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Personalize sustainable promotional products

Petra Berger
14. Jänner 2021 •

In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for promotional items made from sustainable materials. As general awareness and concern for the environment grows, these items are trendy and popular and a great way for businesses to support sustainability. Laser engraving is a great way to meet the demand for sustainable promotional items. The laser engraving of promotional items with a company logo, name or lettering turns giveaways into something special. In addition, the process of laser engraving itself is an ecologically responsible choice. The technology is emission-free, environmentally friendly and can reduce logistics costs.

What makes promotional products sustainable

Promotional products remain popular with customers in all industries. A promotional gift can strengthen the connection with a brand or company. Sustainable promotional products differ from conventional items. There is no standardized list of criteria but recycled or recyclable materials are often used. Fair trade can also be a selection criterion. Sustainable promotional products are long-lasting. Another possible aspect that makes sustainable promotional products stand out is logistics: Regionally manufactured products are favored due to their lower CO2 emissions. These five criteria can be used as a guide.

Five criteria for sustainable promotional products

  • Made from organic or biodegradable material
  • Made from recycled material
  • Manufactured under fair production conditions
  • Alternative energy is used in production
  • A short transport route and thus reduced CO2 emissions can also be a criterion

Four examples of laser-engraved sustainable promotional products

“Give green” – what options are there for the laser engraving of sustainable promotional products?
Here are four examples: 

  • Lunch boxes made from bamboo fiber
    “Meal prep” is becoming increasingly popular. With this type of promotional item, sustainability is always a priority. Lunch boxes are distinctive with the laser engraving of a name or a catchy slogan.
  • Glass drinking straws
    Glass drinking straws can be used multiple times. Here, too, a simple object can be enhanced by laser finishing.
  • High-quality bamboo snack boards
    Bamboo is grass, not wood. This environmentally-friendly, natural raw material grows particularly quickly. Products made from FSC-certified bamboo are also available.
  • Postcards made from TroCraft Eco for creative sustainability
    The environmentally-friendly material TroCraft Eco consists of pure cellulose fibers, is biodegradable and is produced without emissions. A wide variety of promotional items such as postcards or keyrings can be made from this versatile wooden board using laser engraving and laser cutting. Get more information on our TroCraft Eco.

Laser samples and tips & tricks

In the Trotec Know-how section you’ll find a lot of laser samples and tips and tricks for laser engraving sustainable promotional items.


More about the author: Petra Berger

Petra Berger is Product Marketing Manager of Engraving at Trotec. With a lot of enthusiasm and creativity, she is responsible for marketing the “Speedys” – the fastest laser engravers on the market.
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