Switching to sustainable promotional gifts

Posted on Friday, 22nd April 2022

Switching to sustainable promotional gifts


Initial Incentives offers a wide range of bamboo products and we’d love to see more customers make the switch to sustainable merchandise options.


5 huge benefits of choosing bamboo merchandise:

1. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on earth - so it’s highly sustainable. Bamboo will grow to full size in just 3-4 months, a standard tree can take over 30 years to grow. They say, the more it’s harvested, the faster it grows.

2. Bamboo is naturally pest resistant, so no pesticides and chemicals are needed for harvesting bamboo, which is of course less harmful to the ecosystem around the bamboo.

3. Harvested bamboo regrows naturally from its own root system, so it doesn’t have to be planted again causing disruption to the soil; no soil erosion.

4. Bamboo is biodegradable, it comes from nature and will break down, sometimes within less than 8 weeks, where that’s not possible, bamboo can be recycled to produce other products. Did you know? you can actually compost a bamboo toothbrush, just cut off the bristles first.

5. Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent area of trees; a simple way to change what you buy and reduce carbon footprint, and most importantly play a part in the fight against global warming.

Bamboo promotional products

You might have noticed bamboo duvets, toilet roll, cutlery and the more commonly seen bamboo toothbrushes when you’re out shopping, bamboo is fast replacing plastic because of its sustainability.

Switch your merchandise to bamboo today!










Sustainable supply chain


How do you know if a product really does have the sustainable credentials you are looking for?


Here’s an example of one of the products from our sustainable merchandise range:

The Sprout Pencil https://www.initialincentives.online-catalogue.net/products/environmental/ballpens/312-39837/midar-cork-and-wheat-straw-ballpoint-pen

Plant the pencil when you have finished with it and watch it grow! It’s a gift that keeps on giving for the green fingered, you could even share progress updates on the team whats app group!

Look for the details, compare products to see which seems the right fit for your brand and your organisation’s CSR and supply chain policies.

✔Sprout pencils are 100% eco-friendly
✔Non-toxic, biodegradable (does not contain lead, only a graphite writing core)

✔Made from sustainably sourced materials

✔Made using sustainable production techniques.

Pencils and packaging are either PEFC or FSC certified. This means that every time a tree is harvested, another one is planted.

✔The pencils also carry the European EN-71 safety approval certification
✔The manufacturer is a member of SEDEX. https://www.sedex.com/manage-risk-in-your-supply-chain-with-sedex/?gclid=CjwKCAjw3cSSBhBGEiwAVII0Z76ZuxU5o0lD4JDECb81l4kgLS6qwc4S3FHaC6gniSR0H23W5NErMxoC9u0QAvD_BwE

> Add PEDC https://www.pefc.org/
> Add FSC https://fsc.org/en

It all seems environmentally friendly, but how do we know? Look out for the credentials: PEFC or FSC. When you’re investigating sustainable gifts for clients and staff find out what the packaging is made from, it’s all very well buying a batch of recycled, ethical coffee travel cups, but if they all come wrapped in plastic bags, padded out by polystyrene, that’s a lot of waste right there that might not be recyclable. Look out for the SEDEX membership to be reassured that wherever your promotional products are coming from, the working conditions are fair, and manufacturers are operating in an ethically and environmentally friendly way.

Our commitment to the environment


To find out more about our eco-friendly product range, head over to our online catalogue and search up ‘recycled’ or ‘sustainable’ to view our collections. We will continue to add sustainable options to our collection, to look at our supply chain to ensure the products we are sourcing are being done so sustainably, or course considering the life-span of products - can they be recycled at the end of their life, or will they bloom like the sprout pencil… or provide cherry tomatoes for our salad!

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