Sustainability is more than a trend – it's a long-term shift in thinking. With EcoSmart®, we've made it easy to find the best sustainable products and make good choices for the planet.
And what makes these promotional products better for the planet? Most often, it's the unique materials and fabrics. Each one has an interesting
story about how it became part of a branded umbrella or backpack.
Here's a quick primer:
1. Recycled PET
Polyethylene terephthalate, better known by the abbreviation
PET, is the most common type of plastic used for water and soft
drink bottles, food containers such as peanut butter jars
and containers for household cleaners. It's a favorite of
the food and beverage industry thanks to its strength, durability
and transparency. Unfortunately, these characteristics also mean
that it takes about 450 years for a plastic water bottle to
decompose (Popular Science).
It's not all bad news, though. PET happens to
be the most recycled plastic in the world. Used PET containers
are sorted, cleaned and ground into pellets that
are reintroduced to the manufacturing process that produces our
EcoSmart backpacks, umbrellas and even journals that can be customized with your company logo.
Want to feel good about what you're wearing? Our eco
apparel is made with a blend that includes more than 30% recycled PET, taking
plastic waste and turning it into something you can feel good about wearing.
But it's not just good for the planet – it's high-quality fabric that feels
good and looks good, too.
Pandas love bamboo and so do we. We use it for everything
from custom logo lunch boxes and cutlery to branded photo frames. Aside from being 100%
biodegradable, bamboo is durable and highly renewable. Incredibly, it grows
several feet in 24 hours and requires 30% less water to grow. Plus, we
think it looks pretty classy too!
3. Wheat Straw
Ever wonder: After all those wheat grains are harvested
to make your favorite baked goods, what becomes of the
rigid stalk that's left over? Believe it or not, it ends up in
some of our EcoSmart swag.
When added to the barrel of a promotional pen or a lunch box, wheat
straw greatly reduces the amount of plastic in the product. And no need to
worry about allergies. Since there is no wheat grain in these products,
they are totally gluten-free.
4. Recycled Cotton
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