May 12, 2023

The Increasingly More Valued Eco-Friendly Promotional Items.

Companies need promotional items as a profitable way to reach more potential customers.
The importance of promotional items for company promotion can be measured by the following statistics.
According to a study performed by PPAI:
· The 94% of people remember where it was that they received the promotional item.
· To the 83% of consumers like to receive promotional items with an advertising message.
· From those who receive the promotional items, the 85% are doing business with the advertiser.
· The 58% of surveyed consumers said they keep the promotional items for a period ranging from one to four years.
· The 89% of consumers said they could still remember the name of the advertiser or company 24 months after receiving the publicity items.
· Promotional items get 500% more referrals from customers who are satisfied with the promotional items.
These statistics highlight the importance of promotional items for marketing and brand recognition.
In a time where Millennials are starting to have a great influence in the buying decisions, it is necessary to start further studying that generation.                                                        

Gilberto Valdespino, in an interview titled "The Promotional Industry Today", mentions that 83% of Millennials (generation born between 1984-2000) become loyal to a brand thanks to a item promocional. For this reason, at the moment of designing a promotional article, you must take into account that it is not only directed to a specific target; en específico; lo ideal es que el producto les funcione a distintas generaciones y de esta manera tener más loyal consumers. 

New generations are presenting us with new trends; therefore, it is necessary for brands to adapt to them, since in this way it is much easier for sales to increase.
One of the main trends Millennials bring is caring for the environment. 

In this article we will talk about the importance of sustainable promotional products and how nowadays it can make a great difference for customers to choose your brand, and not that of your competitor.

According to a Morgan Stanley study, 86% of the millennial generation is interested in sustainable investments.”1

Nowadays, the world is going through major environmental issues, due to various hazards that occur in the environment, that negatively affect our planet.

A partir de esto, se ha modificado el comportamiento del consumidor, ya que comienza a preferir todos aquellos productos que no dañen a la salud ni al environment y, como consecuencia a esto, las marcas se han dado a la tarea de entender a fondo esta nueva tendencia, para que sus clientes se sientan más cómodos al consumir sus productos.

“According to the study Trends: Mexican Consumer, Shopper and Retail, prepared by Kantar, 71% of Mexicans look for brands having environmental policies”.2

Currently, ecological marketing has taken new directions that increasingly impact consumers when buying their products, considering their culture of caring for natural resources.

Many worldwide companies have engaged in ecological marketing campaigns, so as to help minimize the impact on the environment, as well as generating value added to their products that can help create awareness in consumers.  

The concern for the environment and sustainability has driven many companies to look for more eco-friendly alternatives in the manufacturing of their promotional items.

An interesting option is to use materials like Ecowaremade partially with agave, a plant that can be found in several parts of the world and that can be used in many different ways.

In Mexico, for example, agave is used in the production of tequila and mezcal, but can also be used to manufacture different types of products, including promotional items. This is important because according to a report from the Greenpeace organization, the production of conventional plastics generates a large amount of contaminants and residues that can take hundreds of years to break up.

The promotional products made with agave have a series of environmental benefits:

  1. Agave is a tough plant that requires little water and can grow in harsh conditions, meaning that its production is less demanding as far as natural resources.
  2. Promotional items made with agave are bio-based, meaning they are partially made with natural ingredients, not fossil, like conventional plastics.
  3. Agave promotional items can also be bio-degradable, meaning that they break up in nature without generating contaminating residues.
  4. Agave products are manufactured from post-industrial waste (bagasse), instead of food, like avocado, soy, etc.

A study by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) found that agave can be used to produce a wide variety of products, from paper to clothing and construction materials. In the case of promotional items, you can make cups, kitchen utensils, air-tight containers, cutting boards, among others.

According to a survey performed by Nielsen, the market research company, 81% of consumers worldwide are attracted by environmentally responsible products. Therefore, to use sustainable materials for the manufacturing of promotional items can be an effective way to improve the brand image and attract new customers.

Studies reveal that: "The green consumer is willing to pay between 15 and 20% more for ecological products"In addition, they prefer those made with biodegradable raw materials and those packed in easily recyclable packaging.

What benefits do I profit from as a company by giving sustainable promotional items?

1. You contribute to minimize the impact on the environment:

By using eco-friendly promotional items as a means of promotion, you generate less of an impact on the environment. This impact can be easily noticed, both in the responsible use of raw materials, and in the manufacturing process.

2. A quality alternative at a lower price:

Nowadays, those manufacturing BIO promotional items have managed to produce them at a lower price, due to the demand being greater every time.

3. Improves the image and value of your company:

Sustainable promotional items are a great tool to show your customers and co-workers your commitment to the environment. This will also help you to receive acknowledgements and certifications that identify you as a Socially Responsible Business (SRB).

As a Socially Responsible Company you can look forward to having various acknowledgements and certifications for your company that will boost your prestige in a very significant way. 

According to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “37% of companies report sustainability benefits and up to one in two companies has adapted their business model to take advantage of sustainability opportunities.”4


The use of sustainable materials in the production of promotional items is a trend that is gaining momentum all over the world.

Every time, more consumers prefer products that won’t harm the environment y, como consecuencia a esto, las marcas se han dado a la tarea de entender a fondo esta nueva tendencia, para que sus clientes se sientan más cómodos al consumir sus productos.

The concern for the environment and sustainability has driven many companies to look for more eco-friendly alternatives in the manufacturing of their promotional items.

The products made with agave Ecoware offer an interesting and sustainable alternative to traditional promotional items, and also offer a series of environmental and commercial benefits. By using these materials, companies can improve their brand image and contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable world.

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Article by Ernesto Amescua
Director AIM & Penka

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