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K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils

18 Jan

So if you remove the wood from a pencil, is it still a pencil. It seems the folks at K’arst believe so, and have introduced the K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils to the promotional products industry for 2022.

From the manufacturer, “The K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils come as a set of five solid graphite pencils. Made of 100% pure graphite with 2B hardness, it’s the best lead grade for the K’arst paper products. Matte coating to keep your fingers clean. Includes retail gift box.”

Not sure how I feel about this one. With a wide selection of pencils now having FSC credentials, are wooden pencils really something that is a concern. As mentioned in the last post, I am much more concerned with pens, and the plastics they are made of.

However, the K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils do have two things going for them. They look very, very cool, and they are from a well know brand name.

I think as a client gift for architects, fashion, or design related companies, the K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils is a great item to showoff with. Even the packaging looks cool.

Imprint for the K’arst Woodless Graphite Pencils is on the packaging only. But, again, that packaging really lends itself to making the pencils a higher perceived value gift. My daughter is very into art and drawing, and honestly, my first thought when I saw these was to get her a sample.

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.

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.

Snuggle up with the Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blank this winter

1 Dec

Did you know that during 2020/2021 our industry reported a rise in blanket sales of over 77%? With employees and clients working from home, blankets became a perfect corporate gift. Blankets are a one size fits all marketing tool that no one seems to ever want to throw away.

Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blanket is a perfect example of the power in blankets. Send this item as a gift, and it will stay in your target audience home or office just about forever.

The Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blanket measures 60in x 70in, and includes custom embroidery of your logo in a diagonal placement about six inches from bottom corner.

From the manufacturer, “The Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blanket is lightweight and eco-friendly, not to mention stylish enough to spruce up any room. It measures 60″ x 70″ unfolded and 15″ x 17.5” folded. Free run charges for embroidery up to 10,000 stitches. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of all EcoSmart® products are donated to environmental nonprofits”.

We think the The Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blanket is a great item for relators, apartment communities, and companies that support the commercial real estate industry.

The Field & Co. 100% Organic Cotton Check Throw Blanket is available in the check color patterns of Navy, Charcoal, and Tan. These blanks are also a great idea for the Perfectly Packaged Solution. Check out the Perfectly Packaged Solution video.

Cold weather is coming, it is time to snuggle up.

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.

Soft 190D rPET Fodable Totoe

24 Mar

New flyer arrived from our friends at Garyline.

Take a look.

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.

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.

Double Wall Recycled Paper Cups

26 Feb

New video out from Visstun on their Double Wall Recycled Paper Cups. These cups are made in the USA from Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber. Visstun has been the go to source for recycled and USA made cups for years. Take a look at the video for more information.

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.

 

Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit

19 Jan

The Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit is getting a mention on this site basically because I really like it. With so many people stuck in place over the last year, more people taking up cooking, or looking for interesting projects to share with young kits, I think the Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit is a great give-away item to send to employees and clients, as a start of the year pick-me-up.

The kit includes organic and/or non-GMO seeds, and the glass jar is of course reusable and recyclable, because – glass. In 2015 the Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit even made the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things. The $54 pricing on this site must be retail, or just out of date, because printed promotional kits are as low as $22.99.

From the manufactures website, “This Modern Sprout self-watering herb kit features a vintage-inspired mason jar outfitted with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water and nutrients up to the plant’s roots. So whether you forget to water, over water, or both, we’ve got you covered. This year-round indoor planter comes equipped with everything you’ll need to start growing, just add water and set in a sunny window.”

This colored quart mason jar kit is assembled in the USA, and comes with all the necessaries for growing your herbs. There are three options; Ice Blue jar is Mint Seeds, Emerald jar is Cilantro Seeds and Teal jar is Basil Seeds. The imprint area for your logo on the Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit is 1.75″W x 0.5″H.

With Proforma’s Perfectly Packaged Service we can send the Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit direct to your audience’s homes and offices. We can also bundle with cutting boards, and other kitchen items, coffee mugs, etc., to make with into a full gift package.

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.

 

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