We are glad you asked.
You pay attention to composting and what you eat, but what is the benefit to recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders or pocket folders? Can it help or is it just hype?
Using recycled paper has some large positive environmental impacts.
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves
So what does that mean for, say a recycled (100% post consumer waste) 3-ring binder? We did the math. Based on a 1.5″ D-ring binder (standard size), and the amount of 100% post consumer waste board we use, we came up with this:
ONE recycled 3-ring binder saves
Imagine a world where all 50,000,000 3-ring binders in the US (annual sales) were made from 100% recycled board. That saves 150,000,000 gallons of water and almost 3 million gallons of oil.
Compare that to a vinyl binder where you are using more oil based vinyl, generating more toxic byproducts and also creating something that can not be recycled.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder make our recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders, folders and tab dividers in the USA, so none of our product is shipped in from halfway around the world – saving more fuel and emissions.
Can a recycled and recyclable 3 ring binder, folder or tab divider make a difference? Yes it can.
Need more information on the benefits of recycling?
Economic Recycling Benefits and Facts
|Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.|
|The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.|
|Two years after calling recycling a $40 million drain on the city, New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.|
|Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.|
|Well-designed programs save money. Communities have many options available to make their programs more cost-effective, including maximizing their recycling rates, implementing pay-as-you-throw programs, and including incentives in waste management contracts that encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.|
|Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.|
|Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.|
|Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.|
|Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.|
|Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years.|
|Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.|
|The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.|
|Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutantsand eight major categories of water pollutants.|
|In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.|
|It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.|
|Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.|
|It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.|
|In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).|
|A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.|
|Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.|
|Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.|
|Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.|
|When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds oflimestone are conserved.|
|Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments.Recycling eases the demand for the resources.|
|Mining is the world’s most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining.|
|Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.|
|Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.|
You can use this information to rule the world of presentation material Trivial Pursuit and destroy at office supply Cranium!
That depends on where you are and who you ask.
Loose-leaf paper was patented in 1854. Also in 1854, patents were filed for both the 2-ring and 3-ring binders by Henry T. Sisson of Providence, Rhode Island. Sisson recognized the need to be able to protect pages, although he was not yet exactly sure how to fix the problem. No loose-leaf binders were available on the market at that time.
Fast forward a few years and go to Germany where Friedrich Soennecken is said to have invented ring binders in 1886 in Bonn, Germany. He also registered a patent on November 14, 1886, for his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen (“paper hole maker for folders”, or hole punch).
In the US, the Chicago Binder and File Company was one of the 1st companies to offer a binder for sale in 1899.
Originally, 3 ring binders were made like hardcover books – three pieces of board (binders board – a heavy paperboard) held together with book cloth covers and end sheets. As plastics got invented, vinyl binders appeared – again three pieces of board but with two sheets of thin vinyl heat sealed at the edges and hinges. Not as strong, but easier to make.
Of course, people realized vinyl is toxic.
So now, with US binder manufacturers like Corporate Image, who are concerned with the long life of the binder as well as the health of the person using it, the best 3 ring binders are made from one sheet of binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets ( or in Naked Binder‘s case recycled papers or bare board) with a hinge pressed directly into the board. No weak spots and no vinyls, these 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is also the strongest 3 ring binder hinge and allows for round spine binders.
We have wondered the same thing, but there is no good count. In the US, our best guess is that between 40 and 60 million 3 ring binders are sold every year – mostly cheap, vinyl, disposable imported ones. That is a lot of landfill.