International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.
These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.
The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.
The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.
What is the Ethisphere?
Neenah paper is working to make specing paper for your job even easier.
We all have cabinets, shelves and drawers full of paper swatches, but really we gravitate to what we know best. Neenah is trying to make it easier to browse, sort color and find the exact paper you need.
If you want the Neenah Cabinet app on your Mac desktop, make sure you have OS10.8. I sure don’t ( I am behind the times!), so I couldn’t load it. It will have to live on the ipad for now.
Admittedly, for me the feel of the paper is key, but if I can narrow down my choices ahead of time it will save me a lot of time.
Want it? Check it out on the Neenah website here.
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
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:
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.
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?
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