Upcycled Promotional Products Lookbook

We love projects where we get to turn old things into new ones. Not only do upcycling projects allow us to be creative, they also help to reduce our environmental footprint. Why buy something new when you can repurpose something you already have? Let us help you transform your waste textiles and materials into new, useful items to keep them from the landfill and allow them to continue their story.


We can reuse materials that were formerly used for adver- tising or promotions. Send us your used billboards, banners, trade show signage, tablecloths, flags, t-shirts, uniforms, etc., and we’ll repurpose the material to make other useful objects like tote bags or pouches. This is much more efficient and less wasteful than recycling, as we are simply cutting the material apart and sewing it into new products. Upcycling is a great way to keep materials out of landfills. WHAT IS UPCYCLING?

KINDS OF PRODUCTS It’s cut and sew manufacturing so we have a broad range of custom capabilities. We can make bags and pouches and anything from simple tote bags to zippered gym bags to small pouches for organizing things, we can do it. ZIPPERS & HANDLES We have a huge assortment of hardware and add-ons available for use on upcycled products. We have several styles of zippers (some available in 23 colors!), options for webbing for handles or loops, snaps, buckles, adjusters, hook & loop (Velcro), keyrings, and more. In some cases, we may be able to use your material to make the handles, straps, or loops. ADD-IN MATERIALS Of course it can depend on what materials you’re putting together. We can make part of the product from the reused material(s), and the rest of it from new or recycled materials. Some of the types of materials:


Canvas (three weights)

Vegan Leather

Ripstop Nylon (two styles)


4CP Poly

Neoprene (limited compatibility)


Additionally, we can definitely take a look and consider using multiple materials you supply to us. Not all materials can work well together.

PRO TIP — For smaller banners we can upcycle the materials in to pennants, key fobs, or other mementos.

LEAD TIMES The project assessment & feasibility phase typically takes 3-5 business days. The engineering phase will depend on the complexity of the project, and whether or not you’re going with one of our stock silhouettes, or something more custom. This phase can be 2-10 days. Production will typically be 10-15 days. Budget 20-25 working days for the entire process.


There are all sorts of possibilities for adding your own branding. We will discuss with you the specifics of your project in the feasibility phase.

• Standard with your branding and an explanation of the upcycled material’s origin are included.

• We also offer a deluxe hangtag for an extra fee or custom bellybands, stickers, or some other point-of-purchase style add-on that would be removed by end recipients.* • We can print on most materials, even if they have existing printing/decoration on them (like a banner, billboard, or t-shirt). Depending on the substrate, this might be direct digital print or screen printing . • Flip it. If your material only has printing on one side, we can put the printed side of the banner/billboard material on the inside of the product. Then we can decorate the outside with your branding.

• We can add a seam label * or a sewn-on patch .*

• Depending on the scale of the printing, You might be able to use the existing printing /decoration of the material as the branding.

• We can use some of our stock material as a panel of the product, and print on that.

* Additional lead time is required to get these parts quoted. This may also increase lead time in production. Seam labels will require 0.25” seam allowance.


Read our article 9+ Sustainable Ways to Upcycle Vinyl Banners and Billboards and get an even better understanding upcycling your marketing materials. BLOG

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