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More Bang for your Buck

21 Mar

Right on the money! This money clip is designed to keep your cash secure and features an interior pocket and cash pin, as well as an exterior pocket and machine-stitched seam. Perfect for banks and other financial institutions. Available in 7 different leather tones. Customize with a deboss or laser engraving to further tailor this item to your specific needs. This product is a perfect complement to your bag or tote. Made in USA.

Reposted from Rustico. All Rustico items are USA Made in Utah

In this industry impressions are everything. And it’s a challenge to find that ideal product that’ll stick around and is consistently visible to your customer. Well, look no further. We have the perfect item for you and it’s always within arms reach – our Rustico Money Clip Wallet. It’s handsome, innovative, practical, budget friendly, and easy to laser engrave logos and names.

Make no mistake when you select a Rustico Original product, you get first-rate American Craftsmanship and top-grain sourced cowhides. Our classic Money Clip Wallet is an original proving its lasting value with its handsome surface patina that only improves with age.

Holds up to 6 cards but will give with time and use – making room for more cards. An innovative approach to keeping bills in your pocket, literally. Money clips are a different method to the traditional bi-fold wallet design by replacing the cash pocket with a wire clip. Available in hand sewn or machine sewn preferences. Choose from 8 leather color tones.

If you are interested in the Rustico Money Clip Walle 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.

Liberty Bags – Recycled Large Duffel

27 Feb

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Looking for a good size duffel for your next project, and need a number of color options? The 8806 Recycled Large Duffel from Liberty Bags, might the right bag for you.

This large 23 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ x 11″ duffel bag comes is eight color options; Black, Grey, Hot Pink, Navy, Neon Orange, Purple, Red, and Royal Blue.

The 8806 Recycled Large Duffel is made of sturdy 600 denier polyester fabric made with 50% recycled material. It features a classic duffel design with a single main compartment, with a small front zipper pocket, and reinforced bottom.

The 8806 Recycled Large Duffel from Liberty Bags is designed to be decorated via embroidery.

Again, this is a basic duffel design, great for sports teams, travel companies, recreation companies, and schools. If you have workers on the go, or a target audience that is traveling, this is a perfect recycled content duffel to take a look at.

If you are interested in the 8806 Recycled Large Duffel to promote 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.

Recycled Cotton Market Bag

15 Feb

Recycled Cotton Market Bag has a plain name, but is still a great deal in a recycled cotton tote under $5 at EQP.

The Recycled Cotton Market Bag is made from 8oz recycled cotton at a largish size of 11″L x 15.5H’ x 6W. Nearly the full front side of this bag is available for imprint, with an imprint size of 8in. x 8in. for both the from and back of the bag. If you need to go full color with your imprinting, that is also possible via heat transfer at 7in x 8in, on both front and back. And finally, if it is embroidery you are looking for, that can be done on front and back at 5.5in x 5.5in.

The Recycled Cotton Market Bag event includes a educational product hangtag, explaining the manufacture of the bag.

At 85% recycled cotton content, the Recycled Cotton Market Bag is a sturdy bag, great from that farmer’s market, product launch, or company wellness promotion.

Take a look at the video to get a full appreciation of the size of this shopper.

 

If you are interested in the Recycled Cotton Market Bag to promote 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 if possible.

Sale: Insulated Travel Auto Cup

13 Feb

This 15 oz. Double-Wall insulated tumbler maintains a 40 degree difference between the contents and the outside, so it can be used safely without a protective sleeve – great for commuters!

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Product is available in 13 bright colors – create your own Cup and Lid combo. 100% USA, Union made. Molded from reusable and recyclable Polypropylene (Recycle code #5). BPA-free, FDA Complaint.

If you are interested in the Insulated Travel Auto Cup 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 if possible.

The United States Playing Card Company

4 Feb

Do you play cards?

Have you ever really looked at a deck? For the marketing world, I like to think about a deck of cards as 52 little billboards taking your message into the world.

And who has ever tossed away a set of cards? I was in a rental cabin in Northern Virginia once, that deck was missing an Ace, two 4s, and the Queen of Diamonds, and it was still there, being used as best we could.
greenPlaying cards simply make a great long-term marketing investment.

So with all the options out there, why choose to go with The United States Playing Card Company (aside from the totally boss name). Let’s take a look at the list.

Their cards have been made in the USA since 1885. Their cards are made from sustainable forest papers. They use a starch based-laminate, that is gentler on water use and the environment. They use vegetable-based inks, also better for the environment.

knobcreekAnd of course there is the fact that you likely have been already playing with these cards your entire life, seeing how The United States Playing Card Company is the maker of such universally recognized brands as BEE®, BICYCLE®, KEM®, AVIATOR® and HOYLE®.

Here is the pitch for playing cards direct from their website,”playing cards offer 56 instant and creative impressions for your message. Each card can deliver a different communication point, visual or fact that is representative of your overall brand and objective.”

With the option of an individual custom impression on the front and back of each card, playing cards make great tools for training (got to learn beginning Japanese, put a phase on each card),  product education (Toyota, each suit can be a car class; Trucks, Luxury, SUVs, and Sedans, with each card a different car model), tourism (come see North Carolina, here are 52 suggested locations), really, if you get creative, the marketing uses are nearly endless.

So let’s get creative 🙂

If you are interested custom cards to promote your business or organization, contact Proforma Green Marketing or 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 if possible.

Visstun® Made in USA cups for the team

30 Nov
Since you can print the entire surface of the cup, you can really print just about anything.

Since you can print the entire surface of the cup, you can really print just about anything.

We talk about the stunningly visual cups from Visstun® a lot of this blog, here, here, and here. It is because the product from Visstun® is just so darn versatile. So here is another idea.

These reusable cups from Visstun® come in a number different sizes, they are made in USA, they are top shelf dishwasher safe, and they are number five recyclable.

This idea is for local high school booster clubs, football, soccer, volleyball, band, baseball, that type of thing. Because of the quality of the Visstun® cups it is possible to print a full team photo in full-color directly on them. The kicker is to print the contact information of the sponsor on the base of the cup. This could work for a car dealership, a real estate agent, a local restaurant, a local insurance agent, any on interested in reaching the local community, students, and the parents.

The cups are then simply given to the local school for use at the concession stand during games. Sell can sell them as a fundraiser if they like, but the idea is to just give them to the school as a way to show support in the community for the local business. My predictions is that no one will throw one of these away, and as they keep the cup as a souvenir of that year’s team, they also keep the contact information for that local business sponsor.

Horizontal artwork or photos work best.

Horizontal artwork or photos work best.

Neat trick, right?

If you are interested in made in the USA Visstun® cups to promote your own business, contact Proforma Green Marketing or 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 if possible.

Reusable Classic Party Tumbler

21 Jan
The Works exclusive reusable party tumbler inspires nostalgia for the weekend while proudly displaying your brand.

The Works exclusive reusable party tumbler inspires nostalgia for the weekend while proudly displaying your brand.

The plastic 16 oz. red tumbler is ubiquitous. Any tailgate party, any fraternity bash, any office sendoff, there they are, the red plastic cups, and after, there they go, right into the trashcan.

I guess The Works took that fact as a starting point to develop a reusable item that everyone already uses, The Works reusable 16 oz. Party Tumbler. This is a 16 oz.double wall insulated reusable BPA free acrylic tumbler that look just like the classic party cup.

The Works Party Tumbler also boasts the neat trick of a matted area on the base on which your party goers can write their name. The Works Party Tumbler comes with an easy to use thumb open lid, and works well for both hot or cold drinks.

The Party Tumbler has a large imprint area, with a possible full wrap of imprint size of 3″ W x 6.75″ Wrap.

From a marketing perspective what we have in The Works Party Tumbler is an instant souvenir of that tailgating party, that company pool part, that 25th anniversary football game between the big school rivals.

Available in red, blue, black, and yellow, this reusable 16 oz. party tumbler is likely to become as popular as its disposable relative.

If you are ASI contact  Customer Services at The Works to learn more. If you are interested in The Works reusable 16 oz. Party Tumbler for your marketing needs, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Starline Bamboo Cutting Boards

16 Jan
Bamboo Fish Filet Board: High quality bamboo boards are 16% harder than maple. Constructed from renewable resources. Utensils made with FDA compliant material.

Bamboo Fish Filet Board: High quality bamboo boards are 16% harder than maple. Constructed from renewable resources. Utensils made with FDA compliant material.

It looks like the use of bamboo will continue to grow in 2013, and one of the most practical and long-lasting bamboo promotional items is the cutting board.

Cutting boards are great because they almost always end up inside the home, which is normally exactly where you want your brand to be, especially if your product is related to household goods or services.

Companies like Starline offer a number of bamboo cutting boards and other bamboo solutions in different sizes for different markets and needs.

As you look at cutting boards for your programs, remember that marketers need not go with just the traditional rectangle cutting board, indeed I like the Starline Bamboo Fish Filet Board because it allows a focus on a specific market group, people that need a fish filet board. A few audiences come to mind here, vocational cooking classes, fishing theme vacations, high dollar boat sales incentives.

Whatever the shape, the cutting board is practical, and it basically lasts forever with a little care and maintenance. I really think the classic square board is an often overlooked item for banks, financial service providers, and others that really market to a home consumer.

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about Starline Bamboo Cutting Boards, contact Starline customer services. If you are interested in bamboo items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle

11 Jan
CB2002 : T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle (PATENTED)

CB2002 : T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle (PATENTED)

I seem to be writing a lot of articles about foldable water bottles. I must admit I just like them.

Foldable bottles are light and easy to mail (unlike most all other drinkware). They are great for travelers, they are great for youth sports.  And it seems that vendors just keep coming up with more unique shapes and sizes.

Now Points of Light has come out with their foldable T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle.

What I really like about this shape is it’s a T-shirt. And therefore any T-shirt artwork that I’m doing for a client can easily be adapted to this bottle as well. Right away have a matching package promotional giveaway.

We like the foldable water bottles because reusing a water bottle is of course much better than simply buying plastic bottles and throwing them in the landfill, reusing drinkware is simply more sustainable. And if that drinkware happens to look like your favorite T-shirt, or support your local college team, well maybe that’s just a gentle push for you to be more sustainable.

The T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle is BPA Free and meets all FDA requirements. The bottles fold flat for easy storage and come with a coordinating carabiner to attach easily to belt or backpack. The bottles are even top rack dishwasher safe.

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about T-Shirt Shaped Collapsible Water Bottle from Points of Light contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in natural cotton items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Americanna EZ grip jar openers

2 Dec

Introduction price places the circle EZ grip at $0.38

Americanna is called Americanna for a reason, and although we often talk about their made in the USA recycled, retread line of products, it is important to remember that most of the Americanna line is indeed made in America.

For example the new line of EZ grip jar openers from Americanna. The EZ grip is inexpensive (circles are currently $0.38), comes in tons of colors, and over 100 stock shapes. They are super strong, super durable, and provide a huge imprint to cost ratio for your message, at 19 to 25 sq.in based on shape.

Think about that. Maybe 10 times the message area that you would get on a similarly priced pen, and the EZ grip never runs out of ink, and is always working to display your message, in the home in most cases, the exact place you want your brand to be.

Sure they’re not made from old tires like the World Famous Retread Recycled Jar Openers, but they do share all their other attributes, a very large imprint area for very small price, on an item that is reusable and lasts a very, very long time. Plus of course, they are made in USA.

So as the name suggests, if you are looking for sustainable items, or made in America items, or made in America sustainable items, Americanna is a company worth looking at.

If you are an ASI member Michelle Stiles is the contact to talk to at Americanna. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

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