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Tip #7: Tasty Summer Produce

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Today we offer our fourth post in our series matching Lifehacker’s Top 10 Outdoor Tips for a More Pleasant Summer list with some suggestions of our own for how to increase the summer pleasure quotient of clients, customers or hard-working staff. One of our favorite things about summer is fresh, local, and tasty fruits and vegetables.
Local Harvest is a website to help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area. The site also has a shop with sources for everything from Blue Swedish Duck hatching eggs (we wish we could have a chicken coop) to golden amarath seeds, a healthy gluten-free “grain” used all over the world.
And if you are looking for something in your neighborhood, enter your zip code on the site and voila: you get the locations of the farmers’ market closest to your house and the nearest restaurant serving local and/or organic foods.

And to help your clients get all those goodies home, what about a cotton sling bag with large imprint areas on both sides, that rolls up when not in use for convenient storage.

ECO Chic: Bamboo

Flooring, clothing, building materials, furnishings, bedding, towels, rugs, you name it. Bamboo is fast becoming one of the most popular, eco-friendly materials. The reason bamboo is so eco-friendly is because it can be grown quickly without the use of environmentally unsound pesticides, fertilizers, or even natural resources like water. Bamboo also releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than other plants. Some of the perks: bamboo is moisture resistant and sturdier than many more conventional flooring woods, so it’s not only green, but practical too. Bamboo fabrics aren’t as environmentally sound as other bamboo-made products, but it’s still preferable to cotton.

Branding IdeasSM is committed to getting the word out about bamboo, and we offer a ton of eco-friendly, bamboo-made products: everything from beach towels, which are perfect for the summer, to robes and socks, to cookware and coasters. And our featured bamboo item, is our single shoot pot set, which includes a 6″ bamboo shoot, 3″ 100% biodegradable bamboo fiber pot, and 1 lb. of assorted-color polished rock filler.

Need some more bamboo-related or other green ideas? Drop us a line or check out our eco-friendly promotional products!

ECO Cheat Sheet

Earth Day, April 22nd, is fast approaching, and in the next few weeks we’re going to be discussing strategically designed promotional items that are both eco-friendly and practical. Going green is a lot easier–and cost effective–than you think. The trick is to make sure you know what you’re talking about. We spoke with the Promotional Products Industry Assocation International, who told us that there are no set standards or definitions on what is and isn’t “eco” or environmentally safe. Eco-jargon can confuse industry professionals just as much as clients. Which is why we’ve decided to come up with a glossary of five key terms we think will be useful in helping make your transition from wasteful to sustainable (which just so happens to be one of those terms!):

1. Sustainable. In green language, something that is “sustainable” meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

2. Organic. “Organic” can be defined as “pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers or pesticides of animal or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals.” When it comes to manufacturing and processing, organic means that the product is made of natural elements that do not include any harsh, manmade chemicals.

3. Biodegradable. Let’s face it. Even with the best intentions of both you and your promotional consultant, not every client or customer is going to think your nifty, “useful” promotional item is worth keeping. That’s why it’s smart to choose biodegradable products whenever possible. “Biodegradable” simply means that something is capable of decaying through the action of living organisms. In other words, it won’t sit in a landfill or the Pacific Ocean after we’re all long gone.

4. Post-consumer waste. You might notice some eco-friendly products you’ve bought indicate that they’ve been made with a certain percentage (usually 51% to make it a majority but also cost effective) of post-consumer waste. “Post-consumer waste” simply means the garbage individuals usually discard. “Pre-consumer waste” is more often than not manufacturing bits and scraps that would normally be discarded.

5. Renewable: “Renewable” shouldn’t be confused with “reusable” or “recycled,” two terms you’re probably already familiar with. Renewable is simlilar to “sustainable.” Renewable materials can be replenished fairly easily, without much impact on the environment. Bamboo is a great renewable material (we’ll post more about the wonders of bamboo in a few days!).