The world is finally waking up to fact that we must improve the way we look after our planet. Not to sound too dramatic, but having a liveable future on the surface of the Earth depends on us all taking action.
We know the numerous issues surrounding sustainability are complex, but to make a start is far better than doing nothing. That is why we are working hard to develop new products that are much kinder to the environment.
• Audit the products you use and discuss sustainable alternatives
• Build innovative new products if necessary
Below we highlight some environmentally friendly products that make for excellent, viable alternatives to your usual promotional gifts.
The Eden Project
Eden tested the first sugar cane bottle design in 2018. The bio bottle is made from Braskem® Green Polyethylene which is derived from sugar cane ethanol – a renewable raw material that during the growth cycle absorbs and repairs CO2 in the atmosphere, significantly reducing greenhouse gases. Sales steadily increased so that in 2020 we have increased the range to 3 different bio bottle designs – Cactus, Ocean and Tropical design.
This we know is only a first stage towards getting a petroleum-derived plastic-free solution. Eden will now also look at creating a stainless steel bottle with a high graphic impact. Of course, the metal will have extremely high longevity.
The Wave Project
The newly opened in-land surfing facility in Bristol which is built on sustainability in all aspects of its business. Focussed on sustainability, we have produced two different designs for both the bio-bottle and high-grade stainless steel bottle to complement the sustainable offerings in their retail shop. The print effect on the stainless steel bottles are impactful using gradient paint effects and print wrapping to create truly striking bottle designs.
Recycling and upcycling are very important, but to improve our environmental future we need to use recyclable alternatives to plastics. With this in mind, we introduce our organic sports bio-bottle, that is 95% made of sugar cane.
To be exact, it’s made from Braskem® Green Polyethylene which is derived from sugar cane ethanol – a renewable raw material that during the growth cycle absorbs and repairs CO2 in the atmosphere, significantly reducing greenhouse gases.
It does not taste or smell like plastic (as regular plastic bottles do) and is BPA-free, plasticizer free and dishwasher safe. So, make a statement with your brand and replace your plastic bottles with bio-bottles and help us ensure a cleaner environment for all.
Sometimes sustainability starts with the smallest thing. The humble pen that everybody still uses is traditionally made out of petroleum-based plastic. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t degrade. However, we’ve got a range of pens that are biodegradable, making them very environmentally friendly.
These ballpens are manufactured with a revolutionary material called PLA (Polylactic Acid). It’s derived from 100% renewable natural fibres and not from petroleum, so it has far less environmental impact. The characteristics of these pens are otherwise every bit the equal to those manufactured with petroleum-derived materials. Additionally, the resin used in these pens is biocompostable, so after undergoing an industrial composting process it breaks down in nature, partially reducing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.
This mini umbrella has a fabric cover made with recycled plastics and a bamboo handle. To produce the umbrella cover, plastic waste is collected and cleaned, then made into granules. The granules are heated and melted to create a polyester fibre that can now be woven into a material used for the umbrella cover. And the handle is made from bamboo, which is a very sustainable material.
Of course, the umbrella has to excel in all other areas too. Well, it has a convenient automatic open/close function for quick opening and closing via a push-button on the handle, it features a high-quality windproof system for maximum frame flexibility in stormy conditions, and it’s supplied with a protective sleeve. It also has plenty of branding options, so there’s really no need to look elsewhere for your umbrella requirements.
Making choices to improve the way we care for our planet can be a complex matter, but sometimes we just need a nudge to act in a more environmentally-friendly way or to choose a more sustainable product.
Take this solar power bank charger, which can use the power of the sun not the Earth to keep your electronic devices fully charged.
The charger has a 5000mAh capacity (so will fully charge a smartphone or tablet 2 or 3 times) and 2 output ports (5V/1A and 5V/2A) for dual charging. Its sturdy body is shockproof, dustproof and splashproof and available with different coloured trims. It weighs just 150g, comes with a carabiner (for clipping on to a bag or rucksack to charge on the move) and has a flashlight built-in! Of course, the charger can be branded with your company logo too.
Thanks to recent publicity we are all now aware of the overwhelming coffee cup problem – 99% of disposable coffee cups are not recyclable and millions end up in landfill every year. One solution is for people to start using a reusable coffee cup (almost all coffee shops now accept them) and this could do wonders for both the environment and your brand.
We have an extensive range of reusable cups and travel mugs in an assortment of colours, sizes and styles. Most cups have a large print area for your branding requirements.
The reusable Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cups shown here are made from naturally grown organic bamboo fibre (so very biodegradable) and come with a silicon lid and grip. They’re highly durable, dishwasher safe and come in a coffee shop friendly 270ml size.