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5 Things to Consider When You’re Buying Reusable Straws

5 Things to Consider When Buying Reusable StrawsWe admit it – when we first made the leap and started using reusable straws as an alternative to plastic it was a big transition. It sounds silly, but since our juice box days, we’ve always just taken and tossed out disposable straws. They’re easy (and we like easy) but something about seeing that poor turtle with one stuck up his nose, made us think – we need to contribute to a change.  Businesses need to contribute to change. People need to contribute to change. We dove in here at ePromos, and no doubt, it’s been a game-changer. You just FEEL better knowing that you’re making a difference.

That said, WE KNOW – you’ve heard the stats, you understand the reasons to ditch plastic and, maybe, you have been kicking around the idea of incorporating reusable straws into your business. So, let’s skip the “why-it-matters” diatribe and jump right in to the “2.0” of it all – specifically, what to consider if you want to go all-in on reducing plastic waste and going with reusable straws.

Consider This: Paper vs. Steel

Stainless steel has quickly become the ubiquitous reusable straw, and with good cause. These go-anywhere, do-anything straws are super sturdy and work well in both hot and cold drinks. And, because they’re made of stainless steel, they can be tossed into a reusable baggy and toted around all day long without risk of bending, chipping or tearing.

Of course, there’s something to be said for paper – it’s NOT plastic, specifically. While you’re still tossing paper straws after a single use, they do disintegrate and are considered “recyclable”. But, if your purpose is to go the extra mile, re-use and make more of a statement, stainless steel might be a better option.

Consider This: Silicone/Steel vs. Steel/Steel

Still not sold on stainless? We get it – we’ve heard everything from a fear of chipping teeth to the fear of too-hot drinks burning sipper’s gums and lips. So, in this side-by-side example, consider the alternative. You could opt for a “true” stainless steel straw which, again, has become the standard on the reusable front, or a silicon-tipped option which softens the experience – literally. Either way you’ll get the same benefits, all in a compact and environmentally-friendly package.

Consider This: Straight vs. Bent

The age-old debate: straight versus bent straws. If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this one’s a no-brainer – bendy straws are where it’s at. But let’s consider the pros and cons to each – because, believe it or not, there are tangible benefits to sipping straight or on a slant.

First, the bent or “bendy” straw. They were designed in the 1930s, with the express purpose of helping people who couldn’t belly up to the bar and bend their heads enough to sip from a straight straw.

That’s still the perk of the bendy straw – it’s easy to drink from almost any angle. But before you rule out the classic straight straw, consider this – bendies can be a bit shorter than straight straws, making it tougher to get that very last sip. With a longer, straighter straw, sucking up that last bit of milkshake/cold brew/green juice is easier, cleaner and more efficient.

Consider This: Length

Most straws range from about seven to 10 inches. The consideration? See the bendy versus straight debate, above. If straws are on the longer side it’s easier to get your sip on all the way to the bottom of the glass, can, or bottle. But, at the same time, a longer straw can be tougher to maneuver, especially if you’re shorter or tend to sit lower at your desk or table. Like the other considerations here, there’s no right or wrong – just what you and your clients prefer sipping-wise.

Consider This: Packaging vs. Package-free

The final piece of the puzzle: how you’ll package (or not package) your branded straws. Think about it – if you’re doing your part to curb waste and save the environment, you may consider opting OUT of elaborate packaging. Or, opt for packaging that does double-duty – a reusable straw with a case of some sort. Our customers seem to love bank bags to use for this purpose.  It’s a win for you (don’t you look generous…?), a win for your client who scores a bonus gift and a win for the environment. Really, what could be better since the reusable straw trend is here to stay.

Check out October’s Product of the Month. Contact an ePromos expert to learn more and explore your options now.


4 Reasons the Reusable Straw Trend is Here to Stay

Let’s face it, some trends and product launches can be flops – we’re looking at you, Google Glass and Cheetos® Flavored Lip Balm. But, while many organizations may be reluctant to get behind the latest socially-conscious trend – such as ditching plastic straws for reusable ones – it’s clear this shift is here to stay. Equally important is that your business gets on board. Not only is it the right thing to do but, but showing your customers you care, will drive more engagement, more consideration and more conversion from buyers who care, to buyers who will become your ultimate long-term customers and advocates.

So, then, the big question: WHY are reusable straws not just trending but redefining the way millions get their sip on? And why does YOUR business need to get in the mix and offer these sought-after premiums to your employees, customers and vendor partners? Here are 4 good reasons…

#1. You’re Doing THE ENVIRONMENT Some Serious Good

Believe it or not, Americans are using and tossing about 390 to 500 million straws per day. And, despite our most well-meaning efforts, those straws are ending up in not-so-great places – think landfills (where they take 200 years to decompose), water supplies (gross) and oceans (sorry, sea life).

What’s more, because many of these straws are made from polypropylene – not far off from what powers cars – dumping these straws increases greenhouse gases and drives climate change in the wrong direction. So, while it may feel like nothing to toss a plastic straw or two, they do add up fast. And as they do, their impact is felt, literally, for generations. Sip on that!

#2. You’re Doing YOUR TEAM Some Serious Good

Send your team out with a socially-conscious product, one that is on the tip of your clients’ collective tongue and you’re giving them a serious leg-up. Think about it – hand over a perfectly-package reusable straw with a quick, personalized note and nod to why you chose this forward-thinking piece and you’ve got their attention. More importantly, you’re giving that client an opportunity to show off their trendsetting, eco-friendly side, without the heavy lifting. It’s truly a win/win and, really, who doesn’t love that?

#3. You’re Doing YOUR CUSTOMERS’ Customers Some Serious Good

Think about how many times you sip through a straw in a single day. A lot, right? There’s the iced coffee en route to the office; the sparkling H2O you’re sipping desk-side; and the straw popped into your meal time drink order. The list goes on and on, and each straw is, believe it or not, super toxic.

Plastic drinking straws contain phthalates and bisphenol A – AKA “BPA.” BPA exposure has been tied to countless long-term issues including behavioral problems in kids to heightened rates of cancer, heart issues and more. When you brand and share reusable straws, you’re acknowledging these seismic concerns and telling your customers, “WE CARE.”

#4. You’re Doing YOUR Brand Some Serious Good

It’s simple – you want to be the brand that does its part and sets the trends for your team, your clients and beyond. Enter reusable drinking straws. The majority of Americans haven’t yet converted from classic plastic but, given the media buzz, most have heard about the push for a change. In other words, you’ve got a primed market out there, jam packed with people who know there’s an issue but maybe aren’t fully in the loop, or simply, haven’t gotten their hands on a reusable straw just yet.

Our advice? Be the solution and you’ll forge a serious bond personally and professionally – and, of course, you’ll be laying the groundwork to share your branded straw over a quick drink (or two…).

Check out our new collection of reusable straws and set the wheels in motion for your next great promo piece.


10 Unique Promotional Gifts Under $1

Updated October 22, 2018

Got a Buck? Get Branding. The Top 10 Must-haves, All Under $1

Think high-quality branded premiums have to cost a fortune? Think again. Some of our most sought-after promotional items come in well under your budget – as in, $1 or less per item.

The best part? Not only are these branded items affordable, they’re fun, functional and always a customer favorite. In short, you get to look like the hero, delivering these must-haves to your clients, vendors and employees – while also looking like a hero back at the office because you didn’t break the bank. Talk about a win/win.

So where to start? These top 10 are our most popular premiums under $1. Start here and consider adding a few of these evergreen “go tos” to your collection.

1.Custom Fortune Cookies

Who doesn’t want to see into the future and snag a sweet treat in the process? Exactly – and that’s why these cookies are such a hit. Your brand on the packaging and on the fortune, ensures your message is front and center.

2. Javelin-style Folding Stylus Pen & Phone Stand

It’s a pen – and that’s always useful. But – boom! – this piece has a hidden hinge that, when popped out, forms a cell phone stand. It’s the ultimate two-in-one, perfect for the office, home office or for the car-turned-office.

3. Wine Bottle Custom Gift Bag

Who doesn’t love a great bottle of vino? But, often, it’s tough to recall who that sensational sip came from post-drop off. The solution – branded wine bags – available in black, blue, green and red. With a drawstring ribbon, your wine will stay secure, and because there’s plenty of space for big, bold branding, you’ll ensure they see your business and your message before raising a glass (or two…). Cheers to that.

4. Happy Face Memo Packs

Everyone needs self-adhesive notes and flags – why not package them up in a fun, memorable way? These Happy Face Memo Packs do just that, with a cute, smiling face on one side and your branding on the reverse. Pop a pack open for a set of 3” x 3” self-adhesive notes , plus self-adhesive flags.

5. Reusable Color-Changing Drinking Straws

In case you missed the memo (and the blog post …), reusable straws are the ultimate “it” item. Not only are they on-trend and in-demand, but they’re helping curb waste and giving the environment a serious boost. Recipients – and their kids – will love the color-changing feature of these reusable straws and, when they’re done, they can simply rinse or pop in the dishwasher and reuse. Bonus!

6. Earbud Winder

It happens every time – you toss your headphones in your bag or pocket and they come out a tangled mess. With this branded earbud winder it’s easy to keep headphones ready for action – and your message front-and-center. Earbuds simply wind around the laminated card – and around your logo, visual and call-to-action. It’s smart, it’s practical and it ensures you’re always top of mind.

7. Message Magnet

Whether it’s leaving an inspiring message on the breakroom fridge, or simply spelling out something funny heading into the weekend, these message magnets are a fun gift for any client. With 97 common household words included, it’s easy to create messages, and affix them to any magnetic surface.

Want to keep the fun going post-gift? Have clients share their best messages with a custom hashtag, then award a weekly or monthly winner with a special gift.

8. Custom Foam Putty

Think putty is just for kids? Think again. There’s something weirdly soothing about squishing these soft foam beads around in your hands, or molding this putty into fun shapes at your desk. And because they’re packaged two-per-set, there’s no end to what your customers can create – with your branding prominently featured every time they pop open the packaging.

9. Key Chain & Nail File Combo

Another low-cost contender for the fun-meets-functional list, these key chains do double duty – not only is it a great way to make keys more visible and grabbable, but it’s also a high quality nail file. It’s the perfect gift for your on-the-go clients because, let’s face it, you often need a nail file when you’re out and about. Now, they’ll have one – and with big, bold, full-color branding, they’ll always know who gave it to them.

10. Temporary Tattoos

Design your very own full-color, 1.5” temporary tattoos and let your customers or employees be the ultimate walking billboard for your brand. Easy to apply and made with FDA-approved veggie-based inks, these temporary tattoos are safe for anyone, including kids. And, with pricing as low as a few pennies, it’s easy – and affordable – to create an entire collection for your upcoming events, trade shows and client meetings.

Got questions? We’ve got answers. Get in touch to learn more about our $1 promo collection and to place your order now.