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Product Safety & Social Compliance Statement

April 4th, 2016 No comments

Eco Marketing Solutions is committed to conducting all of our business activities with integrity, social responsibility and in compliance with all legal and ethical standards of each of the countries we conduct business in.

We carefully vet all our suppliers and their factories as both quality and safety are our most critical concerns.

Eco Marketing Solutions and its manufacturers shall comply with all applicable national, state, provincial and local laws and regulations, industry standards, UN Conventions, and any other requirements that pertain to product safety, employment practices and product manufacturing.

Eco Marketing Solutions requires strict compliance with this commonly accepted Code of Conduct from all of our suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors and other production facilities. Eco Marketing Solutions believes that by insisting on compliance, it will allow us to offer safe products, produced in a safe environment, while complying with all applicable national, local and international laws and regulations. To do this, they must ensure compliance with the following:

 

Child Labor

 

Eco Marketing Solutions absolutely forbids the use of child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Conventions or by the national law of the country where the work is being performed.

All employees must meet the country’s minimum age requirement to act as labor.

All factories that conduct business with Eco Marketing Solutions must maintain official records that verify the employee’s date of birth and date of employment. This documentation must be available for inspection at any time.

Forced Labor

 

Eco Marketing Solutions prohibits the use of prison or forced labor in the manufacturing of our products. This policy extends to all other third party suppliers or subcontractors that are involved in the manufacturing of Eco Marketing Solutions’ products.

 

Wages, Hours and Benefits

 

Our manufacturers and their associated suppliers must comply with all laws regulating wages, working hours, overtime and employee benefits for the particular country in which they are located.

All workers must be paid at least the national minimum wage.

 

Freedom of Association

We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.

 

Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices

 

Workers will not experience discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics.

Health and Safety

 

The workplace must be a safe and healthy environment based on the recognized international standards, local laws and regulations.

The factory and all work areas must be well lighted and ventilated.

The workplace must have sufficient operational and inspected fire extinguishers, and people trained to operate them. The workplace must also have functioning fire alarms.

All work areas must have clearly marked exits. These exits must remain unlocked and accessible during all working hours.

All doors, aisles, exits, stairwells and traffic areas are to be kept clear and accessible for easy evacuation.

All equipment must be maintained in good operating condition and up to code.

All factories must provide a well-stocked first-aid kit in each work area.

 

Environmental Issues

 

All factories must abide by all local and national environmental laws.

The factory must have in place policies and procedures for waste management, handling and disposal of chemicals and other dangerous materials. All emissions and effluent treatments must meet or exceed minimum legal and regulatory requirements.

Eco Marketing Solutions insists our vendors and their associated suppliers share our commitment to a clean and safe environment.

Eco Marketing Solutions reserves the right to either conduct its own inspections or have an appointed third party organization conduct inspections of Eco Marketing Solutions’ supplier’s factories, workplace environments, employment practices, records, and facilities at any time to ensure they are operating at a level meeting or exceeding Eco Marketing Solutions’ high standards.

California Proposition 65 Statements

 

All products shipped by Eco Marketing Solutions into the State of California are subject to Proposition 65 regulations. Proposition 65 is also known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Proposition 65 was originally enacted to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water supply from various chemicals determined by a state agency to cause birth defects, cancer or other diseases or harm. Over 850 chemicals are now included on California’s list of Proposition 65 chemicals. A complete list of chemicals can be found at www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.

Proposition 65 requires any person or company to give a “clear and reasonable warning” to any individuals before “knowingly and intentionally” exposing them to any of the listed Proposition 65 chemicals during the course of doing business. The regulation includes activities that involve manufacturing, assembling, distributing, storing, selling or any other activity that involves the transfer of consumer products.

This warning must occur unless the person or company can demonstrate that the exposure to the chemical is so small that it causes “no significant risk” or “no observable effect.” For most of the Proposition 65 chemicals, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has determined “safe harbor” levels of exposure. As long as the chemical level falls below the “safe harbor” level, no warning is required.

Eco Marketing Solutions is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. We have always and will continue to work with our vendors and suppliers to ensure all raw materials purchased from them will meet Proposition 65 standards. In addition to Proposition 65 compliance, Eco Marketing Solutions has also instituted testing and documentation procedures to help ensure that all of our products comply with all federal and state requirements.

Companies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to lawsuits relating to Proposition 65. Any section of Proposition 65 may be enforced by the California Attorney General, local district attorneys, and private plaintiffs filing suits in the public interest. Proposition 65 does not just cover items manufactured in California. It covers all products entering California. Businesses located outside the state that ship products to California fall under the regulation.

Eco Marketing Solutions’ efforts have primarily focused on the third party testing for signs of lead content in our products. Lead has traditionally been the primary concern for our customers and the main focus of Proposition 65 litigation. Our third party testing is designed to confirm that the product’s lining and exterior meet “safe harbor” requirements for lead content that have been accepted by Proposition 65 and California courts.

Eco Marketing Solutions cannot test every piece of product it ships into California and has not tested its products for every one of the over 850 Proposition 65 chemicals in addition to lead. Because of this, our customers may have some concern regarding Proposition 65 compliance. One option to ensure compliance is to include a label on all products that may ship to the State of California.
The label would state the following: WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Please contact us for more information on Proposition 65 and Eco Marketing Solutions’ compliance program.

 

Statement of Lead Content in Inks

 

Eco Marketing Solutions is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. Eco Marketing Solutions is continually working with our vendors to ensure all materials used in the production of our products meet all federal and state health and safety standards, including California Proposition 65.

Eco Marketing Solutions purchases inks and other supplies from a number of suppliers throughout the United States. Our ink suppliers have conducted extensive testing to document the lead content for all ink systems we currently use to decorate our products. The lead content of all the inks Eco Marketing Solutions uses meet all current local and federal regulations. Testing data is available upon request.

CPSIA Compliance

 

Eco Marketing Solutions has developed a comprehensive program to ensure products manufactured for our company comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. Eco Marketing Solutions CPSIA program includes testing for all CPSC-regulated standards applicable to our products, including lead content and lead in substrates, products containing certain phthalates and lead in paint and surface coatings.

Certain sections of the law do pertain to the Promotional Products Industry, specifically to those items classified as Children’s Products. All the items found in our online catalog are designed to meet applicable Federal and State regulations. However, these items are not designed for, or intended for use by children (unless marked otherwise). Despite this, Eco Marketing Solutions has undertaken testing campaigns to ensure that certain products that may appeal to children meet CPSIA requirements.

Eco Marketing Solutions utilizes accredited third party testing labs. These testing labs issue certificates to substantiate that the tested products meet all applicable CPSIA requirements.  Eco Marketing Solutions also maintains General Certificate of Compliance (GCC) forms for all products in our line that may appeal to children as well as products requiring general certification. These forms are available upon request.

Depending on what is reasonably practical, Eco Marketing Solutions satisfies the tracking label requirement by providing compliant tracking information on either individual item labeling or more commonly on packaging.

Though some CPSIA issues remain open and fluid, Eco Marketing Solutions wants to assure our customers that we are vigorously pursuing compliance with not only CPSIA, but all federal and local regulations and that we have a comprehensive testing and documentation program in place.

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Business Success 101: Keeping Business Simple – And Thriving

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Key to Business Success: Keep It Simple

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Austin, Texas: This is the 6 year anniversary of my company Eco Marketing Solutions and my 32nd year overall in this industry –and as I reflect on these 3+ decades, I attribute most of my success to keeping things simple.

Selling eco-friendly promotional products is not brain surgery.

I focus on three areas and everything else just falls into place:

1) Quick Followups: All emails and phone calls are returned within 90 minutes–usually within 10 minutes.

Why?  Because it’s the right way to handle messages.  I like my emails and calls returned quickly — and obviously, so do my clients.

2) Attention to Detail: In the promotional products business, there are many variables-such as product colors, ink colors, location of imprint, quality of artwork, deadlines, correct shipping addresses, etc. that need o be handled.  And deadlines seem to keep getting shorter and shorter.

We choose the old adage: Measure Twice, Cut Once. Careful attention to detail at the beginning of the order saves countless hours of last minute panic.

We do many orders within 24 and 48 hours.  We just make sure we are ready to go when we get those rush orders.

3) Referrals: Referrals are not the thing that I actively ask for.

I think that is a bit tacky.

We get so many referrals because customers are happy to tell their friends and colleagues about our company.

Referrals are our lifeblood.

How about your company?

Are you keeping things simple?

Do you always seem to be behind in production?

Are you getting plenty of referrals?

Keep your business simple.

Focus only on what gets optimum results.

Nothing else matters.

Simplicity keeps a business manageable.

I hope to be doing this for another 32+ years.

How about you?

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 33 years of experience in running and implementing promotional marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of organic promotional products,   imprinted bamboo promotional items, imprinted live tree seedlings and plant giftsseeded paper promotional items and  recycled imprinted pens and pencils in the country.

In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller has recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 250,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green and promoting environmental stewardship. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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How Do You Help Your Employees to Enjoy Nature on a Regular Basis?

October 9th, 2013 No comments

How Do You Encourage Your Employees to Spend More Time Outdoors?

encourage more outdoor meetings at workAustin, Texas:  As the weather starts to turn cool (or cold..depending on where you live) — we will be spending more time indoors.

On those nice warmer days left this year, why not make a point to hold meetings outdoors?

Have lunches outside.

Schedule a day in a park for litter pickup.

Host a fun recreational event or picnic outdoors.

As a green organization, too much time spent indoors takes away from the goal of your mission statement.

Whether your goal is is to further environmental causes, encourage greater stewardship of the environment or to help others reduce their carbon footprint– not spending enough time enjoying nature can have an adverse effect on your employees.

How can your employees advocate for the environment when they are not enjoying nature all winter?

Go outside…and encourage others to do so.

Sweater and light jacket days are still perfect for appreciating the natural surroundings and getting some fresh air.

What are you going to do you encourage your employees to spend more of their workday outdoors?

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Choosing Recycled Holiday Gifts: It Is a Reflection on Your Company

September 17th, 2013 No comments

Do You Plan to Hand Out Recycled Holiday Gifts This Year?

recycled Holiday giftsby Robert Piller

Austin, Texas:  Believe it or not, even though we are just halfway through with September, I have written up dozens of Christmas Holiday orders already for my clients.

Unfortunately, the debate is just as strong this year as in previous years– in trying to convince my clients that the Holiday gift they choose to give to their clients and employees is a reflection on their company and its ideals.

Are you planning to give recycled Holiday gifts out this year?

Electronic gifts are great. So are gifts of food.

But do they showcase what makes your company unique: your commitment to the environment?

Your branding is an accumulation of your marketing messages–from the way your staff is dressed, to the look and feel of your website and collateral materials, your blog posts, your promotional giveaways and the Holiday gifts that you hand out.

Be consistent in your messaging.

You cannot talk about how “green” your company is — and then hand out imported stress toys at trade shows and imprinted electronic gadgets for Christmas.

It sends out mixed signals and confuses your position in the minds of your clients, employees and prospects.

Choose your Holiday gifts wisely this year. 

Do your Holiday gifts reflect what you preach all year long about environmental stewardship?

Do they showcase your company in a positive way that enhances their opinion of you as a green organization?

Think green throughout all your customer contacts–because one weak link can ruin the goodwill you have worked so hard to achieve.

We practice what we preach here at Eco Marketing Solutions.

For the past few years I have given out recycled messenger bags, Christmas tree seedlings in a tube, bamboo cutting boards and hardcover books on the environment – all branded with my logo and messaging.

Give it some thought.

Start planning your Holiday gifts now – and insist on something recycled, organic and/or sustainable.

Happy Marketing!

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Are You Familiar With California’s New Safer Consumer Products Regulations Yet?

September 10th, 2013 No comments

Time to Get To Know California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California's Safer Consumer Products RegulationsBy Robert Piller

Austin, Texas: On October 1, 2013, California’s new Safer Consumer Products Regulations goes into effect.

According to the California Health and Safety Code 25251, a consumer product is any “product or part of the product that is used, bought, or leased for use by a person for any purpose,” meaning a huge universe of products will be potentially affected.

This broad legislation covers over 1,200 potential chemicals, compounds and derivatives.

According to an excellent report in GreenBiz.com, “A preliminary target list of about 230 chemicals is expected to be issued in mid-September. This list will give some insight into the breadth of products that will be effected. All companies selling products in California will need to be aware of whether their products contain one of these chemicals, and know who in their supply chain (manufacturer, importer, assembler or retailer) will be responsible for responding to requests from the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and filing required notices regarding their presence.

It is expected that requests for toxicity data on this first set of chemicals should be arriving in product seller and manufacturer’s mailboxes shortly after Oct. 1.”

The first 60 days of the law will set off a firestorm of activity and paperwork.

According to the GreenBiz.com report, “Every business involved in the sale of the selected product in California potentially could have a compliance obligation, if prior contractual arrangements have not been made. Each business will have to supply a document termed the “Priority Product Notification” 69503.7, which must include:

• Name and contact information.
• Statement that business is product manufacturer, importer, assembler or retailer.
• Type, brand name(s) and product name(s) sold.
• If a component, a description of all known product in which the component is used.”

If you sell products in California, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the Safer Consumer Products Regulations as soon as possible and to identify the chemicals used in your supply chain.

The Green Chemistry statute and Safer Consumer Product (SCP) Regulations regulations give the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control broad enforcement authority, including the right to publish a list of non-compliant entities on a public website, and to impose civil and criminal penalties of up to $25,000 per violation.

These two links are a good place to start:

CA.gov Toxic Substances Control

GreenBiz article

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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4 Steps to Becoming a Green Corporate Leader

July 17th, 2013 No comments

Are You an Industry Leader on Environmental Issues?

green corporate leadershipAustin, Texas: I have been blogging for years on ways to stand out and become known as a green corporate leader in your industry and in your community and always enjoy reading what others have to say on the topic.

I just read an interesting article in GreenBiz.com entitled, “4 steps to corporate leadership on climate change” that reiterates many of the ideas I have mentioned on becoming that corporate leader.

However, the article is do believing in the good of corporations rather than the reality of self-preservation to be too meaningful.

The article lists the 4 steps where corporations on lead on the climate, some of which I feel are pie in the sky:

Step 1: Lobby.   I offer a caveat to this step–which is lobby for best practices for the environment–not for your personal benefit.

Too much lobbying is done to protect one’s interest and to grandfather or roll back environmental regulations.

I am not sure that businesses today are able to lobby for anything outside of their personal interests– so I am not sure that lobbying for the good of the environment will take place by corporations.

Step 2: Align your trade groups. On the face of it, self governance within your industry makes sense. But like Step 1, this leaves way too much room for misuse, subterfuge and peer pressure to remain silent on environmental realities.

Step 3: Leverage your supply chain. This step has been done by many large corporations and has the greatest chance of success–especially by larger corporations.

Pressure and mandate your suppliers follow certain environmental standards and inspect and enforce. Great strategy that hits suppliers in the pocketbook for not doing right by green standards.

Step 4: Market your efforts.  Promote your efforts to the public–in order to gain momentum for your cause, as well as to stand out from your peers. If these green efforts were done in a vacuum, other corporate leaders would not feel pressure to step up and raise their game too.

Let’s hope that more corporations feel the need to stand out and support improved environmental regulations.

After all, we only have one Planet Earth.  Let’s support it for now–and for our future.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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The 50 Greenest Companies in the World

June 12th, 2013 No comments

New List of Top 50 Greenest Companies Shows Perception Ranks As High As Performance

New Study Shows the Rank of 50 Greenest CompaniesAustin, Texas: The 2013 Best Green Global Brands announced their Top 50 green global brands– and the names at the top are perennial winners.

Toyota maintaining the No. 1 spot, with Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Nissan, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Danone, Nokia and Dell rounding out the top 10.

Here is a list of the Top 50 Greenest Companies, according to the study.

This annual report on greenest companies measures the environmental perception of 100 global brands and compares it to those companies’ actual environmental performance.

According to an article in GreenBiz.com, this study has as much to do with perception as it does with actual performance.

This is an important distinction that many green marketers tend to miscalculate–performance vs. perception.

If your company is perceived as a green company, then your ranking in the public’s mind will be higher.

But if you violate that built up trust, you will quickly go out of favor.

  • – Assuming that your actions and performance are actually eco-friendly and environmentally sensitive– then how is your perception?
  • – When reviewing you policies, what are you doing to increase perception of your green-ness?
  • – Are you confusing the public with advertising or behaviors that contradict your perception?
  • – Are you promoting education about the environment to your audience?
  • – Are you working hard to show how your company’s carbon footprint is being reduced?
  • – Are you promoting your green stewardship?
  • – Do your advertising and marketing campaigns highlight your commitment to waste reduction?

If not, now is the time to clean up and improve your perception.

Again, I am not talking about greenwashing–which is dishonest and a fast way to ruin your reputation.

I am talking about not just being a green company–but improving your company’s perception to the public.

It takes both–perception and performance.

What can you do to improve your green perception to the public?

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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CPSIA: Understanding The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

December 28th, 2012 No comments

Do You understand how the CPSIA affects your promotional productsAre You Familiar With The CPSIA and How It Can Affect Your Promotional Items?

Austin, Texas: Eco Marketing Solutions has Product Safety as one of its tenets in its Code of Conduct.

It is imperative to understand how the CPSIA rules and regulations can affect your business- as certain items may be classified as a children’s items–whether or not it was originally intended to be that way.

Some of the many determining factors include product use, intended audience, distribution method, decoration, embellishment or design and other factors.

Don’t be caught off-guard.

Download the latest Guide To Navigating The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which can become your one source for CPSIA information. This book covers everything from a definition of a children’s product, to standards and regulations, to specific supplier and distributor information and even answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Best of all, work with a promotional products distributor who has a deep and clear understanding of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

It can save your company a great deal of money, time , aggravation, stress and embarrassment.

Eco Marketing Solutions stays current with the latest in CPSIA rules and regulations, and continues to write, speak and blog about the Act on a regular basis.

Don’t take CPSIA for granted.  Work with a knowledgeable firm that understands labeling and packaging requirements to stay current with this ever changing ruling.

Knowledge of the law can be worth the price many times over.

Let us know how we can help answer any of your CPSIA concerns with regard to your upcoming promotional products campaign.

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In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country.  You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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New Study:The United States Has Just 1 Company in Top 20 Greenest Companies

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

New List of Green Companies Shows That America is Falling Behind the Rest of the World in Clean Energy

New List of Top Green Companies shows that American firms are falling behindAustin, Texas:  Newsweek just released their annual Top 500 Greenest Global Companies list, and you will see that the growth of environmentalism and sustainability has moved primarily overseas, not in the United States.

What is most interesting is that although many of these companies are in European countries, Brazil and India  have the top 3 companies and IBM is the only American company in the Top 10, let alone the Top 20.

Despite many of the blowhards running for Congress, alternative energy will be the fastest growing energy source over the next 20 years. Unless this country fully focuses its strengths (time, finances, attention, and leadership) we will fall behind most countries and our leadership position may never come to fruition.

America cannot remain a global leader if it is not in the Top 3 in alternative energy production.

We will miss the boat and export everything from wind turbines to batteries and solar cells.

We can reinvigorate our American workforce by investing in these clean energy jobs now.

Yes, there will be some hits and misses – as Mitt Romney likes to point out.

But without strong leadership, we will have wasted our opportunity to become a leader in clean energy — and fall behind Brazil, India, China and all of Europe.

Without a sudden shift, we will not be able to achieve leadership position in the future of clean, alternative energy, which will continue to become the biggest growth segment of the new global economy.

Restoring America’s future should be a bi-partisan issue.

Let’s vote for more green and clean energy now.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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Apple Does a Quick About Face and Rejoins EPEAT Standards

July 16th, 2012 No comments
Apple rejoins EPEAT rating system

Apple reverses course-rejoins EPEAT ratings standard

Austin, Texas:  Less than two days after removing themselves from EPEAT standards, Apple has done a complete 180 and has rejoined the EPEAT ratings standards.

In what can only be described as a victory for consumer activists, Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice-president of hardware engineering,wrote in an open letter on Apple’s site that “We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognise that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.”

When cities, such as San Francisco starting to remove Apple from their bid list, Apple took immediate notice.

Kudos to Apple for recognizing its folly and making a quick change to green.

Way to save face, make extra money and do the right thing!

A lesser company might have delayed. But as we all know, take the quick hit and go back to where you belong.

Welcome back, Apple, to our Green Community.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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