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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.

Redwood National Park 14 oz Candle

24 Nov

Bring a little warmth to your clients and employees as we head into the winter moths with the Redwood National Park 14 oz Candle, from GOOD & WELL SUPPLY CO.

These 80+ hour candles are inspired by our national parks, with GOOD & WELL SUPPLY CO., making an annual donation in support of the parks to the National Park Foundation.

From the manufacturer, “All natural soy and hand crafted this candle is ethically sourced and produced. It is 100% eco friendly, 100% recyclable and made in Seattle, WA, USA. Inspired by Redwood National Park the scent is composed of oakmoss, sage, citrus and damp earth. In order to preserve the national parks these candles are inspired by Well & Good Supply Co. makes annual donations to the National Park Foundation. 80+ hour burn time.”

The Redwood National Park 14 oz Candle is decorated with Laser engrave on the top of the candles reusable lid. Learn more and see all candle options at https://www.pcna.com/en-us/brand/good-well-supply-co/shop-all

The Redwood National Park 14 oz Candle is a USA made item that makes an excellent holiday gift.

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.

Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock

27 Oct

Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is new for 2021, is made of FSC Certified Bamboo, and features the option of Laser or Digital Inkjet imprinting of your logo.

Laser decoration is the suggest better method, with a laser used to directly etch the artwork into each item.

From the manufacturer, “The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock can be used on any desk, end table or night stand. The top surface has a 5W wireless charging pad for compatible devices. The clock has an alarm function, can show temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius and display three different levels of light brightness. One additional USB output 5V/1.5A for charging through a cable. If you want to charge an iPhone series before iPhone 8 with wireless technology, an external wireless charging receiver or receiver case is required. It works with most plastic phone cases on. Includes 39″ USB to Type C charging cable. Packaged in a FSC certified premium gift box.”

The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is another example of a traditional product design being recreated using a bamboo instead of traditional plastic. Bamboo is a more sustainable material, and of course it will break down after useful life much quicker than plastic.

The Bamboo Wireless Charging Desk Clock is a great giveaway item for home based employees and clients, as it allows your brand to enter your audiences home, bedroom, and work space. With ever glace at the time, your audience will be reminded of your brand.

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.

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.

 

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