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Soy Candles, Ideas from PPAI Tradeshow

10 Oct

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

All you North American eco hotels, yoga studios, cafes, craft shops and spas, rejoice. There is finally a US company making soy candles in the US from US materials that can do large scale runs.

Decarte Products pronounced “Da Kart” specializes in creating a premium fragrance 100% soy candle, and they were at the Promotional Products Association International event in Fort Worth showing off their new line.

The best thing about this company – aside from the US manufacturing – is that they specialize in candles only, unlike most other manufactures that carry candles, if at all, as an after thought.

Why soy? Continue reading

100% Recycled PVC Flash Drives, Ideas from PPAI Tradeshow

6 Oct


There were a number of green and eco-friendly flash drives on display at the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) event in Fort Worth last weekend including the T530 Riclado made from 100% Recycled PVC and show at the event by Hirsch Gift.

Hirsch lists these items as being made from post-consumer materials that have completed their life cycle and would otherwise have been disposed of as solid waste.

Hirsch also points out the T530 casing is manufactured with post-consumer recyclables collected in commercial & residential recycling programs. That is a nice touch for Ecopreneurists looking for a local tie-in.

Of course I am assuming the PVC is a fungible commodity so although the PVC comes from commercial & residential recycling programs there is no telling if they come from your local commercial & residential recycling programs.

Like most flash drives the T530 is RoHS compliant.

Hirsch was also showing off their cherry wood and bamboo drives.

Hirsch was not alone in showcasing eco-friendly drives at the event as other manufactures including All-in-One also where there to display new drives. This week I also got information on over 20 new bodies available in rosewood, maple and bamboo from U.S. Flash & Technologies.

It looks like eco-friendly flash drives are here to stay and options will continue to increase in availability. I expect an industry wide price drop to come sooner than later.

For more information on these drive visit the manufacturers websites or look at our overview page at www.proformagreen.com.

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