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Acacia Cheese Boards

21 Jun

Visions Awards just sent us an email on their Lynn and Liana Acacia Cheese Boards. This is really an interesting idea, so we wanted to share.

Acacia can be grown in a wide range of climatic conditions. As a result, several sustainable acacia growers worldwide can produce the wood in an environmentally friendly manner. Because it can capture and store carbon and nitrogen emissions, this is considered eco-friendly.”

The Acacia Cheese Board, “blends gorgeous, high-quality Acacia hardwood and an eco-friendly epoxy, from recycled bio products (UVPoxy), to create a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of serveware for home or office.” Lynn and Liana cheese and breadboards provide a one-of-a-kind look with your choice of epoxy colors and a lasered corporate logo.

ROUND PADDLE ACACIA CHEESE BOARD VX-ACP-12R

An entertainment company included this board as part of a cheese and wine gift basket as a “wrap” gift to celebrate the show’s completion and thank the crew. These cheese boards are perfect for serving a group of 4-5 people. Great gift for employee or client recognition. Available in 7 different colors.
LARGE ACACIA CHEESE BOARD VX-ACB-1020

A textile company wanted to gift their employees, many of whom do not have a desk, with something that was beautiful, useful and could be used in their homes. These cheese boards are perfect for serving a group of 4-6 people. Great gift for employee or client recognition. Available in 7 different colors.
ACAICA BAGUETTE BOARD VX-ACB-524

This board blends gorgeous, high-quality Acacia hardwood and an eco-friendly epoxy, from recycled bio products (UVPoxy), to create a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of serveware for home or office. These cheese boards are perfect for serving a group of 3-5 people. Great gift for employee or client recognition. Available in 7 different colors

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.

Proud Path from PCNA

26 Apr

PCNA is going all in (nearly) on sustainable, renewable, and climate friendly products available to the promotional products market through their new company wide program called ProudPath.

From the PCNA website, ” Introducing ProudPath™, a new platform that will make it even easier to deliver for your customers’ environmental and social responsibility objectives. Whether you want retail brands that give to great causes, need products made with eco-friendly materials or would like to support a small business, ProudPath™ is designed to empower you with the right solution, making it easier to create gifts people can feel good about. ProudPath™ also represents a call to action for our industry. This is an opportunity to reimagine the present while shaping a future that will make us all proud.”

The program is worth a look. PCNA seems to have organized and centralized those parts of their business related to sustainability. And then add a number of new products, and announced continuing support for a number of environmentally focus organizations, including 1% For the Planet, Well Aware, and ONETREEPLANTED.

Used for bottles and containers, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the most commonly recycled plastic in the world.
Pre-consumer is salvaged from the manufacturing of cotton goods, while post-consumer is from used tees and towels.
Recycled plastic, organic cotton, FSC®-certified bamboo and more. Our eco-friendly products are made with a variety of materials — all of them better for the planet.

Taken as a whole, the ProudPath initiative is rather expansive, especially for a promo company, and certainly worth taking a look at for idea for your next marketing campaign.

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.

Wheat with Memory

8 Mar

Here is a quick case study sent to us by iClick on their Wheat Straw swivel drive.

“Activation: Grow Organics is a small, family-owned business that creates organic and locally sourced baby foods in their home state of Washington. They started out selling primarily at farmer’s markets but they were very interested in expanding into brick and mortar stores.

They had been using catalogs to showcase their offerings, but they wanted a less wasteful option to spread the word even more. They felt physical catalogs did not align with their company values of sustainability, but they still liked the idea of handing something out in meetings.

The iClick – Wheat Straw allowed them to hand out digital copies of their catalog. The item itself is eco-friendly, being made out of wheat straw, a byproduct of wheat production. Plus, they know the iClick – Wheat Straw can be reused in the future and will not be tossed in the trash. This led to more brand recognition, a giveaway that really aligned with their company values, and a partnership with a major supermarket chain.”

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.

1% of everything to support the bees

1 Mar

Our friends at Raining Rose have announced a partnership with Heifer International.

“We recently announced that 1% of our annual profits will go to Heifer Internationala global nonprofit that supports farmers and their communities. That’s right, 1% of our profits on EVERYTHING we sell will go to support honeybees, supplies, and training for beekeepers.”

Raining Rose easily has some of the best lip balms and lotions in the promotional products industry. Additionally they offer Made in USA, USDA Organic Lip Balm, Sustainabalm, and post-consumer packaging solutions in their product line. (Check out the new DIY Lip Balm Kit)

Here is the full announcement from their website.

How our Giveback Program Works

Every time you place an order with Raining Rose Promos, we willdonate 1% of our annual profits to Heifer International, a nonprofit that seeks to lift communities from poverty and eradicate hunger all around the globe.

It’s that easy – there are no stipulations or fine print, because we want to make our impact as big as possible.

About Heifer International

Heifer International is an Arkansas-based nonprofit with a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities. They work in 21 countries around the world to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income to local farmers.

Their community development model focuses on building social capital by increasing income and assets within farming families, improving their food security and nutrition, and protecting the environment – with women’s empowerment and connected communities at the very center.

Our Partnership with Heifer International

As a Certified B Corporation, we believe in “doing business for good.” Our partnership and commitment to Heifer International allows us to take another step forward in acting as good stewards to the communities  that provide our business with so much.

100% of Raining Rose Promos donations will directly support

honeybees, supplies, and training for beekeepers.

Why Honeybees?

Honeybees are essential to thriving crops worldwide, and beeswax is a primary component to many of the lip balms produced by Raining Rose Promos.

We are excited to direct our donations toward Heifer International’s work in educating Central and South American families to scale their beekeeping operations, both to improve their lives financially, but also to restore an essential resource in agriculture.

Help us make a difference by supporting our cause with personal care products, and watch the video to learn more about the important role bees play in our livelihood.

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.

Out of The Woods® is coming to Gemline in 2022.

25 Jan
Above: Out of The Woods® Seagull Cooler – Insulated and padded to keep your produce fresh at the Sunday farmer’s market or your workday essentials protected, and spacious enough to double as a weekender bag

From the Out of The Woods homepage on GEMINE, “Out of the Woods® specializes in reusable bags and insulated coolers that are FSC®-Certified (FSC® C153080) and made from Supernatural Paper™ using tree cellulose sourced from responsibly managed forests. These products are washable, durable, and sustainable – designed to reduce the negative impact on the environment by developing lasting products made of better materials.”

The Out of The Woods line brings a new dimension to sustainable items available to the marketing professional, and are sure to be a great fit for sustainability, values, ethical, and responsible marketing projects.

The brand has a very contemporary look to it, and will certainly work for projects built around fashion, style, and design.

To see all Out of The Woods for 2022, that can be decorated with your custom artwork or brand, take a look at the GEMLINE Out of The Woods Selection with this link.

We will be posting on individual Out of The Woods items as we get a chance to review the line. So stay tuned for more on this new, exciting concept.

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.

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.

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