Health + Wellness Marketing Awards

Creating presentation materials for Medical, Health and Wellness is a big part of what we do. In our years of working with all aspects of the industry, we have created new products specifically for the needs of our clients.

On a number of these projects, the results are spectacular and are recognized by various juries and design organizations as exceptional. These two projects shown below recently won Health and Wellness Design awards for 2015!

Have your own project? Let us help you get it started!

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GDUSA Health and Wellness Design Awards 2015

The full list is seen here, but we can showcase the two of our clients that won here!

Loyola Medicine – Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

Designer: Smith Design Co

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This presentation binder / ring folder is a patient guide for the Loyola Transplant Center.

Offering heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, Loyola needs to convey serious information in a reassuring way. The information also needs to be easily found – not just a stack of loose papers that could get lost. A presentation binder / ring folder offers pockets for loose papers and brochures, and rings to keep things organized.

Helath, Wellness and Medical Marketing Materials - Corporate Image

Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

  • Printed 2 PMS colors, two sides with natural matte lamination. Round 1″ chrome ring. die 129.
  • Portfolio flap closes with two velcro dots.
  • 100% recyclable!

Playworld Systems, Inc.

Art directors: Brad Breneisen, Robyn Gordner

Designer: Brad Breneisen

  • playworld sustainable playground equipment - Corporate Image

Playworld makes beautiful, green playground equipment. From eliminating 99.99% of PVCs from their equipment and being certified cradle to cradle, they care about children’s health and the environment. On top of being super sustainable, their playground equipment is amazing.

Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, so we were excited.

The final pieces are a flush cut 3 ring binder with a custom die cut, a custom pocket folder with the same custom die cut as well as the most awesome set of custom tab dividers.

Playworld Health and Wellness Design Awards - Corporate Image

The 3 ring binder:

  • Printed 1 PMS color on oatmeal endleaf, with a custom die cut cover. 1.5″ Round ring,
  • This binder is flush cut, showing the recycled binders board on the edges of the binder.
  • This 3 ring binder is 100% recyclable and sustainable!

The Pocket Folder:

  • Printed 4 color process on Neenah conservation stock, with a custom die cuts on cover and pocket.
  • Recycled and recyclable pocket folders.

Tab dividers:

  • Printed 4 color process with a natural matte lamination (inert and recyclable lamination)


See What Happened at the Corporate Image Open House!

Corporate Image Open House

Corporate Image open house box making station

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 at the Corporate Image(ination) 2015

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.

Corrugate expert Andy Dickman at Corporate Image(ination)corrugated hats - corporate Image open house

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.

foodtable     the sam adams corner - Corporate Image

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!



What Are The Benefits of Recycled Paper?

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?

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Using recycled paper has some large positive environmental impacts.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves

  • 1-2 tons of wood
  • 7000 gallons of water
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 2 barrels of oil
  • 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.

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

  • 3 gallons of water
  • almost half a square foot of landfill
  • almost a cup of oil (not cooking oil either)
  • 2.05 killowatt hours of electricity

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
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
Bullet The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.
Bullet 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.
Bullet Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.
Bullet 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.
Bullet Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
Bullet 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.
Bullet Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.
Bullet 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.

Environmental Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet 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. one world
Bullet Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
Bullet The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
Bullet Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutantsand eight major categories of water pollutants.
Bullet 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.
Bullet It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
Bullet Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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).
Bullet A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
Bullet Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds oflimestone are conserved.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.
Bullet Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.

Recycle. It helps you, your community and the world.

Amazing new 3-ring binder projects – Playword

Design Project of the Week: Playworld custom 3-ring binder, pocket folder and tab dividers.

Playword and Corporate Image are a great match.

playword - sustainable equipment - great binders and folders


Playworld makes beautiful, green playground equipment. From eliminating 99.99% of PVCs from their equipment and being certified cradle to cradle, they care about children’s health and the environment. On top of being super sustainable, their playground equipment is amazing.


When we started working with them on a project we knew eco-friendly was going to be key. Since Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, we were excited.

The final pieces are a flush cut 3 ring binder with a custom die cut, a custom pocket folder with the same custom die cut as well as the most awesome set of custom tab dividers.

Sustainable and green aspects of the binder and folders:

Pocket Folder:

  • 110# Conservation (uncoated stock), printed 4 cp with soy inks and no varnish

3 Ring Binder

  • Oatmeal endleaf, 1 pms color, flush cut, no lamination

Tab Dividers

  • FSC certified stock 4cp

Playwordbinderandfolder playwordtabsets playworldbinderand-tabs

The project was beautifully designed and a job to make. From the flush cut binders to the amazingly fun tab dividers, this project was a favorite in production. That is high praise indeed. Our production crew work on some of the highest end presentation projects in the country every day and they are connoisseurs of packaging and graphic design.

Playworld tab dividers on production floor





Some jobs are just fun to run! Having all these pictures of kids playing brightened up the plant!

Corporate Image wins ‘Best Binder in North America’ – again!

In case you wondered if Corporate Image is the premier binder manufacturer in North America, we have just won the Best Binder in North America title for the third time in 4 years.

And we are pretty excited about it!

The 2015 binder winner is very simple: Our 100% post consumer waste binders board with a cherry wood cover and liner. The binder is flush cut, showing the binders board on the edges.

Best Binder in North America cedar wood binder

Simple, but elegant. We released this binder about a month ago, and already it has been used around the US and Canada.

In answer to your questions about the wood 3 ring binders:

Can I customize a wood binder?

Absolutely. These binder look great with foil stamping on them, and it is also possible to laser etch them.

custom wood binder with foil stamping

Is it real wood?

Yes it is – very, very thin wood. The logs used by the mill are sustainably sourced in the United States, and then roll cut into sheets. This wood is not only hand picked, but for every log they plant 10 trees.

the making of a wooden 3 ring binder

What if I only want a few of these?

We can do that.  Go to our Naked Binder site and you can order as few as one!

Is this binder solid wood?

No. The thin wood we use goes over our 100% post consumer waste binders board (the same board used in your hardcover books). What you are getting is real wood cut so thin it wraps like a paper!

What are people using them for?

Popular uses for the wooden binders:


As a proposal binder, these stand out. With foil, laser etching or well designed labels, your proposal will be noticed!

Sample kits.

For manufacturers of furniture, building materials, or other wood related products, presenting your samples in a wooden binder keeps your brand consistent and makes it a joy for your clients to look at your materials.

Just making your office a happier place to work.

Have the classiest office ever. You spend a lot of time in your office, so adding a beautiful 3 ring binder that compliments your design elements is an easy choice.

The wood binder is part of a pattern at Corporate Image of creating the best binders (as well as boxes, folders and a whole lot of other things!) in the world. You can lose the worries and be relaxed in knowing your clients will be happy with the finished products. Add that to our in-house product designers, amazingly knowledgable sales team and you may find that the production of your work is the most enjoyable part of your day!


Green Healthcare Furniture to Go with Green Presentation Materials!

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!

Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Autodesk are among major buyers that have pledged to purchase furniture that contains no chemical flame retardants. HDR Architecture and Perkins + Will have also signed the pledge.

Initiated by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the purchasers’ pledge currently represents $520 million in annual furniture purchases. The announcement follows on the heels of a similar pledge among large healthcare networks in four U.S states.

HDR has also worked with CEH to publish a list of furniture suppliers that have totally eliminated flame retardants from their products as well as those that offer some products without these chemicals. According to the list, those that have eliminated flame retardants are:

  • Andreu World
  • Arcadia Contract
  • Bretford
  • David Edward Company
  • Global/GLOBALcare
  • Humanscale
  • Izzy+
  • Neutral Posture
  • OFS Brands
  • Teknion
  • Wieland

Though not listed by HDR, Ekla also makes commercial contract furniture containing no chemical flame retardants. Manufacturers that have removed the chemicals from certain product lines are Haworth, Herman Miller, Leland International/Freshcoast, and Martin Brattrud.

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?)

For the full article at go here!

Future of looseleaf binder manufacturing…is in Iowa.

US looseleaf binder manufacturer - Corporate Image


The loose leaf binder has been around since about 1860, and since then the design has had only minor changes. During the latter half of the 20th century the vinyl binder came about, billed as a cheaper modern version of the 3 ring binder.

Since those days, we have discovered that vinyl binders not only fall apart quickly, but are impossible to recycle and actually toxic.

Corporate Image started manufacturing 3 ring loose leaf binders 30 years ago and wanted to do better than what was already on the market. They designed some of the first turned edge flex hinge or European hinged binders ever made in the US.

Because the hinge of the binder is pressed directly into the board, these loose leaf binders are super strong. The covers will never just fall off with normal use or because it is cold. Also, these binders could have offset printed covers and liners allowing the artwork to be a fine piece of art.

Over the last 30 years, Corporate Image has pushed sustainability, using soy inks and 100% post consumer waste board, and design, creating a huge range of custom options for 3 ring binders.

loose leaf binder with post closure - corporate image

From portfolio closures, round spines, custom window cuts, special finishes and sustainable materials, Corporate Image has pushed the loose leaf 3 ring binder into the 21st century and created a binder for the modern brand.

see more about where the loose leaf binder is going here!




Cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder wins CMA STAR Award

The Construction Marketing STAR Awards for 2014 were just released and Corporate Image clients won a four of them!

Corporate Image created this cloth and foil stamped binder for WT Shade and they won at the Super STAR level – the highest level possible.

This cloth 3 ring binder is spectacular. It is clean and easy to read, the color makes it stand out on a shelf at the architects office, and the finger pull makes it easy to get off of a crowded shelf. This binder was FSC certified.

  • Cloth: Verona ABLAZE 680 (a book cloth available through LBS)
  • Ring: 1.5″ chrome D-ring
  • Foil: white gloss (cover)
  • Printing: 4 color proces (liner)

WT shade - cloth and foil stamped binder with a finger pull

cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder




Who is WT Shade? (old site here)

We supply window coverings that provide natural lighting solutions that are innovative and superior in quality. We strive to provide our customers and end users with informed service that is responsive, respectful and resourceful. 

Windowtex was established in 1977 and over the years has become an industry and technology leader in sun control roller shade systems. 

Windowtex is committed to on-going innovation by developing our own proprietary technologies and products including unique hardware systems and electronic controls for motorized systems. Operating from a 30,000 sq. ft facility in Garden City Park, NY, Windowtex is equipped with state-of-the-art fabric cutting, heat-sealing equipment, production software, and all the other major tools necessary to produce top-of-the-line solar shading products. 

For an industry that works with beautiful fabrics, choosing a cloth 3 ring binder makes perfect sense. It is easy to see why this won the CMA Super STAR award!

Why Corporate Image for your Printing and Packaging Needs?

We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.

CI custom printed 3 ring binders


Print matters.

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.

Our product line runs from

  • 3 Ring Binders – A4, US standard, landscape, notebook and small sizes, and larger sizes
    • options: Cloth wrapped binders, bare board, printed cased, presentation and lined binders, foil, spot UV, portfolio closures and more!
    • Tab Dividers – Match your binder with beautiful index tab dividers.
  • Pocket Folders – From our 25 best pocket folders designed for maximum flexibility to our huge range of custom folders
    • 1 and 2 pocket folders, tri fold folders, four flap enclosures, portfolio closures, built in USB holders and much more!
  • Packaging and Boxes – Paperboard and corrugate boxes for anything you need
    • Slip cases, tuck lock, mailers, sample kits, and much much more.
  • Custom Sample kits, POP displays, Menu options, Gift boxes – get the quality you deserve with the design help you want!


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.

Contact us to get ideas, start a project and get the team in action for you.

Recycled Paper – A new resource for rethinking and looking at recycling

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.

recycle your thinking

Sappi paper has a great new resource called rethinking recycling.

Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:

of sustainability and recycling is an integral element
of any solid waste management plan. It’s one of the three
Rs we’re all familiar with: reduce — reuse — recycle, practiced
in that order. The environmental benefits of recycling vary
greatly between programs. For materials like e-waste,
it is critical to minimize exposure to hazardous materials.
For household products like aluminum or glass beverage
containers, there are enormous energy savings for using
recycled materials over processing raw materials. The
number one reason to recycle paper is to avoid the generation
of greenhouse gases in landfills.
Organic materials — including food waste, grass clippings
and leaves — decompose much faster than other materials
in landfills. In the absence of oxygen, one of the by-products
of biodegradation is methane. Methane — also known as
natural gas — has a global warming potential that is 25 times
higher than carbon dioxide. This is why many municipalities
require that grass clippings and leaves be separated from other
waste streams. By managing these streams separately they
can develop composting systems — which break down materials
in the presence of air — to avoid methane generation.
The same is true for the fiber in paper products. By keeping
these materials out of landfills, the fiber can be put to use
and avoid methane formation.

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.

More Sappi info on recycled paper here.

Print is Going Strong. But why?

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?

Print is a brand experience for your customer - Corporate Image

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.

Printing Smarter

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!

How do you manufacture the best 3 ring binders in the world? We can tell you!

Corporate Image is a binder manufacturer that has set the bar for quality 3-ring binders.

With international awards like Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America, Corporate Image is a Midwest printer/manufacturer with world class quality.

So how do we make our amazing, strong, award winning 3-ring Binders?  Click here and see for yourself!

How to make the worlds best 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

How to Recycle a 3-Ring Binder Made Easy.

Recycling a 3-ring binder is easy – ( assuming you don’t have a vinyl binder )

If you have a paper based binder – not plastic or vinyl, you are already working with a much more eco friendly binder.  The core of ever Corporate Image and Naked Binder is 100% post consumer waste binders board.  Every binder is recycled and recyclable.

This Naked Binder video shows you how you can have your eco friendly 3-ring binder ready to recycle in seconds.

Tools You Need:

Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.

9 seconds.

Recycling a Vinyl Binder is harder. There is no option to just recycle a vinyl binder the way you can a paper one. They fall apart faster and yet are basically landfill – somewhat toxic landfill. Naked Binder tried to find a way to recycle vinyl binders. If you like you can read about our quest here.

First, pop out the ring, just as you saw above.

Next take a knife and cut open the vinyl about a half inch from the edge of each panel and on the spine. You will probably need to split the vinyl on at least two sides of each panel to remove the chipboard panels inside.

Now that you have the components, the board can go in the paper recycling, the metal in the metal recycling and the vinyl? Now there is a good question. time to get on the phone to find out if your city/county/state has vinyl recycling capabilities. You will find they don’t. While the industry says it recyclable “there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.” (from thread post).

If you have 6 binders, this is a pain, takes about 30 minutes, and a bit of garbage that will go to landfill. If you are a corporation with 10,000 binders, this is more serious. Besides the time to separate each component, Landfills consider vinyl a toxic asset in large quantities. The 3,000 pounds of vinyl you have will need to be shipped to a special landfill or stored indefinitely.

In these cases, the per binder cost sky rockets. Including labor, storage and shipping (along with short life and toxicity) into the binder price may convince you that the initial cost savings were not worth it.

The moral of this tale is to use paper based 3-ring binders.  They are stronger, look better and 100% recyclable!

Writing a RFP or RFQ for Custom 3-ring Binders? Here is a little help.

This is a guest post by Lori Owens

Sometimes you need a little help writing a Custom Binder RFP/RFQ

Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.

Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.

What do you need to specify for your binder RFP or RFQ?

There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key.  How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.

What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?

The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.

Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4?  If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.

The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.

In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders.  If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.

sizing a 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

What are Our Priorities in this Custom 3-ring Binder RFP/RFQ?

Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.

Look and Feel of the binder – how it is used – how it fits with your brand

custom printed portfolio binder - Corporate Image

Binder Options (options list here)

  • Does your binder need to be printed in full color? Spot UV? Labels? Foil? Cloth?
  • Is a Glossy or Matte finish important?
  • Do you need variable data?
  • Does your binder need to be recyclable?


  • What specifically is the use of the binder?
  • How often are the contents likely to be referenced?
  • How long does the custom ring binder have to last?


  • What is the likely initial order quantity?
  • How frequently would you anticipate reordering, or is this a one time project?


  • Has a budget been set for the project?


Production Time, Methods, and Preferences

Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.

Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.

How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
How to Spec a RFP Binder - Corporate ImageDepending on your budget for the project, it may be possible for us to meet all of your expectations and requirements and we can determine this for you right up front. There are also options that you may not have thought of which can add value to your binders while also saving you money.

These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.

Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment

It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.

Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?

If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?

Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?

Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!


Are we proud of our digitally printed binders? Yes we are.

 If you want a beautiful, strong custom 3-ring binder, but need small quantities, do we have an option for you!

This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday.  When we got a look at it, we were excited.  When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:

The Binders look awesome – WOW! Those are really going to have an impact. Thank you so much!

Steven King – executive director

Check them out for yourselves!

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des moines arts festival 3-ring binder - Corporate Image


2″ D-ring binders

100% recyclable

Digitally printed cover, white liner

Understanding Your Plastics – PVCs

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.

(non) Recycling

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.

Fire dangers

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.

More Information

What are Dioxins?

Types of Vinyl

 Links to more information

Healthy Building Network

EPA Enforcement    EPA regulates

Ecocycle on recycling

PVC Information

dangers in making   dangers in fire      disposing of PVC

Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

PVC, the Poison Plastic – Unhealthy for Our Nation’s Children and Schools: PDF | HTML

Our Health and PVC – What’s the Connection?: PDF HTML

PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products: PDF | HTML

Top Ten Reasons Your School Should Go PVC-Free: PDF | HTML

PVC & Environmental Justice: PDF HTML

PVC Policies Around the World: PDF | HTML

Wikipedia’s entry

Ted Talks: Diana Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution

Ted Talks: Capt. Charles Moore on Seas of Plastic

Healthy Building Network


Vinyl Industry Sites

Vinyl Institute

The importance of using healthy materials in design

Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

Designing any object, whether a 3-ring binder or a building requires thought into use, environment and user. For years, the idea of healthier environments was not a high priority – people smoked at work, the convenience of plastics out-weighed many other concerns -but with greater information on how things affect us, healthier is becoming a larger component of design.

I thought this article was interesting as a perspective from an architect designing the spaces we all spend a lot of time in:

Buildings are fashioned by the choices of people who design and construct them. When completed, those choices impact the inhabitants for a lifetime, but how many of us realize the true scale of this impact. Over the course of my career I have designed more than 51 million square feet of commercial space for more than a half-million people. Now consider that I am just one of more than one hundred thousand architects in the US alone. Some may suggest that as an individual, I represent a small portion of the impact to be made by architects and builders, but I prefer to think that I have a half-million people counting on me.

Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” When this was said, the intent was to convey the use of space to accommodate large fluctuations of intended function; however a new stage of evolution is already upon the building industry. One that will certainly engage the health and wellness of the occupants of our buildings and requires we alter our philosophy and approach to design.

For the human body to operate effectively it needs proper nourishment, and just like the human body, buildings need to consider the ingredients of the products they come to embody. In order for us to put our design on the right diet, we need to start reading the labels and in doing so, promote our manufacturers who are beginning to understand the makeup of these products, as well as how they will work together as a completed system. Material transparency is a valuable first step toward designing healthier environments made with healthier products. Buildings that use healthy, sustainable materials can have a positive impact on people and the environment. Considering these realities, it is imperative that designers have the information needed to make truly informed decisions regarding the chemical makeup of the products we use. The key to delivering this value lies within the details of how each individual element contributes to the whole. To do this, we need to completely understand building product ingredients, so we can make educated choices that will inform the complete lifecycle of our designs and positively impact the people who experience them. We want people to live and work in environments made with healthful materials.

For the rest of the article go here.  

From our perspective as a manufacturer, what goes inside the building is equally important.  We spoke with an architect who had a LEED building fail it’s initial air test because of the furnishings and office supplies.  With 60 million + 3-ring binders being sold in the US each year, we believe that from carpeting to binders, each element of your environment needs to be considered.

At Corporate Image, we design every component of our products. From inert laminates to soy inks, recycled papers to 100% recyclability, we track what we use to give you a healthy product that looks and works better than anything else you can find.

Digitally printed short run binders that will knock your socks off!

If you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you know that most of the options out there are slim pickings.  Perhaps you could get away with a screened vinyl binder if you had to, but does it really represent your company well?

Now you have an option that not only gives you the quality of image, but the quality of construction that shows the attention to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.

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Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

  • Available in quantities from 50-350
  • Full color digital printing on cover (the whole outside of the binder)
  • Black or white liner ( the inside of the binder)
  • Ring sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ d-rings
  • Natural matte lamination
  • These binders are 100% recyclable
  • strong construction
  • Made with 100% FSC certified recycled post consumer waste board

The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Call today to get samples or more information!


Recycled and Recyclable 3-Ring Binders Make a Difference

Every year in the U.S. 50 million + 3 ring binders are bought, used, broken and thrown away. The vast majority of these are vinyl binders.

  • That means there is 50 million+ lbs of toxic garbage going into your landfill – Every year.
  • That means that 30 million lbs of vinyl is being produced, waste being generated, pollution released.
  • That also means that the chances are, the toxic off-gassing that characterizes vinyl is happening in your office or your home.

A recycled and recyclable binder – say from Naked Binder or Corporate Image– offers an alternative to this toxic cycle.

Bare Board, eco friendly, recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders - Naked Binder Small Custom Printed Binder

The binders are made from 100% FSC certified post consumer waste paper.  Recycled paper uses less energy and water than virgin paper and produces less waste.  Also, you don’t need to send trucks out into the forests to haul trees to a mill to make your binder.

The entire binder is recyclable. All of it. 100%.  We use no plastics, no vinyl – nothing that is not easily and universally recyclable. That means there is no landfill, and the materials are back into the recycled material universe, perhaps to make a new 3-ring binder!

These recycled binders are non-toxic.  No BPAs, no dioxins – none of that. That means your kids and office mates can use them safely.

Strongest Binders in the World. Wait. Recycled and strong 3-ring binders?  We tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure.  When was the last time you had a vinyl binder last even 6 months?

Better Looking. We care about design, so all of our binders are designed for looks as well as their eco-friendly nature and recyclability.  From the Naked Binder bare board and New Project Binders to the full range of printed and custom 3-ring binders at Corporate Image, you can know that your binder will be best in the world ( we won that honor in 2011).

A recycled and recyclable 3-ring binder offers you a stronger binder that you can use with pride knowing that not only are you healthier and better looking, but you are saving the planet also!

Short Run Digital Binders! Beautiful, strong and you can get 50!

Short run, digtially-printed-binders


For when you only need 50 or more 3-ring binders but still need all the quality, Corporate Image has developed a solution for you.

Available from 50 binders and up, we have developed a fully cased and lined 3-ring binder combining high quality digital printing and the craftsmanship that Corporate Image is famous for.

The best binders in the world, now at 50+ quantities

Learn more here and on our FAQ page.

Short Run Custom 3-ring Binders – The Best 3-ring Binders at 50+!

Corporate Image is pleased and excited to announce our

all new digital printed 3-ring binders!

Now you can have all the quality, craftsmanship and recyclability but in smaller quantities.

short run custom printed 3-ring binders - Corporate Image

3 Ring Binder Specifications

Fully Cased and lined

Ring Sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ D-rings

Art Possibilities

Cover: Full coverage, full color

Liner: Choice of white or Black liner

Digitally Printed

Square Spines

Natural Matte lamination

Available in quantities from 50+

Ship 7-10 days from art approval.


Don’t forget, Digital Tab Dividers are also available!


Full new custom 3-ring binder FAQ page here


Naked Binder: The Most Eco Friendly Binders on the Planet






Naked Binder is our line of well designed, eco friendly 3-ring binders providing you with an off the shelf option for what you need.

Eco Friendly, strong and good looking 3-ring Binders

Like Corporate Image’s binders, the Naked Binder lines are strong, well crafted and designed to make a statement. Made from FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board and tested to 250,000 flexes (and that was the bare board binder), these binders offer you a sustainable option for your proposals, office supplies and storage.  All of the Naked Binder products are acid neutral, so they will not harm your papers or photos if you are storing over time.

Naked Binder is a sister company of Corporate Image that dovetails with our ideals, production and craftsmanship to offer you a full range of 3-ring binders for what ever your need, from notebook binders to pocket folders.

Naked Binders are perfect for proposals, conferences, meetings, archives or office binders, thees binders are easily labeled, written on, screen printed or even letter pressed if you need them customized.

Black eco friendly 3-ring bindersRecycled and Recyclable 3-ring binders



Naked Binder, eco friendly and proud 3-ring binders, pocket folders and tab dividers!

Tab Dividers and Insert Pockets For Half Sheet Notebook Binders

For those of you who like the concise half sheet notebook binders, you will be happy to know that you can get all the extras with a small binder that are available with a full sized binder.

Notebook binders are great for meetings, conferences, workshops.  A great combination of form and function, these smaller 3-ring binders offer great branding in a package people will enjoy carrying around. Many people despair at finding the same great “extras” that you can get with a full sized binder.

Corporate Image would like to let you know that a notebook binder has no limitations!

Index Tab Dividers for notebook binders

Available in banks of 4-8 tabs, full color printing, the notebook tab dividers are every bit as flexible and customizable as full sized tabs.

Custom Printed Tab Dividers GI43 - Corporate Image


Paper Pockets for half sheet notebook binders

Pockets in vinyl binders rip out after a few uses, but these great paper pockets will last.  A paper binder pocket is a clip in pocket folder for your binders. It can be used combined to work both as a tab divider or separate pocket depending on what you need. This means information can be added anywhere in the binder, not just shoved in on the inside covers.

Added benefits are the ability to print full color for maximum branding – these binder pockets will match any of your other pieces from the binder to you information. If you business is very eco-friendly, a fully recyclable bare board binder pocket might be the way to go:

Recycled Pocket Pages


Half sheet notebook binders have a full range of options that can help you get your information to the people you want to reach.  The smaller binder saves you on shipping costs, materials and printing costs while delivering a big impact.

Get more information on notebook binders here!

Do I need a pocket folder, a presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?

How do you decide between a pocket folder, presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?

First off I am going to assume that you know what each of these items are.  (if not, scoot down to the bottom of the post – just don’t tell anyone)

Time to talk to yourself.  If you can answer these questions, it will make your choice easier:

  1. How much paper needs to be put into my presentation?
  2. Are there a lot of variable sheets that get used a lot?
  3. Do I need the paper to be secured (i.e. not fall out ever)?
  4. How long does the marketing material need to last?
  5. Is this resource heavily used?
  6. Do I need shelf presence (does it need make itself known on a bookshelf)?

Get a 3-ring Binder –

if over 220 sheets of paper, it needs to last and or is heavily used.

The more paper you need to use and the more heavily used your information is, I would suggest a 3-ring binder.  The heavier board means it will stand up to abuse better and keep looking great. And also, the weight of all that paper risks pulling a rivet out of a presentation binder.

These are great for proposals – especially in Engineering and Construction – interior design, sample kits, car companies, and a lot of other uses.  Also ideal for conferences and important meetings. Added bonus of branding for quality, sturdiness and design possibilities.

Get a Presentation Binder –

if under 220 sheets of paper, paper needs to be locked in and/or there is some variable paper (presentation binders have pockets too!)

Presentation binders straddle the hardback 3-ring binder and a pocket folder in that they have pockets and a ring.  The paperboard is not as sturdy as a 3-ring binder, so if it is going to be heavily used over a longer period of time – consider going to the 3-ring binder.

Many healthcare information packets use presentation binders for a few reasons: It only gets heavy use for a limited period of time, pockets allow extra information to be easily stored and the rings hold the important information in place.

Get a Pocket Folder –

if you have a smaller amount of paper that may need to be accessed out of order.

Sometimes a pocket folder is the ideal thing.  Great branding possibilities, easy to cary and organizes all of your papers in a flash.

We have seen a lot of these in healthcare and financial information packets, and for anything that just needs to hold less, but important, paper.



Pocket Folders

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked BinderPrinted or plain 18pt or 22pt paper with pockets that is folded so the pockets are on the inside. Usually with 1 or 2 pockets that can be horizontal or vertical.  All this brings a huge amount of variations of pocket styles, capacity pockets…




Presentation Binder:

presentation binders - paperboard binders - Corporate ImagePrinted or plain 18pt or 22pt paperboard with or without pockets, folded with a spine that holds a 3-ring mechanism.  Sort of a hybrid between a pocket folder and a binder.




3-ring Binder

custom eco friendly 3-ring binders - Corporate ImageA heavy recycled board (in our case 94pt to 110pt and 100% post consumer waste) that can be bare, wrapped in cloth or printed paper sheets with a 3-ring mechanism to hold various amounts of paper. We case and line our binders like a hardcover book. Why?  So they are the strongest 3-ring binders in the world.

Custom 3-ring Binders should be recyclable, recycled and eco friendly

Your company marketing materials, including your 3-ring binders,  should match your quality, strength, look and values.

Amazing notebook binders, Corporate Image

Our Materials

Corporate Image offers you the best quality 3-ring binders from printing, craftsmanship while also creating an eco friendly binder that is 100% recyclable.  We start with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board, print with soy inks on FSC certified papers and produce binders that are 100% recyclable.

Why get a recyclable binder?

There are many reasons.

Better Marketing Materials.  

With superior offset and digital printing, stronger construction and great craftsmanship, the 3-ring binder you get from Corporate Image looks better, works better and lasts longer. It is a clear statement of your company values and who you are.

Your environment.

You and your company believe that we all need to do more to protect the environment.  Each small step towards reducing toxics in our offices and landfills add up.

Vinyl binders are toxic – from creating the vinyl and binder, to off-gassing on the shelf to creating issues in landfill.  The vinyl is not recyclable anywhere in the US at this point. With so many being made still, this is an issue for landfill operators especially if there are fires (about 9000 landfill fires a year in the US)

Save money.

Many corporations are pushing to go greener because it saves  money. One of our binders will last longer and look better – meaning that your marketing materials are in great shape in your clients hands for longer. If you need to dispose of the binders, ours are 100% recyclable meaning no toxic waste permits which you need for large amounts of vinyl binders.

Corporate Image believes that your custom 3-ring binders can be more than a way to store paper.  We see them as a branding tool, a marketing presentation piece that sets you apart from the rest.  From the craftsmanship we put in at our midwestern production plant to the eco-friendly recycled binder materials, we give you a 3-ring binder that aligns with your values.

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