color, custom art, on a stadium cup as well.

If you are interested in Visstun 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.

Made in USA Holiday Lipbalm

17 Oct

Theme Lip Balm is both fun and practical at this time of year.

The weather is changing once again, time to think about dry air and dry lips, time to think about lip balm. Fortunately cold weather also brings a number of Fall and Winter events that easily lend themselves to marketing your business.

And if you are thinking about lip balm for Fall projects, our friends at Raining Rose are making it easy with new Fall and Holiday theme backdrops.

But first let’s talk about the company itself. Raining Rose products are all USA made, using natural and organic ingredients in a USDA certified facility. Raining Rose even offers 100% USDA certified organic lip balm, in tubes containing 30% recycled plastic content. Lots of flavor, shapes, sizes, and colors as well.

Add to their superior product the ability for full wrap, full color imprinting, and the option of a theme backdrops, and you have a practical promotional item with excellent messaging opportunities.

The themes really shine come the fall holidays. You name your event, and Raining Rose likely has stock art on hand to match it. And if not, no problem, their art department is great at developing custom ideas to perfectly meet the needs of your project.

If you are interested in Raining Rose 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.

Hanes® EcoSmart®

8 Oct

Hanes® – EcoSmart® 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt

So 5%, when you get through to the small print, the Hanes® EcoSmart® is “made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles”. I have seen higher percentages from other lines, such as Patagonia, where some items as as high as 100% recycled poly. However I would agree that comparing Patagonia and Hanes is not really fair. Different products, different business models.

Hanes is one of the largest producers of tee and hoodies for the Promotional products industry. It is nice that a producer of their size is offering recycled content clothing alternatives. I guess I just wish they could have gotten a bit higher than 5% content.

Best sellers in the Hanes® EcoSmart® line are likely the Hanes® EcoSmart® – Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt (7.8-ounce, 50/50 cotton/poly. Made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles), and the Hanes® – EcoSmart® 50/50 Cotton/Poly T-Shirt (5.2-ounce, 50/50 cotton/poly. Made with up to 5% polyester from recycled plastic bottles).

I keep expecting more value based options (read inexpensive) in recycled tees and hoodies to arrive in the market. But so far it seems that the continuing trend is that recycled gets used mostly for higher end clothing options. If someone could produce a higher content, basic use, recycled tee, there certainly seems a market for them.

If you are interested in Hanes® EcoSmart® 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.

From Water Bottles to Backpacks

1 Oct

Four color options. As us for a virtual layout with you artwork. Virtuals are always free.

The Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack from PCNA is part of their EcoSmart line of promotional products from recycled materials. The exterior of each Parkland bags is made with 100% recycled water bottles.  Additionally, 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.

The Parkland Kingston Plus itself, is a backpack designed with style and sustainability in mind. Equipped with a variety of pockets, including one for water bottle and 15″ laptop, the Kingston Plus is an essential upgrade to your organizational game.

With its classic design and size ( 17.75″ H X 6″ W X 12.25″ D), the Parkland Kingston Plus is a great bag for college and employee programs. Custom decoration of your logo can be come with either full color transfer, or embroidery. The Parkland Kingston Plus comes in four color options.

If you are interested in the Parkland Kingston Plus 15″ Computer Backpack 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.

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.

Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler

7 May

Shown with full color imprint.

The new Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler from Leeds is nice example of a recycled content item that does not look made from recycled content. With a 100% recycled polyester outer shell, the retro top fold-over style is reminiscent of a paper lunch bag.

The Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be decorated with a full color logo using Leed’s multi-color transfer imprinting process, or the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler can be screen printed with exact PMS spot colors.

For companies looking for lunch totes for employee health and wellness, or new hire programs, these cooler as a great option. If your company is working to project a sustainable image, even more so.

(Leeds does point out that the foil lining, webbing handle and webbing trim are not made with recycled materials.)

If you are interested in the Recycled 4 Can Lunch Cooler 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.

Visstun Announces Everything Green!

2 May

Say hello to total color and design.

Visstun, that made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, just sent our office an email announcing their new “Everything Green” program. Read it for yourselves.

We are excited to announce our “Everything Green” program. This awesome new project will add 32% Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber (PCF) to ALL paper cup, container, & lid products in 2019 – at no additional cost! Yes, this is not a typo – at no additional cost!

Everything Green in a nut shell:

    • ALL paper products made with 32% Sustana EnviroLife™, FSC® Certified, Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber
    • No Upcharge – cost neutral for customers
    • No List of Options – This is our new standard not an additional item
    • Appearance and performance like regular paper board
    • Just Green – a great use for recycled fiber

We started making products with Sustana’s awesome NEW Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber in April 2019 and expect to have 100% of our paper cups, containers, and lids built using this paper by the end of 2019. To see our progress, visit Visstun.com/nowgreen. Also, each of our website product pages contains an “Everything Green” progress bar.

If you are interested in Visstun cups 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.

100% Organic and Made in USA

11 Apr

Now even cooler.

The EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious, is checking all the boxes for Earth Day event tees this year. Ok, two boxes. But when if comes to sustainable tees, these are the two important ones.

The shirts are 100% certified organic ringspun cotton, and made in the USA. These are, what we call around the office, fashion tees, so a little sporty, very soft, and a little fashion forward.

The EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious, features a cotton rib neck, side-seam construction, and a tear-away lapel. Tee shirt colors are Black, Olive, Pacific Blue, and White, with sizes from S to 2XL.

That’s about it. We are talking about a tee shirt after all. But if you need 100% organic and USA made, this is really one of the few tee options on the market.

Lucky, it is a very nice option.

If you are interested in EC1007U Unisex Tee from econscious 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.

Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel

25 Mar

Used to be water bottles.

The Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel from Goodhope bags could likely use a more catchy name. It does, however, look a lot better than it sounds, and could easily slip into a gym or college promotions program, on looks alone.

Made with recycled 52% PET material, and in this stylish two-tone design in green and tan (there is also an all black version), the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel, includes a couple of nice touches, like a generous sized front pocket and side zippered pocket. The overall size is 19″L x 10 ½”H x 10″W, which provides a spacious interior, and the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel come with a fabric-wrapped handles and adjustable shoulder strap.

What is Post Consumer Recycled PET? From the web, “PET (or Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic is it is one of the most common plastics in the world. You have probably seen this plastic in your soda and water bottles that are marked with the resin code #1. PET is produced from fossil fuels — typically natural gas and petroleum, but it is one of the easiest plastics to recycle.  Using this material means that we need use fewer virgin petroleum resources to make our products at the end of the day.”

So, lets say that basically 52% of this bag used to be water bottles. But, it is a really good looking bag, and not something that screams “I am recycled”, so if the recycled pedigree is important to your branding, we suggest incorporating a recycled theme into your artwork for the bag, or even adding a hag-tag with a message, explaining exactly why this bag fro your audience.

If you are interested in the Post Consumer Recycled PET Duffel 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.

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