If Not You,Then Who Will Guard the Global Village?
September 23, 2008

Kathie Lee Gifford changed everything. Whether she understood what was happening or not, her role in the 1995 Wal-Mart clothing sweatshop scandal was invaluable. “She was dragged into this thing kicking and screaming. But she really helped start the anti-sweatshop campaign. [In doing so,] she educated a country of 300 million people,” explained Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the National Labor Committee, a nonprofit watchdog group with a mission to protect the rights of workers around the world. Kernaghan’s group exposed the abuses occurring within the factory walls, and later would initiate an almost-obligatory United States corporate behavioral shift from simple, bottom-line profit and

Senator Adds Two New Recycled Pens
March 4, 2008

Senator pen introduced two new pens featuring 95% recycled barrels—the Innovator Eco and Super Hit Eco. Both of these pens offer forgery-proof, non-toxic ballpen ink refills, free “Mix ‘N Match”, free set ups, and a one-color imprint. The Innovator is made in the United States and can come with a latex-free soft grip, a gel or jumbo refill, and can be 360 degree imprinted for no extra charge (including raised imprint technology for tactile logos). For more information to n Senator Pen, visit

March 1, 2008

EVER SINCE PRODUCT recalls hit the promotional and retail sectors this past summer, Proposition 65 has been the watchword on the lips of both suppliers and distributors. With the start of the 2008 trade show season, the sense of greater awareness became especially evident. “Prop 65 compliant” signage is more prominently displayed. Education programs on the law are offered. And suppliers are adopting product designations and new testing procedures to ensure they’re keeping pace with Prop 65, which is said to be the most strict product-safety law in the country. Otherwise known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986,

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,