October 23, 2013 15:13 by Nick
Being in the kitchen can be a fun and relaxing activity. Whether you choose do it for saving on money, to bring the family together or to stick to a diet, preparing a meal can be just as enjoyable as sitting down for the meal itself.
But oftentimes there are kitchen utensils we either take for granted or don't appreciate until they are needed. The jar opener is exactly that when I am in the kitchen.
Don't take me wrong - I can open a jar - probably a solid 95% of them throughout my lifetime. The one or two times I have struggled with opening a jar, it throws off my momentum in the kitchen as I struggle with inconvenient home-remedies (run it under hot water, band the edges with a knife, etc.) and the wonder of how a very small piece of steel can emasculate someone.
That's why I make sure I have my round jar opener. The one I have is from my local fire department - I know this because when I put the jar opener to use, I am reminded of how, without their product, I would simply give up and order Chinese. Motivators carries a product quite similar to the one I have at home - except this one is made entirely of post-consumer recycled tires. This product is called the World Famous Circle Retread Jar Opener.
Not looking for a kitchen item? This product has more uses than removing jar lids. Its exceptional gripping power helps to tighten garden hoses and keep a grip on hand tools. It also protects your surfaces from hot pots, pans and other objects.
October 15, 2013 15:46 by Bran
Yet another celebrity is going green. Jessica Biel, along with her brother, Justin, and long-time friend, Grason Ratowsky, recently launched BARE -- an eco-friendly and socially-responsible accessories line that reuses coffee bean sacks.
Ratowsky came up with the idea for BARE when his dad brought home a unique souvenir from Costa Rica: a giant java bag. Vogue reports that the designs are "made from one-of-a-kind recycled material sourced around the world."
Actress Jessica Biel is not only a partner in BARE, but also carries a tote while shooting her latest movie to help get the word out. "It has all my scripts, all my stuff, all of my character stuff, it comes with me every day to work," she told Vogue.
Shop the BARE Burlap Collection here.
October 9, 2013 15:03 by Nick
Typically, the bags we focus on here are cotton or made of recycled paper. It's almost seldom that you find a bag made of other recycled materials, let alone a business-friendly bag.
The custom imprinted Disrupt Recycled Transporter Compu-Tote is a great bag for your employees because it offers plenty of space for a 15" laptop, iPad (or similar tablet) and much more. The bag has a large main compartment protected by zipper. The rear slash pocket is ideal for important documents and has padded straps and handles. Best of all, the bag is made of recycled leather and recycled plastic water bottles. Think of this bag as a reason to fill that blue bin each time.
Best of all, this item has a 5 day production time and high quality debossing that will get your employees excited.
Consider this bag for the upcoming Holiday season.
September 25, 2013 10:40 by Nick
While you are focused on Halloween and mentally preparing yourself for losing battles against falling leaves and longer commutes to/from work, department stores are focusing on the Holiday season. While they focus on the Holidays, we at Motivators already have our sights set on 2014.
Specifically, we are focused on calendars.
We don't have to tell you why calendars make for a great promotional giveaway. I look at my calendar several times a day - whether it's finding what day/time next week I have the early meeting, reminding myself to send birthday wishes to a friend or counting down the days until the weekend, I would say I look at my calendar safely between 3-10 times a day. Consider that there are approximately 260 workdays a year and you have thousands of impressions from one person on one product.
This week's Spotlight item is perfect for the coming year and could really be more impressionable than traditional calendars. The custom imprinted Seed Paper Calendar is a yearly calendar with each month printed on seeded paper. Your custom imprint is on every month's page. When the month is over, instead of tossing in the garbage, you can rip off the sheet and plant it! It not only keeps garbage out of landfills but can grow into something beautiful. Best of all, the chipboard cover is 100% recycled and allows it to stand prominently on your recipients' desk.
Directions on how to to care for the seed paper are included with each calendar and are simple to follow. They make for great eco-friendly campaign ads, are lightweight for mailers and traverse any industry.
September 24, 2013 15:14 by Bran
When I was in high school, "Laguna Beach" was all the rage. My friends would do anything to live like that group of wealthy Californian teens.
Since then, a lot has changed. Most of the cast members have faded into oblivion. But one, Lauren Conrad, remains a household name, and she's using her celebrity to inspire more young people to go green.
Conrad, who's now a well-known designer, recently unveiled a new collection of trendy accessories made from recycled post-consumer bottles.
According to Upstart Business Journal, "The collection, consisting of accessories for food-on-the-go, shopping, travel and beauty, and entertainment essentials, will be sold at specialty retailers nationwide, as well as at Kohls.com (Conrad already has an apparel collection with the retailer), Amazon.com and BlueAvocado.com." The eco-friendly products are not only widely available, but also feature styles and designs that young women are sure to fall in love with.
"I'm proud to back a company run by women who want to make green products accessible, affordable and fun. It will take all of us working together to create real change," Conrad said.
Browse Ms. Conrad's new eco-friendly line at Blue Avocado.
September 18, 2013 11:48 by Nick
Autumn is my favorite time to go away on vacation. Whether it is seeing the leaves change with short weekends of R&R or traveling to an exotic place known for year-round "fun in the sun" there is always one travel item that we tend to forget until we actually need it: the luggage tag.
The custom printed corn plastic luggage tag is proudly made in the USA from 100% corn plastic. The tags come in an array of eco-friendly colors (who wouldn't want to choose from "maize yellow," "Ag green" and "corn silk white"?) and fit a standard business card as an ID insert. Best of all, the products are inexpensive and great for trade shows.
September 17, 2013 13:41 by Bran
Skincare aficionados will tell you that, generally speaking, we should exfoliate our faces once or twice a week -- sound advice for anyone who wants to look their best. But depending on which product you use, your facial scrub could be harming the environment.
Face washes that contain microbeads are contributing to the pollution of American waterways. One of the main issues is how small these exfoliators are. "The spheres are a fraction of a millimeter in diameter and designed to go down drains and through pipes; this means they’re also small enough to pass through filters and into lakes, rivers and oceans," reports the Washington Post.
Furthermore, mussels, plankton and large fish often confuse the microbeads for fish eggs, and eat them up like "toxic junk food."
On Earth magazine suggests swapping out your facial scrub for soap and a washcloth. If you're not willing to give up your exfoliator completely, opt for cleansers that use natural ingredients like sugar and salt.
September 11, 2013 10:51 by Bran
Porsche and BMW proved at yesterday's Frankfurt Motor Show that elite automakers can do hybrid, too. (And really, really well.)
The auto brands' new models are impressively fuel efficient. However, according to Mail Online, they still perform: "the Porsche 918 Spyder can reach 60mph in less than 2.8 seconds, while BMW's futuristic i8 takes less than 4.4 seconds to reach the same speed."
So how many miles per gallon do these hot new rides get? The Porsche 918 Spyder gets 72 mpg, and BMW's hybrid model will reach more than 113 mpg. (Whoa!)
But don't expect to get either of the speed demons for cheap; Newsday reports that the Spyder will go for a whopping $845,000.
September 11, 2013 09:22 by Nick
As fall makes its official appearance (11 more days) I can't help but be excited with what the change in season brings. For me, I celebrate all season with pumpkin microbrews, hard cider and various cooking experiments with apples and pumpkins.
You can expect that I go through quite a few paper and plastic bags just by visiting these places. Although I try my best in recycling the two separately, the recycling does take up quite a bit of much needed room.
This week's Spotlight item is the custom printed recycled cotton market bag. This is the solution to my paper and plastic bag issue. This bag is made of 85% recycled cotton and has enough room for several plastic bags' worth of grocery items. The handles are long and strong - I no longer have to worry about a paper or plastic bag ripping. I've already seen a difference in both how it works and even savings at the register. (most places offer a few cents discount for bringing your own bag)
This bag has your choice of 1 color imprint or full color transfer imprint. Both look great because of the texture and shade of the bag and this product is QCA Certified.
September 4, 2013 10:21 by Nick
The end of summer doesn't only bring about falling leaves, pumpkin flavored foods and children going back to school. The end of the summer also begins what we call "hurricane season".
The tropical storms that start in the Caribbean gain momentum and head toward the United States. In so few words, the cooler waters of the United States is what drives them up here and causes them to expand.
This October marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, whose flooding and winds caused approximately $68 billion in damage, making it the second most costly hurricane since the US has been documenting these terrifying storms.
Between the first-hand experience of living on Long Island during Hurricane Sandy and a presentation I attended on storms by Neil Degrasse Tyson, I have learned quite a bit about these storms. Although the far more interesting fact I learned is that a nuclear bomb can be used to stop a hurricane in its tracks, the most important I learned is to be prepared.
That's why this week's "Spotlight" product is a product in my disaster kit - the custom printed emergency clock radio phone charger. Using only a few C batteries, the product keeps you informed on the storm's path and damage with a fully functioning AM/FM radio. Additionally, this product acts as a flashlight (and a bright one too, thanks to its flourescent bulb) and includes everything you need to charge a variety of cell phones.
Don't have C batteries? That's okay! The reason this product is eco-friendly is because it is powered by a unique hand crank. Just a few cranks of this charger will keep you informed via radio broadcasts, keep you illuminated and keep you connected with a charging cell phone. Add 1 day production and a super low minimum and you have a product that will expose your brand as heroic, even in the face of crisis.
Although Hurricane Sandy was unlike any storm we have seen, it isn't to say that another similar storm can't be headed our way. It always helps to stay ahead, have an emergency plan and include this Emergency Clock Radio Phone Charger in your survival kit.