How Eco is Eco?

How Eco is Eco?

Customers always ask me, "how eco is eco?"

Being ECO friendly takes many forms. Simply switching from one time use products to those that can have repeated use of course helps enormously, and we promote the move away from one time use products wherever possible.

Thereafter, ECO comes in various forms. One example is our range of plants from seeds to trees which all help combat CO2, a very positive medium for advertising your brand and message.

Other examples of becoming more environmentally friendly are the use or organic textiles and vegan clothing. The use of sustainable materials such as bamboo is also a step forward.

With regards recycling we have items made from recycled materials which is great and then products which are themselves recyclable, with some products falling into both camps.

Our manufacturers are all trying to make their products more environmentally friendly but it's not simple. Many products comprise of multiple parts, some of which can be recycled and others which cannot. Wireless chargers may used recycled plastic for the casing which can also be recycled, but the electronics inside cannot. With a mix like this the product as a whole cannot be recycled but at least recycled components are using in the manufacture.

I want to share with you a few of our truly environmentally friendly products that will actually help the environment:

Ocean Bottle 500ml

The Ocean Bottle is made from part recycled plastic and stainless steel. Each bottle funds the collection of 11.4kg of plastic, equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles. Plastic Bank ensures that the plastic waste is collected by locals living in coastal communities, mostly in Asia. This bottle is vacuum thermos insulated, meaning it keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. It comes with an easy carry silicone loop, double opening for easy drink and a clean drinking cup. Dishwasher safe, 500ml capacity.

Recycled Money & Denim Pencils

Denim Pencil - made from 30% recycled denim and 70% recycled polystyrene. Comes in a blue colour with a silver-blue ferule and a blue eraser.

Biodegradable Corn Starch Pen

Corn based plastic pen with a frosted body and a push button. Available in a wide range of trim colours. Black ink as standard.

Rocker Essential T-Shirt

The unisex-fit t-shirt from the Essentials Collection. This tubular 150gsm t-shirt is made from 100% organic cotton and offers a relaxed and contemporary fit.

Fairtrade & Organic Canvas Bags

Canvas Bag is made from Fairtrade & Organic cotton. Small & stylish gift bag, great for small gifts and giveaways. Available in navy and black. It is dyed using AZO-free dyes which are considerably better for the environment. Flat cotton web handles as standard. Ethically produced in India in an audited factory. 10oz / 280gsm cotton.

Terracotta Pots

Complete with eco-friendly peat free coir pellets, a pack of seeds, a small terracotta pot and growing instructions, this kit contains everything needed to grow plants at home or the office. Fully customised wrap round recycled card packaging. Seed sachet options include flower, vegetable, herb or tree seeds.

Sprout Pencils

Instead of an eraser at the end, each pencil contains a water-soluble seed capsule and comes complete with a full-colour printed sleeve. When it becomes too short to use, the pencil can be planted in soil and the seed will germinate and grow into a beautiful plant.

Branding can be via engraving or colour printing. There is a wide choice of seed varieties including sunflower, daisy, carnation, forget me not, cherry tomato, basil, thyme, sage, coriander and chia.

Sprout pencils are also available in 6 different colours, each holding a different seed. There is even a spruce tree seed version - perfect for Christmas!

If you would like to see our full eco range, please see our Environmentally friendly e-brochure, www.EcoFriendly.drayton.co.uk