This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Green, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.
If you are planning an event or teaching program that involves a lot of data please save a tree and use a flash drive.
At less than 8oz a 1GB flash drive can hold more information that 100 twenty-page teaching manuals. Use a promotional items company like Proforma Green for your drives and we can print your logo, event name, even class title on the side of the drive.
Flash drives are easy to use and no one ever throws them away. They may erase your info but the drive will survive with your information printed on the shell. A great marketing item.
And now for the zinger, the flash memory wars are on again.
This happened last summer as well. Pricing collapses as more manufacturers and generally more items use flash memory – cameras, music players, toasters, whatever – they all end up increasing the size of the market and thus lowering prices.
What does that mean for the green business? It means you can place all the pictures, press clippings, presentations, etc for your business in one portable place for $6-9 per unit based on quantity.
Hand them out at trade shows instead of paper. You can actually provide more info at a lower cost than paper if you take in to consideration printing and shipping costs. Also you can provide music, videos, whatever. Plus once paper is printed it is dead. You can change the information on a flash drive whenever you want.
If you are in the business contact Gabe Gerhardt at US Flash & Technologies, LLC. US Flash does a lot of work for us and they seem to be ahead on the flash drive price fight. All-in-One is another manufacturer to check out at http://allinoneline.com.
US Flash & Techologies does offer bamboo and other eco models – although they do not show on their website yet. Eco drives still cost a bit more than standard drives but as a consumer product all drives are ROHS certified which means they are free of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
If you have a ton of info to move around think flash drives. They make good business and good eco sense. And as far as I can tell their pricing will continue to fall.