The Big Question

The Big Question


Sustainability, Carbon Footprint & the right merchandise

Do we want to be more sustainable in our promotional merchandise choices? The answer is of course Yes.

Do we want to ensure we are doing our best for the planet with the choices? Yes, of course

Is this best for our budgets? No, sadly not always

But this isn’t a bad thing, it is ok to buy for your budget, it is imperative you buy to your needs and sometimes while this isn’t the greenest choice we can still help make your choices as green as possible.

Carbon Footprint

Promotional merchandise can play a significant role in sustainability efforts and reducing carbon footprints. Here's how:

  1. Eco-friendly materials: Opting for promotional merchandise made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton or bamboo can significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with production. Choosing promotional items that are biodegradable or recyclable ensures that they can be disposed of responsibly at the end of their life cycle.


  1. Local sourcing: Selecting merchandise from local suppliers reduces the carbon emissions associated with transportation. Sourcing products locally also supports the local economy and reduces the environmental impact of long-distance shipping.


  1. Energy-efficient production: Partnering with manufacturers that prioritize energy efficiency and use renewable energy sources in their production processes.


  1. Minimal packaging: Encouraging minimal packaging or opting for packaging materials that are recyclable or biodegradable reduces waste.


  1. Educational campaigns: Including educational materials or messaging with promotional merchandise can raise awareness about sustainability issues and encourage recipients to adopt more eco-friendly practices in their daily lives, further reducing carbon footprints.

By considering these factors and integrating sustainability into the selection and production of promotional merchandise, companies can effectively reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to broader environmental conservation efforts. Additionally, promoting sustainable practices through promotional merchandise can enhance brand reputation and demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility.

Sustainable promo merch - is bamboo a good choice?

Simply put yes, bamboo can be an excellent choice for sustainable promotional merchandise for several reasons:

  1. Rapid Renewable Resource: Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, with some species growing up to 91 cm (36 inches) in a single day.


  1. Low Environmental Impact: Bamboo cultivation typically requires minimal water, pesticides, and fertilizers compared to other crops. It also thrives in diverse climates, making it a versatile and low-impact material choice.


  1. Biodegradable and Compostable: Bamboo products are biodegradable and compostable, meaning they break down naturally without leaving harmful residues in the environment.


  1. Durable and Versatile: Bamboo is a strong and durable material that can withstand wear and tear, making it suitable for a wide range of promotional items such as pens, mugs, utensils, and apparel.


  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Bamboo has a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance that resonates with consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives. Its unique texture and color can enhance the appeal of promotional items and reinforce a brand's commitment to sustainability.


  1. Supports Rural Communities: Bamboo cultivation provides livelihoods for many communities, particularly in developing countries where it is a significant cash crop. By using bamboo-based promotional merchandise, companies can support sustainable livelihoods and economic development in these regions.

Overall, bamboo is a sustainable choice for promotional merchandise due to its rapid renewability, low environmental impact, biodegradability, durability, and aesthetic appeal.

Incorporating bamboo-based products into promotional campaigns can align with corporate sustainability goals and contribute to environmental conservation efforts.


Location – Where is best to buy from

The best choice for the planet will always be a local or UK based manufacturer, however this isn’t always possible or isn’t the most appropriate choice for your pocket, it just isn’t the way the world works sadly and not all products are available as UK based options.

However, there are a range of benefits when choosing products from Europe which offer greener options and those which do benefit the planet.

  1. Quality: European manufacturers are often associated with higher quality products due to strict manufacturing standards and regulations. However, many Far East manufacturers have significantly improved their quality standards in recent years to meet the demands of international markets.


  1. Price: Promotional products from the Far East tend to be more affordable due to lower labour and production costs. European products may come at a higher price point due to higher labour costs, compliance & regulations.


  1. Lead Times: Europe will always tend to be shorter lead time, due to less distance and greater regularity on shipping/options between countries.


Ultimately, the decision between the UK, Europe and the Far East for promotional products depends on various factors, be assured however that here at Boosters we will always advise you on the best products, from the best manufacturers that suit your budget, need and those that match your company values.