EcoSwag: A Better Reusable Shopping Tote

With plastic bags now banned in San Francisco and other cities starting to follow suit, the popularity of custom-imprinted reusable shopping bags has soared. The most popular ones seem to be the boxy, non-woven shopping totes with 1″ wide handles that you find for sale in most grocery stores.

Those boxy bags are OK, but they’ve got some drawbacks. For one thing, they really don’t fold down very small so they’re a pain to carry around with you. The non-woven fabric rips fairly easily, and when they’re loaded with groceries those skinny handles can really dig into your hands or shoulders.

This Reusable Nylon Folding Tote is a better reusable shopping tote. It easily folds down to a tiny 3.5″x2.5″x1″ size & stores in an attached pouch. That’s a perfect size for a pocket, small purse or glovebox. Even better, it’s specially designed to fit on those metal supermarket checkout frames, making it easier to load.

Made of ripstop nylon, it’s stronger and more durable than the nonwoven bags – and more comfortable to carry when loaded with groceries. Priced about the same as the nonwoven totes, I think this is a better bag that is easier to use and store. It comes in black or green with your 1-color custom imprint on 1 side. Minimum order is 100 bags. Pricing is $2.70-$3.30 depending on quantity.

Speaking of swag ideas, this would be a GREAT TRADESHOW BAG to give out at your next event. You could demonstrate at your booth how it folds down into the small pouch for easy storage. Use them as swag bags at your company picnic or golf tournament, or give them to customers as a gift-with-purchase.

These could also be sold for around $5 as a nonprofit fundraiser. No matter how you use them, they’re a nice earth-friendly item that people will really appreciate… and they’re DIFFERENT from what everyone else is doing 🙂


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Minty-Fresh, Earth-Friendly and Under $1…

Breath mints are a popular swag item, especially as ‘giveaway’ items at events, conferences and trade shows. Unfortunately, the packaging used for most mints isn’t very earth-friendly. The most inexpensive ones come in a plastic ‘credit card’ container that typically gets thrown away after the mints are gone.

That’s one of the reasons I really love AdMints. They come in a cute reclosable box that’s completely biodegradable and earth friendly. An added bonus is the ability to print all five sides of the box with your own custom full-color graphics. You can even add a “scratch off” area for extra-creative promotional marketing! Best of all, the price point on AdMints is the lowest in the industry – prices start at $.83/each plus setup charges (minimum order is 500 boxes).

My favorite filling is the sugar-free mints (spearmint or peppermint). There are between 20-25 mints per box. You can also order them filled with red hots, M&M type chocolates or Chiclet-style gum.

This is a great, basic, multipurpose swag item that can be used effectively by a wide variety of businesses. Give them away at events, leave them behind on sales calls or at networking events. You can even put a big dish of them out at the front desk or in the conference room.

Hotels could put them on pillows. Restaurants could put a box on the tray along with the check. Retailers could drop them into a client’s shopping bag as a nice little ‘bonus’ surprise. Small, useful, thoughtful, inexpensive, huge visual impact and less than a dollar. Oh, and earth friendly too! I ask you, what’s not to like??

If you like AdMints as a swag idea for your business (or non-profit), you can order them online through my company, Swag Connection:

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