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Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote

25 Feb

Preprint back

Preprint back. Your logo is printed on blank panel area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote has, well not the most buzz-worthy name. However, what it does have is a big pop of color for a preprinted grocery tote.

From the manufacturer, “Veggies and antique kitchen utensils take center stage in this vintage print. Perfect alternative to plastic bags. Large open main compartment. Supportive bottom board. Contrasting regular polypropylene front open pocket. Matte finish. Laminated material is water-resistant and easily wipes clean. Reinforced handles and binding for added durability.”

This is a great bag for farmer’s markets, community gardens, cooking programs. The bag comes with all that beautiful color in the preprint design, on a natural color back drop. We simply add your logo onto the front pocket area.

The Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote is a big 15″ H X 10″ W X 13″ D, and made from 110g Laminated Non-Woven Polypropylene, a recyclable material. If you are running a program in a city with a bag ban, these bags are great giveaways. They can be cleaned with soap and water, and reused over and over again, constantly showing off your brand.

If you are interested in the Big Grocery Vintage Matte Laminated Non-Woven Tote to promote your business, or to get a sample, email 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.

Appeel Medio Notebook

20 Mar

Colors: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Renetta, Applewood, Pink Lady. 5 3/4 x 8 1/5 x 0 3/4 inches

The complete Appeel line from Castelli is unique in that these Made in Italy (but decorated in USA, so normal 5-7 turn around on orders) journals and padfolios are made from recycled apple waste. Yes, apples.

Take for example the Appeel Medio Notebook, “The Appeel Medio journal is made from apple peels that are ground and emulsified into an organic paper. This ground breaking eco friendly product is animal friendly, sustainable and all natural. Size: 5 1/4 x 8 3/8. 192 apple paper pages with green lines. Gray end pages with colored stripes. Back paper pocket.”

First the silly questions. The Appeel Medio Notebook does not smell like apples. The Appeel Medio Notebook does not taste like apples. But, each Appeel Medio Notebook is printed with information explaining that the Appeel Medio Notebook is made from apple waste, and so that this story can be easily incorporated into your our sustainability marketing message.

Of course we love this idea for anyone working on campaigns for sales, production, or distribution channels in the grocery or fruit industry. If your company is doing something with apples specifically, all the better.

And teachers gifts, as a nice Appeel Medio Notebook is likely more practical then an actual apple.

If you are interested in the Appeel Padfolio to promote your own business, or to get a sample, email 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.

Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve

9 Feb
60% certified organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester.

60% certified organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester.

There is a new long sleeve tee from Econscious on the market. And it is really, really nice.

The EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is available in 3 color options and sizes, S- XXL. The material for the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is a 4.25oz 60% organic cotton ring-spun jersey material, with a 40% blend of recycled polyester.

These are the same quality shirts that Econsciuos is selling in their retail line, and part of the 1% For The Planet initiative at Econsciuos, see The shirts have a great drape, and a retail look to them.

However, as covered in the FAQ page at the Econsciuos website, these shirts are not manufactured in the USA, and in their defense, it is really hard to locate affordable, recycled content tees, that are made in the USA.

Other than their materials, the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve is your basic long-sleeve tee (ok, they are a lot nicer than an average tee shirt), and by that I mean we can imprint the tees locally, with any art or logo necessary for your brand or business.

I think the extra cost of a sustainable tee is only really worthwhile, if the fact that the tee is made from sustainability sourced materials directly ties to the brand message your business or organization is seeking to promote. If you are teaching or preaching sustainability via your brand, it is good to look the part.

If you are interested in the EC1588 econscious Men’s Sueded Jersey Long Sleeve to promote own business, or to get a sample, email 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 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.

Why Cork?

25 Mar

Spring is starting here in Texas. As is planning for a number of Texas wine events. So I thought this was a good time to post this information on cork and the cork coasters from Americanna.


1) Sustainably Harvested Cork

Careful forest management not only provides for the continued extraction of the cork oak but helps to create the conditions for a diverse range of other products that are harvested from the woodlands. A harmonious balance is maintained, where local people can provide for their needs without damaging the ecosystem or threatening the long-term sustainability of their most important natural resource. The cork oak is a slow growing tree that may live for 200 years, which allows it, on average, to be stripped 16 times during its lifetime. The first stripping only takes place after 25 years, when the trunk of the tree has a circumference of 70 cm.

Set of 6 Cork Coasters with Wine Bottle Holder.

Set of 6 Cork Coasters with Wine Bottle Holder.

2) Biodiversity Hotspot

Cork oak trees help to conserve soil by providing protection against wind erosion and increasing the rate at which rainwater infiltrates and recharges groundwater. Cork oak landscapes cover approximately 2.7 million hectares of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. As well as providing a vital source of income for more than 100,000 people, these landscapes also support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats, including globally endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx, the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the Barbary Deer. The Mediterranean is one of the 25 global ‘hot spots’ characterized by a high level of species diversity. It has 13,000 endemic plant species, the second highest number in the world after the tropical Andes. In cork oak landscapes, plant diversity can reach a level of 135 species per square metre, and may of these species have aromatic, culinary or medicinal uses.

3) Naturally Sequesters Carbon

In comparison to the aluminium and plastic closures, the cork stopper is the best alternative in terms of non-renewable energy consumption, emission of greenhouse effect gases, contribution to atmospheric acidification, contribution to the formation of photochemical oxidants, contribution to the eutrophication of surface water and total production of solid waste. The capture of carbon by the cork oaks during the photosynthesis process results in plant growth and transforms atmospheric CO2 into O2 and, in the case of organic matter, into cellulose. For this reason the forest is considered to be an important carbon sink.

4) Biodegradable and Recyclable

Cork is a truly sustainable product – it is renewable and biodegradable. Cork harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is cut down. The bark renews itself ready for the next harvesting. Unlike its synthetic counterparts, cork is an inherently sustainable resource, both renewable and biodegradable. The cork oak tree (Quercus suber) is unique in that its thick bark can be stripped off every decade to extract the cork without damaging the trees, which can live 170 to 250 years on average.

5) Preserves Local Livelihoods

Without the demand for cork, economic pressures could force farmers to abandon the active management of cork forests, which may lead to rural exodus as well as unbalance the ecosystems that preserve the biodiversity of these regions. The increase in the market share of alternative wine stoppers, specifically plastic stoppers and screw-tops, could reduce the economic value of cork lands, therefore leading to conversion to other uses, abandonment, degradation, and finally loss of one of the best and most valuable examples of a human-nature balanced system. Because the forests have an economic value to local communities, people care for the forests. Cork oak woodlands provide employment and guarantee the survival of local communities. More than 100,000 people in the seven Mediterranean cork-producing countries depend directly and indirectly on cork economies. Cork is a vital source of regional rural employment. Over 15 billion cork stoppers are produced every year and sold worldwide to the wine industry. These stoppers are processed from bark harvested from cork oak woodlands that have existed in the Western Mediterranean for thousands of years. Cork for bottle stoppers accounts for almost 70% of the total value of the cork market. The wine industry thus plays a vital role in maintaining the economic value of cork and the cork oak forests.


Source: 100% Cork –

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

Gemline’s Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

16 Dec


Time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A perennial favorite is diet, which usually means out with the heavy restaurant lunches, in with the BYO healthy lunches from home.

Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

The Recycled Essentials Lunch Kit from Gemline offers a handsome black lunch bag kit made from 70% recycled PET fabric, with PEVA lining and PU fabric backing (non-PVC). This black bag is 7″L x 10″H x 6.5″W. It has a side pocket for water bottle, fold top with Velcro closure, front zippered pocket. The bag also includes educational product hangtag and is kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant.

But this is no ordinary lunch bag, as the kit includes a stainless steel water bottle (which also can be decorated), a plastic reusable food container, and a cotton cloth napkin. Just add fruits, veggies, and logos, and you’re good to go.

And there are lots of decorating options. You can print on the Front Pocket Center (4.5W x 4H), Front Pocket Upper Center (4.5” x 2H), Water bottle front panel center (1.75W x 2H), or Water bottle front panel upper center (1.75W x 1H). You can embroider the Front Pocket Upper Center (2” dia.). And you can do a Gemphoto on the Front pocket center (4W x 4H).

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about these Gemline products contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in The Recycled Essentials Lunch kit to promote your own business, or as end of year gift idea, contact your local promotional items vendor or email for information and pricing.

Holiday Tree in a Bag

12 Dec

At ECOFEST this year, the City of Arlington gave away 500 trees for planting in the City. Trees are truly the lungs of the planet and what could be more sustainable than giving the gift of a living tree and making that part of your holiday traditions? This is the idea behind the Holiday Tree in a Bag from Western Promotions.

The tree in the bag is a gift of a Blue Spruce Evergreen. Western Promotions explains that it ships only seedling plugs, never bare-root trees, so it can guarantee each one will be beautiful for years to come. And of course the longer your gift sticks around, the more often the client is reminded of you and your company.

Each tree is packed in a 100% cotton drawstring bag, with a festive red bow and growing instructions. You logo may be printed directly onto the bag in up to 2 colors. Or, you can have your logo printed on a hang tag of seeded paper in up to 4 colors.

If you are interested in the the Holiday Tree in a Bag for your own winter marketing contact your local promotional items vendor or email for information and pricing. Act fast, because Western Promotions offers this tree only through December 31, 2011.


100% Recycled Credit Card Size Ice Scrapers

9 Dec

Credit Card Ice Scrapers

Here is another smart and practical promotional idea from Garyline that I think is great for this time of year, the 100% recycled material 3250 Credit Card Ice Scraper.

I have written before about the sustainable materials line from Garyline, and how it always seems to be practical as well as creative. Currently working with a pool maintenance client we got to talking about inexpensive ideas to keep their brand in front of their client during the winter months.

A simple idea presented at that meeting was to imprint the Credit Card Ice Scraper with two simple  taglines. Either, ‘Winter is Here, Is Your Hot Tub Ready’ for clients with hot tubs, or ‘Spring is Coming, Is Your Pool Ready’, for clients with pools. These items would be left during services scheduled for December, January, and February, and also given away/sold during the winter months at the client’s retail locations.

It is a simple idea to keep client’s name in front of their customers during this traditionally slow period for pool services, while at the same time reminding current and possible clients that pool maintenance is key to proper pool upkeep.

Made in the USA and Union printed, the Credit Card Ice Scrapper runs in both recycled materials and standard materials, with BLACK, ECO (TAN) and DARK GREEN the only color options available in the 100% recycled material. As the name suggests product size is about the size of a credit card at 3 3/8″W x 2 1/8″H. An optional keyring attachment is available as well.

If you are a promotional items distributor looking for more information on Garyline items Stu Schoenfeld is your contact at Garyline. If you are interested in the Credit Card Ice Scrapper for your own winter marketing contact your local promotional items vendor or email for information and pricing.

Sustainability Ideas at State Fair of Texas

4 Oct

State Fair of Texas, Sept 30 - Oct 23

The 125th State Fair of Texas – the largest state fair in the United States – is running now until October 23rd. Come on down to the fair.

Proforma Green Marketing is proud to be a small part of the 125th State Fair of Texas. We are part of the Sustainability Showcase located in the Texas Discovery Gardens. Our mission at the fair is to educate the public about the many sustainable marketing solutions that are available. Throughout our stay here we will be posting short videos on this site and on our Youtube and Facebook sites, introducing what we are talking about at the fair.

Here is a short overview of some of the sustainable t-shirts we bought to show the crowd. They are the #490 Anvil Men’s 4.5 oz., 100% Organic Ringspun Cotton T-Shirt, #520 Anvil 5.5 oz. Recycled Cotton Blend T-Shirt, #450 Anvil 4.8 oz., and #450 50/50 Organic Cotton in Conversion Blend Short-Sleeve T-Shirt.


If you are an ASI distributor looking for sustainable t-shirt solutions talk to Marc Seiler at Bodek & Rhodes. If you are interested getting sustainable t-shirts designed and printed for your company or event, contact your local promotional items vendor or email for information and pricing.


12 Aug

PVC palm dotted knit, 100% recycled materials, elasticized wrist, large.

The Illinois Glove Company was established in 1919. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

As part of their new line the RECYGLOVE was develop to be a product that could reduce pollution and waste, while utilizing materials that would otherwise be discarded into landfills.

“RECYGLOVE gloves are produced from the excess fabric of newly made clothing and contain minimal or no dyes. Basically Illinois Glove Company is taking scrap material and making it into new gloves.” Recycle and reuse demonstrated in the purest form.

Illinois Glove Company says this manufacturing process saves land, energy and water, which makes sense even if you only consider the energy and waste saved by using discarded materials in favor of new – needing to be made – materials.  By recycling post-industrial fibers,  Illinois Glove Company has “created comfortable, well made, eco-friendly gloves that can be used for a variety of everyday activities at a reasonable price”.

And they work. And they look good. And as a promo item there are a few great ideas here.

Doing a community pickup project? Give gloves from reclaimed content to volunteers– gloves that fit the project at hand, so to speak.

Sell organic or reclaimed material  for the garden? This idea will fit your product and marketing plan like a glove.

Working on a sustainable building project? Use a sustainable glove.

Gloves can be branded in up to three colors via heat transfer. Runs do start high, around 480 pair units. But really, what a great, great idea this is. Planting and building is so often tied so strongly to sustainability. It is great to see that a sustainable glove has arrived.

If you are an ASI distributor and want more information on the RECYGLOVE contact Keith Addis. If you would like to purchase this item for your own business please contact your local promotional items provider or email for pricing and samples.

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