Having a background in the activewear apparel industry, I’ve attended my share of ASI (Ad Specialty Industry) shows. I’ve also found myself in the lobby of many a promotional products distributor. And while the creativity of the little do-dads this industry churns out never ceases to amaze me… well, they don’t call it a business of “trinkets and trash” for nothing.
“Trash” meaning just that. Although an extremely clever or unusual paper weight may get passed around from desk to desk for a while; ultimately, it winds up in a landfill along much of the other $18 billion worth of promotional products sold each year.
And while the industry has made strides in creating products that are more useful than just eye-catching, there’s still a long way to go before anyone would consider it even remotely green.
This is where an eco-friendly company like Factory Direct Promos comes in. By focusing their Eco Promo Items offering on strictly things that employees actually use, they’ve eliminated the junk factor in ad specialty. Talk about diverting needless waste from a landfill when it comes to corporate Christmas time!
Even if you don’t work in an office, most likely you receive little gadgets in the mail to entice you to subscribe to a magazine or support a cause. And let’s not forget the incentive prizes your kids bring home from every school fundraiser.
Factory Promos Direct takes the greening of the promotional products industry a step further by only offering products made from recycled (plastic bottles, newspaper) or renewable materials. They’ve been working with corporations, non-profits and small businesses for the last 15 years, providing items like eco-friendly drinkware, seed business cards and greeting cards, recycled pens, USB drives, shirts, lanyards and reusable bags for companies like The Home Depot, The Salvation Army, Marriott and more. Factory Direct Promos has proven their commitment to helping organizations go green.
More than just a place to find greener items, the Factory Direct Promos blog has been a top resource on the plastic bag bans happening all over the U.S. You may have stopped using plastic bags years ago, but their job of educating businesses and the public on reusable bags never ends. According to founder, Jason Tunick, ”When our reusable bags reach thousands of companies they reach millions of consumers, and that’s how change begins.”
I’m looking forward to highlighting some great green gift ideas from their site for the holiday season. And you know how we love repurposing a reusable market bag as a gift bag… you’ll find no shortage of stylish and functional bags on their site.
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