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The Secret to Sustainable Trade Show Exhibiting is a Plan

Reused or Repurposed Promotional Product Ideas

Reused or repurposed ideas are becoming increasingly popular among eco-conscious businesses. These products are given a second life as promotional items while reducing landfill waste. Brandable tote bags and backpacks from used vinyl banners are examples of products that can be repurposed for promotional use. These bags are perfect for businesses that want to promote their brand while demonstrating their commitment to sustainability. Another excellent example of a repurposed product idea is coasters made from old vinyl records. These unique coasters serve a practical purpose while protecting furniture from scratches and stains and encouraging businesses to think creatively about how to reuse materials in innovative ways. Repurposing products for promotional use is a bright and sustainable way to make an impact while reducing waste.

Rather than throwing away unused branded items they have received, encourage customers to reuse them differently creatively. For example, t-shirts or tote bags can be cut and sewn into reusable produce bags. Repurpose pens, highlighters, and other writing instruments into plant labels for your office or garden. Use sticky as bookmarks or fridge magnets: Repurpose water bottles and travel mugs to DIY planters. They'll love you for the ideas, and that will keep you top-of-mind.

We offer a wide range of sustainable choices.


Promotional Items Made From Renewable Materials

Ethically sourced and greener options made from renewable resources or organic or sustainable materials allow consumers to impact our environment and support fair labour practices positively. Ethically sourced t-shirts are becoming increasingly popular. They are manufactured under fair labour and made using responsibly grown and harvested materials. Organic cotton tees are a great example of this, as they are grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides, reducing the environmental impact and supporting a healthier ecosystem. Bamboo apparel is also a great option, as it is a fast-growing and renewable resource. Our supply chain offers many valuable and functional eco-friendly hard goods from corn cellulose, wheat straw, bamboo fibre, and stone paper.

Reach out with information on your next promotion, and we'll help you make it as sustainable as possible.


Practical Swag Made From Recycled Materials

These options are made from recycled materials, including recycled tires, recycled water bottles, and recycled newsprint. Not only do these materials divert waste from landfills, but they also use less energy and resources to produce than virgin materials. Recycled items come in all shapes and sizes, made from materials such as mouse pads made from recycled tires, pencils made from newsprint, bags from bicycle tire tubes, and a wide selection of caps and apparel made from recycled pop bottles.


Digitally Printed Apparel, Headwear and Uniforms

Digitally printed t-shirts are becoming increasingly popular as they provide customers with a full range of previously difficult-to-reproduce graphics. The best part is that there are no minimums, which means you can order as little or as much as you want. Print-to-order ensures that there is no overproduction, which ultimately means less waste. Digitally printed allows for full-colour reproduction of any image on almost any fabric while using fewer chemicals, which minimizes the impact on our environment.


Tech-Enabled Apparel

In today's digital age, tech-enabled apparel is gaining tremendous momentum. Tech-enabled garments like t-shirts can be embedded with Near Field Communication (NFC) and printed QR codes, leading to dynamic content that interacts with the wearer's mobile device. The tech-enabled smart clothing allows customers to access various features like discounts, product information, special promotions, loyalty rewards, or launch a paper-saving app like SimpleLeads™. While wearing this apparel, customers can feel new depths of engagement and experience an interactive and personalized experience. Ultimately, Tech-enabled apparel is an excellent marketing strategy for companies looking to step up and bring innovation to their products that positively impact our environment.


Locally Sourced Giveaways

With labour and environmental standards not equal and the fact that freight is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gases, the closer your supplier is, the better.


Reusable Products

Single-use items and useless gimmicky plastic swag have got to go. Reusable items are a better choice; however, creating them can be resource-intensive as they often require higher-quality materials and manufacturing processes. For this reason, they are at the bottom of our list of sustainable options.

Reusable items include metal staws and drinkware from recyclable aluminum or organic promotional tote bags made from natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, or organic cotton.


How to Find the Greenest Promo Suppliers


When searching for conscious swag suppliers, avoiding greenwashing is vital. Ensure your supplier is committed and has a genuine green reputation, not just jumping on the green bandwagon for profit alone. Before purchasing, ask tough questions about their production process, materials, and disposal methods. It's also essential to ask for product certifications, such as FSC certification for paper products and WRAP certification for textiles. A reputable supplier should be fine providing this information to their customer.

Look for suppliers prioritizing repurposed, reusable, recycled, and biodegradable materials and offering carbon offsetting programs. Choosing a supplier that values sustainability and eco-friendliness ensures that your eco-friendly gifts align with your values and contribute to a healthier planet. If that supplier can also help you draft a winning promotional marketing strategy, you've found a genuinely sustainable partner.


Why Choose Us?


Unlike others, we are not jumping on the green bandwagon; we virtually built it when we helped save a 65,000-acre forest in BC using T-shirts, magnets and stickers in 1990. Since then, we have been dedicated to reducing the impact of marketing materials on our environment through our products, strategies and apps.

Please tell us how we can help you Do Better Marketing for our planet and your bottom line.

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Your Greenest Option By Far, Is A Plan 

The pinnacle of environmentally friendly choices is not even a product. The most environmentally conscious choice is creating a plan!

Let me clarify:

Let's say you have an upcoming trade show. You order 500 environmentally friendly items branded with your company logo and use them to attract visitors to your booth. Attendees flock like crows to pick up your shiny thing.

They thank you, and you think it was a success because so many people were attracted to your booth, but you never see or hear from them again. Why?


Problem #1 -Only some people are your prospects.

If you give away swag to everyone who comes to your booth because they want your swag, you are wasting money and resources.

Not everyone who comes to your trade show booth needs or desires what you offer, so why waste money and resources on them? 


It's better to make the receipt of promotional merchandise contingent upon a measurable action that moves you closer to your goal, the reason you are exhibiting in the first place. This could be to sign up for your list, show genuine interest in your offer, or digitally download your catalogue or brochure.


Problem #2- When was the last time a logo got you to pick up the phone?

Your logo doesn't tell your target audience what you want them to do. As a result, your item may be used, but the only advertising it will do is remind them of your logo. Unless you have spent millions on brand awareness, your logo tells the recipient very little about who you are, what you do, and why they should choose you. 


At the very least, print your website URL, a call to action or a dynamic QR code to keep them engaged in your brand story until they are ready to take action.

A well-thought-out and executed promotional marketing strategy will positively impact brand awareness and reduce waste in your budget and for our planet, ultimately saving you money!


Planting trees is the ultimate environmentally friendly promotional product. 

Purchase trees and give them to prospects who join your list at a trade show,  as speaker gifts, with every order of a certain amount, or as employee motivational gifts. Our trees are planted and bar-coded, and a code is given to your recipients. They can then use the code to dedicate their tree(s) to anyone they wish to in our virtual forest.


Civic Action Promotion

Challenge: communicating when to turn off the hose after watering the lawn to 1/2".

Solution: instructions on a frisbee. When it is full, turn off the tap.

Social Change Promotion

Average km reduction- 400km (4X the 100km target). Estimated CO2 reductions exceeded four metric tonnes. National Marketing Award

Small Business Promotion

Organic cotton t-shirt, a pen made from corn cellulose and paper printed on 100% post-consumer recycled stock. National Marketing Award

Sustainable promotional products include a pencil that can be planted in the ground at end of life to sprout seeds embedded within
Sustainable promotional products include upcycling like this laptop bag made from recycled bicycle tires
Sustainable promotional products include upcycling like this tote made from recycled advertising banners
A sustainable promotional products  Edmonton campaign to promote the reduction of water use. It included instructions we printed on a frisbee
A sustainable promotional products  Edmonton campaign to promote the reduction of single passenger vehicle use included a game we created, plantable mirror hangers, and water powered calculators as incentives
A sustainable promotional products  Edmonton valley zoo campaign for the year of the frog included a frog printed on an organic cotton t-shirt with the words "Save Me"

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A sustainable promotional products  Edmonton valley zoo campaign for the year of the frog included a frog printed on an organic cotton t-shirt with the words "Save Me"
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How to Choose Sustainable Promotional Products Edmonton

What makes a branded item sustainable?


Sustainable choices have a positive impact on our environment and society. Choices can include apparel made from renewable natural fibres, tote bags made from bamboo fibre, drinkware made from corn cellulose, and notepads made from recycled materials or stone.

When choosing greener options, it is crucial to consider the entire product lifecycle, from production to disposal. At Do Better Marketing, we review products and merch based on five criteria: freight distance, materials, packaging, life cycle, and whether the product meets the supplier's claims. This ensures that when we make a recommendation, your choice makes a positive impression on your brand and our planet.

What are the advantages of selecting sustainable promotional items and corporate gifts? 


Selecting environmentally friendly promotional items and corporate gifts can bring numerous benefits to your business. Consumers are increasingly demanding eco-friendly options and demonstrating their preference for brands that value sustainability. You can increase brand loyalty and differentiate your company from competitors by showing a commitment to our environment. Earth-friendly marketing choices can help meet your climate targets and positively impact recruitment and employee retention. Many potential employees prioritize working for companies that align with their values and demonstrate environmental responsibility.  

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