Posted on April 22, 2013 by Amy Forsell
Today is Earth Day! Hopefully you’ve purchased all your eco-friendly promotional products and are well prepared to brand your business as an organization that cares about our environment. Although I truly believe that every day is Earth Day, here are ten simple ways you can celebrate the day.
1) Plant a tree. Whether you choose to plant a tree on your own property or volunteer to plant trees in a park or another public place, there’s no denying that a new tree is a beautiful, healthy addition to our environment. What’s the value of a tree? Besides beautification, there are oxygen-producing, carbon dioxide-busting benefits to trees. This year we’re trying to coax some acorns to life. Oak trees are a personal favorite.
2) Got kids? Engage in some clever crafting. Repurpose items around the house. My daughter is using a large stack of discarded magazines to craft a storage basket. Granted, it’s taking her forever, but it looks pretty cool. We like the idea that we’re repurposing the paper to make something useful. Check our our Pinterest Board “Earth Day Every Day” for some crafty Earth Day ideas.
3) Recycle, recycle, recycle. Make an effort to recycle everything you can, including those tough items like batteries and electronics. We’ve started a “dead battery bucket” at our house. Instead of throwing them in the trash, we collect them until we have enough to warrant a trip to an appropriate recycling center. Broken or unwanted electronics? Goodwill takes that stuff and recycles it appropriately.
4) Clean up litter around your neighborhood. Recycle what you can instead of throwing it in the trash.
5) Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Vinegar and baking soda are awesome, natural cleaning ingredients. You don’t need harsh, harmful chemicals to clean up.
6) Walk or ride your bike to work or to school. Save on gas and save the planet from as much carbon emissions as you can.
7) Set up a rain barrel under the gutters of your house. Collect rain water to water your planets this summer.
8) Support a national park. Buy an annual pass. Shop promotional products in their online gift stores.
9) Wear t-shirts that are green or brown to show your support of Earth Day.
10) Consider replacing old appliances with Energy Star appliances. Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED or CFL bulbs to conserve electricity.
Simple changes in our every day lives can make a huge and positive impact on the Earth! Together we can all make a difference.
Posted on April 4, 2013 by Amy Forsell
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ~Chief Seattle
Think you’re getting something special when you buy a bottle of water? Think again, because 90% of the cost of a bottle of water can be attributed to bottling, packaging, shipping, and marketing. Any idea where most of that water comes from? Are you picturing a babbling brook? A sparkling spring? Swallow this: 44% of bottled water sold in the United States is municipal water run through a filter. In other words, you can pretty much get the same thing for a fraction of the cost by sticking a water bottle under the filtered water dispenser on your refrigerator. What’s more, sticking a reusable bottle under the tap on the refrigerator is undeniably better for the environment.
- It’s estimated that it will take a plastic water bottle buried in a landfill thousands of years to decompose.
- It takes 1,100 – 2,000 more times as much energy to produce and transport a bottle of water than to produce the same amount of tap water.
- It took 50 million barrels of oil to produce about 1 million tons of water bottles in the United States in 2006, most of which (about 76%) ended up in landfills.
Sobering Facts About Plastic Bags:
- Americans use about 1 billion shopping bags every year. Those plastic bags create 300,000 tons of waste within landfills.
- Less than 1% of plastic bags are recycled.
- Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs $4,000. The recycled product can be sold for $32.
- Plastic bags do not decompose. Instead, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, contaminating soil and water.
- There are huge islands made of plastic debris collecting in our oceans. These plastic pollutants are responsible for the deaths of approximately one million marine animals every year.
These are just a few compelling reasons to make a conscious effort to utilize reusable products in our daily lives. A few simple changes as easy as employing reusable water bottles and keeping a stockpile of reusable tote bags in the car can make a world of difference.
Posted on March 26, 2013 by Amy Forsell
- Get the word out about the event electronically rather than via a printed invitation.
- Encourage event attendees to utilize public transportation to and from your event. Better still, choose hotels within walking distance.
- Choose hotels that solicit energy and resource conservation. Gentle reminders to turn out the lights are often posted near light switches. Polite requests to use linens and towels more than once are also posted in guests’ rooms.
- Write the agenda on a dry erase board or use PowerPoint instead of paper. If paper must be used, choose paper products made from 20% or more post-consumer recycled materials.
- Serve all food and refreshments with reusable dishes and flatware. Or, eliminate the need for flatware altogether by serving finger food.
- Request that event attendees wear their business card as a name tag in retractable badge holders. Collect the badge holders at the end of the event to be used again.
- Purchase durable signage that can be used for many events, not just one event.
- Donate leftover food to a local homeless shelter or food pantry as appropriate.
- Promote your “green” efforts along with the rest of the event. Let your employees, customers, and potential customers know your business or organization cares deeply about the environment.
Posted on March 21, 2013 by Amy Forsell
Visualize the last big event you attended. Now focus on the waste.
Chances are you’re picturing throngs of happy people at a community festival chucking grease-stained paper plates into an overflowing trash bin. There are crushed aluminum cans, discarded water bottles, and plastic forks missing a tine or two. Of course, there’s a nice film of powdered sugar on everything because that’s what happens when someone sells funnel cakes.
Maybe the event you attended was work-related. Were you just transported back to an overly air conditioned hotel conference room? Can you smell the coffee, doughnuts, and bagels? Are the garbage cans here spilling over with lipstick-stained Styrofoam cups, plastic coffee stirrers, and used coffee creamers?
Ok, so your event was work related, but you attended a trade show. Exhibitors are handing you folder after folder filled with literature, all printed on precious paper. You can already see this literature piling up in trash cans positioned near the exit, right alongside crumpled, sticker-backed name tags.
Clearly, there’s a whole lot of needless waste occurring at these events. As Earth Day 2013 approaches this April 22nd, you may be contemplating ways in which your business or organization can contribute to the Go Green movement, or at the very least, show your clientele that Earth Day is on your radar.
Show Your Logo has compiled a list of ten promotional products to help your business, brand, or organization engage this Earth Day and every day.
#10: Resusable Coffee Mugs
An oldie but a goodie, a ceramic coffee mug winds up in the dishwasher at home or in the office, not the trash. These basic, affordable custom mugs are eco-friendly because they can be used again and again, unlike those Styrofoam cups.
#9: Insulated Travel Mugs
An insulated travel mug keeps your coffee hot, your hands cool, and your shirt clean (think spill proof lid). With all the durable, attractive options available at Show Your Logo, you can practically guarantee this is a promotional product they’ll reach for again and again.
#8: RECYCLED Travel Mugs
An Earth Day favorite—a reusable travel mug made of 60 – 70% recycled home plastic. Not only are you advocating the whole concept of reusable drinkware, you’re advocating a product made of recycled materials. Score!
#7: Acrylic Tumblers
People can sip all kinds of drinks from these acrylic tumblers with straw: iced coffee, iced tea, water, soda. The best part? They can use these promotional products again and again, keeping waste out of landfills and promoting your company name and logo.
#6: Retractable Badge Holders
So long, sticker-backed, paper name tags. Encourage everyone who attends the conference or trade show to leave these retractable badge holders behind so your company can, on behalf of the Earth, use them for future events.
#5: Recycled Notebooks
Even in this day and age of smartphones and tablets, everyone can use a promotional notebook. The recycled variety demonstrates your brand’s concern for our planet. There’s plenty of room for an imprint that includes your company name and logo as well as a personal message or some wise words regarding conservation of our precious natural resources.
#4: Recycled Paper Pens
These are some pretty cool pens constructed of recycled paper. If you want your customers to “write home” about a terrific, eco-friendly promotional product, these custom pens could do to the trick.
#3: Recycled Cardboard Magnets
If you’re looking for an extremely affordable way to demonstrate your company’s concern for Earth Day, these recycled cardboard magnets are a great option. Follow Show Your Logo’s Pinterest board “Earth Day Every Day” for some inspirational quotes appropriate for Earth Day promotional magnets.
#2: Promotional USB Drives
Instead of handing out tons and tons of literature at that conference or trade show, why not hand out all your information on custom usb drives? Not only will you be saving trees and keeping all that paper out of landfills, you’ll be giving away a product that will make impressions on your customers or potential customers over and over again.
#1: Recycled Tote Bags
The recycled tote bag is number one on our list for three very good reasons. One, this particular bag is made from recycled PET plastic. Two, this bag can be recycled if necessary. Three, it’s reusable. We’ve all heard how plastic store bags are polluting the environment. The polluting nature of plastic shopping bags has led many communities to outlaw their distribution. Whether or not we have access to plastic shopping bags in our own communities, we can all do our part to do better for the Earth by using tote bags in place of plastic.
In need of more inspiration? The knowledgeable, friendly sales team at Show Your Logo can suggest other products that fit your needs as well as your budget. The promotional products above are a mere glimpse of the 750,000 products we can customize for your business, school, or organization. Show our planet some love this Earth Day with affordable, reusable promo items.