Grand Island, New York; February 26, 2020 – Starline announces that it is the first manufacturer in the Promotional Products Industry to introduce a groundbreaking new lead-free sealing process for vacuum drinkware.
“The traditional method of sealing vacuum drinkware uses a drop of glass-encased lead at the base of the piece,” says Julie Fritsch, Starline VP of Marketing. “When this new lead-free process became available, we jumped at the chance to implement it as our way of continuing the development of environmentally friendly products.”
“With the quality and performance of our drinkware, our closest competitors are national retail brands,” says Brian Porter, Starline SVP of Sales and Marketing. “To date, Hydro Flask is the only known brand that has introduced the lead-free seal to the retail marketplace. Other brands like YETI have addressed the issue by capping off the seal so their drinkware is lead-free on all accessible components. We are early adapters of the lead-free seal, and we hope that more manufacturers will follow suit in these efforts.”
Over the past two years, it’s estimated that Starline has spent over a million dollars implementing the new lead-free sealing process. In addition to the cost of the new seal being higher, the factories also need to dedicate special machines and buildings to the process to avoid any cross contamination. “At the end of the day, we’re looking to produce a product that is kept for a generation or more and that leaves an environmentally-friendly footprint. Our drinkware is safe and lead-free from its inception, all the way through to the hands of the user, and even after the lifespan of the product is finally over,” says Porter.
About Starline | Starline is a Top 40 supplier in the Promotional Products Industry specializing in quality, high-end gifts. Starline is the home of the patented and award-winning TruColor™ digital decoration technique. With locations in Grand Island, NY and Vaughan, Ontario, Starline remains committed to seamlessly servicing the needs of its North American distributor base. For more information, please visit our website www.starline.com.