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What is Wheat Straw Plastic?

You may have heard of bamboo and eucalyptus being eco-friendly materials, but have you discovered wheat straw as a sustainable alternative?

What is wheat straw?

Wheat straw is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. It comes from the byproduct leftover from a wheat harvest – the dry stalk residue found after the grain is harvested. Common straw is typically a waste product, but throughout the years we have found additional uses for it, such as animal feed, bedding, thatched roofs, and now an alternative to plastic.

How is wheat straw made?

Basically, different components of the wheat straw are broken down to create polymers. These polymers are naturally formed, in contrast to plastic polymers which are artificially created. The polymers form a plastic-like substance which can mold into items like promotional cups, plates and straws.

Wheat Straw Features

  • Wheat straw is non-allergenic, BPA free, and meets FDA requirements, so it is safe for everyone.
  • There are no toxins added to increase the strength of this material, the natural fibers make it strong and sturdy.
  • These items are microwave and freezer safe, and can handle hot liquids up to around 200°F.
  • Wheat straw will not trap odors or produce mold.
  • The products created from wheat straw are also premium food grade.

Benefits of Wheat Straw

  • Wheat straw is fully biodegradable.
  • It takes less energy to produce than traditional plastic since it is a natural substance.
  • The material can be melted down to make new products again and again.
  • Wheat farmers can sell the byproducts for an additional source of income.
Is wheat straw gluten free?

In short: Yes! Although the name contains the word “wheat,” wheat straw does not contain any grain, and therefore no gluten. So if you have a gluten allergy, no worries– you can safely use and reuse these gluten-free items.

Sustainable Promotional Products

Wheat straw has become more and more popular because of its ability to create promotional products in an eco-friendly way. Check out our top 3 customizable promos made from wheat straw:

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1. Customized 12 oz. Wheat Mug

Upgrade your heavy ceramic mug to a light weight biodegradable wheat mug. These are microwave-safe…incase you need to reheat after one too many morning interruptions. They also offer a nice size imprint area to screen print your company’s logo on.

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2. Branded 16 oz. Wheat Travel Tumbler

Bring your drink on the go – hot or cold – in this sustainable custom tumbler. You have two custom location options to print your artwork on: the tumbler itself or on the colored band.

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3. Custom Buildable Wheat Straw Kit in Travel Case

Whether you are on a quest to save our oceans or trying to reduce unnecessary waste, a portable customized straw kit is the best way to set a green example, while getting your brand name out into the world.

Want to browse more green and reusable promotional items? Shop all of Executive Advertising’s eco-friendly custom products on our website today.

Holiday Parties are Out, WFH Swag Bags are In

It is no surprise that with a record number of employees working from home this year, most of us will also be spending our holidays at home. For many businesses, 2020 has brought a major shift to staff working remotely, zoom meetings (with the occasional dog, cat or baby cameo), and even turning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) into, not only essential, but fashionable accessories.

As we enter the 4th quarter of this year, that is no exception – businesses must adapt to the way holidays are celebrated. Have you thought about how your business is spreading cheer to your employees during the holidays this year? That may mean planning a virtual corporate gathering, hosting an outdoor socially distanced event – or shipping a holiday swag bag straight to their home office!

What is a holiday swag bag?

We like to call it a party in a box – it can also be described as a collection of curated promotional products or employee appreciation gifts that are personalized with your company’s logo.

These are not just branded holiday gifts for employees, this is a totally new experience for your work from home staff – a surprise swag bag they get to unwrap at the end of the year.

The best part is, to build your own remote employee swag kit, all you really have to do is choose the items – the rest can be taken care of by your promotional products vendor; from the printing and assembly, to even drop shipping each package directly to your employee’s doorstep.

Follow these 5 steps to create your ultimate holiday swag bag:

  1. Sdownload the swag bag checklistet a budget.
    • Decide how much you are willing to dedicate per employee and stick to it. Remember this amount will cover the swag bag itself, the promos inside, art set-up charges, tax, and shipping. At Executive Advertising, our set-up fees are always free! That means more dollars in your budget to spend on your employees. An average starting point for a holiday swag bag is $30-40 per person.
  2. Determine the number of items.
    • Too few items, and your employees will be left feeling underwhelmed and underappreciated. Too many items, and your budget may start to spread too thin. Our recommendation is putting between 4-6 items inside your custom holiday appreciation kits.
  3. Choose your bag.
    • How do you want your items to be packaged? We suggest a zippered tote bag or sporty drawstring backpack. Another option is a custom gift box with die cut foam, however, be aware these may increase both your budget and production time.
  4. Select your items.
  5. Place your order and send in your logo.
    • Contact us for a quote or to place your order. You should also receive an art proof with your logo on each item before it heads to production. As the cherry on top, you can tell your employees “Happy Holidays!” by sending an insert card to be included in each kit.
  6. BONUS STEP for the lazy gift giver.
    • Forget about distributing the swag bags yourself — for a flat fee per box, we will drop ship your custom kits directly to each of your employees.

Show your staff that you are grateful for their loyalty and hard work this year by sending these employee appreciation gifts. You will not only end the year on a positive note with these swag bags, but will also be gearing up your WFH team to start out 2021 stronger than ever.

Head to Executive Advertising now to pick out the items for your customized holiday kits, and we will do the rest of the work! Don’t forget to download the holiday swag bag checklist to help build your perfect kit.