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Kanata Sport/Travel Blanket Now in ECO Fleece

18 May

Kanata Blanket is now offering their popular Sport/Travel blanket in ECO fleece material. The Kanata ECO fleece line is made from Repreve, a 100% recycled yarn avaible in filament polyester, filament nylon, or spun polyester. I have seen Repreve in more and more promotional items lately, and frankly I am very impressed with the material.

The Kanata Blanket Sport/Travel blanket in ECO fleece is another example of a well-established company in our industry moving towards a greater use of eco-friendly materials. Established in 1993 Kanata Blanket originally focused on a Heritage Collection of heirloom quality wool blankets. Kanata was also one of the first in our industry to offer the very popular premium fleece throws.

In their ECO fleece collection Kanata is now offering their ECO fleece Scarf, ECO fleece Blanket, and ECO fleece Sport/Travel blanket, all of which are a blend of virgin polyester and Repreve® recycled polyester. There is more detail on these items on the Kanata Blanket website.

For Ecopreneurists working on spring and summer marketing projects I think the ECO fleece Sport/Travel blanket with an EQP of $25.75 is the way to go. The ECO fleece Sport/Travel blanket is available in seven pantone dyed colors including Antique Blue (pantone # 647C), Black (pantone # 426C), Camel (pantone # 466C), Charcoal (pantone # 432C), Moss (pantone # 5753C), Red (pantone # 202C), and Navy (pantone # 296C).

The ECO fleece Sport/Travel blanket folds out to a full 50×60 in measure with branding options on both the slip cover and the body of the blanket. Branding options can be mixed and include embroidery, patches, and lasering.

Lasering is actually an option I had not heard of before, and is a unique way to decorate fleece by “burning” a logo onto the material itself. This enables “greater detail than embroidery with smaller detail being clearer. It also provides a clean backside to the fabric while also maintaining the integrity of the fabric. The logo will appear a shade or two darker than the actual fleece, providing a tone on tone appearance on darker colors”.

Blankets are rather personal items and I think the lasering option provides a more subtle branding option for the end user.

Ecopreneurists targeting the travel industry (airlines, trains, cruises) all might want to think about these items. Of course none of those industries are particularly known for being eco friendly, but maybe this item might be a small, small step in the right direction. Travel lodges and company trips are also great audience for these items, so HR director take note.

If you are in the business and have questions, Shirley Lee at Kanata Blanket is the contact to talk to. If you are interested in ECO fleece items to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Pre-Printed Jute Shopper From V Natural

27 Jan

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

There are a number of pre-printed poly non-woven and recycled material totes on the market. A pre-printed bag allows the buyer to get more bang for their back as they are purchasing a pre-designed and decorated item to which they simply add their own logo or other information.

For those looking beyond poly or recycled content bags, Vitronic Promotional Group, home of the V Natural line, has introduced a pre-printed jute tote available with either leaf or ladybug motif.

This natural fiber shopping tote has a sizable 8″ gusset with 22″ handles. The overall size of the bags is a good 16″W x 8″D x 12″H. At this size it holds the equivalent of two standard plastic grocery bags.

The leaf or ladybug motifs would work well for any Ecopreneurist focused on gardening, growing, or natural produce demographics.

The bags themselves run EQP $5.13 per unit with one color additional imprint, so they certainly run higher than poly non-woven totes, however the added benefits of Jute’s natural insulating properties, low thermal conductivity, and antistatic characteristics are benefits that poly non-wovens do not offer. Not to mention the fact the non-woven bags are not a natural material.

If you are an ASI member Rory Campbell is the contact to talk to at Vitronic Promotional Group about these bags and the rest of the V Natural line.

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


2010 Resolutions: Bagging Lunch To Work

11 Jan

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

Bringing your lunch to work can save on fuel (no need to leave the building), trash (no pre-packaged containers to throw out) and can lead to a healthier you as you have more control over ingredients and portions.

As a resolution for 2010 Ecopreneurists might want think about supporting their clients and fellow employees in a move to bring their lunch to work, and of course there are a number of brandable, reusable lunch bags on the market to help kick-start any bring your lunch to work program. Here are three favorites.

The E3617N Natural Cotton Lunch Bag from Debco provides a large 4.5″ W x 5″ H (front) and 4.5″ W x 6.5″ H (back) imprint area to advertise your brand or organization. This eco-friendly cotton bag is made from 100% Natural cotton processed AZO-Free, with no hazardous chemicals. There are a few 100% organic cotton bags on the market, but at a price of EQP $2.12, I think the natural cotton solution is the way to go.

For those organizations looking for a bag that is made from recycled materials, might we suggest the Owl 100% Recycled Lunch Tote.

Part of the Owl line of recycled totes from Leeds, the Owl 100% Recycled Lunch Tote is made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, with a product label sewn into the bag that affirms this claim.

The easily collapsible basic design features a roomy main compartment and an integrated carry handle.The imprint area is a nice 5″ W x 4.5 H” with an EQP price of $7.98. As a bonus, like other Owl products, the 100% Recycled Lunch Tote is made by a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

For the widest range of color choice look to the LB120 Nonwoven Lunch Bag by Jetline Promo. The bags are made from 80 GSM nonwoven material, the same material JetLine uses in their popular line of shopping totes. They are recyclable wherever #5 plastics are collected.

The Nonwoven Lunch Bag sports a 14″ nylon carrying strap, Velcro closure on flap, and a handy 5″ Deep Front Slash Pocket.

At an EQP of $1.69, they are likely the best option for cost focused buyers. Also a minimum run on these bags starts at 250 units as compared to a minimum run of 100 units for the Debco natural cotton lunch bag and 48 units for the Owl 100% Recycled Lunch Tote.

The Nonwoven Lunch Bags are available in Black, Hunter Green, Khaki, Red, White, Navy. The imprint size is a little smaller than the others at 3.75″W x 4″H.

To learn more about any of these products please visit the manufacturers’ websites. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Eco-Friendly Door Hanger With A Purpose

23 Dec

Americanna – makers of the wildly popular World Famous Retread™ Magic Grip Jar Openers – have developed a simple door hanger made from the same 100% post consumer recycled tire material.

The reason I thought this simple item deserved a few words is that I really am not a fan of paper door hangers, whether they are placed on my home by marketers or on my hotel room door at conventions. (Yes we do print paper door hangers for clients, but that does not mean I have to like them. Also we use FSC paper).

Let us review the purpose of the door hanger ad. It is a small information sheet placed directly in view to provided a potential or existing client with information about a product, service, sale, etc. Indeed when placed on the door knob they are impossible to escape if you want to open the door in question.

However, what often happens to them? They get a quick glance and get tossed in the recycle bin. Why, because they really serve no purpose; once you have glanced at them, maybe cut out the coupon, what good are they?

Ok, enter the Door Hanger Retread™ Jar Opener from Americanna. This door hanger is different because it has a use, three actually. It can open jars, it can peel garlic, it can remove lint. And fourth it stands a much better chance of being retained by your target audience because of these practical uses.

If you are an Ecopreneurist – and your business is all about recycle and reuse – why not do a hard coupon on these door hangers. By this I mean printing something like, “Free Pitcher of Beer with 24″ Pizza when presented at ABC College Pizzeria”, or “extra half pound of coffee with order over $10 when presented to ABC Corner Coffee Shop”. Even “FREE WI-FI when presented at ABC Sandwich Shack”. You get the idea. This is a door hanger that will come off the door and inside the house.

And while it is being used to open pickles your client will be seeing your ad, again, and again. Another possible bonus, you only need print hangers once or twice a year because people will retain the ad. How is that for recycle and reuse?

Also a little tip during this holiday season, door hangers – of any variety – fit nicely on wine bottles. This is a very inexpensive way to place a client thank you on a bottle – of wine, olive oil, cider, etc – for holiday giving. They drink the wine and keep the opener.

EQP on the Americanna 9″ Door Hanger Retread™ Jar Openers is $0.48. If you are an ASI member Michelle Stiles is the contact to talk to at Americanna. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business, contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Debco's Version of I Am Not A Paper Cup

11 Sep

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

Debco has recently released a version of the MoMA I Am Not A Paper Cup which they are calling the DA4299 COFFEE MUG and selling at an EQP of $9.73, which is nearly half the $18.08 cost of the MoMA model. Aside from the fact the DA4299 COFFEE MUG does not come in MoMA packaging and is not printed with the MoMA logo, there is nearly no difference in quality between these two models.

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100% Post Consumer Kraft Paper Halloween Bags

17 Aug

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

Some quick facts about Halloween for the Ecopreneurist from American Ad Bags.

Halloween is the 2nd largest retail shopping seasonal event in the United States. Consumers [in the United States] will spend over $6 billion during the Halloween season. Over 31 million kids [in the United States] will go door to door trick-or-treating.

Ok, first I want to say I think kids should take a step back on the amount of candy consumed during this holiday. Also that the consumption level in the US during holidays like Halloween – the food, the candy, the packaging, the party favors, and all the waste produced – is more than a little out of control. And last, yes the pillow sack is the best Halloween bag out there, they are reusable, strong, and readily available in most homes. Plus they hold a lot of candy so that is great for the kids, but does bring me back to the start of this paragraph.

With all that said this is an article about promotional items and ways Ecopreneurists can use promotional items to build their business. So from that angle I want to talk about the 10 x 5 x 13 Natural Kraft Pumpkin Shopper made from 100% recycled Post-Consumer Kraft paper from American Ad Bag.

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Endangered Species Wildlife Images Organic Caps

12 Jul

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

For those Ecopreneurists working in the great outdoors Dri-Duck Work Wear and Performance apparel has launched a line of Endangered Species Wildlife organic cotton hats available from Bodek and Rhodes among other apparel distributors.

These caps are the one size fits all variety and come in four pre-embroidered endangered species styles in specialty colors. Chestnut Brown for the Eastern Cougar, Sawdust for the Grey Wolf, Ink for the Grizzly Bear, Fatigue for the Peregrine Falcon, and Stone for the Polar Bear.

All hats are 100% Certified Organic Cotton chino twill, with a structured finish, 6-panel design and adjustable Velcro strap closure. As you can see in these images the pre-embroidery is very highly detailed. (Please select thumbnail for Hi-Res image).

There is no mention on the Bodek and Rhodes site or the Dri-Duck site as to whether any of the purchase costs of these caps goes towards funding for wildlife restoration, etc. That would have been a nice touch.

These caps should be a slam dunk for businesses, hotels and gift shops catering to outdoor enthusiasts. Also for  ecopreneurists in the travel and tourism business that are working to educate the public on these animals.

The pre-embroidered image really gives you a lot more design prowess than a standard cap, and with an EQP of $12.94 with up to 7,000 stitches of custom embroidery, the cost on this unit is very reasonable.

To learn more about these units Marc Seiler is the ASI contact to talk to at Bodek & Rhodes. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Raining Rose Set For The 4th

19 Jun

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

Raining Rose – the first in the promotional items industry to offer a USDA certified organic promotional lip balm – is getting ready for the 4th of July celebrations in the US by releasing three new lip balm wraps ready for the addition of your company’s logo and contact information.

Many lip balms claim to be organic but the USDA certified organic promotional lip balm from Raining Rose is the only promotional lip balm I know of that is certified to put the USDA seal on their high quality product.

Why? Let’s look at the ingredients: organic palm oil, organic beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic essential oil of peppermint, organic hemp seed oil, organic essential oil of spearmint, vitamin E.  That is it.

Raining Rose also offers a standard SPF 15 and SPF 30 lip balm which are 66% organic and come in a numbers of flavors such as Iced Pear, Cherry, Citrus, Coconut, Grape, and Lemonade. (FYI – Lemonade ingredients would be organic palm oil, beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, flavor or essential oil, organic hemp seed oil, vitamin E, rosemary extract.)

All Raining Rose products are made in the USA and made on location in their FDA audited facility. All products have their ingredients listed on the Raining Rose website (try that, Kraft Foods). All casings are made from 30% biodegradable plastic. And if you are ASI, PPAI or SAGE and want to test out their products just ask.

For ecopreneurists wanting a lip smacking summer marketing tool these customizable lip balms are a great idea. Clients really seem to appreciate their quality and Raining Rose can print labels with any artwork that you can design. Plus they offer a number of theme templates, like these 4th of July labels.

Ecopreneurists will find these products are great giveaways at trade shows, festivals, concert events, company picnics, beach events, you name it.

EQP on standard lip balms is $0.90 at 5,000 units. EQP on the USDA certified organic promotional lip balm is $1.90 also at 5,000. Minimum runs for each are as few as 250 units.

If you are in the promotions business contact Lisa Wagner at Raining Rose for more information on their products and special wraps for the 4th of July. If you are interested in these items to promote your own business contact your local promotional items vendor or email info@proformagreen.com for information and pricing.

Tranter Graphics Corn Cup For Hot Liquids

17 May


Do you serve clients hot coffee in your waiting room? Do you sell a hot beverage product? Is your office trying to get away from Styrofoam cups?

There are a number of promotional item manufacturers working with corn based plastic cups for cool and cold liquids. As I have mentioned before I think these cups are a great idea as a replacement for plastic cups at ballgames, festivals and the like.

The argument is that large events create a lot of trash. Using corn based disposable cups reduces the impact of that waste because unlike petroleum based cups, these corn cups biodegrade in a managed composting facility in about 90 days.

So what about hot liquids? Tranter Graphics – one of the manufacturers of the clear corn cups – is now offering a solid disposable cup designed for hot liquids in 10oz, 12oz and 16oz models. I encourage all ecopreneurists that run a business using disposable cups to take a look at these items.

Why? Well let me use a statistic from Tranter Graphics to answer that. They point out that combined individual consumers in the United States use about 40 billion paper and 35 billion plastic and foam cold cups every year. 16 billion paper hot cups and 25 billion foam hot cups are also used in the United States every year. That is a lot of trash. We have to start fixing these somewhere.

Yes, simply not using disposable cups is ideal, however if disposable is going to be used, compostable cups have to be the way to go.

Tranter Graphic markets their cup under the name ecotainer™, with a little “e”.  The units are BPI certified, the  ecotainer™ received certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) on August 4, 2006. (The BPI is an independent organization that reviews and certifies products as meeting ASTM D6400 specifications for compostability.)

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A Sign For The Times

17 May

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, 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.

On April 21, 2009 Drinking With Benefits held their latest open house event at the State and Allen Lounge in downtown Dallas.

The goal of Drinking With Benefits is to “develop an awareness and call to action for local communities through businesses that implement the ideals of an eco-friendly community, thereby creating an active ‘go green’ network of lounges, bar and nightclubs”. Part of their education and advocacy outreach is recognition by Drinking With Benefits of those businesses who recycle their waste—in particular glass, which has the most connection to the patrons of these businesses.

As part of their program Drinking With Benefits needs to get their message out by identifying the bars that are members of their organization. Enter the Dakota Burl plaque from Norwood. This plaque is made entirely of sunflower husks and when laser etched really looks very elegant. Each new member of Drinking With Benefits is now presented with a Dakota Burl plaque to place in their establishment to show their participation in the program and to help promote it. That was part of the reason for the April 21st event. Continue reading

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