The 3 Golden Rules to sustainable purchasing

January 22, 2019

We have seen the tides change when it comes to the way consumers are spending their money. Supermarkets are banning single-use bags, more and more cafes are selling reusable takeaway cups and organic materials are becoming more and more relevant! 

In a world where conflicting messages are everywhere, it can be overwhelming for a business to know how it can make small but impactful changes to promote a more sustainable future. Summed up, buying “eco – friendly” means buying a product that is using materials that are biodegradable and not harmful to the environment. It needs to be manufactured in a manner that is not compromising people, the environment or nature. There are big and small ways in which you as a business can implement changes in the way you use promotional merchandise and apparel.  

Our top 3 tips to help you make a start – 

1 – Look at the materials!

Whether you are purchasing drink bottles, tee shirts, pens or bags, always look as to what your items are being made from. Instead of buying a plastic drink bottle, look for a glass drink bottle.

Look for bags that are made from materials that are bio-degradable or will last for a long time. Non-woven or organic cotton are great places to start! Switch that plastic carry bag to a non-woven tote bag!

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2 – Ask for no plastic packaging

Often drink bottles, pens, tee shirts and more are packed into single-use plastic bags that only end up in one place – landfill. Requesting stock is packaged plastic free is a fantastic way that promotes sustainability and also does not cost you any more!

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3 -  Ask about where they are manufactured!

It is a shocking reality that the working environment for many people producing goods is anything but fair. Businesses have budgets and at Alignment Promotions, we understand the importance of this. We equally understand the importance of fair labour and are committed to educating our clients as to how products and garments are made. It may mean a slightly higher price for a product but you can be assured your company is supporting fair trade and labour for all. How would you feel knowing the 15-year-old girl who stitched your tee shirt together had been working for 13 hours and the factory didn’t have enough fire exists in the case of an emergency? A small increase in cost can mitigate these issues.