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Another CPSC Clothing Recall: When Will They Ever Learn?

December 16th, 2013 No comments

Does Your Promotional Products Company Know How to Help Avoid Costly Consumer Product Recalls?

choosing-promotional-productsAustin, Texas: I just read about another clothing recall for girls hooded sweatshirts –recalled because of drawstrings in the hood.

Although not a single injury was reported, these hoodies were recalled because of the possibility of a choking hazard.

Now, I’m not promising that you will never have a product that catches the attention of the Consumer Product Safety Commission — but I can assure you that our team is very diligent in avoiding potential problems.

Does your promotional products distributor understand CPSIA and all of its ramifications?

Is price your only concern when buying promotional products – or is value and safety more important?

Use a promotional products company that understands CPSIA and all of your potential risks and liabilities.

Promotional products are a great way of building brand awareness, creating community and capturing market share.

Don’t let them ruin your reputation instead.

Choose your promotional products distributor wisely.

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of prevention

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 30 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 organic promotional products,   imprinted bamboo promotional items, imprinted live tree seedlings and plant giftsseeded paper promotional items,  recycled imprinted 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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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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5 Steps to Avoiding Product Recalls on Your Promotional Products

November 8th, 2012 No comments

Be Sure Your Promotional Products are CPSIA Complaint to Avoid Recalls and Legal Issues

Tips to prevent product recall on promotional productsAustin, Texas: Although it seems like the  promotional products budgets seems to have increased for the majority of firms this past year as the economy picks up, the number of lawsuits have also increased.

Promotional products made overseas for large retail companies have been getting recalled at an alarming pace for lead content – either in the product or on the embellishments or imprint inks. This list includes shirts, water bottles, magnetic items –to name a few.

These companies should have known better as these recalls were easily avoidable with a little due diligence.

However, what is a smaller company to do to navigate the safety waters and to avoid product recalls and bad publicity for the promotional products.

Here are some tips to consider when ordering promotional products safely:

1) Learn the Law. Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) aimed at protecting children 12 years of age and under from all products containing lead and phthalates.

2) Try to determine if your promotional product is for children or for general use.  This is a judgment that a court might determine–not for you to decide for the court.     Some obvious things to consider:

  1. a- Is it a game or a toy?
  2. b-Is it brightly colored?
  3. c-Does it have a licensed character on it?  Even if it is an adult XXL men’s sweatshirt, if it has a cartoon character or licenced character on it – it might very well be construed as a child’s item.
  4. d- Does it appeal to a child 12 years or under?

3) Get proper testing and certification. If you will be importing your promotional products, it pays t spend a few hundred dollars getting third party certification.  The company that you purchase these items should know how to get this done.

If you are ordering off-the-shelf stock promotional items, ask for the certification certificate for that item.

4) Vet your Promotional Products Distributor. Work with a promotional products distributor that has experience in compliance and carefully vets his suppliers for product safety and social compliance.   We make sure everybody has taken classes on CPSIA compliance and has a firm knowledge in the law and its ramifications.

5) Err on the side of safety and caution. When in doubt, redesign the product so that it cannot be misconstrued as a child’s item — or get the certification that is required just to be on the safe side.

Promotional products can be a great way to market your brand and to reach a targeted audience.  It has one of the lowest cost per thousand impressions of any form of advertising out there.

Just cross your T’s and dot your I’s – and work only with a promotional products company that understands CPSIA to avoid any unplanned issues.

Here’s to a successful promotional event.
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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 reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, 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 — 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.

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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Watered Down CPSIA Bill Finally Passed

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

Austin, Texas: Nearly three years after Congress passed the original new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has become a bill (CPSIA), President Obama has signed a separate bill modifying the controversial legislation. The amendments to the law, recently passed almost unanimously by the U.S. House and Senate, expand the discretion of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), allowing regulators greater flexibility in directing third-party testing standards.

The amendments specifically address several enforcement questions that have lingered since 2008, clarifying product exemptions and the responsibilities of manufacturers. In effect, the new law narrows the CPSIA’s lead-testing requirements to products manufactured since the date of enactment, creates certain exceptions for small-batch manufacturers (annual revenues under $1 million) and removes lead limits for used children’s products. As part of the changes to the CPSIA, the CPSC must also seek public comment on ways to reduce the burden and cost of third-party testing.

On the topic of tracking labels, the CPSC now has authority to exclude specific products from previous mandates. If the commission determines that placing a tracking label on an item is not practical, a manufacturer will earn an exemption. The legislation also seeks to ease some manufacturers’ concerns about the CPSIA database, which allows virtually anyone to post complaints about a product. The CPSC is now required to stay publication for five extra days when it receives notice of materially inaccurate information. The CPSC must also attempt to get a serial number or a photo of an item from the consumer questioning the safety of a product.

The amendments, while providing more authority to the CPSC in determining testing requirements, have not changed the action schedule regarding lead limits. The amount of lead allowable in children’s products dropped from 300 parts per million (ppm) to 100 ppm on August 14, but only products that are manufactured after this date will have to adhere to the stricter limits. The mandate applies to all manufacturers, importers, retailers and distributors of children’s products.

This looks like a compromise bill that looks better on the surface than it actually is.  It is completely watered down, and in the climate of economic uncertainty, it appears that business interests came before health and safety.

I do not know why the government even bothered with such an ineffective law, unless it was just for appearance sake. It appears to have many loopholes and exceptions, and personally, I think it is a complete sham.

We can do better.

Are the lobbyists running this country– or concerned citizens? No wonder the Tea Party movement has resonated so fast.  People are getting fed up with a governmnt that wastes time on issues– but never comes up with solutions.

The role of government is to provide a safety net for its citizens–military,roads, education and public safety.  Can’t they get any of these right?

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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.

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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Is there Too Much Government Regulation on Environmental Regulations for Small Business

October 16th, 2010 No comments

Is it too hard to fulfill government environmental  regulations Last week, while completing a bid for some eco-friendly imprinted promotional items for the State of California, I was taken back at the stack of certification I had to supply, along with my pricing.  Just to submit a bid, I had to provide such documentation as:

My first thoughts were: Why all this paper for the California, when the other 49 states do not require this thoroughness?  Is the government truly anti-business? Is there too much government regulation?

After spending a few hours gathering the necessary forms, I took a deep breath and relaxed.

Then, I began to smile as I decided that this is exactly the type of regulations that are best for the country.  In fact, if all 49 other states would require this detailed information, then every supplier would have this information readily available—perhaps even on their websites. It would then take a matter of seconds to gather all this information.

Sure, people will cry that this will “cost jobs”.   I say BS! Read more…