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What Does it All Mean?

18 Mar

Our partners at Raining Rose sent us this little primer on how they define their terms for their products. I am reposting as I feel it is useful information.

ECO-FRIENDLY MADE EASY: What is Natural Vs. Sustainable Vs. Organic?

Did you know 72% of consumers purchased more environmentally friendly products in 2019 than 2018, per the 2020 Global Ad Impressions Study? The numbers don’t lie: There’s a growing demand for promos made from natural, sustainable and organic ingredients. But what do those words mean, exactly? We’re breaking down each term so you can educate and pair clients with the perfect eco-friendly promos for their next project.

Even if sustainability isn’t a top concern for your clients, it may be for their audience. Let clients know that more than two-thirds of consumers consider sustainability when making a purchase and are willing to pay more for sustainable products, per the CGS 2019 Retail and Sustainability Survey. If clients weren’t prioritizing sustainable products already, they will be now.

Hand sanitizer is a great “in” right now to get your clients on the natural trend. These customers are already thinking about health, so keep the conversation going by highlighting ingredients that are non-toxic and naturally derived.

Use lip balm’s affordable price point to your advantage. Your clients will get all the brand association benefits of investing in organic products without breaking the bank – and down the road, they’ll already be sold on why it’s worth it to get organic items for their next order.

NATURAL INGREDIENTS

What Does It Mean?

The Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients defines a natural product as one that is “derived from plant, animal or microbial sources.” Simply put, it means that the product has ingredients that come from a living organism. While there are no specific qualifications a product’s ingredients must meet beyond that, promos made from natural ingredients are a cost-effective way to provide clients with naturally derived items without clients needing to pay more upfront for the accreditations that come with stricter labels.

For example the SOOTHING STICK (SPC-SS) from Raining Rose; Featured natural ingredient: Jojoba oil. With all the time spent indoors, consumers will appreciate promos that give their skin extra healing and hydration. Another example is the 1-OZ. 64% HAND SANITIZER GEL BOTTLE (HSG-1B64). Featured natural ingredient: Ethyl alcohol. Formulated with 64% ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer will keep germs and viruses at bay, the natural way.

SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS

What Does It Mean?

In short, sustainability means that ingredients are derived in a way that can be maintained. For example, sustainable products are made using renewable resources that don’t disrupt ecological balance when harvested. Products are also dubbed sustainable when they reduce or eliminate pollutants and when companies strive for minimal waste during the manufacturing process and throughout the supply chain – from field to consumer. When it comes to company concerns like lowering their carbon footprint or reducing waste, promos made from sustainable ingredients are the way to go.

Examples include SUSTAINABALM (PLB-SB). Featured natural ingredient: Beeswax. Kind to lips and kind to the planet? What’s not to like? Bonus: each tube is made from potato bio-resin, post-consumer recycled plastic and virgin plastic, making it 100% recyclable and sustainable. 1-OZ. MINERAL SPF 30 BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN BOTTLE (MSS-1B). Featured natural ingredient: Zinc oxide. Not only is it made from planet-friendly ingredients, this sunscreen will keep skin protected against the most powerful rays.

ORGANIC

What Does It Mean?

Organic verification refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed, as outlined by USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) organic regulations. Per the USDA, this includes factors such as soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. To become certified and given permission to represent products and ingredients as organic, a supplier must apply to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Because of the strict requirements necessary to achieve an organic label, organic products are perfect for clients who won’t settle for less than the best. They’re also a wise choice for companies in healthcare, as they’re more likely to invest in the most natural and healthy ingredients possible.

Examples include USDA ORGANIC LIP BALM (PLB-UO). Featured natural ingredient: Sunflower oil. Raining Rose offers label options with and without the USDA organic seal for customer flexibility. EOS™ LIP BALM (EOS-LIP). Featured natural ingredient: Shea butter. Made with 95% organic ingredients, this retail favorite will keep lips soft and sensationally smooth.

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.

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.

 

Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife

5 Jan

Natural board – 13.39″ H X 9.21″ W X 0.63″ D

The home has always been the best place to get your promotional items into the hands of your clients, the idea being, that if your item reaches the home, your client will interact with it more often, continually keeping your services top of mind.

With us all spending so much time a home, practical and useful, promotional items like the – simply titled – Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife, make an even strong case for that idea.

As the name suggests, the Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife is made from bamboo. Bamboo is a quick growling and sustainable material. One of the bigger environmental benefits of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during growth. Also it grows just fine without a lot of pesticides or herbicides, and needs very little water.

Over the last few decades most ‘wooden’ items in the promotion products market, have moved from hardwoods, like oak or maple, to bamboo. In truth this has a lot to do with cost as well as sustainability, as bamboos is simply a cheaper raw ingredient for manufacturing.

The Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife is a clean design that will look at home in the modern kitchen. As well an bring a bit of a natural touch as a cooking tool. From the manufacturer, “this innovative natural bamboo cutting board includes a built in carving knife with stainless steel blade and soft touch handle. The cutting board features silicone corner accents to prevent the board from slipping as well as a swivel stand to display the board upright. Cutting board measures 13.39″ x 9.21″.”

The decoration method for the Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife is laser engrave,  which will hold up nicely to daily use and washings of the board.

These cutting boards do qualify for our Perfectly Packaged Service, so, if needed, we can send them boxed, and directly to individual recipients.

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.

Recycled May Showers

3 Mar

42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella

Umbrellas. Go do a quick google search for “umbrellas crowd”. What you get is a lot, a really lot, of unused marketing space. Hotels, restaurants, yes, but think technology, food services, website marketing, autos. Umbrellas are walking billboards. And since may umbrellas can be printed full color, inside and out, using all the canopy for your marketing, I think umbrellas are a very underrated and under used portable billboard for you business.

The 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella is a basic sort of umbrella, with a bit of pop. It is part of the EcoSmart line from PCNA because the canopy on this umbrella is 100% recycled PET.

“42” Automatic Opening umbrella that features a bold plaid pattern and a 4″ solid hem that is perfect for decorating. Made from 100% recycled PET material and features a natural wooden handle. Available for one-day turn with Sureship®. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.”

As you would expect on an umbrella, the 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella has a large imprint area of 2.00″ H x 8.00″ W, and can be decorated on up to three panels. And colors, Burgundy, Gray/white, Blue, as well as Black. The 42″ Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Folding Umbrella also features a wooden handle, which is a nice touch.

So start thinking umbrellas. Indeed, next time it rains, look around. See how the landscape changes into an opportunity to spread you marketing message all over the city.

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.

PCNA is doing recycled clothing

15 Jan

RINCON Packable Jacket

So this is kind of a big deal. PCNA, one of the leading manufacturers in the promotional products industry, is now offering recycled clothing options inside their TRIMARK line.

First, let’s remind everyone why TRIMARK is already a category killer for promotional apparel. 1) One stop pricing that includes decoration, 2) Multiple decoration options including deboss, embroidery, and laser engrave 3) Male and female companions for most items, 4) Free virtuals program.

So PCNA is adding to that lineup recycled clothing options.

Let take a look at the RINCON Packable Jacket. The jacket is available in five colors; white, vintage red, metro blue, loden, black/silver. The male jackets run S – 5XL, ladies jackets run XS – 3XL. Production is 5-7 days from art approval.

On materials, the outer shell is 60% Polyester and 40% Recycled polyester 240T woven with water resistant coating (600mm) & water repellent finish, 80 g/m² (2.4 oz/yd²).

Here is the pitch from the website.

“Good for your style, even better for the planet. The Rincon is made with recycled polyester and even has recycled zipper tape. It’s also wind- and water-resistant with a roll-away hood to keep you drier longer and it’s got a mesh lining and breathable back vents to keep you cool and comfy. Color pop details for extra style points. It even packs away into a built-in stuff sack for easy stowing.”

Again, I want to stress that TRIMARK is a excellent, award setting brand in promotional apparel. I expect nothing less in comfort, quality, and style in their new line of EcoSmart Apparel. I also expect that PCNA will continue to add to this line in the coming months.

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.

Speaker made from Wheat Straw – Why not?

14 Jan

Great full color speak top imprint.

Strong gift box vibe.

Easily portable.

The new Frenzy Wheat Straw Bluetooth Speaker from PCNA is another example of promotional items made from wheat straw mixed with polypropylene. This new material is being used for more and more items in the promotional products market, however these is the first speaker I have seen.

Description from the vendor;

The Frenzy Wheat Straw Bluetooth Speaker got your attention. The Frenzy Bluetooth Speaker case is made from 51% wheat straw, giving it a natural on trend look! The speaker produces crystal clear sound at over 1.5hrs at max volume. The instruction manual and giftbox of the Frenzy Bluetooth Speaker is made from FSC Certified recycled paper. Bluetooth Version 5.0. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet

I love the full color imprinting possible on these speakers. I am also a fan of the included packaging. And once again, this is another product that is part of the 1% For The Planet partnership.

The speakers are beige only (but again they have full color decoration on top) which is a neutral color that works with most company logos. Their size is 1.96″ H X 2.2″ W X 2.2″ D.

How does the Frenzy Wheat Straw Bluetooth Speakesound. Really good actually. Go ahead and request a sample, and let us give you a chance to hear the sound for yourself.

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.

 

News from Sprouts

15 Dec

 

Got an email from Sprouts about 2020 plans. Just like their pencils, 2020 seems to all be about growth and a better alternatives.

“We are working hard to get everything planned for 2020. However, I can promise you that we’ll have some news for you. Here is a sneak peak at some of the news:

#1: Color print on pencils
Beside our engraving on the pencils, we want to offer you another alternative. From Spring 2020 it will be possible to get your message and logo printed in colors on your Sprout pencils.
As always, it will be 100% eco-friendly. We will keep you updated on when and how.

#2: New single card
We will be offering an alternative to our single card. It will be thinner and easier to ship. As soon as it’s ready, we’ll send you more information. Most likely in Spring 2020.

#3: New catalog and website
Sprout is not only about plantable pencils. We’re on a mission to fight plastic and inspire change with positive examples. We’re Sprout pencil, Sprout Spoon and Sprout Makeup Liner.
We are Sprout World. In 2020 we will have a new catalogue and a new website ready that integrates it all. Stay tuned.

~ Sidsel Lundtang Rasmussen, CEO at Sprout”

For more information visit their site at https://sproutworld.com/

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.

Visstun Announces Everything Green!

2 May

Say hello to total color and design.

Visstun, that made in the USA, fully fun, full color, amazing cup manufacturer, just sent our office an email announcing their new “Everything Green” program. Read it for yourselves.

We are excited to announce our “Everything Green” program. This awesome new project will add 32% Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber (PCF) to ALL paper cup, container, & lid products in 2019 – at no additional cost! Yes, this is not a typo – at no additional cost!

Everything Green in a nut shell:

    • ALL paper products made with 32% Sustana EnviroLife™, FSC® Certified, Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber
    • No Upcharge – cost neutral for customers
    • No List of Options – This is our new standard not an additional item
    • Appearance and performance like regular paper board
    • Just Green – a great use for recycled fiber

We started making products with Sustana’s awesome NEW Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber in April 2019 and expect to have 100% of our paper cups, containers, and lids built using this paper by the end of 2019. To see our progress, visit Visstun.com/nowgreen. Also, each of our website product pages contains an “Everything Green” progress bar.

If you are interested in Visstun cups 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.

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 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.

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 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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