Eco-Friendly Promotional Products
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Ecological or environmentally friendly products have become increasingly popular in the last two years. We are certified in identifying truly eco-friendly product and the green wash imposter products. These products claim that they are "green," but in fact, are not eco-friendly at all.
Here are four guidelines you can use when selecting eco-friendly promotional products and key facts about why these product categories are actually considered eco friendly:
- Manufactured from sustainable materials:
Materials such as Jute and Bamboo are abundant, easily renewed and have a much lower environmental footprint than cotton and polyester materials.Jute is a type of plant fiber used to make common items such as rope, twine, chair coverings, curtains, sacks, hessian cloth, carpets, and even the backing used on linoleum. This is accomplished by spinning the fiber into a coarse thread. Despite the fact that jute tends to be rough in texture, fine threads of it are sometimes used to create imitation silk. In addition, jute is increasingly being looked at as an alternative source for making paper, rather than cutting down trees for pulp. Jute is mostly used for tote bags.
Bamboo is actually not a tree at all. It’s a type of grass with a hard, woody, hollow stem. Long considered one of the best renewable resources on the plant, many of the commonly harvested species of bamboo can grow to 100 feet tall in only 60 days. Bamboo can replace any type of sorts of wood type products, and has been turned into fiber to create t-shirts and hats.
Products made from Organic Cotton and BPA free materials are one of the best ways to protect your customers and employees from harmful chemicals.
Organic cotton t-shirts, hats and bags are a great alternative to traditionally grown cotton products. The primary benefit is not so much in the end product, but in the processes used in growing and harvesting the cotton. Many of the pesticides used to grow cotton have been linked to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture helps prevent these chemicals from being released into the air, and from seeping into our soil and water. Organic cotton products are however considerably more expensive to produce. Cotton is very difficult to produce without chemicals and pesticides and most producers of organic cotton are smaller farms.BPA or Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate. Used in reusable water bottles and plastic travel mugs, and even baby bottles. BPA has been shown to be a powerful hormone disruptor potentially causing many issues in newborns and increased risks of cancer. BPA from standard polycarbonate containers can leach from the plastic which is then ingested. High levels of BPA have also been found in drinking water as a result of plastics disposed of in landfills. There are a number of BPA free plastic water bottles on the market, but stainless steel or glass containers are preferable.
- Recycled and Reusable:
Recycled products reduce the usage of natural resources for original production materials. Most recycled products on the market are cardboard paper goods as well as plastics. Recycled paper items such as notebooks, pads, pencils and
If you stacked up all the paper an average office employee uses in a year, the piles would be as tall as a two-story house. Every ton of recycled paper saves approximately four barrels of oil, 4200 kilowatt hours of energy, 7000 gallons of water and 60 pounds of CO2 emissions.
Plastic materials are currently the fastest growing segment of our waste stream. Although the only account for approximately 8% of our waste by weight, plastic items occupy about 20% of our landfills due to their low bulk density. Every 1 tonne of plastic recycled saves the equivalent of 2 people’s energy use for 1 year water usage for 2 months and almost 2000 pounds of petroleum which is used to manufacture plastic.
- Low environmental impact when discarded:
100% biodegradable products are the best choice. Of course plantyoutree.ca gift cards are made from 100% biodegradable material, but this category includes many other items such as pens, bags, golf tees and water bottles.
Biodegradable products are made from food sources such as corn, soy and tapioca. It’s important to remember to dispose of biodegradable products in a compost and not with regular trash. You can find why biodegradable materials should only be disposed of in a compost facility in our recent post Green Bin Program – 2 Big reasons why we need to do more. The ink cartridges in many biodegradable pens are not made from the same material as the casings. The cartridges should be removed and disposed of in the trash and not included in the compost as they will not break down.
Compost directed to municipal facilities is reduces landfill usage and is used in many public spaces such as parks and green spaces. Compost improves soil quality enhancing the success of tree planting programs and improves the soil water holding ability which is vital for watershed and flood management. Compost also reduces the need for harmful chemicals and pesticides.
Please call us at 702.567.5646 so that we may fully assist you with your "go green" promotional product initatives. We will insure that your green initiative is truly green.