Latest News on Single Use Bag Bans in the United States

Latest News on Single Use Bag Bans in the United States

Last June a ban on single-use plastic bags was passed in Los Angeles. Starting January 1, 2014 single-use plastic bags were banned from stores that sell perishable foods and make at least $2 million in gross annual sales or occupy at least 10,000 square feet of retail space within the City of Los Angeles. The ordinance also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags and will extend to smaller stores on July 1, 2014. Stores that do not comply with the ban will be fined to encourage participation. The ban does not cover stores that do not carry groceries, such as department stores.

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3 Marketing Trends You Need to Know for 2014

3 Marketing Trends You Need to Know for 2014

Visual Social Media Will Help Your Brand Standout. Social media allows you to have direct, real-time interaction with your customers; you can gain valuable feedback, keep your followers engaged and spread the word about your brand all with a free membership. There is value in text based social media and there will always be a place for this medium, but make sure to use photos, videos and even Internet memes to connect with your followers. Visual imagery is engaging and on a social media platform photos and videos are more apt to be shared across your follower’s networks, which can lead to increased brand awareness and sales growth.

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How to Increase Brand Recognition? Here are 3 Easy Ways

How to Increase Brand Recognition? Here are 3 Easy Ways

Simply put, when people see your company’s logo or a slogan, or even if they can associate your corporate colors with your brand, that is brand recognition. When customers are aware of and recognize your brand that is an indication that you have successfully marketed your company and the products or services you provide. People like to stick with what they know and what they are familiar with, so there is a definite perk and value to creating and fostering that recognition

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How to Be Green in 2014

How to Be Green in 2014

Looking for Ways to Be Green in 2014? We’ve Got You Covered!

A new year means a fresh start to going green, or a time to take stock of your current green goals and initiatives and reevaluate your plans for 2014. Whether you’re new to going green or if you are trying to up the green factor either at work or at home, here are some ideas to help you hit your goals and help the environment.

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5 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

5 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

A fresh cut Christmas tree is a great way to celebrate the holidays, but once January rolls around you’ll need to dispose of your tree, and like everything else there are eco options available. Whenever possible it is best to avoid throwing things in landfills, because even if the item is biodegradable like trees are, they will not break down as quickly in a landfill. When recycling your tree make sure to remove all lights and decorations first and if you’re not sure where or how to recycle your tree we’ve rounded up some starting points for you to check out.

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Happy Holidays and Thank You for Your Commitment to Going Green

Happy Holidays and Thank You for Your Commitment to Going Green

The end of the year is a common time to reflect on the last 12 months and sort through goals for the upcoming year, and we here at Factory Direct Promos want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your green journey with us. We are thrilled to help you navigate your way to a more green manner of conducting business and living life, and we want to take this time to thank your for your commitment to going green and wish you a very happy holiday season.

There are a lot of great reasons why you may want to go green, from the environmental and financial benefits to just doing what is right for the planet. Going green can take some planning and work, but for many the work is worth the effort. We love that we can help you through this process whether you’re choosing a custom reusable promotional product or looking for ways to work green practices into your day-to-day operations or planning to be as green as possible at your next tradeshow.

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5 Ways to Stay Stress Free at Work this Holiday Season

5 Ways to Stay Stress Free at Work this Holiday Season

Stress is a common element of most workplaces and the holidays can introduce a whole new element of stress between planning for and sending out holiday gifts and cards and organizing and attending events in addition to taking care of the usual work demands things can easily spiral out of control. We’ve rounded up five suggestions to keep stress levels down and spirits up at work during the holidays.happy-holidays

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We Want to Know…What’s In YOUR Reusable Bag?

We Want to Know…What’s In YOUR Reusable Bag?

The beauty of reusable bags is that they are so incredibly versatile. Most folks think about using reusable grocery bag reusable bags for grocery shopping, which is great and they definitely fulfill a need whether at a large chain supermarket or a corner bodega. There’s no reason why you cannot also bring your reusable bags along when you run other errands or head to the mall and there is no reason to think of reusable bags as the same design.

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