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[LOOK] Giant, Head-Shaped Planters Promote Going Green

August 6, 2013 13:47 by Bran
            

If they were going for shock value, then they certainly pulled it off!

Sustainability organization Plant Green Ideas installed 14 larger-than-life, head-shaped planters in Chicago to help promote a greener lifestyle. Each piece measures more than six feet in height and is made from recycled concrete. Check 'em out: 

 

According to the CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER, the statues offer residents "eco-friendly lifestyle tips such as 'limit showers to six minutes,' 'ride a bike,' and 'give your kids soybean crayons' with tattoo like missives printed on the back of the neck." Look below: 

The art will be on display through August 31. Do you think the installments will inspire Chicagoans to go green?

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Are We Closer to Creating Fuel from Waste?

August 1, 2013 10:41 by Bran
            

What if scientists could create cellulosic ethanol -- a type of biofuel -- in large enough quantities to provide vehicle fuel and limit greenhouse gas emissions? INEOS Bio claims to have reached that milestone.

According to a press release, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based company is now producing the vegetative and wood waste derived fuel at a commercial scale. In fact, it will begin releasing shipments this month.

The company's CEO, Dr. Peter Williams, said power from the plant is now "exporting power to the local community -- a world first."

The advanced renewable fuel not only helps solve waste removal issues, but also may help boost the economy. INEOS Bio's Indian River BioEnergy Center alone has created more than 400 jobs in construction, engineering and manufacturing.

Do you think this type of fuel will take off?

Spotlight: Shampoo Bar

July 31, 2013 10:12 by Nick
            

If there's anything one can gather from my blog posts, it is my fanatical interest in all things music-related and my knowledge of eco-friendly promotional products. So it was no surprise that this past weekend I found myself in Newport, RI for the annual Folk Festival. This festival celebrates folk music while bringing about eco-friendly initiatives in a subtle fashion. How else could you watch musical artists like Beck, Feist, The Avett Brothers and The Lumineers on wind-powered stages and eat food from solar-powered trucks off biodegradable plates and bowls? Where else could you find beer supplied from the very eco-friendly Newport Storm brewery served in biodegradable, corn plastic cups?

This being my second time attending the festival, I made an effort to be more eco-friendly. I brought a solar-powered backpack to charge my phone, made sure I picked up any trash I saw and even had a refillable water bottle.

But it was the Shampoo Bar that I bought at the festival that I felt set me apart. I often overlook what chemicals are in soaps and shampoos and that these chemicals not only hang onto my body or go into my body but also go down the drain. I immediately became fascinated by the solid, soap-bar shape of their shampoo. Once over the temporary awe that shampoo doesn't have to be liquefied, I got compliments on the fragrance and how healthy my hair looked. 

Once I got back from the festival, I boasted about my newfound discovery and am proud to say we now offer custom imprinted Shampoo Bars on our website. This product is very similar to the one I purchased in that it has a light fragrance of Natural Orange Oils and is made in the USA. This Shampoo Bar doubles as soap and can be used safely on the body and scalp. My skin and hair have never felt better. This is partly because of the earth-friendly formula and the fortified Vitamin B, C and E inside each bar. Very few shampoos and soap bars in your supermarket can boast that claim.

You not only have the opportunity to print your brand on the wrapper of each bar but an opportunity to deboss the Shampoo Bar itself! While there are no rush orders available on these bars, rest assured that the wait will be worth the while. At a mere $1.29 each (starting at 300 pieces with discounts for larger quantities) this item will be a unique alternative to the tote bags, pens and t-shirts that you find at trade shows. This also makes a stellar, inexpensive gift for bed-and-breakfast guests.

Eco-Friendly T-shirt Hopes to Save the Bees

July 24, 2013 16:28 by Bran
            

Are you familiar with clothing company Rapanui? The eco-fashion brand from the Isle of Wight in England is known for producing sustainable clothes that look good, too.

One of its newest products is an imprinted eco-friendly t-shirt that supports the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)'s Save the Bees campaign. According to The Drum, "The campaign follows a decline in the world’s bee population and sees the EJF team up with Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) to demand an end to harmful pesticides which evidence points towards having a role in the decline."

Check out the shirt's edgy design: 

Best of all, the t-shirt is manufactured in an extremely eco-friendly way.

Take a look at the product specifications, courtesy of the Rapanui website:

Made in a wind powered, ethically accredited factory and is printed on 100% Organic Cotton. It was transported by ship, not air. Printed with phthalate-free inks and hand-finished in the UK. Screen Printed in England on a Certified 100% Organic Cotton t-shirt (155g/m2) / Made in a Fair Wear Foundation member factory / Low Carbon / GM Free / Hand Printed & Finished in the UK / Printed with Phthalate-Free ink

New and Improved Browsing

July 17, 2013 13:05 by Nick
            

Every week, I focus on an eco-friendly promotional product that is worth investigating and guaranteed to get people talking. I do this because we have a plethora of unique, green products that look stellar with a custom imprint. 

This week, instead of focusing on another product, I am handing the reins off to you, the reader. If you find yourself on this blog and reading this post, it is most likely because you know that eco-friendly products are popular and essential to improving the environment we all call home. You may also find yourself here because you know that we can help you in finding that perfect item.

It's true that just one call from us gets you to a salesperson who touches and handles these products everyday. For your convenience and to help bring inspiration, we improved the browsing capabilities on our website, including our eco-friendly products.

Once on the eco-friendly products page found here, you'll see the page below. The far-left column shows you all of our subcategories. (see red arrow) For example, if you know that you want an eco-friendly product and that you may be interested in a t-shirt, you would click on Eco-Friendly Apparel

If you aren't exactly sure where to start, don't fret. We have featured 24 of the best items - hand selected based on a variety of factors including customer feedback, sales and quality. (see purple arrow below)

Still unsure? We haven't given hope on you yet! We designed an advanced filtering system that lets you filter through our products. Need to spend less than a dollar and need a product in-hands as soon as possible? With just two clicks, I found 24 products that are under $1 and have 1 day production. (see brown arrows, below) 

If you've scrolled down to the bottom of the page and you're still not having luck, you can click on the orange banner. Once clicked, you see all of our eco-friendly products next to each other arranged by price. You can rearrange them to see the top selling products first, the newest products first or even rank the products by customer rating. (see blue arrow, below)

As always, we have sales representatives waiting to assist. They are very good at brainstorming ideas and helping you find exactly what you need. Give them a call today or try your hand at our improved search capabilities. 

Paris a 'City of Light' No More

July 16, 2013 15:17 by Bran
            

Did you know Paris, France is known as "The City of Light?" Well, they might consider a new name soon, as Paris has set a new ban on lights in non-residential buildings after dark.

 

According to the Huffington Post, "France's energy conservation decree, which was first passed in January, will take effect across the nation Monday night, and Paris is likely to feel the effects of the ban the most." That's because the city is known for staying lit throughout the night.

Is it worth it? Definitely. The new law will save an estimated $260 million and 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year, reports the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Spotlight: Phaser 1 GB USB Flash Drive

July 10, 2013 11:05 by Nick
            

Set your phasers to stun - for your next giveaway.

We're not suggesting tasers with your company's name on them. Instead, go with something safer and more useful. Our custom imprinted Phaser 1 GB USB Flash Drive has ample room for your imprint and a futuristic design that includes an activity light LED and over 1 GB of memory. The most unique feature on the Phaser (the one that inspired the name) is a laser pointer. Your employees will love using this for proposals and fiscal meetings while students in colleges and high schools everywhere will have a product that not only bears their school's name but also helps out during PowerPoint presentations. 

The flash drive is made of 100% recycled plastic and metal materials, making the shell of it recyclable and eco-friendly. The memory inside will save paper, especially when this flash drive is used to transfer documents digitally from one source to another. The product positively impacts the environment the more it is used.

Authorities Releasing Gas into NYC Subways

July 9, 2013 16:33 by Bran
            

Sounds serious, right? Not to worry -- the New York Police Department is actually just carrying out subway gas attack tests.

According to MSN, "the NYPD swears the colorless, odorless 'tracer gasses' are harmless and non-toxic." Phew!

Popular Science elaborates:

Perfluorocarbon tracers, or PFTs, are used because they're artificial and do not occur in nature, so a very small amount can be detected fairly easily. The work of detection will be done by a large team from three national labs: the Brookhaven, Argonne, and Los Alamos National Laboratories. About 100 interns in addition to professionals from the labs will be constructing and monitoring small black-and-grey boxes in dozens of locations all around the city, all dedicated to checking the air for these tracers.

Authorities hope to ascertain where and how air flows both below and above ground throughout New York City's five boroughs.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement that the testing will help authorities "[Plan] for the worst when it comes to potentially catastrophic attacks such as ones employing radiological contaminants or weaponized anthrax."

What do you think? Does the test put the public at risk?

How Piling Food on Your Plate Affects the Planet

July 5, 2013 10:53 by Bran
            

Overdoing it at the buffet doesn't just take a toll on your body.

According to CNN, a recent study revealed that half of the food produced on earth ends up in the trash. In fact, food waste in America exceeds 55 million tonnes every year, producing "life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of at least 133 million metric tonnes and costs $198 billion." Yikes.

 

Food waste isn't just an issue in America, either. Canadians toss out an estimated $17.5 billion worth of food annually, as well.

How can you help eliminate food squander?

1. Go "halfsies" with a friend or family member when eating out

2. Save leftovers instead of tossing them out

3. Shop for fruits and veggies on an as-needed basis

4. Build your own compost bin

5. Avoid eating at restaurants with supersized portions

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Spotlight: Patriotic Mouse Paper Calendars

July 3, 2013 09:42 by Nick
            

Although too late to consider for 4th of July, these custom imprinted Patriotic Mouse Paper Calendars are perfect for Labor Day, Veterans Day or are perfect for other events/holidays next year.

With that said, these types of mouse pads are ideal for someone like me. No matter the circumstance, I find that making a hand-written reminder is more beneficial than one made on a computer or cell phone. I worry about how much paper I go through so when I learned that these calendars double as a mouse pad (or this mouse pad doubles as a calendar) and was made of 30% post-consumer recycled paper and 100% pre-consumer reclaimed paperboard, I knew I had to have it.

Above all, you can truly make this product "your own". Each page can be customized and the calendar can start on any month that you want. Each mouse pad/calendar even has a built-in tab for hanging on the wall - perfect if your client has a mouse pad he/she loves already.