Echotex now saving more plastic bottles

Here at The Flag Shop, we aren’t great at sticking to the status quo – it gets boring. I mean, we love flags and banners – we really do – it’s just that sometimes we like to branch out a bit. Sometimes this means adding new products to our catalog, but sometimes it means finding a fabric no one else uses and then making it our own.

Echotex

Echotex

Of course, we’re talking about Echotex – our 100% recycled banner fabric. Back when the Olympics were just in the planning stages here in Vancouver, Susan got it into her head to do something totally new and bring in a “green” flag and banner textile. Now, Susan is known as a super-sleuth for finding suppliers, but even so, she couldn’t find anyone offering recycled fabric for printing banners. Of course, that wouldn’t do. After searching around, she found someone who could manufacture the fabric she wanted and Echotex was born.

Originally Echotex was made of a mix of 80% pre-consumer and 20% post-consumer waste. The pre-consumer bits are things like scrap polyester from the cutting floors of other textile plants and the post-consumer items are recycled plastic bottles. After a recent re-certification (and who doesn’t like certificates), the mix is now 35% post-consumer and 65% pre-consumer waste – so more plastic bottles are in the mix and not in the landfill!

Read more about Echotex® at our site – including some nifty graphics on how it’s made and who is using it.

Kids These Days

Here at The Flag Shop, we take our role in the community seriously. We give back when we can in the best way we know how – with our time, resources, and expertise. So we couldn’t resist when Jennifer Hao phoned up out of the blue to find out about getting a banner printed for the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network – a community project she had spearheaded on her own after having helped her school win the Canada’s Greenest School contest in 2010. She didn’t know exactly what she was looking for, but fortunately, she got to speak to Susan who was working after hours and decided to donate the banner to the budding civic organizer.

BYSN Banner

Banner for Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network

Printed on Echotex®, the 46″x96″ banner shows off the logo of the organization and will be used at their events including the upcoming Do It Green Burnaby 2011. We wish them the best of luck!

Get out your kilts

Maple Leaf Tartan

Maple Leaf Tartan

Did you know that Canada has its own official Tartan? In addition to icons such as the maple leaf and the beaver, the Maple Leaf Tartan joined the list of national symbols in March of this year. The tartan, designed in 1964 by David Weiser, weaves together green, gold, red, and brown to symbolize the shifting colors of the maple leaf through the seasons. In addition, each province and territory (except for Nunavut) has its own official tartan and there are many other regional tartans recognized across Canada.

Though it’s been celebrated province-by-province since the 1980s, tomorrow is Canada’s first official Tartan Day since the government only officially recognized it as a federal holiday in October 2010. Many Scottish cultural associations celebrate with different events on this day or on the following weekend.

We don’t yet have the Maple Leaf Tartan flags, but our tartan flag supplier is hard at work on the design. Meanwhile, you can see his other work in our tartan flags section.

Happy Tartan Day!