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Welcome to The Grind

3 Jan

The GRIND is a new concept mug from Ora. It seems to be a play on the old “This is Not a Cup” ceramic mugs, however this time with recycled content.

“The 470 ml / 16 oz The Grind is a single wall eco-friendly cup made from 50% coffee grounds, 15% cornstarch, and 35% melamine material. It features a light brown color with a textured coffee ground finish and a “RECYCLE RE-USE” all over print. Included is a PU sleeve composed of 58% recycled material. The body is paired with a screw-on threaded lid with a keyhole drinking spout. The wide mouth design makes it ice cube friendly and easy to clean”

We like this idea because it is reusable, and recycled, and also because it has a story that is fun, and can be incorporated into your marketing message. Also, seems to be a no-brainer idea for folks in foods services, food distribution, and coffee industry.

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.

Toddy Gear Now Makes Screen Cleaners From Recycled Polyester

6 Dec

By Christopher Ruvo

The supplier reports that some of its best-selling products feature a thin microfiber produced from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

When it comes to going green, Toddy Gear (asi/91411) says it’s going big.

The Bolingbrook, IL-based promotional products supplier announced that the thin microfiber it uses in many of its best-selling products is now produced from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

Going forward, all products made with the thin microfiber will contain rPET material. Items include cleaning cloths for mobile devices and eyewear, screen cleaners and protectors, and smart pouches.

Notably, Toddy Gear is maintaining the same price point on the products. The items will also continue to be manufactured domestically, the firm said.

“We are committed to a more sustainable product culture,” said Toddy Gear President Jason Emery. “This initiative is monumental for our organization and the right thing to do for the earth.”

Benefits of rPET

• Making recycled polyester uses 90% less water than the production of virgin polyester.

• 70% less energy is used to make rPET fiber than virgin fiber.

• Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy, on average, to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.

• When 30 water bottles are recycled, they create one pound of rPET fiber.

(Source: Toddy Gear)

Since Toddy Gear began converting to rPET thin microfiber, the firm and its customers have kept nearly 454,600 plastic water bottles out of landfills, according to company data.

Toddy Gear shared that it has developed relationships with trusted rPET suppliers to make the eco-friendly options a legitimate, cost-effective and planet-friendly reality.

In January 2023, the supplier plans to expand its rPET offerings to include its popular ICE Series of cooling wraps, rally wraps and active bands. The products – nearly a dozen – will be sold at the same pricing as when the items were made from traditional materials, Toddy Gear said.

“By converting such an extensive offering of our best-selling items to the rPET material, we will be part of the global solution to improve our world,” said Emery.

Compelled by end-buyer demand and a moral imperative to do better for the planet, a growing number of promo products suppliers have been intensifying efforts to offer products made from more sustainable materials and to run operations in a way that has less of an impact on the environment – something industry thought leaders believe will benefit promo and its customers significantly.

Just last week, another supplier, AAA Innovations (asi/30023), announced that it’s in the process of transitioning its product line so that items are made from eco-friendly materials. Like Toddy Gear, the firm is doing so without raising prices.

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.

It’s National Recycling Week! Join Us as We Work Toward an Eco-Responsible Future!

8 Nov

“It’s National Recycling Week” flyer from GARYLINE

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.

Eco-Friendly Case Study

23 Jun

Eco-Friendly Case Study sent to us from KTI PROMO

Situation: An energy company was in need of an environmentally friendly promotional product that people would actually use.

Solution: The customer relied on the comprehensive eco-friendly collection presented by KTI Promo. The customer chose the Eco-Friendly Conference Bluetooth Speaker due to the reduced environmental impact of its materials. The speaker is manufactured with recycled plastic (RPET) and natural cork. The packaging also focuses on reducing the negative aspects of packaging by introducing fully recyclable packaging certified by the FSC. The reliability of great sound and noise-canceling microphones makes the speaker a great item for conferences.

Success: The customer purchased 500 units and was satisfied with the design and function of the speaker.

Improve your functionality with the Eco-Friendly Conference Bluetooth Speaker. The 2-in-1 item features anti-noise canceling, dual built-in microphones to support 4-6 people, up to 6 hours of usage, and a simple design. The Conference Bluetooth Speaker includes a charging cable with USB and Type-C connectivity that stores in the speaker to prevent the charging cable from tangling and provide easy storage. The Conference Bluetooth Speaker can be plugged into the computer to enhance your video calls or connected by Bluetooth for the flexibility to be wired or wireless. The reliable sounds of the Conference Bluetooth Speaker also make it a fun speaker to play your favorite tunes. Feel comfortable while using the Conference Bluetooth Speaker since it is made with recycled plastic and natural cork. The top of the Conference Bluetooth speaker is also anti-bacterial.

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.

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.

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