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Visstun Introduces Everything Green Program
May 8, 2019 at 11:10 am

Visstun, Las Vegas, announced its Everything Green program. This program replaces Visstun's current paperboard with paperboard that contains 30 percent or more of Sustana's EnviroLife, FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fiber at no additional cost to customers. All paper cup, container and lid products are upgraded, including paper hot, cold, and microwave cups and containers, as…

Starbucks' Color-Changing Branded Cups Keep Selling Out
May 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Last we heard from Starbucks, the coffee and sugary drinks giant updated its rewards program to allow members to snag free merch when they save up enough points. This week, Starbucks was back in the news for merch, this time for its new eco-friendly, color-changing branded cups that are so popular, stores are struggling to keep them in stock...

Orbus Recognized as a 2019 Green Giving Partner by Matthew 25: Ministries
May 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Orbus Exhibit and Display Group, Woodbridge, Ill., announced that it has been recognized as a 2019 Green Giving PArtner by one of its recycling partners, Matthew 25: Ministries. The Green Giving Partner Seal is awarded to corporate partners that display a commitment toward minimizing corporate waste and supporting humanitarian aid to the needy and disaster…

HanesBrands Celebrates 10th Consecutive U.S. EPA Energy Star Award for Environmental Stewardship
April 24, 2019 at 12:49 pm

HanesBrands’ commitment to be an international leader in energy management and eco-friendly business operations has earned the company its 10th consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year award for continued success in energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability. Hanes was recognized by the EPA for its 2018 environmental…

New York Times Partners With Everlane for Earth Day Apparel
April 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm

For traditional print media outlets, creating merchandise has become a popular means of marketing themselves and earning some extra cash in uncertain times. It's not just limited to smaller alternative publications. Legacy brands like the New York Times have been right alongside newer, nontraditional media outlets like Buzzfeed and Vice when it comes to creating…

Why This Sustainable-Apparel Subscription Service Has a Long Waiting List
April 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm

The last few years have been all about subscription services. We sign up for services that deliver shaving equipment, cleaning supplies and pet toys on a regular basis. They're great because we don't have to do anything but check the mail, but the problem is they do accumulate a bit of waste. That's why Kristy…

The $30,000 Grammys Gift Bag for 2019 Has Some Weird, Wonderful Stuff
February 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

We are pretty fond of misnomers around here, with Frederic Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” which takes no fewer than 90 seconds to play, among our favorites. Since the Grammy Awards “gift bag” has come to include items valued at more than $30,000, we are tempted to add it to our misnomers list, as that thing has come to fit enough stuff to give Santa’s sack a run for its money...

Leed’s and FinalStraw Partner to Bring Reusable Straws to Promo Industry
January 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Leed’s, New Kensington, Pa., and FinalStraw, a manufacturer of collapsible, reusable straws, announced their exclusive partnership to bring the FinalStraw brand to the promotional products industry. “Leed’s is an industry leader who understands the importance of corporate social responsibility, so our partnership with them felt very natural,” said Emma Cohen, CEO and co-founder for FinalStraw.…

Leed's Partners With Parkland
November 6, 2018 at 11:24 am

Leed’s, a subsidiary of Polyconcept North America, and Parkland, a Vancouver-based design driven bag company, announced their exclusive partnership to bring environmentally friendly pieces to the promotional products industry. Parkland, which committed to a new sustainable model in 2018, uses fabrics developed with recycled plastic bottles to create products designed for individuality, fun and everyday…

European Parliament Votes In Favor of Extensive Single-Use Plastic Ban
October 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm

The European Parliament has voted in favor of a complete ban of single-use plastics, including cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and more across the E.U. to prevent ocean pollution. The proposal also included a reduction in other single-use plastic items for food, like drinkware and cups. The European Commission proposed this ban back in May,…

Dunkin’ Loses 'Donuts,' Gets Creative With Branded Cups
September 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Come January, Dunkin' will drop the "Donuts" from its name, with branded cups and other items already ushering in the chain’s change. In its press materials, the company hinted at some creative ways it plans to use its new logo and wordmark for promotional items...

The Kroger Co., America's Second Largest Retailer, Will Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags
August 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm

The Kroger Co. issued a press release this month announcing its plan to eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2025 as part of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste pledge. The company said it will transition to reusable bags. Kroger isn’t the only company choosing to go more eco-friendly. We’ve covered large companies like Starbucks and Dunkin’…

The Company Making Smartphone Accessories From Recycled and Plant-Based Materials
August 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Eco-friendly options like recyclable straws, canvas tote bags and reusable water bottles have become increasingly popular in the promotional space thanks to society's growing interest in environmental sustainability. At the same time, our dependence on electronics and technology has grown, too, and now those two lines have crossed. Since we're all charging items like smartphones,…

Hawaii May Look to Expand Sunscreen Ban
August 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Exactly 50 days since Hawaii Governor David Ige’s signing of Act 104 revamped the sale and distribution of sunscreen products in the state, one might think that life in the “Paradise of the Pacific” would be, well, pacific. However, despite the ban on sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, all is not tranquil in the…

This Startup's Wooden Apparel Could Revolutionize Clothing
August 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Spinnova, a Finnish startup, is creating apparel from ethically sourced wood using a proprietary manufacturing method, which it hopes to license to other companies in the future to change the way we create clothing...

Starbucks to Phase Out Plastic Straws as Seattle Pushes Plastics Legislation
July 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

The fight against single-use plastics is gaining momentum, as more and more countries, cities and businesses are phasing them out in favor of more eco-friendly options. The latest news comes from Starbucks, which announced that it plans to phase out plastic straws at all of its locations by 2020. Rather than go the route of…

Harsh Penalties, Shady Practices: Mumbai Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Bags
June 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm

In what is possibly the largest and most severe plastic ban, Mumbai has issued a ban on single-use plastic bags, cups and bottles. While the size of Mumbai (population: 12.4 million) is enough to make this big news, it's the way that officials are carrying out the ban that stands out the most...