The TM Edit: 10 of the Best Recycled Promotional Products

Promotional items made from recycled materials are becoming increasingly popular with businesses across the UK. 

Offering a great way to add an eco-friendly touch to your marketing, our wide range of recycled promotional items are typically made (or partly made) from recycled materials such as paper, cotton and plastic, and covers everything from clothing and accessories to stationery and drinkware.


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Whether you're planning to order for your staff or for your customers (or both!), choosing recycled merchandise is a great way to align your business with eco-aware values and add a sense of mindfulness to your marketing efforts. 

Our range of recycled merch has been steadily expanding in recent times, with our most popular items of 2023 so far including our Recycled Notepad & Pen Sets, Recycled Calico Ballpens and Recycled 5oz Cotton Tote Bags.

Recycled Promotional Items: What Materials Are Involved?

Our recycled merchandise items are either entirely or partially made from recycled materials and we'll always clearly state this information on our product listing pages.

The most commonly used materials used across our range include:

And that's just the start - we also have products made from recycled PET, recycled tyres and even recycled CD cases!

Recycled merchandise: 4 things you need to know

While we're on the subject of all things recycled, we thought we'd address a few common concerns that we've heard... 

Myth #1: recycled promotional items can't be customised in the same way as 'regular' products. Our range of recycled items can be branded using all the usual methods. Available options vary from item to item, with the most popular including printing, engraving and embroidery.

Myth #2: recycled merch won't last as long. False! Many recycled materials are produced to a high-quality standard and, as such, products are usually just as long-lasting and durable as their non-recycled equivalents.

Myth #3: merchandise can't be recycled. Actually, many of our items can be recycled post-use (including non-recycled products!). We'll always clearly state information regarding how a product can be recycled when it's fulfilled its purpose and this can make a great talking point with your staff and customers. If you specifically want to order products that can be recycled post-use, take a look at our Recyclable Promotional Products

Myth #4: recycled promotional items cost more. This isn't always the case. We're constantly working to ensure that we can offer our customers the best possible prices and also pride ourselves on our completely transparent everything-included pricing. This means you can compare prices between a recycled item and its non-recycled equivalent with ease, allowing you to decide which option best fits your budget. If you need advice on the best products to match your marketing budget, just let us know. 

Without further ado, browse our full range of recycled promotional items and explore some of our favourites below. 

Recycled Biodegradable Plastic Keyrings

What qualifies this product as recycled? These keyrings are made from 100% recycled plastic, sourced from post-consumer plastic waste.

Our Recycled Biodegradable Plastic Keyrings are a great option if you're looking for a keyring that boasts eco creds in bucketloads and high-impact branding potential. With their generous full colour print area, these keyrings can be printed on one or both sides with your design. 

These Recycled Biodegradable Plastic Keyrings will offer your brand a subtle daily dose of visibility every time your customers reach for their keys.

Americano Recycled 350ml Mugs

What qualifies this product as recycled? These travel mugs are made from 100% recycled PP plastic.

Ready to order from just 50 units, our Americano Recycled 350ml Mugs are the perfect way to make that morning cuppa a bit more eco-minded. Whether your recipients take them into their favourite coffee shops or use them to make drinks in the office, they instantly cut the need for single-use paper coffee cups.

Choose from a wide range of mug colours, with your logo printed in up to four colours. 

Fast Track rPET Lanyards 20mm

What qualifies this product as recycled? These quick-delivery lanyards are made from recycled rPET (a type of clear recycled plastic).

Need lanyards, ASAP? Our Fast Track rPET Lanyards 20mm are a great choice for adding an eco-conscious edge to your occasion, whether you're ordering for a corporate conference or to freshen up staff members' security passes. 

Available in white as standard, these lanyards offer a complete blank canvas for your full colour design, which will be printed to both sides of the product. Order from just 25 units today!

NewHide A5 Super Soft Cover Notebook

What qualifies this product as recycled? These notebooks are filled with recycled paper. 

Available in your choice off 11 striking colours, these recycled notebooks can be debossed, foil blocked or printed with your logo for unmissable brand assertion with every use.  

These notebooks are great for stocking up on and distributing at events or handing out to staff in-house, adding a smart touch to desks and customer meetings alike.

Recycled Polyester Caps

What qualifies this product as recycled? These caps are made from 100% recycled polyester, and are embroidered with your logo using thread that's been made from recycled plastic bottles.

Looking to update staff uniforms, or add caps to your available merchandise? These Recycled Polyester Caps can be ordered with your artwork from just 50 units and are available to order in your choice of four on-trend colours. 

Both GRS-certified and REACH-compliant, these caps are a great choice for any business that's looking to improve the eco credentials of its associated clothing and accessories. 

Sun Ray rPET Sunglasses

What qualifies this product as recycled? These promo sunglasses are constructed from recycled PET plastic material. 

Looking for the perfect recycled promotional items to tie-in to an upcoming summer-themed marketing campaign? Search no further than our Sun Ray rPET Sunglasses, which, as the name suggests, are made from recycled PET plastic. 

Pick from six frame colours, with the option to print your logo to one arm in anywhere between one and four colours. 

Eynsford Recycled rPET Drawstring Backpack

What qualifies this product as recycled? These drawstring backpacks are made from REACH-compliant 210d rPET (recycled plastic bottles).

Ready to order in your choice of three core colours, these printed drawstring backpacks can be branded with your design in up to full colour. A great choice for demographics that range from school children to gym members, these easy-wear bags are available in quantities from just 100 units.

Made from fabric that's constructed from rPET (recycled plastic bottles), these bags can be easily recycled by your customers once they no longer need them. 

25mm Square Plastic Button Badges

What qualifies this product as recycled? These badges are made from recycled plastic.

Whether you're planning an event and need badges for attendees or are looking for a low-cost merchandise option that you can sell online or in-store, our 25mm Square Plastic Button Badges are a great choice for any business. 

Printed with your full colour design, these vibrant badges are ideal for pinning to lapels and bags, and can be ordered from just 250 units with your design. 

Recycled Paper Seed Pockets

What qualifies this product as recycled? These seed pockets are made from 80gsm white recycled paper.

Printed with your full colour design to both sides, these seed pockets are available to order from 50 units and are filled with your choice of nine different seeds, including types of herbs, flowers and trees.

Perfect for encouraging your customers and colleagues to indulge their inner gardener, they're a great choice for everything from event goodie bags to selling in-store.

Recycled PET Vented Auto Umbrellas

What qualifies this product as recycled? The umbrella's canopy is made from 100% recycled PET.

Take your pick from blue, white or black with these sleek umbrellas, which are printed with your logo to one panel in up to full colour. 

Ideal for smaller businesses that are looking for lower order quantities, they can be ordered from just 25 units and are perfect for keeping in-house to ensure your employees and visitors can stay dry when they head out on client meetings. 

From water bottles and tote bags to notebooks and accessories, discover our full range of recycled promotional products today. Image by Ready Made via Pexels.

Written by

Adam Carter | Head of Products

Adam has been leading the Product team for over 18 years, during which time he's built up an enviable reputation as one of the industry's most trusted authorities on promotional merchandise. As well as supplier relations, product sourcing and pricing, Adam is also responsible for ensuring our promotional merchandise is presented on the website in the most effective manner. His expertise makes him the go-to person on the team for spotting merchandise trends and he's highly experienced in identifying the best branded products to meet our customers' needs. When he's not working, Adam enjoys travel, electronic music and all forms of cinema.

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