A blog all about ‘Beer Mats’

All about beermats, dripmats and coasters!

Cancer awareness campaigns using beermats

Once again beermats prove their worth as a medium for delivering serious messages to a targeted audience. Every year, some 27,000 men are diagnosed with prostrate cancer and 10,000 die from this disease. The UK based ‘Prostate Cancer Charity’ launched a campaign called ‘Real Man’ which was aimed at raising awareness of this disease. The beermats featured a quiz which offered prizes which included £200 of Dixons vouchers.

 

This campaign, once again, proved how beermats can be utilised to deliver a serious message as well as offer a little fun. By utilising the option of printing different design on the front and back of the beermat, the charity maximised the impact of their message.

 

Whilst this particular campaign was targeted at men drinking in pubs, beer mats are often used for direct mail campaigns, free giveaways and at conferences. Some companies also offer pre-printed beermats with serious, fun and safety awareness messages.

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Beermats deliver Road Safety message

You may well ask what beermats have to do with road safety. Well, road safety campaigners in the county of Cumbria used beer mats to reinforce the message that drivers should wear their seatbelts.

 

The county was alarmed at the number of people driving in Cumbria who were not wearing seatbelts. Therefore, they launched a campaign utilising beermats which included pictures of the injuries suffered by people who had not been wearing their seatbelts.

 

This particular campaign has a pleasant picture on one side and then relying on the age old practice of ‘beer mat flipping’ they included an image on the reverse of someone that had suffered horrific injuries as a consequence of not wearing a seatbelt.

 

Clearly beermats can deliver serious messages as well as act as an advertising or branding tool as was clearly recognised by the road safety campaigners in Cumbria. Some UK manufacturers of beermats offer short print runs at a fraction of the cost, allowing a wider audience to use beermats for small campaigns or perhaps, a number of different campaign designs.

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What is a BeerMat?

A beermat is a coaster used to rest glasses of beer or other beverages upon. They are used to protect the surfaces and because they are made of highly absorbent pulp board, they are used to absorb spillages. Of course, they only became mainstream once the major breweries recognised the benefit of advertising their range of beers, spirits or other alcoholic drinks on these beermats.

Beermats are widely used in UK public houses, with the average pub consuming around 1000 mats per month. In the past 10 years, new manufacturing processes have been introduced by the more ‘forward thinking’ manufacturer of beermats, whereby beermats can be designed, manufactured and printed in far smaller volumes, permitting many other businesses and organisations to benefit from the low cost, high impact offered by advertising on beermats.

For example, in the UK, one of the political parties, UKIP, utilised beermats to deliver their political messages during the 2004 elections. Similarly, the UK Police force have used them for anti-drink driving campaigns and local authorities for delivering messages related to recycling…in the latter case, the local authorities wanted to ensure that the beermat itself could be recycled, which of course, it could.

Their are alternative names or spellings to describe beermats, often spelt as beer mats, or referred to as dripmats (also, drip mats),  and in the United States and many other places they are invariably referred to as coasters. Whatever the preferred method used to describe these products, the reality is, there are probably as many “beermats” printed with non alcohol related messages on them as there are with a beer or spirit.

One word of caution though, there are an increasing number of companies using the generic term ‘beermats’ to sell inferior or fake products, depending on your view. A genuine beermat will be made out of the highly absorbent pulpboard and will typically be between 1mm and 1.6mm thick. The “fakes” are more often than not, constructed by printing onto paper and then mounting on board. The absorbency of these types of constructions is highly questionable, as of course is the durability…perhaps even worse, is they are often more expensive than traditional beermats!

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What is beermat board?

Beermat board is produced from wood-pulp. The pulp is normally constructed from a mix of already recycled paper pulp (about 85%) and Scandinavian indigenous softwood. The softwood is typically purchased from forests that adhere to the ‘sustainable forestry program’ where more trees are planted than are felled.

This pulp is light brown in colour and unsuitable for printing purposes so a final sheet of chlorine-free bleached paper tops the bulk.

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Beer mats and the environment

Did you know that genuine beermats are 100% recyclable? That’s right, albeit the emphasis must be on “genuine”. Ask any beermat collector, enthusiast or professional buyer and they will tell you that ‘real’ beermats are made out of pulp board…and this is why they they can be recycled.

However, if you care about the environment, then you must beware of the fakers, these are the guys that call it a beermat, when really is is nothing more than a printed piece of paper that is glued to a piece of board! That is correct…not only is it a fake which cannot be recycled, but it is also useless as a beer mat. Why? Because it lacks the absorbency of a genuine pulp board beermat.

So, next time you are looking for an environmentally friendly way of delivering your advertising message, spare a moment for the humble beermat, but make sure it is a genuine pulp board beermat, available from the manufacturers.

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