Best Practices & Case Studies
The purpose of these best practices and case studies is to provide guidelines, protocols and procedures for documenting and implementing individual responsible sourcing processes and programs at organizations conducting business within the promotional products industry. With the help of these tools, organizations are encouraged to develop policies and procedures within their own organizations that will allow them to self regulate and offer specific assurances to customers.
Environmental Responsibility Policy
Environmental Sustainability KPIs
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Product Safety, Social & Environmental Best Practices
This guide will provide you with direction and clarity in assessing and meeting product safety, social and environmental compliance challenges with self-assessment tools, best practices, checklists and frequently asked questions.
Green Best Practices
Because of renewed interest in the environment due to rising concerns about global warming, there has been a noticeable upswing in green product claims in the past decade. In 2010, the FTC proposed revisions to its existing “Green Guides” and the revisions were formalized in October 2012.
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Below you'll find articles and reports regarding environmental responsibility business practices and concerns, along with other important information.
It's Easy Being Green: The Eco-Alternative Apparel Market - April, 2016
Going, Going … Green: The mainstreaming of eco-friendly promotional products and campaigns - February, 2016
Businesses that have embraced sustainability and eco-friendly products and practices—and effectively promoted their efforts—have been reaping the financial rewards from ever-more-conscious consumers.
Material Matters - Promotions featuring eco-friendly apparel appeal to today’s business buyers - February, 2016
If you’re pitching green products to clients as if green is its own category, it may be time to rethink your approach.
Sustainability Initiatives Drive Growth, Study Finds - July, 2015
Corporate revenue growth and innovation can co-exist with sustainability initiatives, and even benefit from them.
Sustainability in Screen Printing - May, 2015
Seeing Green: Inside Six Of The Industry's Most Environmentally Focused Companies - April, 2015
The sixth annual online study, which measured green purchasing behaviors and attitudes among 2,000 adults in the U.S., reported that 75 percent of consumers say they purchase green products and services. The motivator? The environment.
Is Water-Based Ink More Eco-Friendly Than Plastisol? - April 2015
How Green Is Your Green - March, 2015
Be Smart About Making Green Claims - November, 2014
The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, is the primary cop on the truth-in-advertising beat. Under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the same standards of truthfulness that apply to all advertising claims cover environmental representations, too.
Proper Ink-Disposal Methods - November, 2014
First Steps To Building A Basic Compliance Program - May, 2014
Product safety laws provide regulations and requirements that everyone in the supply chain is obligated to follow, so the issue becomes how to comply with these regulations and requirements within your organization. The processes and procedures you put in place will provide the direction for how your organization conducts its business and serve as the guiding principles for sound decision making in the future.
Putting The Green In The Black - February, 2014
Most companies can make a profit while taking into account today’s environmental, social and governance practices.
Greener Inside And Out - February, 2014
Promotional consultants can help clients practice what they preach by building promotional campaigns around eco-friendly products.
Waste Not, Want Not - January, 2014
Any prospect within this field will have unique pain points and challenges, but across the sector you’ll likely find similar messages in need of delivery, and promotional products can ensure those messages are both received and remembered by target audiences.
Five Barriers To Going 'Green' - December, 2013
In the promotional sector, most suppliers and distributors report that the general demand for “green” products has waned. While interest may have dropped, there is still a thriving and growing market in this niche space. In fact, marketplace trends paint a quite different picture.
Sourcing Safe Products: Why You Must Know Your Factories—And Their Sources—Inside Out – October, 2013
Why you must know your factories and their sources inside out. The promotional products suppliers and distributors PPB talked to for this article frequently mentioned two key recommendations: Stay vigilant and maintain a frequent presence in the factories from where you are importing industry products.
The Ultimate in Good Taste - August, 2013
Astor Chocolate focuses on reducing its carbon footprint with its unique combination of tri-generation and solar usage. It’s one of only a few manufacturing facilities in New Jersey that provides 100 percent of the factory’s electricity consumption through alternative and renewable energy solutions.
They say it’s not easy being green but, It’s Getting Better All the Time - November, 2012
Green Without Trying - March, 2012
Industry marketers are reevaluating existing products and finding “green” gold.
Talking Trash - August, 2011
A promotional products buyer and waste-resource manager shares her buying strategy and preferences.
Straight To The Source - April, 2010
A distributor committed to ethical sourcing shares how she helps eco-conscious brands stay true to their cause.
A Green Guide - November, 2008
Green is not a trend. Green is not a fad. Regardless of personal opinion about the cause of global warming, that fact is that the earth's resources are limited and it is up to everyone to preserve and protect them.
Taking Green Into The Black - November, 2008
Since the explosion of the eco-friendly movement just a few years ago, the call for green items in the promotional products industry is heard more loudly than ever.
Environmental Lessons For Dummies - November, 2008
Suppliers throughout the industry are now using what some say is the ultimate eco-material.
Raising The Bar On Corporate Social Responsibility - November, 2008
These days it’s common to visit a company’s website and read something about its commitment to corporate social responsibility. But what does corporate social responsibility—CSR for short—mean anyway?
Glossary & Terms
Glossary Of Product Safety Compliance Terms for promotional products professionals.
Green Guides - Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Environmental Claims Summary of the Green Guides
This guide will provide you with a summary of the Green Guides, information for business and legal resources related to environmental marketing.
FTC Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides guidance to marketers to help them avoid making misleading environmental claims. The Green Guides help businesses better align product claims with consumer expectations.
A Green Guide
Green is not a trend. Green is not a fad. The earth's resources are limited and it is up to everyone to preserve and protect them.
End Buyer Guides
Distributor Guide To Communicating Environmental Responsibility
By asking your customer and your supplier the right questions, you can ensure that you have the right product for the right audience. You’ll differentiate yourself from the competition by delivering memorable, engaging and sustainable solutions.
Corporate Compliance Guides
Guide To Responsible Sourcing In The Promotional Products Industry
This guide will provide you with direction and clarity in assessing and meeting product safety, social and environmental compliance challenges with self-assessment tools, best practices, checklists and frequently asked questions in the promotional products industry.
Product Safety and Social Responsibility Presentation
Learn more about international labor standards and environmental and social expectations with this comprehensive presentation.
Standards, Organizations & Governing Bodies
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
"Comprehensive rules for ecological and socially responsible textile production." Introduction to the GOTS, certification, licensing, labeling and additional information.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
A program provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to gain access to a variety of environmental information and resources based on location.
Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator
The EPA provides a calculator on its website that may beneficial for your efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA)
"The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste. The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave EPA authority to develop the RCRA program. The term RCRA is often used interchangeably to refer to the law, regulations and EPA policy and guidance."
Clean Air Act (CAA)
"Under the Clean Air Act, EPA sets limits on certain air pollutants, including setting limits on how much can be in the air anywhere in the United States. This helps to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. The Clean Air Act also gives EPA the authority to limit emissions of air pollutants coming from sources like chemical plants, utilities, and steel mills. Individual states or tribes may have stronger air pollution laws, but they may not have weaker pollution limits than those set by EPA."
Clean Water Act (CWA)
"The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972...Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. We have also set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters."
Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 provides EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. Certain substances are generally excluded from TSCA, including, among others, food, drugs, cosmetics and pesticides."The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 provides EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. Certain substances are generally excluded from TSCA, including, among others, food, drugs, cosmetics and pesticides."
Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The “Green15” is a checklist of best practices attuned to current data-driven direct marketing science and environmental issues. The DMA commits to public green goals to reduce environmental and social impacts associated with marketing through awareness and a widespread adoption of the “Green15.”
DMA Paper Calculator
The Paper Calculator is a tool for measuring the environmental impact of paper. It can be used to quantify the impacts of your paper usage, and to compare different grades and types of paper with varying amounts of recycled content.
"Advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability"
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
"Apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s alliance for sustainable production"
"Brings both creative and technical experts together for 'systems thinking in action' conversation geared to help brands succeed while accelerating the shift to a sustainable economy"
"A global nonprofit organization that works to make the textile industry more sustainable"
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