• Must See Cyber Sale for Your Business

    Kick off your Cyber holiday shopping and enjoy next column pricing and free setup when you place a Cyber Monday 2013 order for Reusable Tsunami Bags with us December 2 through December 6. This deal is only available for a limited time so if you’ve been thinking about creating your brand's custom reusable bag, now is the time to act. We are offering our newest and most popular, eco-friendly reusable bag with this unheard of deal.
  • What's The Difference Between a Custom Overseas Order and a Customized Domestic Order?

    What's The Difference Between a Custom Overseas Order and a Customized Domestic Order? When you decide to create a customized promotional product with us here at Factory Direct Promosfdp logo, you have a couple of options to choose from and while the two ways to order may sound confusing, they really aren't. Let's break down the differences to help you determine which option is the best fit for you and your brand.
  • What Is The Impact of Bag Bans and Fees on Business?

    How Do Bag Bans and Fees Impact Business? Single use bag bans and fees do not have a significant impact on retail business and in fact, can actually lower costs. People need to purchase groceries and other goods regardless of a ban, so while there may be a period of adjustment, ultimately things will go on as normal. A common criticism of single use bag bans and fees is that an ordinance will drive consumers away – the claim is residents will shop in nearby areas where there is not a similar law, but there is no evidence to back this claim up. People are very adaptable and while a law regulating the use of disposable bags may take some getting used to and may temporally cause consumers to complain, ultimately people will realize the new single use bag law is not inconvenient, and they will continue to shop at the stores impacted by the ban.
  • 3 Ways a Reusable Bag Can Help You Go Green at Work or Home This Holiday

    Wondering How to Go Green This Holiday? Look to Reusable Bags! Reusable bags are handy year round, but they are also a convenient way to add some custom-wine-tote-bagssustainability to your holiday planning. Here are three ways you can use a reusable bag during the holidays to make your life easier and make the holidays greener.
  • How Do Shoppers and Retailers Really Feel About Bag Bans and Reusable Bags?

    Do Shoppers and Retailers Like Bag Bans and Reusable Bags? The Answer Might Surprise You


    In a 3-2 vote, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided to develop an ordinance banning disposable plastic bags in unincorporated areas and supporting reusable bags. The proposed single use plastic bag ban will impact stores of at least 10,000 square feet that sell dry groceries or canned goods, as well as drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, food marts and convenience food stores or similar retail stores.

    The ban would not extend to restaurants, department stores and wine-tasting rooms. The City of Santa Barbara has in place a ban on disposable plastic bags that also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

    Santa Barbara North County Residents On Board with Bag Ban

    While a single use plastic bag bans are becoming more common in California and worldwide, there is typically some resistance to such measures; however, that does not appear to be the case in Santa Barbara County - in a recent poll of 40 North County residents in unincorporated areas, all of the people polled confirmed they were aware of similar bans and they had no problems with such bans.

    Obviously the sample size of this poll was very small, but it is telling that not a single person was opposed to the ban. A lot of people in Santa Barbara County already bring their own reusable grocery bags when they shop, so the law will not really have an impact on them.

    A lot of residents also support the ban because of the positive impact it will have on the environment. Eliminating disposable plastic bags at the checkout that means there will be fewer bags that will end up as trash that litter streets, neighborhoods and the oceans harming and killing wildlife and costing millions in local tax dollars to clean up.

    Nearby Communities Pave the Way for Consumer and Retailer Support

    Maybe the reason the folks of Santa Barbara County like their reusable shopping bags and are so inclined to support a single use plastic bag ban is that they have had experience with bans when shopping in nearby cities and counties – from San Luis Obispo to Malibu, many of the areas around Santa Barbara County already have disposable plastic bag bans in place.

    When speaking of the single use plastic bag ban in nearby San Luis Obispo resident Jenna Miller said, “I love it. It’s good for the environment, but it did take a while to get used to.”

    Santa Barbara residents have also observed that disposable plastic bag bans do not take a negative toll on businesses. When speaking of the single use plastic bag ban Linette Grosenback, manager at DePalo & Sons in San Luis Obispo said “It hasn’t really affected us. Most customers really think about whether or not they need a bag. Some people get upset at the 10 cents if they forgot their bag, but for the most part, customers don’t care (about the ban).”

    Retailers in Eugene, Oregon actually have found that they are spending less since a ban was implemented.


    Details of Bag Ban Still to Be Confirmed But Support Abounds

    The Santa Barbara County staff is still working out the specifics of the ban and no start date has been set, but it is likely that once this ban is official it will meet with little resistance from both consumers and retailers in this area since there is so much support and many shoppers already own and use reusable shopping bags. It is with great pleasure that we add Santa Barbara County to our plastic bag ban map and we wish the residents all the best!

  • Chicago O'Hare Goes Green and Gets On Board with Reusable Bags!

    As part of a policy to create a healthier and more environmentally friendly workplace single useCDA plastic bags will be banned at Chicago’s O’Hare airport – which is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. in terms of the number of passengers who pass through each year.
  • Latest News on European Union Bag Ban

    In a highly followed and much anticipated move the European Union released the details of a plan that would give member countries the power to tax or even ban single use plastic bags. Several member countries, like Denmark, Germany and Italy have measures in place and this new initiative would make it easier for member countries without such laws to reduce or completely eliminate the consumption of disposable plastic bags without negatively impacting trade with fellow member countries.
  • 5 Reasons Sustainability is Important for Your Next Promotional Product

    There are a lot of factors to consider when you think about how to promote your brand and what promotional tools you will use. Sustainability is an important feature to think about and here are five reasons why you should consider sustainability the next time you create a custom branded promotional item.
  • How to Easily Market Your Small Business

    Don’t let the name fool you – small business is big business. Small businesses contribute to the strength of our economy and they create jobs. Every major corporation started out as a small business and this is inspiration to foster and grow small businesses. The key to growth is consistency. In order for a small business to grow they need a constant demand for the products or services they provide, and as this demand grows the business will be able to turn more of a profit and reinvest this profit into their business by hiring additional staff, purchasing new equipment, moving into a larger space or maybe opening new locations.
  • Making Sense of Bottled Water...Startling Stats to Impress Your Friends!

    Staying hydrated is definitely important, but don’t fall for the marketing hype behind bottled water. Many companies that sell bottled water want you to believe this water is cleaner or somehow healthier and this is nothing more than a marketing ploy to get you to spend your money. Not only is bottled water an unnecessary expense, but it also creates a lot of trash and wastes a lot of resources.

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