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How to Choose Sustainable Promotional Products that are Actually Eco-Friendly

Published: 1/12/2021 Author: PromoLeaf

Not all eco-friendly products are created equal. Some materials are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than others.

Let’s get some insight into the different types of sustainable marketing materials to choose from. Recycled cotton is a popular recycled material that is made by converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused for textile products. The process of recycling can divert many products from landfills. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, annual textile waste is estimated to equal 25 billion pounds. Another commonly used sustainable material is recycled PET. Approximately 1.8 billion pounds of used PET bottles and containers are recovered in the U.S. each year for recycling, making it the most recycled plastic in America. Wheat straw is what’s leftover once the wheat is harvested and using it in plastic production is an ideal zero-waste option. This plastic is entirely biodegradable and requires less energy to produce because wheat straw is natural and does not need as much processing to become pulp. Bamboo is grown without pesticides and is naturally resistant to insects and infectious bacteria whereas cotton requires a large number of pesticides to be grown. As you can see, there are a large number of benefits in gifting eco-friendly promotional products.

Now, let’s take a look at some promotional products that are sustainable and reduce waste.

28 Oz. Transparent Bottle

This water bottle is made from reusable and recyclable PET material. Making this a great option for your promotional giveaways, by reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.

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The average american buys an average of


disposable bottles costing $266 a year. Want to cut the costs?

With our average life span soaring to 80 years old, you could theoretically save $17,290 in your lifetime with a reusable water bottle.

When you save a dollar, you also save around a quarter of that water bottle’s volume worth of petroleum. It's estimated that

million barrels of oil, which could fuel up to 100,000 cars, are needed to supply the demand of water bottles worldwide. 

Parkland Westport 15" Computer Backpack

All of Parkland’s backpacks are made entirely from recycled water bottles and one percent of all sales are donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet. Stylish but sustainable, this backpack is sure to impress.

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Jute Tote Bag

This tote bag is made from jute fiber and is 100% biodegradable. Jute fiber is made from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant and can be grown without the need to use pesticides or fertilizer.

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Bamboo Fiber Lunch Box with Utensil Pocket

Prep meals at home with reusable storage containers. This lunch box is made from bamboo fiber which aids in cutting down the use of plastic. Perfect for everyday use.

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Containers and packaging alone contribute over

of the material reaching landfills in the U.S. and some of these discarded materials are food-related containers and packaging. Additionally, packaging makes up a majority of the litter that ends up on our beaches and other waterways.

Final Straw 2.0

This reusable straw is eco-friendly and comes in a compact travel case for easy access on the go.

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5.5" x 8.5" Reclaim Recycled Bound JournalBook®

Made from recycled cardboard, this journal is a great alternative to plastic notebooks.

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Allmade Unisex Tri-Blend Tee

Customize a sustainable t-shirt like this one that is made from recycled plastic bottles. A great alternative to your average cotton t-shirt.

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16 Oz. Wheat Travel Tumbler

Make your own coffee at home to bring on your daily commute to the office, then just wash your reusable mug and it’s ready for the next workday. Made from recycled wheat straw materials this travel mug is a great alternative to basic takeout coffee cups.

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Americans spend around $2.99 for a basic takeout cup of coffee. Making your own coffee at home would cost you about $1.28 per cup. You can save

a day according to a coffee calculator from certified financial planner Doug Boneparth.

12 Oz. Wheat Mug

Made from recycled wheat straw, this coffee mug is perfect for your morning cup of joe.

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