I Used To Be A Plastic Bottle

I actually didn’t used to be a plastic bottle myself, although I am a bottle blonde if that makes any difference 🙂

What I’m excited about today is opening my 2010 catalog from Numo Manufacturing and discovering that we can now offer our customers some cool neoprene swag items that are made with 85% post-consumer recycled content, like this mobile accessory pouch that’s perfect for Blackberries & iPhones:

Numo Mfg. Item #557

Since I’m always looking for new eco-friendly promotional items to add to our website Ecoswag .com (this will be added by next week) these items caught my eye because they represent a big step forward in terms of recycled content. Last year ‘recycled neoprene’ only had about 10% recycled content, but now that has increased to 85% recycled. One more example of how quickly the promotional products industry is embracing green products & practices.

So back to the mobile accessory holder above. The one shown here is the larger of two sizes offered and is in the $2-$3 range with a 1-color custom imprint (minimum 100). The size & price make this a perfect eco-friendly giveaway for tradeshows and other events – and it would also be very easy to mail. The material is sort of like that of a scuba wetsuit, and it’s made out of recycled plastic bottles. If you’re searching for swag ideas that appeal to the young & hip (and haven’t been done to death), this is definitely a good choice.

For those seeking eco-friendly swag ideas on a budget, here’s the EcoCoolie 2.o, which is made from the same 85% post-consumer recycled neoprene:

Numo Mfg. Item #100ECO

It’s pretty much exactly what it looks like – a beer koozie – but made mostly from post-consumer recycled bottles (this is also 85% recycled content). Even though they’ve been around forever, koozies are a promotional product that refuses to die… and they’re getting a new following among the younger generation because of their “retro” vibe. They’re useful, inexpensive ($.89 & up) and have a humongous imprint area for your logo or message. My favorite way to use them is at events (like as a hole sponsor at a golf event) and hand out cold beverages in a custom logo eco-coolie. Everyone appreciates a cold drink at an event, and the coolie keeps their hands dry and their drink cold. Best of all, it’s a walking billboard for your logo!


Feel free to follow the links above to our supplier’s website (Numo Manufacturing) to check out pricing, colors, etc. on these recycled neoprene items (there’s also a recycled bottle jersey on their site). Like most of the suppliers in our industry, Numo sells their products only through established distributors like Swag Connection. We will be happy to help you with your order. We’ll answer all of your questions, help you with your artwork layout and keep you informed thoughout the order process. You can read what our customers say about us on our Testimonial Page.

Just give us a call (866-247-4320) or email us: sales@swagconnection.com. We’d love to hear from you and help you with some cool swag for YOUR logo!

Happy New Year – thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas…

Diane Nudelman
Swag Connection Portland OR

Going Green Spiral Notebook

Spiral notebooks made from recycled materials are nothing new, so you may be wondering why I’m featuring this one on the blog. There’s one small (but important) detail that makes this one unique… Graph Paper!

Each of the 50 pages of recycled paper in this notebook is two-sided. Side A is lined, but Side B is graph paper. This makes it a GREAT notebook for certain types of businesses, such as architects, designers, builders and engineers. Since so many of these types of firms are embracing sustainability, this is a very useful green item that lends itself extremely well to their businesses.

The 6×9 size is large enough to really be useful but still compact enough to travel well. The outer hardboard cover is kraft brown & is bound with black twin-loop wire. All components are made of recycled materials. Each page bears a small ‘recycle’ symbol and Goingreen(TM) at the bottom. Minimum order is 100 books with a price point between $4-$6 depending on quantity.

These would be a fantastic item for training classes at large companies, or for industry conferences. They’re also a perfect item for colleges of engineering, architecture or design – either for sale at the campus bookstore or to be used as ‘giveaway swag’ at recruitment events. They’d also be a useful, thoughtful and inexpensive client gift for real estate agents, home inspectors or appraisers.


You can order this item custom-imprinted with your logo through our website:


Simply click ‘Collections’ to see details and pricing for the items featured on my blog. You can also search for other promotional swag by price range or key words.

If you need a good company to work with, please consider Swag Connection for your company’s swag! I’d be happy to send you our “email brochure” upon request.

Thanks for reading & keep checking back for more new, unique and eco-friendly swag ideas. Have a great day!!

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