Sustainable Merchandise and Promotional Product Reviews

Check out our event swag rated from one to five trees!

Ratings are based upon freight distance, materials, packaging, life-cycle, and whether the product meets the supplier's claims.

Trees for Leads

Instead of offering swag as an incentive, why not offer to plant a tree for everyone who comes to your booth, signs up for your list, or takes some kind of action. With our apps we can even measure how many people took that action.

Even better, we have a virtual forest where you can see how many trees you planted.

We plant and care for your trees for as little as $2.50 per tree (the price of a plastic giveaway) and you can sleep better knowing your promotion did something good for our environment.

Rating

Ratings are based upon freight distance, materials, packaging, life-cycle, and whether the product meets the supplier's claims.

Freight- Seedlings are grown and planted in Canada. There is no freight cost to your event or your customer

Materials- You cannot get more organic and sustainable than planting trees

Packaging- Zero packaging

Life-Cycle- Trees restore habitat and can be re-used (with good forestry practices)

Supplier's Claims- Fully lives up to claims of being local, sustainable and earth-friendly.

Upcycled Banner Bags

Bags Made From Used Event Banners

After its life on the side of a museum, the banners are placed on pallets and shipped to us. 

Sewing production begins upcycling the banners. The banners are cut into many smaller pieces then cleaned all in the US.

Then sewn with other quality materials in the US creating and supporting green local jobs!

So what are your promotional item goals?

We can help you create unique products that showcase your brand's values and story tell to your stakeholders something typical promotional items cannot do.

Keep in mind, you do not have to have materials to do custom products, we have collection programs that can provide the upcycled materials.

This manufacturer creates many different items from recycled banners including bags, packs, luggage tags, lunch kits, padfolios and sunglass cases. They also have a line of products upcycling bicycle tire tubes.

Freight- Product is made in North America.

Materials- We love how they are diverting banners from the landfill and value adding.

Packaging- Minimal packaging

Life-Cycle- Vinyl is not our favorite material but the fact that it has found a longer life and is being repurposed into functional, long-lasting products is positive.

Supplier's Claims- Fully lives up to claims of diverting marketing waste from the landfill while value-adding through upcycling.

GreenWare Cups

ups made from vegetable materials

Made in USA from NatureWorks PLA Resins

9 oz. Soft-Sided Clear Plastic Cup made from NatureWorks® PLA Resins from domestically grown renewable resources. These cups come from the ground and return to the ground when composted. Vacuum formed cups are shatterproof & BPA free.

Freight- Product is made in North America.

Materials-Uses plants to transform greenhouse gases into sugars that are fermented and converts lactic acid into a portfolio of Ingeo PLA (polylactic acid) polymers

Packaging- Unfortunately each tower is packaged in traditional plastic sleeves.

Life-Cycle- From organic plant material back to the earth.

Supplier's Claims- Natureworks is a well known innovator who replaces oil based plastics with plant based resins.

Sprout Pencil

Plant your pencil end and watch it grow

One of the most eco-friendly promotions on the market, this unique giveaway brings together two amazing products; seed paper and a plantable Sprout pencil! The whole thing is plantable so the recipients can plant the branded seed paper packaging and then, after they have used the plantable pencil, they can stick the end of the pencil in soil and watch it grow, too. No waste is left behind, just fresh basil to cook with and enjoy.

Freight- Product is made in Canada.

Materials- Made with sustainably harvested wood, graphite, and non-GMO basil seeds. Has EN-71, a safety standard certificate approving that the SproutTM pencil is safe and harmless for children.

Packaging- Packaging in recycled kraft paper.

Life-Cycle- Produced from sustainable materials, biodegradable, and spottable.

Supplier's Claims- We love this product and it lives up to it's claims.

Also available are plantable invitations, tent cards, name badges, portfolios, packaging and much more.

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Stone Paper Note Book

Paper made from stone

Stone Paper is an innovative new alternative to pulp and pure synthetic paper, made using 80-85% recycled mineral content CaC03. Not a single tree or drop of water are ever used to manufacture Stone Paper materials, nor any of the harmful acids, dyes, and bleaches otherwise required to whiten and treat pulp-based paper. This process avoids the air and water pollution associated with pulp paper production, while also using 85% less energy that results in a 67% smaller front-end carbon footprint.

We use 12pt cover stock and 5.5pt text stock to produce our products.

There are multiple products in this line including business cards, flyers. posters, door hangers, menus, postcards, and placemats.

Freight- Product is made in North America.

Materials- Product is made from calcium carbonate and HDPE.

Packaging- Minimal packaging

Life-Cycle- Yes it may have a 67% smaller front-end footprint (and we applaud them for this) however it must either be recycled through the type 2 plastics channel.

Supplier's Claims- The fact that it must be recycled through the Type 2 plastics channel is in our opinion not clear enough. We had to dig for this information. Otherwise we see a great future for this tree-free product.

Upcycled Bicycle Tube Bag

are from up cycling bicycle tire tubes

After its life on the side of a museum, the banners are placed on pallets and shipped to us. 

Sewing production begins upcycling the banners. The banners are cut into many smaller pieces then cleaned all in the US.

Then sewn with other quality materials in the US creating and supporting green local jobs!

So what are your promotional item goals?

We can help you create unique products that showcase your brand's values and story tell to your stakeholders something typical promotional items cannot do.

Keep in mind, you do not have to have materials to do custom products, we have collection programs that can provide the upcycled materials.

This manufacturer creates many different items from recycled banners including bags, packs, luggage tags, lunch kits, padfolios and sunglass cases. They also have a line of products upcycling bicycle tire tubes.

Freight- Product is made in North America.

Materials- We love how they are diverting banners from the landfill and value adding.

Packaging- Minimal packaging

Life-Cycle- Vinyl is not our favorite material but the fact that it has found a longer life and is being repurposed into functional, long-lasting products is positive.

Supplier's Claims- Fully lives up to claims of diverting marketing waste from the landfill while value-adding through upcycling.