It is our responsibility as humans to care for the environment and keep the earth safe, not only for the sake of mankind but also for the animals and plants.  The majority of experts, and the non-experts agree that humankind has not done enough to keep up their responsibility.  It is time to improve on our work.

In an effort to continue moving forward regarding environmental care, we would do better to market our efforts.  Too many businesses rely on chintzy products that are funneled to landfills; thereby, adding to the problem of environmental destruction instead of environmental reform.  Our company advocates an alternative approach where your marketing collateral will help save the earth.

Instead of utilizing paper bags that are as detrimental to the planet as plastic bags, if not more, it is time to modify the bags into items that can be reused.  One should also consider clothing, office supplies, accessories and awards that are not created using renewable materials and do not pollute the water or air.  To make a dent in the green movement’s objectives, while still impressing customers and generating crucial band impressions, you should consider taking these factors into account.

Promotional Products That Do Not Harm The Planet

This post is going to focus primarily on bags.  Why?  Well, statistics show that bags tend to build more impressions than any other promotional item.  For example, a promotional bag will over 900 impressions per dollar; whereas, writing utensils and shirts receive only 500 impressions, and even billboards receive only 500 impressions. 

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Taking these statistics into account, brand impressions increase for fewer items overall.  This means that you can purchase fewer products and be more environmentally friendly and you can get them at low low prices.  So, why do people insist on buying mountains of collateral when they could purchase some promotional bags and see the same level of promotional efficacy?

Of course, not all situations call for bags.  Regardless of whether you are sending thank you gifts to a customer, filling out a convention booth or dressing up a gift store, you may prefer other products.  With this in mind, below are our top ten favorite eco-friendly items from the baggy side of life and beyond.

1.  The rPET Bags

Considered the holy grail of all eco-friendly products, the rPET bag is one that can be reused each day and can be recycled itself.  The rPET bag is created using recycled poly terephthalate and is available if a four-color silkscreen.  It is developed using 80 percent recycled water bottles, and it comes in both matte or gloss lamination.  The 20-inch laminated handles are available for maximum comfort.  Use this eco-friendly bag when at conventions, trade shows, at a retail register or to say thank you to customers.

2.  Cotton Toiletry Bags

Cotton is one of the renewable and biodegradable resources, making it an ideal option for all types of promotional products.  Due to the fact that people require storage bags when travelling, we recommend the cotton toiletry bag as a promotional product.  They can also be used for alternative functions, such as a snack pack for health-conscious travellers, so you don’t have to rely on take-away services or as art supplies for children.

3.  The Cooler

Coolers are traditional fare for fishing trips, picnics, hiking, and other outdoor activities.  With a good cooler at your side, you can keep all beverages and food cold during a long, hot day without relying on an air conditioner or ice.  As the majority of people enjoy using a cooler, and keep them on hand in their trucks and cabinets, they are also a great promotional product.  Not only are you are guaranteed that the cooler will not be thrown away before their usefulness runs out, but they are a great canvas for store names, logos, missions statements and much more.

4.  Clothing

While shirts gain fewer impressions per dollar than promotional bags, 200 impressions is not something to turn your nose up at.  Moreover, clothing tends to last much longer than most items, particularly if you order items that are made to fit the human body – say goodbye to shapeless t-shirts for females!  When the clothing is made from 100 percent, organic cotton, then the item is also biodegradable.

5.  Storable Pouch Bags

The storable pouch bag has become a mainstay in grocery stores and artisan shops, primarily because they are so useful.  Our Ripstop nylon fabric with drawstring closure bags is lightweight, strong and cheerful; therefore, they are able to fold into small package for storage in center consoles, glove compartments, drawers and backpacks.  The final result?  A bag with high durability that will last for years, and will always be useful when travelling.  Due to the fact that it is so small, this type of bag is less likely to be thrown away than other bags.

6.  Reclaimed Cork Pet Mats

Humans and their furry friends have a long history of comradeship, regardless of whether you are a cat or a dog person.  So, what better way of drawing in the pet crowd than by using reusable cork mats?  The reusable or reclaimed cork mats are ideal for sleeping, eating and litter-boxing (in the case of cats).  They are made from reused cork, so you can use the material to absorb spilled liquids or give the companion a comfortable place to curl up.

7.  Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen accessories are an instant hit regarding reusable items ranging from customized bag clips to bamboo cutting boards.  The boards are a renewable resource and clips can be used until the end of time.  Providing promotional kitchen accessories is a great way of stocking customers with branded items, safe in the knowledge that you are not contributing to their world of rubbish.

8.  Beer Bags And Wine

We are not going to step over the line and say that all people enjoy beer and wine, liquor and cider, or even fizzy soda.  However, during a survey of family, friends and work colleagues, we came to the conclusion that most people enjoy a cold drink of some sort.  This is where beer and wine bags can be beneficial as they make the ideal gifts with value-added advantages and for-sale perks.

9.  Small Totes

Not all people enjoy an extra large grocery bag, particularly at a small boutique or trade show where items are less bulky.  In some cases, the more beneficial option is a small tote.  This tote bag is ideal for holding pamphlets and papers and conventions, clothing and jewelry at boutiques, and jars of truffles or olives at upscale grocery stores.

10.  Edible Promotional

The ultimate eco-friendly promo item is the one you can eat.  The edible gift leaves no trace, so it is maintaining a green approach to environmental care.  Aside from small packaging, nothing enters the landfill.  If you want to stack up on promotional items, you can always fill a bag with edibles for a gift basket or package for purchase in the store.  The latter offers customers the option to purchase gifts for others, and your branded bag leaves the store to begin generating promotional impressions.

Final Words

Using the information above, you can see that you do not need to look too far to find environmentally friendly alternatives to suit your needs and begin generating brand impressions.

Posted by Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized marketing plans depending on the industry and competition.

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