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Proud Path from PCNA

26 Apr

PCNA is going all in (nearly) on sustainable, renewable, and climate friendly products available to the promotional products market through their new company wide program called ProudPath.

From the PCNA website, ” Introducing ProudPath™, a new platform that will make it even easier to deliver for your customers’ environmental and social responsibility objectives. Whether you want retail brands that give to great causes, need products made with eco-friendly materials or would like to support a small business, ProudPath™ is designed to empower you with the right solution, making it easier to create gifts people can feel good about. ProudPath™ also represents a call to action for our industry. This is an opportunity to reimagine the present while shaping a future that will make us all proud.”

The program is worth a look. PCNA seems to have organized and centralized those parts of their business related to sustainability. And then add a number of new products, and announced continuing support for a number of environmentally focus organizations, including 1% For the Planet, Well Aware, and ONETREEPLANTED.

Used for bottles and containers, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the most commonly recycled plastic in the world.
Pre-consumer is salvaged from the manufacturing of cotton goods, while post-consumer is from used tees and towels.
Recycled plastic, organic cotton, FSC®-certified bamboo and more. Our eco-friendly products are made with a variety of materials — all of them better for the planet.

Taken as a whole, the ProudPath initiative is rather expansive, especially for a promo company, and certainly worth taking a look at for idea for your next marketing campaign.

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.

Sami Lunch and Sami Mini Cooler

4 Apr
Sami Lunch Cooler

These two Sami totes are rather fashionable for their simplicity. Both the Sami Lunch Cooler and the Sami Mini Tote Cooler feature recycled laminated nonwoven material with a fashionably subtle fleck detail. The color options are with blue or green.

I like seeing basic bags like these, that are made with sustainability in mind. It is good for our industry that there are always a range of products and prices to meet our client’s range of projects and budgets.

Sami Mini Tote Cooler

From the GEMLINE website, “The Sami Collection features recycled laminated nonwoven material with a fashionably subtle fleck detail. Wipeable and durable PEVA lining. Hook and loop closure. Front slash pocket. Webbing loop on carry strap”.

The Sami Lunch Cooler holds six standard soda cans (soda cans seems to be our industry’s unit of measure for such things) while the the Sami Mini Cooler will hold 10 cans. Both are made from 100% Recycled Laminated Nonwoven, with a PEVA lining.

Again, this are basic bags, but they certainly have better colors and more style to the older black or gray only recycled non-woven bags of the past.

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.

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.

Javalina Eco, One of the New Wheat Pens

22 Feb
The Javalina® Eco is the perfect match for companies looking to have a greener impact. Feel good about adding your brand to a pen composed of reclaimed wheat stalks. With the natural speckled cream barrel and bright accented trim color, your message is sure to catch everyone’s attention. Plus, create the best user experience with our ultrasmooth black writing ink

Hub pens calls this body type the Javalina. But in all honesty, nearly all manufactures have this body design. Koozie Group has the Dart, PCNA sells as the Cougar, and funny enough Primeline also calls their pen the Dart.

So why are we talking about one of the most common pen bodies in the promo business?

Because the wheat plastic Javalinas, or Darts, or whatever name you want to call these pens, have started to arrive. And since we throw out so many millions of plastic pens each year, every little bit helps.

So why all the excitement for wheat plastic. Google it. “When Wheat Straw is used to make plastic, it becomes compostable and can decompose in a home or commercial site. As it decomposes at a rate similar to paper, wheat straw plastic leaves behind no toxic material, so the compost can be used for future plant growth.”

If you are looking for a better understanding of this material, the 7 Things To Know About Wheat Straw page at S”wheat is a good primer. (S”wheat is in the business of making bottles out of Wheat Straw).

Wheat Straw plastic is not so new to the industry. It is used in everything from pens, to mugs, to speakers. But maybe like the adoption of bamboo, we will continue to see more items made from Wheat Straw material.

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.

Get Comfy in KAHUZI Eco Sherpa

22 Dec

The Women’s KAHUZI Eco Full Zip Sherpa jacket is all about comfort. This warm and snuggly jacket is made with similar materials as used in the industries most popular Sherpa blankets, and contains 30% recycled polyester.

From the manufacturer, “Made from eco-friendly 30% recycled polyester sherpa fleece, the women’s Kahuzi Eco Full Zip Sherpa is ultra-soft and cozy for everyday comfort. It earns extra style points with contrast detail on the outer collar, zipper piping and welt pockets. The shaped seams and tapered waist deliver a better fit. It even has zippered pockets to keep valuables safe. It looks great on its own, but it’s also great for layering.”

Jackets are available in BLACK-on-BLACK, BLACK-on-GRAY, and BLACK-on-DESERT KHAKI (as shown). Decoration for the Women’s KAHUZI Eco Full Zip Sherpa can be done as embroidery and full color transfer (for jacket interior).

We like the Women’s KAHUZI Eco Full Zip Sherpa for corporate uniform and gift programs. The Women’s KAHUZI Eco Full Zip Sherpa has an up-to-date look for daily wear.

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.

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