Welcome to Market Street Press

We have innovative, ecofriendly products that can be given as gifts, promotional items and presents. If you have any novel idea for promotional products, please Contact Us.
 Exact Term
 Any Term

Our World and Our Responsibility.

sustainable products from marketstreetpress

Market Street Press is committed to sustainability and encourages responsible behavior in both the workplace and at home. We know that sustainability is an evolution and we are actively researching and making changes to reflect our sustainability mission.

How do we do this?

First, we have recently hired a Director of Sustainability who is responsible for spearheading company-related sustainability initiatives. Second, we are in the process of constructing a LEEDS certified green office, manufacturing and distribution space which will house our facility and offer space to other local businesses. Third, we have formed trusting, long-term relationships with our producers and make trips frequently to solidify the relationships and check on production conditions. In addition, we are committed to transparency so those who work with us can understand how our products are made.

We acknowledge the challenge of both sourcing inexpensive products for our customers and remaining fair to our producers. However, we are committed to following fair trade principles in our work. This includes providing a fair wage and safe working conditions to our producers, as well as developing longer-term working relationships and working with producers to improve their capabilities. Lastly, we are looking into creative solutions and new products to reduce the environmental footprint of the promotional products we offer. You can contact our sustainability director to find out more information at sustainability@marketstreetpress. com.

What is sustainability and why does it matter?

Sustainability, according to the Brundtland Report (1987), is "a form of development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" . When related to business, sustainability is often associated with the triple bottom line: environmental, social, and financial responsibility. These three components come together to make a truly sustainable company. Oftentimes sustainability includes rethinking how business is done and providing creative solutions to customers. It also provides a competitive advantage for companies when reduced material and energy costs boost profitability and benefit the environment.

Sustainability needs support from the top! When executives of a company embrace and communicate their passion and mission to employees, and the importance of incorporating sustainability, the stage is set to really make a difference. Sustainability is infectious and people feel good about working for a company who cares. Work then can become more than a job, but a way to make a difference in the world. Embracing sustainable practices can help reverse several alarming trends going on in our world today:

sustainable products from marketstreetpress
- Decline in grain production (absolute terms) since 1984.
- Decline of fish catch per capita since 1987.
- 4 billion+ below poverty line (living on less than $2/day).
- Rainforest loss equal to one football field/two seconds.
- Greenhouse gases, pollution, rising global temperatures.
- Global warming a corporate issue (risk, costs).
- China, Brazil, Russia, India are developing rapidly making
  environmental effects a growing concern.

For additional general information on sustainability click here

Environmental Responsibility

We have a commitment to do our part to preserve the world we live in for future generations. We reduce our carbon footprint by minimizing materials and packaging, reusing and recycling materials when possible, reducing energy consumption, and green building. For example, we reuse almost 100% of our cardboard boxes and use newspaper endrolls for packaging. We have implemented a recycling program and use natural lighting in our facility. A wonderful by-product of reducing and reusing is long-term cost savings. Initially there is some investment on our part, but is often made up for with cost savings. Reducing energy consumption is becoming especially important as the price of energy increases.

How do companies benefit from environmental responsibility?

- Cost savings: lower energy bills, fewer materials used in manufacturing and shipping, lighter freight, more            efficient use of space and materials.
- Worker Productivity: Research has shown that healthier work places have happier employees, fewer sick          days, and overall higher productivity.

For additional information on environmental responsibility click here.

Social Equity

We are committed to being fair to our employees, producers, buyers, and the people who are indirectly affected by our business. We care about making a positive impact on the communities we affect and continue to strive to do more. Our company ensures safe working conditions and a positive work environment. We foster long-term relationships with our suppliers by making regular visits and helping them with development and capacity building.

Social responsibility also means keeping in mind the 4 billion people that live below the poverty line. This number reflects those living on less than $2/day. The poverty gap is increasing and businesses can have the largest impact on reversing this trend. The greatest impact comes from companies being creative in coming up with strategic ways it can help alleviate this poverty. This is often called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In the past businesses used charitable giving as CSR campaigns. Now it has been shown that companies have much greater positive impact through using strategic approaches to CSR. This means taking a business core competencies into consideration when choosing a CSR program. For example, we work with a local vocational program for developmentally disabled individuals. This program is in alignment with our business operations and also benefits the community.

Companies interested in developing a CSR strategy can also partner with a non-profit organization that can provide resources and external validation.

How do companies benefit from social responsibility?

- Fair wages and benefits promote good work. Happy employees are much more productive than unhappy            employees.
- Lower turnover.
- Training leads to higher worker productivity.
- Better company culture which makes attracting great talent easier.
- PR builds brand equity.

For additional information on social responsibility click here.

Fair Trade

An aspect of social responsibility is fair trade. Fair trade is an organized social movement which promotes equitable standards for international labor, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to the production of fair trade goods, which may range from handicrafts to agricultural commodities. The movement focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries. We offer fair trade products to support this movement.

Fair trade's strategic intent is to deliberately work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency. It also aims at empowering them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and actively play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater economic equality.

Some key features of fair trade are:

- Providing producers with a fair wage.
- Promoting healthy working conditions.
- Providing feedback to producers to help them improve their profitability and business practices.
- Maintaining consistent long-term working relationships to give producers stable market access.

Fair trade is often associated with cooperatives and smaller producer groups in developing countries that make handmade crafts or grow coffee or chocolate. The Fair Trade Federation, TransFair, and IFAT are all organizations closely associated with fair trade. There are fair trade certifications for coffee and chocolate, however due to the difficulty and cost of auditing craft producers there is not a fair trade certification for crafts. Instead the Fair Trade Federation offers a "membership" to craft organizations which have passed a rigorous application process.

For additional information on fair trade click here.

General Sustainability Links

bcorporation. net


A certification for business that are "purpose-driven" and that want to create benefits for all stakeholders (employees, the community, the environment, etc. ), not just shareholders.

netimpact. org -

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world.

sustainnc. org -

A voice working with the business community, policymakers, farmers, environmental groups and concerned citizens to develop practical solutions to optimize economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship throughout North Carolina.

Environmental Responsibility Links

fsc. org -

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. http://www. pcworld. com/businesscenter/article/144836/5_habits_for_greener_computing. html - Article on 5 tips to reduce your environmental footprint at work.

sgppartnership. org -

The SGP Partnership, an independent recognition organization, provides benchmarking tools applicable to the printing industry; provides verification of green and sustainable business practices based on a published list of criteria; and publically recognizes facilities that meet established criteria.

treehugger. com -

TreeHugger is a leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. They strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
Check out the Greenwash Watch: The Six Sins article! on treehugger. com

Social Equity Links

chinacsr. com -

ChinaCSR. com provides news and information devoted to helping corporate social responsibility professionals act on new trends and forge new paths of their own. We troll press releases, commentaries, and indices to bring you the sort of information you need to conduct business in Beijing, Shanghai, or out in China's hinterlands.

www. ethicalsupply. com/en/home. html

- The event is the first of this type in Asia. It will showcase the latest best practices of global corporations in establishing ethical supply chain practices in Asia.

Fair Trade Links

fairtradefederation. org -

American fair trade membership organization.

ifat. org -

International fair trade organization.

http://www. inthesetimes. com/article/2266/


Article about how new fair trade model is needed.

Click to view promotional and gift products under Bags category Click to view promotional and gift products under Banner Pens category Click to view promotional and gift products under Eco & social friendly category
Click to view promotional and gift products under Office category Click to view promotional and gift products under Pens category Click to view promotional and gift products under Playground category
Click to view promotional and gift products under Sports and Health category Click to view promotional and gift products under Tools category Click to view promotional and gift products under Trade Show Pop category
Click to view promotional and gift products under Gifts category Click to view promotional and gift products under Serviceware category Click to view promotional and gift products under Wearables category
The playground is open at Market Street Press, and we wholeheartedly embrace the concept of cooperation and imagination. We apply this theme to our products and the manner in which we do business. This is achieved by crafting promotional and gift products that are themselves fun, imaginative, interactive, innovative, and informative; and by building business relationships based on cooperation and friendship. We make exclusive, patent-pending promotional items found nowhere else to ensure that you have the latest toys on the block. We will work with you toward designing, engineering and prototyping products that put our experience and creativity toward your goals.
  • ASI 68815
  • |
  • PPAI 220168
  • |
  • SAGE 67691