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SIGG Collaboration Spotlight: OriginaLizzie

The bottles in our collaboration series are some of our most popular bottles, and it’s not hard to see why. They give you the chance to express your personality and get creative, and sometimes even serve as a talking point when you’re out and about with your SIGG collaboration.

We love working with artists who share our values: sustainability, creativity, and community, which was why we were thrilled to connect with Lizzie Keenan from OriginaLizzie. A self-taught watercolour artist from Portland, Oregon, she regularly finds inspiration from the creativity of the community in which she lives (we all know Portland has a bit of a reputation in that regard!) and the natural beauty of her home state.

We were looking for an artist to capture the essence of the USA, and Lizzie was exactly who we were looking for. We sat down with her to chat a bit more about her painting, her inspiration, and home country. Join us as we go ‘behind the bottles’ and learn more about our current feature collaborator, OriginaLizzie.

SIGG NA: What is it that provokes you to paint? Is it an idea? An observation? An image or a video?

OG LIZZIE: To be honest, almost anything and everything inspires me to paint. Sometimes it’s an image or idea that I come across that sparks my imagination, and I rush to paint it out. For example, after seeing the latest Star Wars movie I immediately ran home and painted a Porg because they were just so damn cute. Other times I just get this overwhelming feeling that I need to art (yes, I am using art as a verb here).

For me, painting is like meditation. It’s a great form of stress relief when I have the chance to forget everything around me and get lost in the art right in front of me.

SIGG NA: Why do you work with watercolours? What is it about them that helps you articulate your creative pursuit?

OG LIZZIE: I found watercolor by luck. In the past I’ve dabbled in various arts and crafts: knitting, drawing, decoupage, string art-gone-wrong, etc. A couple of years ago I found myself with some additional free time on my hands and thought, “I’ve always wanted to watercolour, I’m just gonna do it.” So I went to my local art store, picked out the cheapest watercolour pan set I could fine, grabbed some paper, and headed home. I was utter crap at first because I didn’t know how the whole water and paint situation worked, but after a couple days of diddling about and watching some YouTube videos, I finally painted some carrots that I really liked. And I thought to myself, “oh hey friend, I like you.” I kept on painting from there and soon realized that a) I really loved painting and b) I might not be half bad at it.

I love the bit of surprise and unknowing nature of watercolour. I paint a lot of wet on wet, so often I don’t know how the pigment will bleed into the water that it sitting on the paper, and that’s part of the fun. And if/when it doesn’t come out very well, you can always add more colour, more water, or try to dab it all away with a paper towel and start anew.

SIGG NA: What’s your creative process when you’re working on a painting?

OG LIZZIE: It depends what I’m painting, but I usually start with some reference materials. Pinterest and Google Images are my favourite tools for this; I search around for photos of the object I want to paint, or the shape I want to explore, and bring them all up on my computer screen. Then, I get out a pencil and sketch out a rough outline of my object. Then, I just have a go at it.

Since I’m not formally trained, I don’t really know the right and wrong way to approach a watercolour painting. I tend to start loose and messy first, then as things dry I come back in with more details and the thing I was hoping to paint starts to take shape.

SIGG NA: When you first started working on this collaboration project, how did you choose which American symbols to paint?

OG LIZZIE: I am not really the flag-bearing American type. Heck, I ran off to England two times for school. So when you came to me asking about a ‘Stars and Stripes’ collaboration, I had to ponder a bit on what that meant to me, and how I could paint what I love, while showcasing the American spirit.

Bald eagles were one of the first things that came to mind, mainly because they are our national bird, but also because of the freedom and wild power that they represent. I get glimpses of them regularly where I live in Oregon, often in the Columbia River Gorge while on a waterfall hike. I love the way they soar through the sky, catching the natural air currents.

I then looked into other national American symbols (because I forgot everything I learned in elementary school) like the American bison, which is our national mammal, the oak tree, which is our national tree, and the rose, which is our national flower. I also milled about with ideas like our national monuments: the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Washington Monument.

I still wanted to give a shout out to the flag, which is so iconic for the USA, but I wanted to paint it with a bit of whimsy: less structured than the original but still strong in its symbolism. Plus, I like that the stars (which I swapped for blue) kind of look like fireworks, which I love, but also look like rain (which it does a lot of in Portland).

The result is a really cool collection (in my opinion!) of some of our most beloved icons.

SIGG NA: What is it about America that inspires you in your art?

OG LIZZIE: It has to be that fact that art is all around you in America. Take Portland, my hometown, for example. You can barely go a couple of blocks throughout the city without seeing a giant colourful mural on a wall or crosswalk. Or a mini library constructed at your neighbour’s house. Or a gorgeously wild landscaping effort in someone’s front yard. There could be poetry being spoken on a street corner, and even a Darth Vader unicycling down the streets playing flaming bagpipes. When your community is oozing with creativity, it’s hard to not be inspired and jump right in, and I think every community in America has its own version of truly inspiring creativity.

SIGG NA: What’s your favourite thing to celebrate about being American?

OG LIZZIE: Freedom is certainly a word that rings true in what is worth celebrating about being American. That, and the fact that our country is a home made up of immigrants. America is a melting pot of so many cultures and ways of life: you can see it in our streets, in our shops and restaurants, the mix of celebrations and traditions in our homes. The abundance of culture here is incredibly inspiring and worth celebrating.

And fireworks on the 4th of July. I love fireworks.

For more OriginaLizzie, follow her on Instagram and Facebook, and check out her website.

The SIGG collaboration collection with OriginaLizze features Lizzie’s original watercolour art of American symbols, including the soaring bald eagle, majestic American bison, proud Statue of Liberty torch, iconic American flag, and the mighty oak tree. Shop for your favourite now in our Collaborations section.

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5 Drink Recipes to Keep You Cozy

Snuggle up with your SIGG Hot & Cold bottle this season

It’s no secret that the Hot & Cold bottle is one of our favourite SIGG bottles here at SIGG North America. Not only will the sleekly designed bottle take you from home to work to play without missing a beat, it’s also the SIGG water bottle that’s most likely to take you from summer to winter and back again.

It’s been a chilly spring so far this year, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite warm drink recipes to pop in your SIGG Hot & Cold bottle and stay cozy all day long.

Martha Stewart’s Spiced Apple Cider

This classic brings back memories of childhood, and while it’s usually a fall beverage, we think it’s good enough to savour all winter long. Combining cardamom, cloves, allspice, and, of course, cinnamon, this spiced apple cider recipe from the one and only Martha Stewart also includes some orange zest – for that cheeky zing!

Hugo Ortega’s Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ask anyone who’s had it and they’ll agree: Mexican Hot Chocolate is the best hot chocolate around. The spicy kick that comes from Mexican chocolate is the perfect treat to carry with you and enjoy throughout the day (good news: your SIGG Hot & Cold will keep it nice and hot all day long!). The other piece of good news? It’s super simple to make: all you need is water and Mexican chocolate!

Vikram Vij’s Chai Tea

A drink that promises to warm your soul, we couldn’t leave chai tea off this list!

Cardamom is the spice that sings through any chai tea, but when it comes to the rest of the ingredients, there are

many variations to choose from. Vikram Vij recently shared three different chai recipes, all of we’d happily have in by our side in our SIGG. We’ve also seen some chai recipes feature a hint of maple syrup, and we don’t mind that idea one little bit.

Hello Switzerland’s Mulled Wine

In honour of SIGG’s Swiss roots, we looked to Switzerland to get a classic mulled wine recipe (or Glühwein, as the Swiss Germans call it!). Traditionally sipped and savoured around Christmas, we love mulled wine so much that we drink it whenever we need to warm up at home. With flavours of orange, lemon, cloves, and cinnamon, this classic recipe is the perfect one with which to load up your SIGG Hot & Cold bottles and pop round to your friend’s place for the evening.

Jamie Oliver’s Hot Toddy

If you’re cuddled around a backyard campfire late at night or taking a leisurely Saturday afternoon stroll (or snowshoe!) along the trails, there’s nothing wrong with a cheeky Hot Toddy to keep you warm and happy as you go. Top up your SIGG Hot & Cold with Jamie Oliver’s ‘perfect’ Hot Toddy, complete with honey, cloves, lemon, and cinnamon. Want to make it authentically British? Toss in a cheeky bit of whisky…we won’t tell!

From tea to cider, hot chocolate to chai, mulled wine to hot toddies, the SIGG Hot & Cold is the perfect insulated water bottle to keep both you and your favourite bevvies warm all spring long. Which one will you make first?!

Start browsing for the perfect SIGG Hot & Cold bottle on sale now.

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Attention: SIGG 3D Printing is now available!

All of our bottles are top of the line and therefore we wanted something just as fancy!

Our 3D print is a raised print that gives a great look and texture to your bottle. The 3D printing technique is a process that creates layers of ink and is cured by UV light, which means it is exceptionally durable. Make your logo and art truly stand out with this unique style of printing.

Use 3D printing for your next conference!

3D printing is definitely the way to go when you’re tired of just slapping a logo onto something. If you’re feeling uninspired with your swag, don’t reinvent the wheel- just get a much nicer wheel! A client came to us who loved the idea of our SIGG bottles for their conference, however they were lost on what style and color to go with.

They had just created a new logo and weren’t sure what the best way to present it was. We made the radical suggestion that they do the exact same thing as last year. Just with 3D printing. It was a hit. They loved the look of the imprint and got rave reviews from all the participants!

Another conference hit was a bottle that we created for the skucon 2017 conference. We took the company’s mascot and printed the logo in full color with different layers. You can actually feel the barcode and the skubot’s joints! The bottle was a huge hit with everyone and a year later we still hear that it’s their favourite bottle. Well it’s a SIGG, so that’s an obvious one. Who doesn’t love our Hot & Cold bottles?!

3D printing can also be used to highlight a design feature.

The one thing we are unable to do is a true 3D full wrap due to the rollers used during this process but we can still highlight certain features while doing the rest in a flat print. For example we recently did a bottle for a client where the art was a tree that we kept flat and their owl logo icon and text was 3D raised. This is a great way to play with different techniques on our SIGG bottles, in this case both digital and 3D print.

Looking to give your promotion a great retail look? Go with tone on tone raised. We love the way that our raised print looks on our matte finish Classic Traveller Touch bottles. It’s a glossy finish that combines the softness of the Touch bottles with a shiny logo. We’re also excited about how it looks on our upcoming Spring 2018 Hot & Cold ONE Touch bottles. They have a great soft matte surface and the 3D print guarantees you won’t want to stop touching this.

Everyone here is so excited about our 3D print and we know you will be too!

Start shopping for your upcoming conference here or browse the single shop site for your next personal gift!

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2017 SIGG Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is pressing its glittery, bow-covered face up against the window to let you know it’s almost here, but don’t panic: there’s a SIGG for everyone on your list!

For the avid runner:

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A practical, functional running belt for your water bottle that’s also affordable?! You aren’t dreaming: it’s true! Kit out the runner in your life with a Jogging Belt that will keep their SIGG bottle safe while they’re out for their long Sunday run. We promise, they’ll be grateful you care so much about keeping their long runs full of hydration.

Is your giftee more of a walker? Grab the Nordic Walking Belt instead!

For the all-season hiker:

sigg bottles hot and coldKnow someone who likes to get out and hike regardless of the season? Then the Hot & Cold 0.5L bottle is perfect for them. It’ll keep their water cool for those sunny summer hikes, and is the ideal vessel for keeping tea warm for wintery wanders. With a removable filter for fruit or loose-leaf tea and a leak proof seal, it’s the perfect companion for those on the move.

sigg bottlesFor kids on the go:

Whether they’re running around a sports field or designing a new robot, jetting between music and tutoring, juggling swim class, drama, and Girl Guides, a kid’s gotta stay hydrated. Skip the toys they’ll just toss in the corner after a few weeks and give the kids in your life something fun and practical this Christmas. With plenty of fun designs to choose from in our Kids Collection, it shouldn’t be hard to find a bottle to match their interests or personality!

For your favourite art lover:

What do you get for the art connoisseur that has no more space left on their walls? Why not a piece of art that’s beautiful as well as functional? Our SIGG bottles Patrick Hunter collaboration collection has the most stunning feather design and our Christopher Rouleau collaboration collection has a fun, iconic red and white lettered maple leaf design. We’re super proud of these beautifully designed bottles, and we know your favourite art aficionado will be super proud to own one. Be sure to check out the rest of our collaborations for a one of a kind gift!

For the pun-lover:

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Another of our brilliant SIGG bottles collaborations is a series of eight delightfully punny illustrations by Queenie’s Cards. Inspired by real life and guaranteed to make you smile, these clever and relatable puns-on-bottles are among our most popular waterbottles (it’s not hard to see why!). Whether you’re buying for your “soymate”, someone you want to “avo-cuddle”, or someone who really “beleafs” in reusable bottles, we’re sure our Queenie designed bottles are going to be the “beary” favourite gift they receive this Christmas!

For the office Secret Santa:

Looking for a cool, unique office Secret Santa gift? Go rogue and get them something they’ll actually use! The versatile SIGG Aluminum Box Maxi is perfect for anything: food, trinkets, or treasures. Store it, stack it, or pack it, whatever you choose. Be the new office legend with this practical, stylish, high-quality Secret Santa gift your co-workers will fight over.

Happy Shopping!

sigg bottlesBuying for someone else on your list? There’s a good chance we have something that’ll fit their fancy, from our classic 0.6L bottles to our sleek variety of hot and cold SIGG bottles. Have a peek at our site…and just try not to buy something for yourself while you’re at it!

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Top Clearmount and SIGG North America Trends You Missed at PPAI 2017 Las Vegas

PPAI Expo is one of those promotional product events that you shouldn’t miss, but we can understand if you missed us if you were there. There was a great deal to take in at the convention, what with all the bright neon signs outside and the many amazing suppliers inside. It is too difficult to cover all of the delightful new promotional industry trends, ideas and products that were featured at the show and/or are coming out over the next year in one blog post, but what we can cover off are the trends that Clearmount and SIGG North America featured at the show and the ideas we will be focusing on in 2017.

sigg bottles canada commonsku1. 3-D Printing

3-D printing gives new meaning to, ‘making your logo pop.’ With our new printing techniques we can add texture and actual depth to designs. Our machine lays down the textured ink in layers so that a variety of heights can be reached. Each layer may only be one millimeter or less, but the ability to use layers of textured ink adds so much depth to our bottle designs! A recent design for the commonsku conference inspired our intrepid designers to utilize a different height for each color sigg bottle commonskuof the robot logo in order to mimic the real-life parts of the robot, as well as create a textured barcode.

Whether you want to utilize 3-D printing to make your logo even more eye-catching or want to mimic real-life textures, such as sprinkles on a doughnut, geographical landscapes or the nuts and bolts of a robot, your audience will not be able to keep their eyes or hands off these SIGG bottles.

2. Digital Printing

Our new digital printing technologies enable your personalized corporate awards, appreciation gifts and promotional products a very crisp, clean and polished look. By using CMYK colors, we can print any color imaginable to give your logos and designs a stylish finish, far beyond the old technique of screening. If you want to match PMS colors, we can use PMS color matching to provide you with an even closer match. An additional benefit of digital printing is lower set up charges!

We are not limited to printing only on our bottles or on our Lucite items, we can print on almost any item you can think of. A recent project had us printing a logo onto hockey pucks, which were then put on a Lucite base. We can’t get any more Canadian than that!

3. New product launches

While we would love to have a SIGG bottle be part of all of your everyday activities, we know that the average water bottle is designed to contain room temperature water. Luckily, with our new 2017 product line we have a variety of hot and cold bottles designed to carry more than just water AND keep your beverages as cold or as hot as you want, coming your way!

sigg bottle patrick hunter designsMake sure to keep a close eye on shopsiggnorthamerica.com for future collaborations with Canadian artists. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Queenie Cards and Patrick Hunter SIGG bottle lines. These beautiful and delightful designs can be customized by adding your logo or special graphic.

2017 is revving up to be a busy and exciting year for Clearmount and SIGG and we hope that you can join in on some of the excitement. Contact us today to find out how we can make your 2017 as exhilarating as winning the jackpot!

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How to Clean Your SIGG Water Bottle

Prolong the Life of Your SIGG by Keeping it Clean

We have to say this: SIGG fans truly love their bottles. We hear so many stories of how the bottles are glued to their sides. They get used every day – for coffee, water, juice, tea, wine (yeah, we know about you!), and so much more. Check out some of our favourite SIGG fanatics on our last post: SIGG Stories about how they don’t want to give up their SIGG.

Naturally, if you love something, you want to make it last as long as possible. One of the most frequent questions we are asked is how to keep SIGG water bottles in tip-top shape.

Our answer is pretty simple – clean your SIGG properly. Most reusable water bottles can fall victim to mold and other deposits. You’re going to want to make sure that you clean your SIGG thoroughly and regularly and keep it dry when not in use to keep it at peak performance.

How to Properly Clean and Care for Your SIGG Bottle

First things first, always hand-wash your SIGG bottle. The dishwasher is not your SIGG bottle’s friend! Those heavy duty detergents used in dishwashers will affect the exterior paint and internal coating of the bottles. While they are built tough, that detergent is meant to go up against Nonna’s baked-on lasagna. Our cool SIGG designs don’t have a chance against that!

Also, keep in mind that the SIGG warranty does not cover damage to the bottle as a result of dishwashing. The other important reason to avoid the dishwasher? That narrow opening of the SIGG Classic Traveller doesn’t allow for the best cleaning results in a dishwasher. Hand washing is the way to go.

You’re going to want to start by rinsing out the bottle and bottle top with hot water after every use. Leave open to dry and always store with the top off. Try to avoid using any harsh cleaning abrasives or brushes on the outside of your bottles as well. This can wear away the covering and any design on the outside and ruin the look of your bottle.

Our best tip is to fill your SIGG halfway with hot water. But be sure to be careful because the bottle can heat up quickly. Add one teaspoon of unscented dish soap and shake. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse with lukewarm water until the soapy water runs clear.

Remember to always make sure that the lip of the bottle is thoroughly cleaned in the same way as the bottle as this is the part that comes in the most contact with your mouth.

Clean Your SIGG Bottle Top

It’s not just the bottle that you have to take care of. Make sure to stay on top of your top – see what we did there? To make sure that it’s clean, rinse it with hot water and leave it to dry naturally. It is also important to keep an eye on the bottle seal and replace it as necessary. For SIGG children’s and sports tops, as well as the New Active Top, the individual pieces should also be washed regularly by hand. Find out how easy it is to take the tops apart. If you’re looking for a replacement, SIGG bottle seals are available as a spare part.

If you need to bring in the big guns for cleaning – don’t fear! We have something for you. Try using our SIGG Bottle Clean cleaning tablets and the SIGG cleaning brush (coming soon in our store).

There are lots of great videos online to help guide you to clean your SIGG. For starters, here is a great one from the manufacturer of SIGG for Hot & Cold bottles cleaning:

A Few Other Tips and Tricks to Keeping Your SIGG in Tip Top Shape

If you are noticing dark spots or corrosion in your SIGG bottle there are a few reasons for this:

  • Discolorations can be caused by sugar deposits.
  • Hard tap water could also result in a build-up of mineral deposits which could leave a metallic taste.
  • Not adequately rinsing out your bottle and/or not allowing it to air dry after each use could cause unwanted deposits.

To treat these dark spots or discolorations, follow a few simple steps:

  1. Fill your bottle with hot, soapy water.
  2. Place a cloth inside the bottle and with the handle of a cleaning brush or any long utensil (not sharp), move the cloth along the bottom in a circular motion.
  3. Pour the water and cloth out.
  4. Rinse and repeat, if necessary.

For stubborn mineral deposits, you should soak your SIGG bottle overnight with a mixture of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. If those deposits are really obstinate, instead of water, you can fill your clean dry SIGG bottle with distilled white vinegar and let soak for 24 hours. Make sure you use distilled white vinegar as no other kind will work. After soaking, rinse with warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow to air dry with the top off each night and use good filtered drinking water in your SIGG to keep those deposits at bay.

We hope this helped! Now, go clean your SIGG and then get back out there to drink more water!

Remember, SIGG cleaning brushes will be available in the SIGG North America Store soon.

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Be the Booth that Gives Out the Best Conference Swag

SWAG = Stuff We All Get

best corporate swag trade show swagThere is something wonderful about that sentence. How democratizing! All that cool gear can be everyone’s!
I have to say I’m a bit of a swag snob. I will unabashedly ask friends and family about the swag they receive from conferences and tradeshows. It is really intriguing to me if a company has gotten their promotional products right.

  • Have they thought about their intended target audience?
  • Have they worked on the design to showcase what they’re all about?
  • Or have they gone the budget route and produced a cheap widget that is headed straight to a landfill?

Before planning your corporate swag, think about this: 47% of millennials go to a branded event because of the swag. What does that mean to you – the creator of said-swag? It means you better get it right if you want your brand to be memorable, for the right reasons.

Let us help you steer the way on getting the most bang for your buck when producing trade show swag.

Ideas for Trade Show Swag that Attendees will Actually Like

Practical and the Most Bang for Your Buck!

SIGG-Classic-Bottle-207x300 2A recent study by Splash and published in Adweek, What Millennials Want to See (and Take Home) From Branded Events, showed that the most coveted branded product that millennials want from events is a water bottle. That’s right – 24% said that the coolest piece they had received was a reusable water bottle.

But before choosing just any bottle, think about what you want your water bottle to say about your brand. You want to make sure you hit the quality quotient on your swag and a water bottle is a particularly important piece of corporate swag. Why? Because it is a practical gift that will be used frequently by the recipient for the long haul – if you create a good quality bottle that people want to keep.

I once watched an entire table leave behind their bottles at an event because it smelled “weird”. What a terrible use of marketing dollars! This is where our SIGG water bottles really stand out in a crowd. SIGG’s EcoCare liner means that there are no odours in the bottle in the beginning or even with repeated use. Your branded bottle recipient is not going to get a metallic or plastic taste from SIGG bottles, which means that it will be used again and again.

Your mother always said “quality over quantity” and your mother was right. When you want to make your marketing dollars count, make sure you’re choosing the best way to get as many impressions of your product as possible. Don’t misrepresent your brand with a throwaway item.

Branded – It’s the Bottle they were going to Buy Themselves anyway

My favourite line from a marketer: “Always give what they would buy themselves.”

Take a look at the recipients and ask if this would be something they would buy for themselves in a store. While you may have an audience that is incredibly broad, it’s still a good rule of thumb.

One story that stands out from a family friend was an important conference for big shot CEOs and CFOs of larger financial organizations in Canada. When I asked what their swag was (honestly, it should have been kick ass swag), I didn’t see it because it never made it home. The cheap water bottle with the design flaking off was tossed and the stuffed animal (yes, a child’s toy) was left at the table. These sad misfit corporate swag items didn’t even make it to the conference tote because the recipients saw no use for them.

The SIGG water bottle has been around for over 108 years and has a strong brand following. We regularly hear from customers who have had their bottle for decades so you know that it’s worth keeping. As well, based on Splash’s survey results, we know that millennials love their reusable water bottles. Anyone can create a logo’d water bottle, but is it one they really want? Does it tick off all the boxes that an educated consumer expects?

  • Technologically superior
  • Stylish while practical
  • Reusable and recyclable – generally a good choice for the planet and for the user

Design it Well

If you’re not the Apple’s and GAP’s of the world, it’s hard to get participants to carry your brand around in their everyday life. So, get creative with the design! Pick the right color and design choices that make your water bottle swag the one to watch. SIGG has a great selection of colours and styles that can be tied into your brand. They can be printed or laser engraved. We can even have full colour images printed on the bottles. For that additional POP, think about 3D printing – the ink is raised and gives the bottle great dimension visually, while making the bottle a tactile experience, too. Want to read more? Find other great ideas for designing your SIGG swag (digital printing and UV inks) by reading the blog, Technological Advancements in Awards and Recognitions Production.

SIGG Bottles Make Great Corporate Swag

Now that we have shared some ideas on how to create the best water bottle conference swag, reach out to our SIGG specialists and let us assist you in finding the best fit for your brand so you can have the best conference swag!

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Unique Ideas for Wedding Favors

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Impress Your Wedding Guests with One-of-a-Kind, Memorable Gifts Commemorating Your Special Day

The best weddings are the ones that are celebrations of love, friends and family. You have planned so hard to create a party that brings all the best people in your life together to help you celebrate your special day. You also want to create an event that you will all remember.

Have you thought about one of the most important items? It harkens back to our childhood. It’s the loot bag! I mean, now we’re all adults and call it a wedding favor, or if we’re really classy, a bomboniere, but the idea is the same. It’s a gift to your guest to commemorate your special day. In the past, sugared almonds were given but with the rise of Etsy and Pinterest, it’s not hard to find something unique. We’re happy to share some of our favourite creative wedding favor ideas.

One creative wedding favor idea that I loved involved a family friend’s destination wedding. The bride and groom had chosen a beach vacation with their friends and family and wanted a way for everyone to know who was with the wedding party. The bride designed a unique graphic and had it printed on beach totes. With everyone using these fun and functional totes, everyone on the beach could spot each other. These great gifts led to camaraderie and bonding before and after the ceremony. They were also useful – helping to bring all those necessary items like water bottles, sunscreen and a good book to the beach! It was something so practical and distinct that brought everyone together.

Another great, unique idea was one we worked on with a client. Their wedding was taking place in California wine country and not only did they want their guest to have a beautiful keepsake from their special day, but they also wanted to make sure everyone stayed hydrated while dancing up a storm at the reception. They had been big fans of SIGG water bottles for years, so it was a no-brainer when it came to selecting the gifts for the wedding guest. They thought of what they use every day and wanted something just as great for their guests.

When we were talking with them about their project, they asked if we happened to have SIGG bottles available to match their wedding colours: orange and white. My response: “We have a Fabulous one!” We took our orange bottle from our SIGG Fabulous line and printed it with their artwork and the words “Love & Happiness” and created a beautiful personalized gift for everyone to use for years to come.

What is great about using SIGG water bottles as wedding favors is that they work to match the different lifestyles that guests might associate with the bride and groom. The sustainability factor of SIGG reusable water bottles vs. disposable water bottles is a great fit for the environmentally-conscious couple. For the active and health conscious couple, SIGG bottles support having water on hand for that 9 cups of water a day. For outdoorsy folks, you can’t go wrong with a SIGG bottle for your camping and hiking adventures! Find out more about SIGG bottles as a lifestyle tool.

There are so many details to think about on your wedding day, make the wedding favors an easy one. Your family and friends want to celebrate your special day and having a functional, beautiful item that they will keep long after the wedding day is over will help bring back memories for years to come! It also helps that SIGG has a wide range of colours and styles to find just the right fit for you and your significant other.

Check out our SIGG shop and get a quote or contact our team today to see how we can help you with your wedding favors design and colour selection.

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SIGG Stories: I’m Not Giving Up My SIGG!

SIGG – High-End Water Bottles with Iconic Design, Durability and Longevity

not giving up my sigg bronzeI am always intrigued by how loyal water bottle owners are to their brand. In the years that we have been distributing and custom decorating SIGG water bottles, we have heard many SIGG stories around the bottles, but time and time again, what we hear most is that people love their SIGG.

SIGG has been producing bottles for more than 100 years. It is part of the permanent design collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art because of its iconic shape.

SIGG is the bottle that is held as the benchmark of what a water bottle should be – particularly its longevity. One of the reasons for this longevity is the flexible, integral liner. It bends and flexes with dents and bumps in the bottle and will not crack or deteriorate. The liner is also BPA free and acid safe. That means that you can put orange juice or other acidic beverages in the bottle and the liner does not have taste transfer.

Dropped SIGG Off a Cliff – Not Leaving It Behind!

One of my favourite SIGG stories is from Greg Snoddy, manager of the outdoor lifestyle and adventure retail shop, Higher Ground Ltd. I was having a conversation with Greg about new SIGG products and he told me a story about his devotion to his SIGG water bottle:

A few years ago, I was climbing a cliff near Tobermory on Georgian Bay. I had brought my favourite SIGG bottle with me. It has seen many trips and definitely looks that way – it doesn’t even stand up straight anymore.

So, I was climbing this cliff when I went to grab my SIGG bottle for a drink. I can hang onto a cliff but apparently not a SIGG bottle. I watched as it fell 60 feet into Georgian Bay, slamming into the rocks on the way down. A few more character marks, I say.

I stayed there for a few minutes until I saw it bobbing in the water. Well, there was no way I was going to let it go after it survived that fall. So, down I climbed. About 20 feet from the water, I jumped in and swam out to my SIGG bottle = saved!

Yes, I do have a few newer SIGG bottles, but this one (with all its bumps and bruises) is my favourite and will always be included in my trips.

SIGG water bottles are created from a single seamless component with a flexible liner. Backpacker Magazine pummeled the bottle with a 100 pound cannon and dubbed SIGG “The World’s Toughest Water Bottle”. I guess Greg can attest to that. It would seem he is not giving up on his SIGG water bottle anytime soon, even with the bumps and bruises, it is virtually indestructible!

SIGG Stories at a Trade Show

At a recent trade show, we had two people come by our booth and zero in on the SIGG water bottle display.

The first client was excited and gushed about how happy she was to see SIGG in the corporate market. She felt that SIGG would be a great promotional product for her company to offer clients. When we asked her about whether she had personally used a SIGG, her answer was a resounding YES! She told us that she had used the same bottle for more than seven years and loved it.

A few minutes later, someone else came by our booth. When we asked about her experience with SIGG, her response was slightly different. She indicated she wasn’t very happy with her bottle as she was having issues with the lid and cleaning it. Of course we apologized, gave her a new lid. But when we asked how long she’d had the bottle, she told us the bottle was over 10 years old. Now, with the new top we’d provided, she figured she could get another 10 years out of it.

With the right care, SIGG bottles can last for a very long time. And, that’s great because SIGG users just don’t want to give them up, no matter how battered they are!

Share Your SIGG Stories

We are always happy to have stories shared about people’s experiences with the SIGG brand. If you have a picture of you enjoying your SIGG water bottle or have a great SIGG story and would like to share it, please do not hesitate to send it along to us at Clearmount or post it below.

So, tell us your SIGG stories!

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A Water Bottle to Fit and Support Your Lifestyle

The Right Water Bottle can be a Great Lifestyle Tool

drink more water sigg water bottlesWater – you know you need to drink it. More than 70% of our bodies are made up of water and we lose quite a bit by breathing, sweating and other life functions. That is why it is important to consistently replenish this lost water throughout the day.

“Drink more water” is at the top of every “Get Healthy” list in your favourite websites and magazines. For many, it’s not easy getting in 9 cups or (2.2 Litres) a day; but it is important. So, make water a part of your lifestyle by carrying your own reusable water bottle everywhere you go.

Drinking your quota of water will make your joints move better and help your skin maintain its sparkle and elasticity. Studies have shown that drinking water regularly keeps your brain working faster and your energy up.

Always keep your water bottle with you

SIGG-Classic-Bottle-207x300 2Do you have a water bottle at your desk? If the answer is no, then why not?

Grab a reusable water bottle and keep it full. Keep our large 1.0L water bottle to make sure that you always have water on hand. Or use one of our smaller 0.6L water bottle to help ensure that you’re getting up regularly and walking to that water cooler. Get the gossip, talk about Game of Thrones or just take a needed break from the deluge of emails!

Our Classic Travellers are great as they come with SIGG’s Eco Care liner. Besides being BPA-free, the liners will never crack and will remain tasteless and toxin free for many, many years.

If you like your water really cold, our wide mouth bottles make it easy to put as much ice as you want in your water. However, if you love the smaller mouth version, you can get skinny ice cube trays.

Many companies choose water bottles as gifts for all of their employees. Not only do SIGG water bottles make a great gift, but they also help employees drink more water to stay healthier and perform better. A SIGG bottle is also a great gift for a new employee to find at their desk on their first day to make them feel like part of the team!

Mix it up!

Drinking water all the time can be boring for some people. But the right bottle can make drinking water easier by making it different each time. We are fans of using our 0.5L Hot & Cold bottle with its tea infuser used as a fruit infuser. Our suggestion is throwing in strawberries and mint for a refreshing drink.

The bonus about this bottle is that it keeps everything hot for over 18 hours and cold for over 24 hours. This means that you can keep your drink fresh and tasty all day.

If you are on the go, a 0.75L WMB Sports water bottle is a great option. It’s the best fit for your bike’s water bottle cage. You can toss in fruit and ice cubes with the wide spout and stay hydrated during spin class or when the mountains are calling!

Stay Green!

By purchasing and using a reusable water bottle, you are helping contribute to an environmental sustainable world.

According to statistics last year, to keep up with the demand for single use water bottles, it took more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce these bottles. The energy wasted on using bottled water is enough to power 190,000 homes.

Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but only 38 of them were recycled. These statistics are only for America; imagine the impact of the entire globe.

Using reusable bottles not only helps Mother Earth, but it also helps your wallet. Think of all the extra money you save by filling up your water for pennies a day rather dollars!

Some like it hot!

hot and cold sigg winterIt’s a bit chilly across the country right now, so staying warm is key. Don’t let your hydration decline just because it’s cold. A SIGG Hot & Cold bottle can keep your tea or coffee hot all day.

Our friend, Winston, from Brand Boulevard had a great idea – filling a 0.75L Hot and Cold with hot water when he hits the slopes. It keeps beverages toasty so when he and his daughter need a break, they share this refreshing drink from the detachable cup. They can fuel up without sacrificing some good snowboarding powder time!

This style of bottle has also been popular for several of our construction and outdoor clients. Fill it with your favourite coffee in the morning and stay warm all day long!

Still not sure what the best fit is for you? Reach out to our SIGG specialists to help us find a bottle you’ll have for years!