ECO Promotional Gifts and Environmentally Friendly Products
ECO Promotional gifts are one of the fastest growing areas within the world of promotional gifts. The range of new products made from recycled or reclaimed waste materials continues to expand daily. As well as being environmentally friendly, eco promotional gifts help an organisation demonstrate their environmental, ethical and even corporate social responsibility polices to clients, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.
Most traditional promotional gifts today can have an environmentally friendly version. Traditionally eco promotional gifts were made from reclaimed and recycled plastics including CD cases and drinks water bottles. These would often be turned into typical gifts such as keyfobs, ice scrapers, pens and pens. The development of recycling technologies and managed waste streams has greatly expanded the range of potential material sources. Today eco promotional gifts can be found made from sources including waste paper, denhim, money and even newspapers.
The organic movement has also benefited from the growth in eco promotional gifts. Traditional organic materials including Jute and cotton can be found in many of today’s bags including shoppers and general multipurpose backpacks and drawstrings. Corporate clothing has also seen an expansion in terms of the use of organic and natural cotton materials. Sustainability is a watchword in environmental management and some environmentally friendly promotional products are made from professionally managed woodlands.
In terms of a global economy the growth in eco promotional gifts has also benefited countries and societies whose roots and economy are firmly based in agriculture. Many of the organic and natural materials used within environmentally friendly promotional products are farmed and sourced from Third-world countries in exchange and Fairtrade programs. Whilst cotton and cloth is often associated with these trade programs, other natural resources can include wood and bamboo from managed forests which can be turned into flashdrives, pens and exhibition banners. Farmed resources also provide resources a number of other types of promotional gifts. These can include promotional pens made from a plastic derived from corn-starch and bio-degradable materials including potatoes and peas.
The is no limit to the types of environmentally friendly promotional products available. Future developments will see an expansion in the range of recycled materials available for product development, as well as the introduction of a greater number of alternate energy powered (solar, heat and water powered) eco promotional gifts.