Earth Day is April 22. This is an ideal time for business owners to show they care about our planet while at the same time being able to promote their businesses. And with the availability of a extensive variety of eco-friendly, customizable promotional products made from sustainable, recyclable and recycled materials, every day can be Earth Day.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. residents generate 4.4 lbs. of garbage per day. That’s 1606 lbs. per person per year.
In 2013 (the latest figures available), 34% of municipal solid waste in the U.S. was recycled and composted. That’s 87 million tons of the waste collected. It doesn’t take into account all the trash that’s dumped across rural and desert landscapes and all the debris that ends up in waterways, lakes and oceans.
It’s impossible to know exactly how much trash ends up in oceans. However, researchers estimate that 2 million tons of solid waste goes into the world’s oceans each year.
Recycling efforts have improved over the decades. While we’re going in the right direction, we still can do better. As the world’s population increases, we don’t want to turn this globe we call home into a polluted ball of trash.
On that note, let’s consider some earth-friendly promotional products.
Tote bags are a cost-effective advertising medium, and just one of countless reusable, customizable items. Eco-friendly materials include cotton, 100% plant starch, jute, hemp and bamboo, as well as recycled cotton, PET plastic and newspaper.
Pens are a popular promotional item. Many styles are made with corn plastic, bamboo and cork, in addition to recycled plastic, wood and paper.
Recycled-tire products include mouse pads, coasters, jar openers, counter and door mats, key tags, and pet food mats, as well as rubber-core golf balls.
Apparel items include those made with cotton, bamboo, hemp, and polyester containing a percentage of recycled plastic bottles.
There are many other products available, as well, made from natural materials such as cotton, cork, bamboo, corn and wood, as well as items made from recycled materials.
Remember and practice the four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose.