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.

 

Garyline Introduces UpCycle

14 Jan

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Garyline is introducing their UpCycle line for 2020. The Upcycle line is made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled rPET, and indeed each UpCycle product includes second side stock imprint that reads “This Reusable & Refillable Bottle is Molded From 100% Post-Consumer Recycled rPET”.

A number of UpCycle items are also made with USA or made in the USA with Global parts (meaning bottles are molded, printed and assembled in USA, however some part, like lids, might be sourced overseas. In regards to tariffs these items are considered made in USA.)

There are a number of nice size, shape, and color options in the UpCycle line for 2020. And they are all priced very well for Made in the USA items, with most options under $2, decorated.

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.

Promo Buyer Trends For 2020

9 Jan

Some trends spend years growing incrementally before reaching a tipping point. Other times, a well-placed tweet or celebrity endorsement is all that’s needed to send a trend into hyperdrive. Keeping up can be like a roller coaster ride.

“With the speed and impact that social media has come to have on our industry, we sometimes don’t even know what to expect or plan for next,” says Michael Wenger, co-owner of Top 40 distributor Quality Logo Products (asi/302967). “To say we have all been on our toes would be an understatement.”

Sure, some trends may disappear in a flash (thanks for stopping by, fidget spinners); often though, they just keep building. Trends expert and speaker Daniel Levine says many of the same trends companies have seen in recent years will continue to grow in 2020.

“The most common question I’m asked is, where will that trend be in five years,” says Levine, director at the Avant-Guide Institute in New York City. “The answer is almost always, it will be more intense than it is today. That’s the nature of trends. And trends have a lot of momentum. They usually keep coming and get stronger, until something big gets in their way. All of these trends we’ve seen churning up in business will continue to get more intense, and that’s very much true in the promo products industry.

Sustainable Products

Sustainable products are resonating with young buyers, such as this reusable wheat straw kit (5224) from Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125); hitpromo.net. The straws are composed of reclaimed stalks from wheat and come in a protective travel case.

Adds Levine: “Take a look at what’s been successful in the last year or two, and take that to the next degree.”

Distributors and suppliers say they’re looking forward to growth next year, and look to accomplish that by taking advantage of a few key trends. Here are their top predictions for 2020.

Social Responsibility
Younger consumers are increasingly throwing their money behind brands and products that stand for something. According to the consulting firm IEG, cause sponsorship continues to grow and was expected to hit $2.3 billion in the past year.

Distributors and suppliers say this will continue to create opportunities for the promotional products industry. “Customers want to feel good about their purchases and are asking for products that align with their values,” says Pam Stauffer, director of design for Top 40 supplier Gemline (asi/56070).

Stephanie Friedman, vice president of sales and marketing for City Paper Co. (asi/162267) in Birmingham, AL, has seen a similar phenomenon play out. “There are many companies that want to express their social activism or their social responsibility,” she says. “It’s been such a big area where we’ve seen success: how promotional products can give back to their communities and their employees.”

Sustainability is one of the defining social causes that’s impacting the industry. At the recent ASI Power Summit, Florence Mosnier of the International Partnership for Premiums & Gifts led a session on emerging global trends, and called sustainability “more than just a fad.”

Mixing Materials

Mixing of materials is elevating the perception of promo products and giving them an aura of “handmade” quality. One example is this ceramic two-tone mug with wood lid (1626-35) from Leed’s (asi/66887); pcna.com/leeds

“We believe,” she notes, “there’s only a future for companies that commit to sustainability.”

That impact has translated most directly to single-use plastic items. Products like buildable wheat straw kits and metal drinkware are becoming more popular as municipalities ban plastic bags and straws. “Any time a government mandates a change, it’s going to have an impact,” Stauffer says. Friedman predicts that trend could continue into plasticware and other products. “First it was the cups. Then it was the straws,” she says. “The plates and napkins and the utensils will follow the trend. Our space will respond to it with materials to combat that.”

High Quality
The effort to reduce needless waste is driving another trend in the promo industry: the demand for higher quality items. “This idea of quality and heritage and something that has a feeling of being handmade is something I’m seeing in many different industries and appearing in advertising from a lot of brands right now,” says Levine. “People are looking for more meaningful products and experiences. Consumers want things that are more durable.”

Currently, consumers have the dollars to back up that desire. Low unemployment, rising wages and a high level of consumer confidence will push retail sales to $3.8 trillion this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

“People are willing to buy better quality items,” Friedman says. “Really looking at the quality of a product rather than the price is something we’re definitely seeing, which is interesting given the whole tariff situation. More people are willing to invest a little bit more in a piece that has longevity, and that will be able to sustain some usage.”

“Customers want to feel good about their purchases and are asking for products that align with their values.”Pam Stauffer, Gemline

Everyday products that fit consumers’ lifestyles and take their cues from retail definitely fit in with this trend. Thomas Trudel, marketing coordinator for Spector & Co. (asi/88631), says the Canadian supplier is marketing products like its popular Ashbury bag line by highlighting their functionality and lifestyle appeal.

“Our Ashbury bags have been highly influenced by all the travel-friendly ones coming out in the retail market,” Trudel says. “There are wonderful hybrid bags catering to one- to two-day trips as well as three- to five-day trips that we’re calling Overnighters and Weekenders.”

The use of mixed materials offers a hand-made aesthetic that is resonating with buyers. Examples include ceramic drinkware with wood or cork accents, or cotton caps and canvas bags with leather embellishments.

“You see that in fashion, and it’s carrying over into the hard good materials, which is really exciting,” Friedman says. “It’s a nice contrast of materials being used to do the same old thing but in a new, dynamic way.”

Memorable Experiences
Want to stand out in the crowded field? Experiential products are in demand.

For International Chocolate Day in September, Spector & Co. created concept pieces in which it transformed powerbanks and journals into chocolate bars. “The efforts placed behind these types of products are instantly apparent and significantly impactful to brand awareness and separating them from the noise,” says Trudel. “We could’ve taken the International Chocolate Day logo and debossed it on the journal and called it a day, but we’re more fun than that! We want our partners to follow suit and push their creativity to the next level.”

Chocolate Day

Companies are creating unique products and turning them into a memorable experience. For International Chocolate Day, Spector & Co. (asi/88631); spectorandco.com; decorated power banks (T1233) to look like chocolate bars.

City Paper used its expertise in custom packaging to create a “moment experience” ahead of the Super Bowl for an advertising agency that works with Anheuser-Busch. The package was molded to fit two Bud Light cans and a football; when the box was opened, the user could hear the roar of the crowds.

“The moment of opening the box created an experience for the end-user and was a very cool moment of interactivity,” Friedman says. “It really drove home creating the feeling of being at a Super Bowl and hearing the crowd roar, and what that feels like. How do we take something as simple as a box and elevate it to create that moment? Maybe it’s video. Maybe having virtual reality glasses that take the user through an experience. There are so many different ways we can elevate it.”

Crissa DeBree is a contributing writer for Advantages.

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.

NatureAd™ Corn Mug Souper

7 Jan

QuickPoint is running a special on their NatureAd™ Corn Souper Mugs. These are Made in the USA, and made from 100% corn plastic. The NatureAd™ Corn Souper Mug will decompose in natural composing conditions (not great in landfills, as it needs access to oxygen to breakdown over time).

Nearly unbelievably, the NatureAd™ Corn Souper Mug is Microwave safe.

The NatureAd™ Corn Souper Mug also have a large imprint area, and is available in White, Blue, Red, Ag Green, and Maize Yellow. These bottom of the NatureAd™ Corn Souper Mug is engraved with NATURAL CORN PRODUCT logo.

So we have a useful mug made in the USA, and made out of 100% corn plastic. These have been great give-aways for farmers markets, natural food companies, and about any company working in the agricultural industry. Made from corn is simply a nice hook for these types of brands.

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.

From Bottle to Beautiful

19 Dec

More for 2020

This email just came through, it seems Storm Creek is expanding their eco collection in 2020.

Explore our Eco-Collection, which includes a variety of styles containing at least 35% recycled post-consumer waste, made primarily of recycled plastic bottles. Since launching this collection, we’ve saved more than a million plastic bottles from landfills or oceans. But this is just the beginning, as we’re weaving recycled materials into more styles every season. Plus, 1% from every purchase of our eco-collection goes to protect the environment.

Storm Creek is a pretty solid brand. And their eco-collection runs as high as 35% recycled content, so that puts them ahead of a number of other lines. Add to that a good choice of cuts and colors, and you have some great sustainable apparel options for your company’s marketing and uniform needs.

Also, keep in mind that Storm Creek decorates in house, with a typical turn around of 5-8 business days from art approval.

See the full look book at https://view.publitas.com/storm-creek/sc_lookbook_eco_codeda/page/1.

Like many other producers, Storm Creek is also participating in the 1% for the Planet initiative.

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.

NEW Vx2® Double Wall Paper Cups

13 Dec

Full Color for your Full Art Design

The Visstun – made in the USA – Double Wall Insulated Cupline is growing. Here is the news from Visstun:

“We are excited to announce the latest addition to our popular Double Wall Insulated Cup line, the monstrous 21oz! (Although some coffee enthusiasts consider this a “small”.)

Now you can sell a complete set of sizes including our 9 (truly small!), 12, 16, & new 21oz. These cups are used for both hot and cold drinks and are priced the same as our regular single wall cups, making them great for all occasions and cup projects. Plus, they are now built with recycled paper with 35% post-consumer content and FSC® certified fiber.

Give us a call today to get samples and a quote on these Green, Economical, & Generally Awesome Double Wall cups.”

Double Wall Insulated Paper Cups: Vx2® Double Wall Cups are great for keeping hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold, hands comfortable, and advertisers happy. Available in both Hi-Definition, Full Color and Basic1:2®. These cups are great for events, meetings, safety programs, and seminars – any place you want to influence hot or cold beverage drinkers.

  • Hi-Definition, Full-Color Print
  • Basic 1 & 2 Color Print
  • For Hot and Cold Drinks
  • White Paper Wrap
  • Gloss Finish or NEW Matte Finish

If you have never checked out Visstun cups, you really should take a moment to visit their website site. These are USA made stadium style cups, that are food safe, diswasher safe, reusable, and their clear plastic cups are recyclable. And the number one advantage of Visstun is the full color imprinting, that simple blows away the competition. That is because each cup starts life as a flat plate, allowing for vibrant full color imprinting of the entire vessel.

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.

Earthwise collection from Vantage

11 Dec

Looks like Vantage Apparel is going to carrying more sustainable clothing options in 2020. This announcement just hit my inbox.

If your brand is looking for ways to create a more sustainable footprint, our Vantage Earthwise collection is the perfect place to start.

The Vantage Earthwise collection is a new wave of sustainable fashion that offers high-performing essentials made from REPREVE® HIGH-QUALITY recycled polyester. Each style within the Earthwise collection helps to keep plastic bottles from ending up in our oceans and landfills. Vantage has also pledged to donate a portion of sales to nonprofits committed to protecting our environment. Choose Earthwise and feel good that your promotional decision will affect real change in the protection and restoration of our planet.

See the full collection here https://vantageapparel.com/earthwise/

The clothing will be made with Repreve recycled fiber and also be participating in the 1% for the Planet Project. Those two facts make this inititiative into sustainable clothing better than most other options out there.

Plus this is Vantage Apparel we are talking about. They have been in business since 1977, and are always ranked as one of the best vendors in the promotional clothing market. “With more than 500,000 different embroidered logos under our belt, 1200 embroidery heads and the industry’s most experienced digitizers and operators, Vantage is the premier supplier to fulfill your order quickly and successfully. Our mission is to deliver a comprehensive apparel solution to our customers by providing the Complete Source for their decorated apparel needs.”

So the Earthwise Collection is simply getting Vantage a bit closer to that mission goal.

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.

Re:cycled Collection by Solo New York

4 Dec

Logomark is going to start carrying the RE:CYCLED Collection from Solo New York. Here is what was sent to our office;

Solo New York launches its new line of sustainable bags, the Re:cycled Collection. Created into a heathered grey material from recycled PET plastic bottles, this collection offers practical bags with effortless looks.

Solo New York has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help restore the national forests and will plant a tree with the sale of each Re:cycled bag.

From what I have seen on the website these bags have practical designs, and a good look to them. The line has the standard decoration options. I would have liked a few more colors, but I think the color options offered, black, gray, beige, have more to do with the design aesthetic at Solo New York.

Solo® Re:move Duffe

So in total, new line, go take a look. Let us know if we can help you with virtuals or samples 🙂

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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