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

Smart Swag Idea: Germ-Killing Mouse Pads

I read somewhere once that the average office keyboard is covered with more germs than the a public toilet seat. If that’s true, it’s really gross, but it sure makes one think about the spread of germs in an office environment – especially now during cold and flu season.

Happily, I’ve found a great new swag idea that can help stop the spread of germs while inexpensively promoting your brand at the same time:

Introducing The Anti-Microbial Mouse Pad!

Ecoswag Item HND-33124

We recently got a sample of this soft-surface mouse pad and have been using it for a few weeks. It’s comfortable, durable and grippy, which are the 3 things we like in a promotional mouse pad. This pad gets bonus points for also being made from recycled rubber, which is why we added it to our Ecoswag.com website. Given the combination of low price, full-color graphics, recycled material and anti-microbial protection, this may be the best promotional mouse pad on the market!

More about that Anti-Microbial Protection and how it works:
Dirty desk surfaces create ideal conditions for harmful microbes to grow and reproduce. To fight these microbes, our supplier (HandStands®) uses built-in antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of cleanliness.

Here’s how it works: when microbes (bacteria, mold and mildew) come in contact with the product surface, the antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microbe and disrupts key cell functions so the microbe cannot function, grow or reproduce. In simple terms, this HandStands® mouse pad featuring antimicrobial treatment is designed to:

-Last the life of the product
-Leave the mouse pad looking great and odor free
-Withstand over 75 washings in hot water

Why The Swag Queen LOVES Mouse Pads as a Promotional Item:
I think with or without the germ-killing angle, promotional mouse pads are one of the best things you can put your company logo on. They’re the quintessential desktop advertiser, literally putting your information at the fingertips of your recipients. Because they’re printed from edge to edge in full color, feel free to go crazy with your artwork design. Add the facts that they’re small, lightweight, inexpensive, easy to store and easy to distribute (including via mail) and I think you can see why I think they’re a great staple swag item for practically every business or non-profit.


  • Include useful information on them for your target audience. For example, the HR Department of a large corporation could put frequently-called numbers for benefits questions on these pads and distibute them to all employees
  • Include them in your press kits or information packets
  • Mail them out to your clients and/or prospects with a special offer

We’d be happy to help you! You can order this item online through our Ecoswag.com website, or contact us by phone if you prefer. We will gladly answer any questions, send you a sample or quote your custom mouse pad project.

Our Phone: 503-281-6420 in Oregon, or 866-247-4320 Toll-Free
Our Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading my blog & keep coming back for more timely swag ideas!