Eco-Friendly

ORGANICS A TO Z: WORDS FOR THE WISE
February 1, 2008

OVER THE PAST few years, it’s been discussed ad nauseam, advertised to the hilt and covered extensively in the pages of this magazine and others around the globe. Everyone is aware the Green Movement has a starring role in today’s business climate, yet the abundance of jargon that comprises the revolution’s supporting cast gets very little time in the spotlight. A general understanding of the terminology can go a long way to help the sale of consumer-requested organic apparel, not to mention increase the comfort level of end-users hesitant to go the green mile. Read on for a comprehensive cheat sheet, from A

Unibind Releases Eco-Friendly Photobooks
January 29, 2008

Alpharetta, Georgia-based Peleman Industries Inc., manufacturer of the award-winning Unibind PhotoBook Creator and a line of high-quality binding and lamination products, announced its environmentally friendly Unibind Green PhotoBooks, which are made from natural and recycled materials. The Unibind Green PhotoBooks will be debuted at the 2008 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Convention, held January 31 to February 2, 2008 in Las Vegas. The Green PhotoBooks are manufactured with a natural cover comprised of 100 percent cotton-flax, made from natural and recycled materials. Additionally, 35 percent of Unibind’s products are made with recycled materials. The environmentally friendly PhotoBook is one of

Alo Introduces New Proprietary Technologies and Eco-Friendly Apparel
January 22, 2008

Created for on-the-go individuals, Alo, a women’s and men’s performance apparel brand based in Los Angeles, introduced new styles, unique proprietary technologies and new fabric mixes in its 2008 wholesale collection. Alo, named after the air, land and ocean, prides itself on being a company with a strong connection to the environment. With the inclusion of bamboo in some of its fabric mixes for the 2008 wholesale collection, Alo fortified its mission to help reduce its impact on the environment while positioning itself as a pioneer in the wholesale industry utilizing eco-friendly materials. The bamboo lyocell performance fabric has naturally

Anvil Expands Sustainable Apparel Collection
January 22, 2008

New York-based apparel maker Anvil Knitwear has revealed that the next line in its sustainable apparel collection will be AnvilRecycled T-shirts. The T-shirts are made from a pre-consumer recycled cotton blend and come in nine colors in sizes XS through 4XL. AnvilRecycled T-shirts will be available in Spring 2008. “Anvil Knitwear is committed to environmentally sustainable growth and the production of innovative, eco-friendly products at affordable prices,” said Anthony Corsano, CEO of Anvil Knitwear. “With AnvilRecycled T-shirts, we are able to eliminate waste and reduce energy usage while still offering the same comfort and quality as our traditional cotton shirts.” The

Alstyle Launches Innovative Organic Line
January 14, 2008

Alstyle Apparel and Activewear, the apparel segment of Ennis Inc., based in Anaheim, Calif., announced it has expanded its product line to include organic products under the AAA label. The organic line will use certified organic cotton and will be offered to the adult and youth retail markets. This has been in development for the past 12 months and was made available January 1, 2008. Alstyle’s organic products utilize cotton grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The organic line will offer eight color options made with organic dyes that are biodegradable and eco-friendly, ensuring environmental sustainability. Alstyle Apparel is committed to helping the

Pro Towel Etc. Offers Organic Options in 2008
January 8, 2008

Pro Towels Etc., based in Pittsburgh, announced it will offer eco-friendly products for 2008, stressing that the importance of helping create a sustainable environment has become a priority to the company. The eco-friendly items being offered include 100 percent organic beach towels and 100 percent bamboo beach towels and robes. The organic cotton being used in the towels is environmentally friendly. Organic crop production is based on a system of farming that doesn’t use toxic synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides to replenish and maintain soil fertility. Certified organic means a verification process was performed by an independent state or private organization to ensure that

Anvil’s Environmental Commitment Continues
November 27, 2007

Citing Anvil Knitwear’s commitment to further integrate environmental and social performance into the company’s U.S. and international facilities, Anvil has been approved by the Boston-based Ceres board of directors as a Ceres company. Ceres is a leading network of investors, environmental groups and other public-interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges. Anvil Knitwear, designer, manufacturer and marketer of active wear based in New York, joined Ceres to help advance its own and Ceres’ environmental and social-responsibility goals. Anvil is one of more than 70 companies currently in the Ceres company network. “From their eco-friendly manufacturing processes to their organic cotton T-shirts,

Anvil Knitwear Takes a Strong Green Stand
October 16, 2007

New York-based apparel maker Anvil Knitwear has released its formalized environmental and social responsibility principles, acknowledging its responsibilities to the global community in which it operates. These principles are designed to inform all of Anvil’s decision making and to support its commitment to environmentally sustainable growth. “Anvil has committed itself to being an industry leader in key areas,” said CEO Anthony Corsano. “These include creating innovative and eco-friendly products at affordable prices, being a model in our industry for carbon footprint reduction and promoting socially responsible, ethical treatment of all our employees.” Anvil’s initiatives include energy and water conservation efforts, as well

Go Green (or Go Home)!
September 1, 2007

DON'T LOOK NOW, but—POOF!—the promotional products industry just went green. Green meaning, of course, eco-friendly—not violently seasick, uncontrollably jealous or oddly monochromatic. No longer is saving the earth simply a topic for college campuses and backstreet beat coffee shops. The environmental sloganeering has been replaced by actual conversation—which, it should be pointed out, never would have happened without the sloganeering—as big businesses wake up to the natural world around them. Suppliers and distributors are singing a new tune that is friendly to everyone’s ears. More importantly, end-users are purchasing environmentally responsible products and supporting conservational business practices. Even if they don’t realize it, or

ANVIL KNITWEAR OUTFITS GUESTS FOR LAUNCH OF FIRST U.S. “GREEN” HOTEL
May 24, 2007

Anvil Knitwear, New York, helped Napa Valley’s Gaia Hotel celebrate its highly anticipated grand opening on March 30 by donating T-shirts from its 100 percent organic line for the event. The Gaia Hotel, which gets its name from the Mother Earth goddess in Greek mythology, is the first fully environmentally sustainable hotel in the United States. “Anvil launched its organic line just two weeks before our opening,” said Sunshine Gallagher, event coordinator. “Getting the two together was kismet. Both Gaia and Anvil are at the cutting-edge of a major ‘green’ movement.” The Gaia Hotel was built on four naturally landscaped acres to appeal to