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USA Made Elgin 25oz Bottle

26 Oct

The large double sided imprint on the ELGIN 25oz gives a lot of room for messaging.

It turns out that the Elgin 25oz water bottle from the Express Line is Made in the USA.

Not really sure how this one got past us because this office loves this bottle.

The Elgin is your basic squeeze sports bottle, with a very clean profile. The bottles come in BPA-Free clear plastic or jet black BPA-Free pearl plastic bodies, and Express Line offers a host of color options for lids.

The mix of cap options lets designers match art colors to caps for a very retail, very cool looking end product.

This USA made, BPA-free bottle has a common threaded, push pull cap, so easy access for adding ice, and easy to open on the go.

The only drawback seems to be that it has a maximum two color  imprint, however those two colors can be a perfect PMS match if needed.

The big plus of course is the huge front and back 6-1/4in x 2-1/4in imprint area, or full wrap of 6-1/4in x 7-1/5in. With an end of the year sale price of $1.99 EQP, that is a lot of billboard for your marketing message on a USA made, BPA-Free bottle.

Printing logos to match cap colors on Elgin 25oz gives a very clean, retail look to bottles.

Schools, gyms, hospitals, and those marketing programs working around fitness, team sports, and health, are all prime candidates for the Elgin. Also programs needing a low cost USA bottle with a high perceived value.

If you are an ASI distributor Jarel Guerrero is the contact to talk to at The Express Line. If you are interested in using holiday drinkware for your own business or event, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information, pricing, and samples.

PartyTime!™ Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack (SOLD OUT)

8 Oct

SOLD OUT: PartyTime!™ Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack, with reflective ink.

The PartyTime!™ Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack from Jetline is a great idea.

A reusable, child friendly, drawstring bag, with the added safety of a reflective ink pre-printed Jack-o-lantern face.

Instead of a flimsy plastic bag that would head to the trash along with the candy wrappers, the PartyTime!™ Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack could be used again and again.

Perfect for kids’ events, corporate giveaways (large 9 1/2″W x 6″H imprint area for custom message on non Jack-o-lantern printed side), and festivals.

Perfect indeed. Too perfect. Even before October started, these bags were totally sold out.

Nonwoven Drawstring Cinch-Up Backpack with Jack-o-lantern imprint

But not to despair. The friendly folks at Jetline have a backup solution for those clients still looking for Halloween reusable bag solutions, namely the 14 other reusable bags in the Jetline arsenal that happen to be orange.

For the latecomers, Jetline can simply imprint these orange bags with a Jack-o-lantern face, or other holiday stock art.

For example, the orange BG120 Nonwoven Drawstring Cinch-Up Backpack, or the orange BG107 Nonwoven Budget Tote (with an EQP price under $1). Both bags are part of the Jetline ECO line and are made of #5 recyclable material.

Nonwoven value tote with Jack-o-lantern imprint.

I would say expect more Halloween theme bags in 2013 – I would love to see a white bag with ghost motif – as they have certainly proved popular, much like the GameTime! ® style bags from Jetline that kicked off this theme bag idea.

If you are ASI contact  Alex Skorupsky at Jetline. If you are interested in Halloween reusable bags contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Laminated 100% Recycled Shopper Now Featuring 8 Designs

30 Jun

Laminated 100% Recycled PET Fabric

The Laminated Recycled Shoppers from Gemline are still one of the most popular recycled bags on the market. Since we last mentioned these bags in 2010, Gemline has continued to add pre-printed designs to this line, and with the Fall 2012 additions, there are now eight unique designs to choose from.

The popularity of these bags rests in the pre-printed art and messaging, with statements like “I used to be a water bottle” and “100% recycled” worked into the design.

Each bag is indeed made from a laminated 100% Recycled PET fabric, estimated to keep about the equivalent of three water bottles worth of plastic out of the landfill.

All bags are the same size with a 13″L 15″H 8″W main compartment and generous gusset for maximum capacity. They all feature 23.5″ shoulder straps and are kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant.

The following video from Gemline gives you an idea of how big and bold these bags really are, and what can be achieved by simply adding client artwork to the pre-existing motifs available  in blue, purple, red, natural/brown, royal, caribbean, and summer green.


If you are ASI and wish to learn more about Gemline and their complete line of 100% recycled bags contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in these great pre-printed bags to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Garyline Earth Day Sale Items

11 Apr

Garyline, a US manufacturer working out of the Bronx, sent over this flyer for Earth Day specials. Couple of good ideas in USA made drinkware. For Earth Day Garyline is putting in sale a few of their most popular items.

The WB21R – 21 oz. Bike Bottle. Your basic bike bottle. Recycled & BPA-free. Molded with food-compliant, post-consumer recycled HDPE. Union Made in the USA.

The TB27RP – 27oz Eco-Friendly Pearl Sports Bottle. This is one of our favorites made from a new material by combining  Post-Consumer Recycled PET with Natural & Renewable PLA. The combination is eco-friendly and gives the bottles a naturally pearlescent shine.  This product is BPA-free. Union Made in the USA

The AM16R – 16 oz Auto Mug – Recycled. Standard commuter mug, this 16 oz. Auto Mug has a four-finger comfort handle and is available in 4 recycled colors.  Union printed in the USA

The SC16R – 16oz Recycled Stadium Cup. Basic stadium cups made from recycled content. I much prefer the cups from Visstun for their full color imprint. But for the price this is a sturdy recycled materials stadium cup. Great for sports events and concerts. Union Made in the USA.

If you are a promotional items distributor looking for more information on Garyline items Stu Schoenfeld is your contact at Garyline. If you are interested in these items for your own marketing contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Recycled Material Caps at ASI Dallas

15 Feb

Design Your Own

When we were at the State Fair of Texas talking about sustainability, it was fun to point out that the rPET caps from USA Headware we were showing were made of the same 100% recycled content rPET materials found in the seats of the Nissan Leaf.

What got our attention at ASI Dallas was that USA Headware can take that same material, and go from the standard – and rather plain – caps we showed at the State Fair, to pretty much any custom cap design that they could have produced using virgin materials.

Take a look at these two videos we shot at the ASI Show at the booth for USA Headware. In one we are talking about sustainable solutions, in the other we are pitching custom caps to a client of ours called the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Notice the background does not really change. Why? Because it really did not need to change. Virgin polyester from petroleum or non-virgin polyester from old water bottles (i.e. rPET), the point is today it simply does not mater. The caps look the same regardless of source material. The costs on a custom job runs about the same regardless of source material.

So all that really matters now is the client: the company or organization asking for the caps and if, as they are starting their marketing project, they want to think about a more sustainable alternative.

If that company or organization is promoting a sustainable message, they better choose to go with the sustainable cap.


If you are an ASI distributor looking for sustainable cap solutions talk to Buck Hogle at USA Headwear. If you are interested in getting sustainable caps for your company or event, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Gemline’s Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

16 Dec


Time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A perennial favorite is diet, which usually means out with the heavy restaurant lunches, in with the BYO healthy lunches from home.

Recycled Essential Lunch Kit

The Recycled Essentials Lunch Kit from Gemline offers a handsome black lunch bag kit made from 70% recycled PET fabric, with PEVA lining and PU fabric backing (non-PVC). This black bag is 7″L x 10″H x 6.5″W. It has a side pocket for water bottle, fold top with Velcro closure, front zippered pocket. The bag also includes educational product hangtag and is kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant.

But this is no ordinary lunch bag, as the kit includes a stainless steel water bottle (which also can be decorated), a plastic reusable food container, and a cotton cloth napkin. Just add fruits, veggies, and logos, and you’re good to go.

And there are lots of decorating options. You can print on the Front Pocket Center (4.5W x 4H), Front Pocket Upper Center (4.5” x 2H), Water bottle front panel center (1.75W x 2H), or Water bottle front panel upper center (1.75W x 1H). You can embroider the Front Pocket Upper Center (2” dia.). And you can do a Gemphoto on the Front pocket center (4W x 4H).

If you are ASI and wish to learn more about these Gemline products contact Andrea Catalano. If you are interested in The Recycled Essentials Lunch kit to promote your own business, or as end of year gift idea, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Holiday Tree in a Bag

12 Dec

At ECOFEST this year, the City of Arlington gave away 500 trees for planting in the City. Trees are truly the lungs of the planet and what could be more sustainable than giving the gift of a living tree and making that part of your holiday traditions? This is the idea behind the Holiday Tree in a Bag from Western Promotions.

The tree in the bag is a gift of a Blue Spruce Evergreen. Western Promotions explains that it ships only seedling plugs, never bare-root trees, so it can guarantee each one will be beautiful for years to come. And of course the longer your gift sticks around, the more often the client is reminded of you and your company.

Each tree is packed in a 100% cotton drawstring bag, with a festive red bow and growing instructions. You logo may be printed directly onto the bag in up to 2 colors. Or, you can have your logo printed on a hang tag of seeded paper in up to 4 colors.

If you are interested in the the Holiday Tree in a Bag for your own winter marketing contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing. Act fast, because Western Promotions offers this tree only through December 31, 2011.


100% Recycled Credit Card Size Ice Scrapers

9 Dec

Credit Card Ice Scrapers

Here is another smart and practical promotional idea from Garyline that I think is great for this time of year, the 100% recycled material 3250 Credit Card Ice Scraper.

I have written before about the sustainable materials line from Garyline, and how it always seems to be practical as well as creative. Currently working with a pool maintenance client we got to talking about inexpensive ideas to keep their brand in front of their client during the winter months.

A simple idea presented at that meeting was to imprint the Credit Card Ice Scraper with two simple  taglines. Either, ‘Winter is Here, Is Your Hot Tub Ready’ for clients with hot tubs, or ‘Spring is Coming, Is Your Pool Ready’, for clients with pools. These items would be left during services scheduled for December, January, and February, and also given away/sold during the winter months at the client’s retail locations.

It is a simple idea to keep client’s name in front of their customers during this traditionally slow period for pool services, while at the same time reminding current and possible clients that pool maintenance is key to proper pool upkeep.

Made in the USA and Union printed, the Credit Card Ice Scrapper runs in both recycled materials and standard materials, with BLACK, ECO (TAN) and DARK GREEN the only color options available in the 100% recycled material. As the name suggests product size is about the size of a credit card at 3 3/8″W x 2 1/8″H. An optional keyring attachment is available as well.

If you are a promotional items distributor looking for more information on Garyline items Stu Schoenfeld is your contact at Garyline. If you are interested in the Credit Card Ice Scrapper for your own winter marketing contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Executive Jelly Bean Gift from Maple Ridge Farms

6 Dec

Executive Jelly Bean Dispenser Standard Multi-Color Assortment

It is the holiday season and many organizations are looking for that perfect thank you for clients and employees. Food is always a fun idea at this time of year, but of course food goes away, so from a marketing point of view the question is how do we keep our gift in front of our client for the entire year.

Pairing a food gift with a sustainable and branded container is the ideal combination of “thank you” and “reuse me.” And of course the more often a client reuses your container, the more often they see your logo and of course are reminded of the gift.

One gift that is sure to be used again and again throughout the year is the Executive Jelly Bean Dispenser, the “Business gift of the year” from Maple Ridge Farms. From their website: “This nostalgic dispenser evokes the childhood memories of the local candy store and their multi-colored array of delicious confections. Simply remove the cover, and fill the chamber with jelly beans. Turn the crank and feel like a kid again!”

Nostalgia aside, we just think it looks cool and will enjoy a prominent spot in the client’s office. Along with the wood dispenser comes a half-pound assortment of JELLY BELLY® jelly beans. To further assure that your gift is used and reused, send your client a jelly bean refill every month or so.

The dispenser is a noticeable 11″ x 6 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ and the wooden cover is firebranded with your imprint, with an printable area of 3″ x 1 1/8”.

If you are ASI and have questions for Maple Ridge Farms, contact Traci Simonis. If you are interested in food gifts to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for holiday ideas, information and pricing.

Beech Wood Body Card Drives From Hirsch

22 Nov

Beech Wood Sevilla USB Drive

The card style T5405 Sevilla USB Drive from Hirsch Gift is simply very cool.

I have to admit that when I first saw these drives I though they were made of bamboo, because, well bamboo seems to be everywhere these days (more, more).

But the Sevilla USB shell is made of beech wood, which is not a material I have seen used for drives before, so it looks like Hirsch is on to something new. Hirsch also uses beech wood in the T5366 Cadiz USB Drive (whose design for some reason reminds me of a high-end cigar cutter).

But it is the Sevilla USB Drive I like best because it provides what most USB drives do not, a large imprint area. Most USB drives have a small area for imprint which is dictated by their smaller size. But card designs can go big, and the Sevilla USB Drive can be imprinted up to 1 1/4W” x 1 1/4H”.

That is large enough to turn it into a business card, print a QR code, or even a detailed logo. Like all Hirsch USB drives the Sevilla USB Drive boasts grade A memory and is RoHS compliant (which in this case means their USB drives are free of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and some other nasty things I cannot pronounce). Memory options run from 512MB – 16GB.

These are great items for a program with a nature-meets-technology theme — think renewable energy, LEED certified building projects, etc. They would also make a nice speaker’s or presenter’s gift, a practical, modestly-priced item with a high perceived value.

If you are ASI and have questions for Hirsch Gift, contact Robert De Veau. If you are interested in flash drives to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

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