Monday, June 10th, 2013

Plastics Pros Walk the Sustainability Walk In resinGEAR

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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association is leading a coalition of North American plastics associations in the launch of a line of branded clothing made from recycled plastic that will work as uniforms, business gifts, gear for meetings, trade shows and other events.

The brand name is resinGEAR and the other plastics associations joining SPI in this effort are the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) and the Western Plastics Association (WPA). Part of the proceeds from sale of the clothing and other gear will go back to the associations to help support their sustainability programs.

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SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux said, “Since we expanded our organization’s mission to include the promotion of zero waste strategies, SPI has been seeking innovative ways to show we ‘walk the walk.’” He added that resinGEAR, along with SPI’s other sustainability and recycling initiatives, visibly shows the North American plastics industry’s dedication to keeping its products out of landfills, as well as pushing sustainable manufacturing. The resinGEAR program will generate funding for future SPI sustainability initiatives.

180w-SPI-009The colorful (to say the least) resinGEAR items you see with this post are a small sample of the executive, promotional, uniform, and sports gear in the line, which includes many more shirts, plus jackets, hats, tote bags, and more. Most of the items are available in more colors than what you see on this page, including white, gray, black, and navy blue.

The clothing and other resinGEAR  items can be customized and branded with the buyer’s logo and company name, and the variety of choices means everyone connected with a company, from top managers to production staff to customers can visually demonstrate the company’s sustainability commitment. The website describes the recycled content in more detail.

All the resinGEAR merchandise is made in the USA or Canada, and not only is the clothing made from recycled plastic, but it also is itself recyclable.

If you attended one of SPI’s meetings this spring you saw samples of resinGEAR, most likely the shirts pictured on this page. I have one in that brilliant orange color and I like it. It’s comfortable and a great way to make a statement in favor of recycling plastic, and as the line from Mel Brooks’ film The Producers puts it, if you got it, flaunt it.

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