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Stay Healthy and Safe From COVID-19

In the promotional product industry and in retail, we are seeing a stock issue for hand sanitizer as people begin to prepare themselves for any illnesses that may come their way. Don’t worry, hand sanitizer isn’t the only way to keep hands clean during this time! In fact, it comes second to hand soap on the list of recommended care from the CDC. Being germ-free is more important than ever right now and understanding the ways for everyone to do their part in staying clean and aware is essential to staying healthy. 

Wash Your Hands 

Washing your hands with hand soap and water is the preferred method for keeping your hands germ-free and has proven to work better than hand sanitizer. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Our favorite and fun way to guarantee 20 seconds is singing Happy Birthday to yourself two times! It’s also important to avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands and always being aware of what you touch especially in public spaces. 

Stay Home If You Feel Sick 

If you feel sick, stay home to avoid running the risk of getting your co-workers, family or friends sick. Many companies are allowing their employees to work from home to avoid any sickness spreading through their office or to their clients! Find what works best for you and be open with your employer if you are feeling under the weather. It’s important to not be careless during a time like this. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, if you see someone that looks like they have symptoms of being sick, keep your distance and your hands to yourself. 

Clean and Disinfect 

Keeping your belongs and your home clean should be a top priority and should stay top of mind. Areas that are touched and used frequently should be cleaned daily to avoid the spread of germs. Disinfecting your car, kitchen table, bathrooms and kitchen should be an everyday occurrence to avoid any illnesses.  

Quick Tip: if disinfectant is sold out at a store near you, you can dilute household bleach or use alcohol solutions that have at least 70% alcohol.   

Stay up to date and alert 

Stay up to date on the risks of COVID-19 and understand the symptoms. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and know the symptoms of COVID-19.  

For more information on symptoms, how it spreads, and general information visit the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention website on Coronvirus. 

A Coronavirus Controversy: DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer and cleaning products are running scarce in a time where staying healthy is more important than ever. At Gorilla Marketing, we aren’t scientists … We just love promotional products and we understand that brands want to hand out branded hand sanitizer to clients during the Coronavirus crisis. With the heightened fear of the spreading virus and the desire to keep everyone’s hands clean, there has been a shortage of hand sanitizer in the promotional product industry and in retail.  

DIY Hand Sanitizer is proving to be a controversial alternative that many believe is not worth the hassle. We think you have the right to form your own opinion on DIY hand sanitizer and to find a solution that you see fitting for yourself during a stressful time. Below are a few interesting videos we found on the controversy that we think are worth the watch.  

The Telegraph, a national British broadcast newspaper, says experts don’t find DIY hand sanitizer as a fitting alternative to the store-bought kind. They talk through some of the common DIY recipes for hand sanitizers and provide an informational case as to why you shouldn’t try this at home. 

TODAY says that the golden standard is and always will be soap and water and to proceed with caution with DIY hand sanitizers. The focus should shift towards stocking up on essentials such as pain relivers, freezer friendly foods, fever reducers, and household supplies in case of a quarantine emergency.  

If you are still interested in making hand sanitizer on your own, CBS News shares a quick and easy way to make it with common household products. When making your own hand sanitizer at home, you should always follow the directions and use the correct products. 

The World Health Organization has easy to follow Instructions for a mixture that they recommend using when creating your own at home. The information can be found in WHO’s detailed guide to creating DIY hand sanitizer. 

We are not experts on this topic but the products we do offer in the realm of hand sanitizers are FDA compliant and safe to use. We understand that this shortage can cause branding frustrations and fears. Reach out with any questions you may have about stock shortages, shipments and germ fighting alternatives that we may have to brand!  

What Makes a Product Eco Friendly?

2020 is the year that of the planet. Everyone’s saying it but what does that mean? 

In the world of promotional products, branded giveaways, and swag, it can seem very confusing. After all, a reusable water bottle is eco-friendly because it eliminates single-use plastics, but what about the material it’s made from? Is that eco-friendly? 

At Gorilla Marketing we hold sustainable and eco-friendly promotional products to a higher standard and help you to understand the benefits of going green with your branded merchandise. When deciding which eco-friendly products to add to our collection, we look at several different attributes that show us the value the product has to the environment so you can decide for yourself the value a given item adds to the environment.  

Criteria #1: Reduces Impact 

Many products are made from a percentage of renewable and sustainable materials to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that is used in making products. These products will range anywhere from 20%-90% environmentally friendly fiber with the rest of the product being made from polypropylene. This significantly reduces the impact these products have on the environment.  

Criteria #2: Reusable 

Reusable items are sustainable alternatives to everyday items. These items may not necessarily be made from a sustainable material, but they are made to replace items that we often don’t use as reusable. Reusable straws and grocery totes are some of the more popular reusable items that help make a sustainable impact.  This year, we will start seeing more sustainable items like this such as reusable sandwich bags and produce bags. These items will help eliminate the wasteful plastic options that are overly used and wasted in the environment.  

Criteria #3: Made from Recycled Material 

Items made from recycled water bottles or RPET are popular, sustainable and impactful. These items are usually fully made from these recycled materials and significantly reduce wasteful consumption and come with a fun backstory. Knowing the story, as well as the percent of recycled material in a product makes decision making easier. 

Criteria #4: Biodegradable  

Items that are made from biodegradable material can be left outside and will begin to decompose. Items such as backpacks made from washable paper and some cardboard pens are biodegradable options. Suppliers of these items typically indicate an amount of time. Shorter time to biodegrading is more desirable. 

Criteria #5: Socially Compliant and Chemical Free 

Prop 65 compliant items are important to our health and well-being. The items in the Eco Collection are all Prop 65 compliant (unless otherwise noted on the item description). We also note if items are BPA free, PVC free and Phthalate free.  

Criteria #6: Organic 

Organic cotton is a popular material for totes and apparel items. It is created without using chemical pesticides or harmful fertilizers, making it a better alternative to everyday cotton.  

Criteria #7: Certified Products  

Certified recycled products and FSC certified paper products are products that have specific certifications to back up what the product is made form. Certified recycled products need to have a certain percentage of recycled content that meets Federal Trade Commision guidelines. FSC certified paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, guaranteeing that no harm was done to the world’s forest in the creation of that product.  

As the Eco-friendly product category continues to grow in popularity, we will add to our collection. Our hope is that by sharing information such as this and highlighting awesome products that meet these criteria, we can help to increase the popularity of these products and see the offering expanded to include even more choices for products that don’t negatively impact our environment.  

Have any questions or looking for something specific?  

Reach out to us about The Eco Collection! 

Our 2020 Vision on Promotional Product Trends

With the year 2020 just around the corner and the chaos of 2019 finally dwindling down, we wanted to share some of our 2020 product predictions. The new year is an exciting time for new marketing plans and promotional products for every brand. Below are just a few of the products we see being a huge hit for the new year. 

Foldable Reusable Straw   

A different take on a 2019 favorite. The foldable straw comes in a convenient case and gives reusable straws a more uniform and retail look. Since reusable straws are made to reduce and reuse, why not brand ones that are made to stay for a longer period of time? We think higher end reusable straws are going to make a lasting impression in the 2020 year.  The foldable straw is based off a retail brand called “Final Straw” these straws are available to brand at a minimum quantity of 12 and pricing as low as $24.50 a unit.  

Custom Wooden Puzzle

Throwback to the 90s at the start of a new decade with fully custom wooden cubes. The branding capabilities on these neat toys make this a product made for creatives and big ideas. It’s a conversational piece that makes as a great client gift or product launch announcement. If you want to add a more modern look to the everyday wooden cube check out these wooden puzzles. These wooden puzzles are available for a minimum quantity of 50 at pricing as low as $4.67 a unit.  

Custom Socks 

Custom Socks are not a thing of the past. They are a cozy reminder of your brand that relates to a large audience and gives you endless full-color, branding capabilities. Custom socks are made to be as fun and unique as you desire. They leave a favorable impression that provides longevity that is sure to stick with clients throughout the 2020 year.  Whether its knit or sublimated, there’s a sock for your brand and a way to brand it. Pro tip: Add custom packaging to your socks for a low price to add a retail look to your branded products. Contact an Account Executive today to discuss pricing and branding possibilities. 

Custom Shape Acrylic Phone Rings       

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Phone accessories continue to take the promotional product industry by storm and brands are always looking for a way to add a different flare to an everyday product. Phone rings are a PopSocket alternative that grew in popularity in 2019 as a low-cost alternative to the retail brand. What makes phone rings a creative way to brand is its fully custom shapes and capabilities that can be molded to fit big ideas. Make your phone rings as unique as you want by turning it into your logo or mascot. These custom phone rings are available at a minimum of 1,000 and as low as $2.92 a unit.  

Foldable Coffee Cups  

Packable coffee cups take bringing coffee on the go to a new level. It makes it an easy way to store your cup in a backpack or purse when you are running late to the office or have a meeting you don’t want to bring your coffee into. Reusable coffee cups like these are collapsible and sustainable while helping in the efforts of eliminating disposable cups. Stojo is a brand with a mission to eliminate waste while working towards a better future for the planet. The brand is a member of 1% for the Planet, committing 1% of annual Stojo revenue to environmentally focused non-profit organizations. These collapsible coffee cups are available for a minimum of 72 and pricing as low as $18.08 a unit.  

Blue Light Blocking Glasses 

These glasses are growing in popularity in the retail industry and are now beginning to pop up in the promotional product industry. They block out blue lights from computer screens, making it easier to look at screens for longer periods of time without straining or causing damage to your eyes. We predict this product will have a huge impact on the promotional product industry and will continue to grow in popularity as the benefit of wearing them is seen as a necessity. These blue light blocking glasses are available for a minimum quantity of 250 and as low as $3.40 a unit.  

Reusable Lunch Boxes  

Going green and moving towards a more sustainable way of life is a trend we see continuing throughout the 2020 year. Not only is this trend good for the environment, it provides your brand with the opportunity to always be in your client’s hands throughout the day. We are seeing more retail looks to the everyday lunch box and see this as an item that will continue to grow in popularity and options. The reusable lunch box option pictured is available for a minimum quantity of 60 and as low as $8.98 a unit.  

Now is the perfect opportunity to get familiar with the trends that will make a huge impact in the promotional product industry in the year 2020. So whether you’re interested in any of these ideas or something else? 

Contact us today and let’s get your 2020 Vision locked in! 

Cozy Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Branded blankets? Yes please! Warm and cozy and perfect for fall or holiday gifting, they showcase appreciation in a warm, comfortable way. Blankets pair well with colder weather and hot cocoa and are also a great way to show you care. Finding the perfect blanket for the holiday should be easy, that is why we picked our top four favorites to help make employee or client gifting easy this season.  

Frosted Sherpa Blanket 

This two-tone fleece blanket is comfy, cozy, and perfect for the holidays. Its ultra-plush frosted look can be beautifully branded to fit your brand’s needs. The minimum quantity is 25 and pricing is as low as $25.99 a unit.  

Crochet Knit Blanket 

The perfect addition to cozy nights on the living room couch. The branded leather patch gives it a retail look and feel that makes this blanket a gift, clients can’t refuse. This blanket comes in a light gray and dark navy. The minimum order quantity is 12 and pricing starts at $29.22 a unit.  

Faux Fur Throw  

The soft fur top and sherpa material combination makes this blanket incredibly soft and comfortable. This blanket makes holiday gifting easy and gives your brand the longevity you want from holiday gifts. The minimum quantity is 12 and pricing is as low as $36.99 a unit.  

Plaid Wool Blanket 

The fringe ends and plaid design make this a retail-inspired blanket everyone can appreciate. If you are looking for a gift that will make a lasting impression and make a great addition in a living room or bedroom, this is the blanket for your brand. The plaid is a unique look that is paired with a soft touch. This blanket is a gift that will keep on giving past the holiday season. The minimum quantity 12 pricing as low as $46.22 a unit.  

Like any of these ideas or have some of your own? We are a one stop shop for holiday gifting!  

Contact us today to make your ideas come to life.