Category Archives: Eco Friendly

Organic Cotton Tees for Custom Branding

Looking for an Organic Cotton tee for your next promotional t-shirt? The James & Nicholson organic tees are high-quality t-shirts with come with the authentic organic, safety and compliance certifications.

When you purchase James & Nicholson tees you are buying a great feeling natural t-shirt with 100% organic cotton single jersey fabric. They are a lightweight tee with a modern look.

They come in male and female cuts, and some with a fashionable breast pocket. There are options with vee necks and scoop necks.

 

7 Fashion Trends for the Australian Uniform Industry in 2019

The following post is by Mike Lyne of Entity brands, one of 4Promote’s suppliers. Entity Brands brings retail brands to the promotional products industry in Australia. These brands include Nike, The North Face, Port Authority, Ogio, Sportek, Bella + Canvas plus many more high-end retail brands.

The gap between retail fashion and promotional uniforms is closing fast.

ASI notes, when it comes to apparel, tomorrow’s promotional trends are no longer yesterday’s retail hand-me-downs. Suppliers and distributors are on the pulse of the most relevant fabrics, cuts and colours; it’s never been easier to make both a brand and a fashion statement.’

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With that in mind let’s look at 7 fashion trends for both retail and promotional uniforms in 2019. Prepare yourself for some 1990’s nostalgia.

1. Sustainable and Organic Fabric

Prevalent in almost all aspects of Australian modern society, we’re becoming increasingly aware of our environmental and social impact and responsibility. For many this extends to what they wear. Expect to see a surge in requests for organic and sustainable fabrics in 2019.

Since reports surfaced in 2017 on the increase in landfill dumping of unwanted clothes, the need for recycling made its way into apparel, especially that of man-made fabrics such as polyester. Similarly, organic became a fashion trend in its own right. Price became a secondary concern behind the need for organic produce and cotton.

Regardless of your personal view on this, there is no doubt that demand for organic and sustainable clothing is growing.

Alternative Colourblock Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie

Pictured: Alternative Colourblock Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie

2. Heathering

Creating a unique textured look, appealing to the desire for something fashionable.

‘Companies are increasingly looking to get away from the traditional corporate colours of black and navy and are wanting other, more fashion forward but still neutral colourways,’ says Nick Anstee, marketing specialist with Stormtech. ‘Heather colours provide a unique textured look to the fabric with the high perceived value, but these colourways, when done right, are still subtle enough that they don’t detract from whatever corporate logo is added to the garment.’

Heather fabrication continues to grow in popularity, extending further than t-shirts and hoodies, into outerwear such as Soft Shell.

Heathering inspiration: Sport-Tek’s Electric Heather Soft Shell Jacket.

3. Activewear

Another category straight from the retail fashion world, with a lot of mileage left in the tank. Activewear (or athleisure), a fashion trend that offers the wearer a casual, yet active and dynamic appearance.

We’re of course talking elevated yoga pants, matched with a well-fitted scoop neck t-shirt. Activewear is becoming regularly sited in the office, with 2019 set to see the trend explode.

The ultimate work-life balance look, effortlessly crossing social settings, from the office, to lunch, to the gym. Or at the least providing the perception that we’re hitting the gym.

Activewear inspiration: Ogio Endurance Ladies Verge Scoop Neck

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Pictured: Ogio Endurance Crux Soft Shell Men & Ladies

4. Neon

Stay with me here, this one’s straight out the fashion world and off the run way. Neon is back baby! Expect to see purchases of the more ‘daring’ colourways grow in popularity throughout 2019. For promotional uniforms this one is game-set-and-match, providing a visually striking, head-turning brand statement.

Colourblocking, with bright neon accents on darker colours has been popular in promotional uniforms for years, and long may that badass look continue. But expect to see the amount of neon grow against the darker traditional colours in 2019.

One thing’s for sure, neon is no longer just for tradies. I for one can’t wait to get my hi-vis on!

Neon inspiration: Nike Dri-Fit Colorblock Icon Modern Fit Polo

5. The Puffer Vest

Back from the 90’s with a vengeance, no doubt you’ve witnessed the return of the puffer on the streets of Australia throughout the later part of winter 2018. Granted they’re about to go into hibernation for the summer. But expect to see them back in full force come June 2019.

What we love about the puffer vets, (all vests for that matter,) is the ability to create a branded layered uniform that provides a business casual, individualistic look, without losing brand awareness.

Puffer vest inspirationThe North Face Ladies ThermoBall Trekker Vest

6. Tie-Dye

Again, don’t shoot the messenger, ‘tie-dye is covering the spring 2019 runways’ says Fashionista. It’s hard to predict whether this will make it to promotional uniforms in 2019, but we’re putting our money on yes, at least in creative companies, those looking to create a unique look, whilst staying fashion focused.

Tie-dye inspiration: Port & Company Window Tie-Dye Tee

7. Bags as Fashion Accessories 

When we talk about fashion trends, we can’t skip bags. No outfit is complete without the bag, especially brand-name bags.

Fashionable brand-name backpacks for the office worker’s commute, and larger luxury bags for media and tech companies is big business. If you’re not onto this growing trend, get on board. We consider brand-name bags to be one of the hottest trends ahead.

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Pictured: Ogio Apex Rucksack

Now it’s your turn, what enquiries are you increasingly fielding and what are your predictions for 2019?

Bamboo Alfresco Table with Wine Holders

This foldable table makes for a great outdoors promotion. Made of environmentally friendly bamboo, this alfresco table has two integrated wine glass holders.

The Tavolo Table will work well in gift for purchase campaigns and for client and staff gifts. An ideal gift for executive gifts and the real estate and wine industries.

 

Jute – Eco-Friendly Headwear Option

More and more promotional products are being made with sustainable materials. These promotional headwear are made from Jute which has a great sustainability profile.

Jute is a natural organic plant fibre, is rapidly renewable and very durable. Jute is both biodegradable and recyclable. Jute is colourfast and will not fade in sunlight which makes it ideal for promotional headwear. Jute also has good sound and heat insulating properties.

This is just a few of the styles of Jute promotional headwear options we have available that can all be custom branded with your logo.

Biodegradable Custom Branded Balloons

Custom branded balloons are a great attention-grabbing promotional item used at trade shows, product launches, corporate parties and handed out as souvenirs. However, with the growing negative perception around single-use plastics and its environmental effects, their use has come under question.

However promotional balloons made of rubber or latex are made from the sap of the rubber plant (Hevea brasiliensis), and are 100% biodegradable. Broken down by water and sunlight at approximately the same rate as an oak tree leaf.

Promoting Reuse and Sustainability with Bamboo Coffee Cups

Reusable coffee cups are a popular promotional product for getting your message out to your target audience on a daily basis. These reusable coffee cups are made from Bamboo, being made of a sustainable material gives these coffee cups a double edge in our efforts to reduce one-off use paper cups.

From a marketing perspective, the full-colour wrap printing delivers a large branding area for great designs and loads of messaging space.

These Bamboo coffee cups are BPA free, food grade and dishwasher safe.

Biodegradable Promo Bags

Promotional bags have been great promo items used as trade shows bags, gift bags, sample bags and catalogue bags. With the demise of free shopping bags from the major supermarkets, branded shopping bags offer a great opportunity for companies to brand whilst helping their customers.

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We have a range of non-woven bags which not only assist the environment from a reuse perspective but are also broken down more quickly by microbes. This is achieved through the use of the Australian technology, Landtopia. The inclusion of an organic additive, a series of chemical and biological processes are enacted. When the organic additive is activated, each bag becomes a colony for microbes. Once the colonies are built up, they eat the treated material and break down and decompose the rest of the plastic.

 

The Coffee Sherpa goes Green

The war on waste seems to be focusing on plastics like plastic shopping bags and plastic lined takeaway coffee cups. However, another target is the carry plates that are used to hold multiple coffee cups. These are made of plastic or paper and they generally fall into the single-use category.

These coffee carry bags offer a more sustainable option, by being able to be re-used many times over. Holding 4 cups, they are a lot easier for the office coffee sherpa to hold with just one hand via the convenient handles.coffee_carry_bag_promo_item

They also offer great branding space on all sides of the bag that allows not only your logo but marketing message as well.

Where these coffee carry bags work with great effect are:

  • Office environments
  • For local area marketing
  • For Joint Venture marketing, you can co-brand easily, halving the costs and tapping into a larger customer base
  • Real Estate agents
  • Electricians
  • Pest Control Operators
  • Plumbers

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Wheat Straw Cups – The Straw that is good for the Environment

Reusable Straw Wheat coffee cups are a good option to combat both the war on waste and promote your brand at the same time. Made of wheat straw the cups are made from renewable material and biodegradable as well.

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Constructed of double layer insulation they will keep your coffee or tea hot while not burning your hand. As they are used daily coffee cups have a low cost per impression compared to just about any advertising medium. Plus, they are unlikely to break if dropped unlike glass and ceramic coffee cups.

 

Jute Promo Bag That Plants Trees

Environmentally friendly Promotional Bags have been a big winner as a promotional item for a number of years now. These new Jute promo bags made from vegetable fibres that are biodegradable come as a great alternative to plastic bags.

Every purchase of these bags also fund a pilot program that is dedicated to replanting degraded land right here in Australia. Conducted through the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund, since 2001 there has been over 5 million trees planted!!!

Each Reforest Tote Bag has a recycled cardboard tag attached to the strap alerting the recipient that one or more trees has been planted in connection with the production of the bags.

You can view the number of trees planted, location and dates for the entire Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund program by clicking here.

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