Business is seeing the benefits of creating a more sustainable workplace.
From health benefits, happier employees, benefits to the environment and sizable savings in spending, sustainability is a winning, and growing, movement.
Together with our sister company, Naked Binder, our 3 decades of being a sustainable manufacturer have helped us raise the bar for the entire North American binder and presentation products field. Corporate Image creates products that will last, but not at the cost of the environment.
Why not vinyl?
Why not vinyl? So many reasons.
Economic: Vinyl binders fall apart. The hinges are weak and affected by both heat and cold. This means you replace them constantly. A well made binder – like those made by Corporate Image or Naked Binder – has been tested to 250,000 flexes – so the cover won’t fall off even if you use it 20 times a day for 30 years.
Health: The plasticizers in your vinyl binder are toxic. A vinyl binder will off-gas for it’s lifetime, affecting the air in your office or home. These toxins are released into our ground water from landfill and add to issues of the approx 9300 landfill fires every year.
Sustainability: Add to this, that vinyl is not recycled in the U.S. except for a small amount during the manufacturing process, and massive amounts of vinyl are being landfilled every year.
Recyclable save money.
Money spent on waste disposal can be cut down, especially in large corporations where you can potentially have a warehouse with 10-30,000 vinyl binders that need to go to hazardous waste disposal.
Cutting down your waste stream by diverting recyclables to where they be reused saves you money, protects the environment, cuts landfill and uses less resources than making products with virgin resources.
Recycled materials save the planet.
Corporate Image uses 100% post consumer waste board to create better binders, and we work with many recycled stocks including Neenah papers and folding papers to make your folders, boxes and packaging!
So many more options for sustainable binders, folders and boxes.
Great range of options and benefits
A sustainable 3-ring binder, box or pocket folder from Corporate Image is not only crafted with outstanding quality, our products are stronger, have better printing and more options. Our 3-ring binders were tested to 250,000 flexes (opening and closings) without failing. That means your binder could last over 30 years if you use it 20 times a day. Instead of replacing your materials every few months you can use them for years, saving you money.
Print options: Need spot UV or varnish? 4 color process with spot colors? Mixed materials – say a cloth and printed binder? Foil stamping and debossed logos? Vinyl and plastics don’t have the same range of options we can offer you to make your presentation or sample kit stand out.
Best of all, our 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are all 100% recyclable and don’t off-gas. No landfill or toxic gasses in your office.
Sustainability in presentation materials is a real thing. Protect the environment, support your green initiatives, save money and increase your influence with a move to better materials!
Corporate Image Open House
From the fold-your-own-box candy bar (find out who the visual thinkers are!) to the amazing presentations on Neenah Paper, designing with corrugates, and designing for sustainability, our open house was a fun and exciting.
Neenah Paper offered an inspiring display of papers including folding board for boxes. The range and quality of the Neenah line delighted many of the “paper people” who got very excited about the choices. Doug Grever, of Neenah was kept busy answering questions and talking with people about all of the options.
Andy Dickman, the man of corrugate packaging, was on hand with many cool projects, advice, and even handed out corrugate cowboy hats – a big favorite.
And of course, food. The drink table heavily favored Sam Adams and all of their binders!
We offered non-stop tours of the production facility, which was running full tilt all evening. Most of the designers had never seen how their projects are made, so there was a lot of excitement at the process. (We’ll post some videos as we get them in).
Thanks to everyone who came, everyone who helped and next time, we hope some of you with schedule conflicts can get here!
October 15, 3-8pm
Corporate Image(ination) is an event bringing designers from the Midwest, from graphic designers to packaging designers together to talk about designing and manufacturing packaging.
People will be able to go into the plant to see how products are made, attend design clinics, as well as talk to our product designers and staff about presentation product design.
Come talk to experts in presentation packaging, walk through of our production facility to see your projects being made, and speak with our team about projects you are working on.
1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316!
Come hear expert designers speak:
Doug Grever of Neenah paper is giving a talk about Neenah Papers folding board. ”From the first sketch to the final fold, your brand packaging needs to be as premium and perfect as the product within. Neenah Packaging provides collaborative idea generation, personalized and hands-on consultation, and knowledgeable support throughout the packaging process.”
Working in Corrugate
Andy Dickman, a corrugate expert, will be discussing possibilities in corrugate boxes. Understanding the benefits and limits of corrugates can help you plan for your next box project. Learn how corrugate boxes are designed and built and all of the options for customizing corrugates. From full litho wraps with laminates and spot UVs to direct print, corrugates are versatile and strong enough to protect any product.
Finishing Options in Packaging
Logan Wittmer is speaking about finishing options for printed and cloth covered products. From textured papers to unique cloth, soft touch lamination and spot UV to debossing and foil stamping, Corporate Image offers a range of finishing options for your 3 ring binders, custom boxes and pocket folders.
Corporate Image(ination) Open House and Design Clinic
Come by and learn more about packaging designing and have a great time!
When: October 15th, 2015
Where: 1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines IA 50316
For years Corporate Image has been working with healthcare and medical professionals to design presentation materials just for them.
Our focus is to create better designed pieces that last longer, have more design possibilities and are not the non-recyclable, toxic vinyl and plastic they had used in the past.
We have worked with the industry to create 3-ring binders, presentation binders and folders and kits and boxes for everything from patient information kits to medical device boxes – all 100% recyclable and strong!
So we were very excited to hear this:
Good news indeed for both employees and patients in hospitals! New measures are helping green healthcare furniture!
Naked Binder would like to applaud all of the Furniture manufacturers, Healthcare Facilities, Facebook and others who have pledged to eliminate these toxic chemicals from their businesses. (Now to pledge to eliminate vinyl binders?)
We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.
The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.
Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.
Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need. We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.
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Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.
Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously. For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics. The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.
Corporate Image has been using 100% post consumer waste board for our binders for over 30 years. We have huge resources of recycled papers to match the look feel and print quality you need and nearly everything we run is FSC certified. On top of this, everything we make – from our 3 ring binders, pocket folders to sales boxes – is recyclable.
We believe in recycling as a way to protect our natural resources and prevent waste. But, when is it best to use recycled papers and when is it a greater impact? Sappi paper has a new resource for you.
Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:
WASTE REDUCTION IS A FUNDAMENTAL TENET
There are many facets to recycling, from the process itself to the benefits and concerns. Sappi has worked to bring a resource that addresses many of these issues.
At Corporate Image we deal with paper all day and really love the flexibility of the medium. Admittedly, much of ours goes into packaging and presentation materials, but that doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm for other forms of paper art!
Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own renowned paper stock to give viewers a rare glimpse into the operations of one of the last independently owned paper mills in America.
On View: September 10-November 21, 2014
And after you’ve seen Factory Made, make a day of cut-paper artwork by heading down the street to the Museum of Modern Art, where the blockbuster show Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display until February 8, 2015.
– See more cut paper art!
For the last 20 years we have heard that the world is going paperless, and yet companies are printing materials all the time. So what is happening?
The Psychology of Print
People respond to physical, tactile materials. Look at books. Some people read on kindles or other devices, but for most people I know, the feel of the book, the weight and even the turning of pages are part of the experience of the book. Books are experiences, not a collection of words.
Your presentation and marketing materials are experiences. People respond to the craftsmanship and heft of quality objects in a way an email can not mimic.
Sometimes you just need printed materials.
Some industries need to make sure the information they produce is always available.
Healthcare– From patient files to forms, this industry is paper-intensive, and predicts to be even more so over the coming years. This is one industry that if the lights go out, that information needs to be in the patients hand and available.
Also, it is a lot more comforting to have the information to read in hand instead of just receiving a web address (“You need surgery – go to this website for more information.” is not what I would want to hear…)
Legal – Papers need to be signed, stamped, delivered, read and re-read. Imagine a wedding certificate as an email. Much less romantic.
Financial / Real Estate / Insurance – All these industries produce paper that you need to have access to. If you are investing in a house, stocks or a new business it is nice to have a strong, well made folder or binder to hold your papers. It builds confidence that the organization you are dealing with exists, is legitimate and is planning to be there for you.
Print is just one component of your marketing and presentation, but it is an important one. Companies are printing less, but smarter – creating stand out pieces that have great feel, outstanding print and graphics and work with their branding.
Less but better is the mantra. Maybe you used to print 40,000 pocket folders every year. Much of that was sent to prospects that were not very warm or even pulled from lists. Now you make 10,000 folders – beautiful, a little heavier paper, maybe soft-touch lamination for a great feel – and send them to better qualified prospects. Your returns are higher and your costs are lower. That quality difference will be noticed and pay off with the clients.
What to look for in your Print Manufacturer? Your Success.
You don’t want to align your company with cheap folders, 3 ring binders that fall apart or a box that won’t close, and yet that is often what you get.
A print manufacturer should stress quality, knowledge, service and have the internal design staff to help you get exactly what you want and need.
Corporate Image has been creating custom presentation materials – from 3 ring binders, pocket folders to boxes of all types – for over 30 years. We come from a book binding tradition that started over 150 years ago and developed into what we are today.
From winning “Best Binder in the World” to GDUSA packaging awards, we have delivered the quality products that help make our customers successful. We don’t rest on our laurels, Corporate Image is constantly creating new solutions that give you quality with other attributes you need. From our eco-friendly tuck lock boxes and glue-less pocket folders to the worlds strongest 3 ring binders (flexed 250,000 times without failing!), we give you quality that will help you shine.
Print is alive and well and still helping you stand out with your clients! Contact us to get more information on how we can help you!
Sorry to get all Buzzfeed headline on you, but some projects are so special you just have to share.
We worked with Q2 down in Austin, Texas. What resulted is kind of special!
It starts with a corrugated slipcase with another corrugate box inside. Both of these are printed, laminated with soft touch laminate with lines of spot UV.
When you pull out the inside box, you have a tray with a paperboard box resting inside. This custom box matches exactly with the corrugate from the printing to the soft touch lamination and the spot UV.
Under that box is a book. A present in a present.
But wait. you are not done.
Inside the paperboard box is a pocket folder with a box pocket. This folder acts like a four flap enclosure (yes, one of our sister companies is Archival Products and in preservation they use a lot of four flap enclosures). Open the custom pocket folder and find a brochure (whose main image peeks out at you from a custom die cut in the folder).
Scroll down and check out the great design. Wouldn’t you be happy to get this presentation?
Corrugate and paperboard custom box presentation boxes, with matching pocket folders.
1 PMS printing with spot UV
Soft touch Laminate
Designed by Q2 in-house design team
While we are known making the best 3-ring binders in the world, Corporate Image does a lot of other things equally as well.
Take this mailer for instance:
The Vision Council created these eye-catching mailers to send brochures. With a great look, natural matte finish and a simple folding style, these custom mailers are effective and affordable.
Custom four flap enclosure mailer specifications:
6-1/4” wide x 6” high four flap enclosure (flap redesigned with a squared closure) with a 1/4” spine with dust flaps to hold a brochure. Die #8661
Custom four flap enclosure mailer environmental benefits:
Ships Flat, saving money, space and fuel.
So why limit your exposure to PVC?
Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment. Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.
Why you ask? So happy you did!
No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products
In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.
Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.
Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998. We tried. Learn more about how that went.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.
Links to more information
Vinyl Industry Sites
Paperboy wines are packaged in a unique molded paper ‘bottle’ with a plastic bladder inside to hold the wine. The paper wrapper is easily recyclable (though they do not say the bladder is).
While glass is completely recyclable most glass doesn’t get recycled for some reason and these paper and plastic bottles have the added benefit of being a lot lighter, saving in cost and fuel to ship, and making it easier to carry around. Now to be quite honest, I would still balk at carrying something like this into the back country (at 1.9 lbs it weighs a bit too much for me), but I am very tempted to go get a bottle to bring to a friends house.
via Packaging World:
Have questions about the savings in weight vs the non- recyclability of the plastic bladder?
Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards
Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!
Marketing materials – from in-house information binders to sample kits – say as much about your company as the information in them.
There are a lot of manufacturers and printers out there who can do some things well, but when you start working on your marketing materials you don’t want to be limited by the few things they can do.
Corporate Image has been making quality marketing and presentation materials for almost 30 years. From 3 ring binders (voted best in the world) to pocket folders, sales boxes, sample kits and tab dividers, Corporate Image has the highest quality and largest range.
Our in house packaging designers can make sure you exceed your expectations. Need to show 120 tiles? No problem. Window sashes? Sure. Patient information kits? Absolutely. We can create a solution for your needs or use one of the many hundreds of dies that we already have.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer. We can spec papers up to 100% post consumer waste and use soy inks. Our products can all be FSC certified. If you need a fully eco friendly 3-ring binder or pocket folder we have a range of options for you.
You should not have to settle.
Engineering and Construction firms have special marketing needs. Corporate Image has worked in this industry for many years giving us the insight and expertise to help you get exactly what you want.
We have found solutions to showcase window frames, bricks, tiles, carpets as well as the best proposal binders you can find.
Our products are eco friendly from the 3-ring binders to the corrugate boxes, printed with eye popping color soy inks on FSC certified papers.
Whether you are in the contract industry, engineering or construction let us help you get the quality and impact you deserve.
Should your Sales Boxes and Marketing Kits be corrugate boxes or paper board?
When you are looking for boxes for sales kits, information packets or sample marketing kits it helps to know more about your materials, possibilities and printing options.
The world of boxes is vast – do you need a corrugate box to help architectural samples or a heavy paper stock that can hold patient information kits or a bottle of perfume?
Looking for a sales box or marketing kit but not sure what you need?
You have a few choices and if you want to stick to recyclable materials the best are corrugated boxes or paperboard boxes. These both have advantages so if you need a custom marketing kit, sales box or sample presentation kit a quick read may be in order.
Lets break it down.
E-flute, single faced, double wall – all of these are corrugates and all of them have interesting properties and uses for your design projects.
The main thing you get from corrugates is strength. If you need a sturdy box to hold samples or need to convey a greater sense of solidity with your brand, corrugates may be the way to go.
Printing and more:
The best quality printing (4cp +) is done on a C1S (coated 1 side) sheet which is run through an offset press and then adhered to the corrugate. There are also options of foil stamping and debossing and direct printing.
Die Cuts and Custom Dies
Corruagate cuts well, so the shape of your box, window cuts, custom closures and flaps are all possibilities.
Printed heavy paper stocks can be made into an amazing array of boxes for anything from patient information kits for healthcare to financial portfolio or organizational kits and more.
Customizing Paperboard Boxes:
These stocks print like a dream, so you have the same wide range of options from 1 color PMS to 4cp+ and spot varnishes.
Printing two sides is also not a problem, allowing your to have the inside of your box as well branded as the outside.
Die Cuts and Custom Dies:
Corporate Image has a wide range of sales box and paperboard box dies to choose from already, but if you have a need for custom windows or looks, you can work with our package designer to get what you need.
It used to be that eco friendly was code for poorly made. Not anymore.
Eco friendly marketing materials (from 3-ring binders and pocket folders to tab dividers and sales boxes) are better value, better quality and better for your image.
For the last 3 years the 3-ring binder voted best binder in North America (and once Best Binder in the World) was a Corporate Image binder. Our products offer a greater range of printing and customizing opportunities and an amazing look, feel and range of possibilities.
Greener, eco friendly materials and practices.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer who has been using soy based inks for over 20 years. Our binders are made with 100% post consumer waste board, our papers use recycled content and the entire binder is recyclable.
Along with using recycled materials, our products are built to last. One of our bare board binders (from Naked Binder – our eco friendly office supply company) was tested to 250,000 flexes without fail. That means you can open and close that binder 20 times a day for 34 years. Try that with vinyl.
Marketing materials show who you are as a company – what you believe, how you practice and how well you will perform. Corporate Image believes in what we do, and we take pride in making the best pocket folders, binders and boxes you can find. From our printing and packaging designers to construction and shipping, we make sure you are getting what you want and more.
Corporate Image sets the standard that other manufacturers are trying to meet.
Eco friendly marketing materials, from 3-ring binders to sales boxes, are now the best quality, best branding and best value you can find.
Find out more! Get Samples or a Quote or chat with one of our sales consultants!
Sometimes the best solutions is to highlight the products
At Corporate Image, we can customize your box to create the right package for your needs. Our boxes offer complete design flexibility with the option of full color graphics inside and out. All 4-color inks are soy based and contain 19% soy based ink. For extra strength and durability, boxes can be laminated to provide protection for your graphics.
For those of you who work in commercial and building interiors, you are faced with the issue of how best to present your products. Whether you are working in corporate, hospitality, health care, retail, government, institutional or residential interiors, you need to present your information and samples in a way that is compelling and easy to use.
Corporate Image has created innovative packaging for samples in everything from tiles, glass, carpet to furniture and finishing hardware. Check out some of the solutions we have made for the commercial interiors and building industry!
Create the best possible presentation packaging with a custom prototype and digital template.
If needed, one of our Corporate Image sales representatives will enlist the help of our product design team to collaborate with you on developing a custom presentation product. We’ll help you sell your idea. There’s no charge for producing an initial prototype of a custom design, built to your specifications. Multiple copies for presentations are available for a small fee.
When you’re ready to begin the final design phase of your custom binder, pocket folder or box project, we will email a template to you. This ensures that your final product will match your design and eliminates the worry about critical details like score lines, glue strips, tuck flaps and die cutting tolerances.
Don’t just take our word for it,
“At The HON Company, we needed to tell our sustainability story and worked with Corporate Image to produce a unique, environmentally friendly package. From knowing which eco-friendly materials to use, through package design, Corporate Imaged showed they really understood our needs and the importance of matching our message with the right presentation solution.”
You see, design and use packaging everyday, and most of it ends up as trash.
A designer in Montreal decided to try to do something about that with a common everyday item – the toothbrush. I noticed this post on Dieline and realized that it dovetailed nicely with many of our eco friendly products (from bare board binders to corrugated boxes) that are also fully recyclable when they are finished.
Dissolve is an exploration into re-thinking the everyday design which accounts for much of our waste stream.
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