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Two New Bamboo Promo Ideas

15 Mar

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of  Proforma Green Marketing, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy (see proformagreen.com). John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

Bamboo as a material was a big mover in 2009. The industry saw bamboo cloth being used in caps, shirts, towels, jackets, heavy totes and even robes. As a replacement for hardwood, bamboo is used in awards, cutting boards, umbrella shafts, and any number of tool handles.

For 2010 the move to bamboo does not seem to be slowing down. As a quick-growing, renewable, natural resource bamboo seems here to stay in the promotional products market. Here are two quick ideas in bamboo new for 2010.

The KIVA Ball Point from LogoMark is one of the first bamboo body pens to hit the market this year. I suspect there will be more. Like most items from LogoMark this pen has a little more style and flare than its peers.

The bamboo pen body gives the KIVA a natural feel and the black, blue or green plastic tip and clip is biodegradable plastic. These pens EQP for $1.45 with one color imprint. With PLA pens for Shepenco running at around $0.50, the KIVA is not meant to be competing in the cheap eco-pen field, but rather as a nicer, client or employee gift pen, perhaps as part of a package with  LogoMark’s bamboo office picture frame or bamboo business card holder.

A number of basic bamboo shopping totes are also coming to market including a bamboo version of the very popular Big Thunder tote by American Ad Bags.

This Bamboo Thunder is 100% Natural Bamboo – which is naturally biodegradable and an eco-friendly sustainable resource – and has a incredibly soft touch that you just do not get with poly or canvas bags. For added strength the Bamboo Thunder offers stitched seams in the sides and at the bottom gusset.

One issue might be price. The Bamboo Thunder by American Adbag runs EQP $3.00, which is more than the $2.10 EQP price of the screen printed polypropylene Big Thunder by Bag Makers (yes different manufacturers, same name, go figure). Both bags measure in at a whooping 13″ x 10″ x 15″. Yes that is a 10 inch gusset.

If you are an ASI distributor Dustin is the contact to talk to at LogoMark. Want more info on the Bamboo Thunder, talked to Courtney Rasmussen at American Adbag.

If you are interested in the these items or other bamboo ideas to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

And The Winner Is NW4300

28 Apr

NW4300

Really, Debco has got to get some more exciting product names. That headline doesn’t really ring, does it? It would have been cooler to write, and the winner is Big Thunder. However, for our office, that would not have been accurate.

Yes I am talking about nonwoven bags. In the run up to Earth Day bag and water bottle orders seem to become the main topic for the promotional products industry. For our office the bag that we are selling the most of is the Debco NW4300. The reason seems to always come down to cost and imprint size.

The truth is that if you are an ecopreneurist branding nonwoven totes what you really want is the largest imprint area you can get on a solid and sturdy bag. In the nonwoven grocer category, where the Big Thunder and Debco NW4300 compete, the bags are made with their handles running the length of the bag for added support.

What Debco did was place an outside pocket on their NW4300. This gives the unit a print area of 7″ x 6″, which is larger than all grocer styles that have no pocket and must therefor print inside the handles running the length of the bag, like the green Norwood Grocery Tote pictured here, which has only a 4″ x 9″ imprint area.

In addition to the large imprint area the NW4300 has a few other bonuses going for it. The nonwoven recycled 90 gram polypropylene includes 25% recycled material, the bag includes a removable bottom base, and has an overall size of 11.75″ x 13.75″ x 8.75″, which is designed to replace two standard sized plastic bags. Like most nonwovens the bag is made of #5 recyclable material.

EQP on these bags in $3.07, including a one color imprint. The reason the bags you see at the grocery checkout line are so much less is volume. Most runs for grocery stores are done in the 100,000s of bags, whereas the runs for the NW4300 start at just 100 units. However if you did need 100,000s of bags Debco can do those runs as well with price on the units falling to the checkout line prices. After all those chains are buying from the promotional products market as well.

If you are an ASI distributor Andrew Green is the contact to talk to at Debco. If you are interested in nonwoven totes to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Video: Big Thunder From Bag Makers

15 Feb

Bag Makers, Inc. has come out swinging in the nonwoven tote category with their new Big Thunder nonwoven tote bags. These bags are made from #5 plastic and like other nonwovens can be recycled wherever #5 plastics are accepted.

The Big Thunder’s claim to fame is not that it is eco-friendly – it is as much as any other nonwoven tote. The Big Thunder’s claim to fame is that it is huge – at 13W x 10 x 15H – and made on 100 GSM material the highest in the industry for standard run bags. That is a whopping 10 inch gusset. The bags rings in with a EQP price of just $2.22.

If you are an green organization whose business requires a big bag to promote your big idea, your bag has arrived.

Here is Anna Marie from Bag Makers showing the Big Thunder off at the 2009 ASI show in Dallas.

For more information on the Big Thunder visit the Bag Makers website or email us at info@proformagreen.com

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