People have asked us whether or not we're eco-friendly.
Of course, we say 'yes' because we're taking the banners and sewing them into other thing. Reusing the material that would otherwise go into the landfill.
The banners are sometimes painted canvas, sometimes and more often than not, they are vinyl, which is a very non-eco-friendly but extremely weather resistant material. Printing is done in soft or vibrant colors pretty cheaply, so it's used most often for signage.
Those big banners you see on city light poles (like ours in San Jose) are vinyl banners that are usually used from year to year.
But those banners you see on the poles for special occasions, that have sponsors that change from year to year for athletic or racing or even dramatic events, are either sent to the dumpster or kept in storage to be disposed of later.
There are sometimes copyright issues and of course, one must be creative during the cutting and sewing process. Although you love Lance Armstrong, would you love a large reproduction of his eye or knuckle on your shopping bag?
We'll keep sewing bags -little ones, medium ones, large ones, with zippers, without zippers, as long as we have banners to cut and sew!
And yes, Virginia, we believe too.
We're sure that Santa uses organic and recyclable materials and is just as green as his clothing is red.