For us meetings are serious affairs.
Serious about stacking our drink cozies made from out 100% post consumer waste board that we use in our binders.
Yvonne’s meeting with Adcetera was a rousing success. Now everyone here is looking to stack round drink cozies…
In case you wondered, Corporate Image does have a Pinterest account.
Why this matters to you? Not only are we posting cool marketing pieces and eco friendly office equipment (which we are suckers for), but we also are posting great design, sustainable architecture and some garden stuff (which we are suckers for).
Since we are interested in design and sustainability, we have been checking out a lot of interesting items.
The first Tumbleweed home, built when Jay Shafer lived in Iowa no less:
New York City’s High Line Park, which I am kind of in love with.
The art and design of Edward Tufte:
There is a lot more there. Check us out on Pinterest, or just call and talk to us. We’d like that.
Magnets closures offer a unique option for custom binders
A.O. Smith designed a beautiful custom portfolio binder that incorporated magnets to close the portfolio flap so it’s flush with the cover. It is a unique way and effective way to open and close the binder and adds an interesting design element to the project. The custom printed binder also included a sales box for separate materials that was adhered to the inside cover.
Complete your Custom Printed Binder with a set of quality printed tabs from Corporate Image. We are your best resource when it comes to finding the right tab style to fit your project and budget. Custom tab dividers from Corporate Image are an integral part of your presentation package. Not only do they help you organize contents; by matching the printed design, they enhance your project.
One of our client’s binder projects was awarded “World’s Best Binder” by Eska Graphic Board of the Netherlands. The judges were impressed with the innovative design, the different decorating methods used and overall quality. Corporate Image was the first to pioneer this unique binder style, which has come to be known as a flush-cut binder.
To produce it, we start by applying a printed cover and liner to an oversized binders board. Next, we trimmed the board so the cover and liner are flush with the board edge. We use natural paper that can be offset printed using soy inks. The result is an interesting blend of board, paper and ink that reveals the core of the binders board.
In addition to the construction, what made this environmental binder stand out among the other entries was that this project called for debossing, foil-stamping and printing, which showcased the designer’s artwork. It also had a very eco-friendly look because he chose a natural colored, recycled paper that printed beautifully and didn’t need lamination.
This particular binder style is used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife because of its eco-friendly qualities: it’s made from 100% post-consumer wasted binders board, printed on recycled paper with soy inks and is 100% recyclable.
Artesian Cancer Center
Flush-Cut Round Back Binder
1 ½ inch D Ring
80# Oatmeal Endleaf Paper
Our 2013 catalog has just been released!
Here is a preview of the Corporate Image product lineup. To get more design ideas and to see the complete range of product possibilities, click here for our digital version of the 2013 catalog. If you would like a print copy, please call us at 800.247.8194 or click here to request one online.
Our printed binders put your brand in the hands of your customers, literally. They give an organization a presence and credibility that virtual communications just can’t match. Yet they’re flexible enough to allow you to customize presentations and update information on the fly. Printed binders add dimension to your presentation, reinforcing your message and products in a memorable way. And they’re eco-friendly, unlike many vinyl binders that release hazardous chemicals into our environment. With durable hinged binders board, sturdy metal rings, cloth printed covers and your choice of protective lamination finishes, our printed binders leave a lasting impression — beautifully.
Pocket folders are the ideal multi-purpose tool when companies need to present an important message. Whether you’re presenting a proposal, product information or company capabilities, a well-designed pocket folder is the perfect first impression. Pocket folders offer both flexibility and versatility with a complete range of styles, sizes and options like portfolio closures, expandable pockets, USB holders and glueless pockets that ship flat. With full color printing inside and out, a choice of lamination finishes and decorating options, the design possibilities are endless.
They’re a great way to deliver your message, introduce or reinforce your brand and leave a lasting impression, long after the initial presentation.
Custom boxes create an immediate hands-on experience and a WOW factor guaranteed to open doors. Our packaging options are designed to present a multi-level sales story in a professional, organized format. A sturdy build and beautiful four-color printing inside and out, work well to deliver brochures, samples, materials or gifts while providing premium real estate for presenting the brand.
Styles range from self-locking boxes to large sales totes with handles — and everything in between!
When you want a sample binder or custom box to reflect your company image and products, you’ll want the best quality presentation possible. For 30 years, Corporate Image has been designing solutions to hold samples from carpet, tile and wood for flooring, to glass, sealants and other widely used materials in the building industry. Our binders and boxes can be configured in multiple ways to secure and display samples to make it easier for your audience to see and choose among your products. We have a package designer on staff to help you create the right solution for your project and if you want to see a mock-up, there is no extra charge – and it only takes 10 business days to produce your project after receiving proof approval. It’s all part of the package designed to make it easy to work with Corporate image and to help you be successful. We also keep the production process under one roof so it is more convenient to coordinate the project on your end.
If you want a product to reflect your company’s environmental perspective, we have a variety of recycled papers from which to choose and it can be certified by a leading organization for forest management.
Our new Natural Matte lamination is so subtle you can hardly see it. Made from polyproplene, a non-reflective film that minimizes color shift, it creates a unique, sophisticated look with a smooth, silky feel. Your 3 ring binder, tab divider, folder or custom box project will not only be protected, it will be far more earth friendly than ordinary vinyl bindes that are toxic to both the air and land.
As a financial planner, you are responsible for your client's personal financial issues through proper planning. Whether it is cash flow management, education planning, retirement planning, investment planning, risk management and insurance planning, tax planning, estate planning and more, each client needs a detailed strategy tailored to their specific situation and goals. Because financial planners manage many important documents, organization is absolutely necessary for both you and your client.
Using a customized financial planning 3-ring binder or pocket folder is a productive way to do financial plans and serve your clients better, while maximizing productivity and the associated productivity. We find that many financial planners choose a three-ring binder with a D-ring and custom-made tabs for multiple section plans. D-ring binders tend to keep pages flatter, and they close more easily than regular three-ring binders.
We ensure a professional image so that your client is presented with an excellent image of your success. Your custom printed materials make an impression about you and your firm and the validity of the binder contents. Corporate Image also offers a high quality option with a minimum of only 50 binders. A variety of custom options allow you to personalize your materials for you and your client.
The Insurance Industry is trusted to secure a client's material belongings, health, family, and life. In order to gain trust and ensure a professional impression, the industry chooses Corporate Image for customized presentation materials. Give your client important documents in a organized, custom printed binder or presentation folder. These presentation materials can be full-color printed with your name, company, and contact information. They also make excellant promotional materials for potential clients. With expandable pockets and a special place for your business card, present your next client with a high quality presentation folder detailing benefits and securities that you offer.
Need a High Quality, Low Quantity, Eco-friendly, Customizable 3-ring binder? Check out the Quick Ship Binder by Corporate Image
You’re looking for a high quality binder but don’t need a high quantity. You want a professional custom 3 ring binder. It also needs to be an eco-friendly, custom 3-ring binder and shipped in 5 days. Where can you find a green printer for this project?
Corporate Image has the perfect solution: The Quick Ship Binder.
This 3 ring binder is eco-friendly, made from FSC certified 100% post-consumer waste binders board. It also has a digital wrap printed on paper that follows the FSC certified chain-of-custody standards.
Make an impression by customizing this three ring binder with a full color digitally printed wrap on textured endleaf paper. You can also choose to leave your binder bare. This ring binder is also available with 3/4”, 1”, or 1-1/2” chrome D-ring. Organize your binder with additional 3-hole digitally printed tabs that will ship just as fast, also in 5 business days.
* Available in quantities of 50 – 2,000.
You have an important presentation coming up with an abundance of presentation materials to propose.
As a green printer, Corporate Image has the perfect solution with the most eco-friendly pocket folder specially crafted to hold any USB Drive. Now all of your information can stay in one place.
Because no two jump drives are alike we suggest sending the memory stick to Corporate Image where our expert designer will create a custom fit for the drive.
Save paper and space by storing only the necessary printed material in this high quality pocket folder and put the rest on a flash drive that fits perfectly into the USB Drive space.
Make a big impression with our many additional customizing options including an additional space for business cards. Stay organized with added expandable pockets or choose the USB option for a custom 3 ring binder.
With Corporate Image’s expertise and proficiency in the green printing field expect only the best complete color printing on your custom eco-friendly pocket folder.
You are looking for a green printer that produces eco-friendly custom binders, folders, or other marketing materials but there are many “sustainable” terms floating around. What do they really mean? Post consumer waste vs recycled content… as a green printer, Corporate Image can help. Look here for a list of eco-friendly vocabulary to know and view the Eco-table that helps you to choose the best environmental options for your eco-friendly products.
Post Consumer Waste, PCW
Post consumer waste comes from products that have been made and used, then recycled. This is the last part of the material usage and can also be called “closing the loop”. As a green printer Corporate Image has done projects such as the eco-friendly custom box for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority on Smart Paper’s Genesis Paper which was made with 100% PCW.
Recycled content products are made from materials that would otherwise have been discarded. These products can be made from anything you recycle like soda cans and newspapers. There are more than 4,500 recycled-content products available, and this number continues to grow.
End of Life and Recyclability
Recyclable products can be collected and remanufactured into new products after they’ve been used. These products may or may not contain recycled content in the initial manufacturing and only benefit the environment if people recycle them after use. An example is Corporate Image’s eco-friendly custom folder crafted with Neenah Conservation Paper, which does contain 100% PCW, for the Student Assistance Foundation. This folder is 100% Recyclable.
FSC Certified- Certifies sustainable forest management through a set of principles, criteria, and standards.
Processed Chlorine Free, PCF
Recycled content paper can be processed chlorine free but must meet all the required guidelines set by the EPA for recycled or post-consumer content. PCF papers have not been rebleached with chlorine containing compounds, and a minimum of 30% post consumer content is required. As an option, Corporate Image offers Neenah Conservation Paper for your custom binders, folders and other materials which can all be PCF certified.
Shipping and Product Travel
As mentioned on the Corporate Image: Sustainable Products for your Sustainable Projects blogs, shipping and product travel are important considerations when choosing the product for your project. Located in the midwest, Corporate Image both manufactures and ships from a central location. We also choose paper mills that are close by, for example, our neighbor, Neenah Paper, located in Wisconsin. Not only does this greatly cut down on the carbon footprint and oil dependency by choosing a product with less travel distance, but it also benefits you because it makes the turnaround shorter and shipping cheaper.
In order to see the environmental options for your eco-projects view the Eco-table for more information on products used in custom binders, folders, sales boxes, tabs, and software packaging. Here you will find a visual with different material options for each green printer project.
Corporate Image has searched out companies making sustainable papers to use in our custom eco-friendly products. Smart Papers is another sustainable company that, as a green printer, Corporate Image likes to partner! Located in Hamilton, Ohio- about 10 hours away from the Corporate Image location in the heart of the midwest, this company has been in business for over 110 years. We choose to partner with them because, like us, they are dedicated to creating sustainable products using sustainable practices.
Smart Papers has made large strides toward greening their company and products. They strive to lessen landfill dependency by being one of the largest users of coated paper waste. Over 20 years ago they produced the first 100% Recycled Premium Text and Cover paper brand. They also use recycled fiber throughout the entire product line of fine papers and continually strive for green growth. The company is growing greener all the time with Smart Paper’s 20 Year Green Performance, mapping the company standards on fiber, pulp, chemicals, solid waste and more, and their two current green goals for energy and water reduction.
The Sustainable Paper we choose: Smart Paper’s Genesis Paper
Points of Sustainability:
Eco-friendly Custom Box:
Links for more Smart Paper green company resources:
As a green printer Corporate Image partners with companies making sustainable products. Neenah Paper, located in Neenah, Wisconsin, has been in the business since 1873 and can be found all over the world. In keeping with our sustainable practices, Corporate Image chooses Neenah Paper because they are dedicated to reducing the solid waste disposal burden and lessening landfill dependency by creating and using recycled paper.
Being neighbors means the paper doesn’t have to ship across the world before it can be used for your project. This benefits you because it makes the turnaround shorter and shipping cheaper. It also cuts down on the carbon footprint in travel, making it an even more eco-friendly paper choice.
To demonstrate that “Neenah is Greenah” as they like to say it, the company offers FSC Certified, Green Seal, Green-e, Carbon Neutral Plus and more certifications on different products. For example “Green-e is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy products. By using Green-e Certified renewable energy, Neenah Paper is replacing fossil fuels with energy generated from sources such as hydro, wind and solar power.” You can find this and more on Neenah’s Green Logos page.
The Sustainable Paper we choose: Neenah Paper’s Conservation Paper
Points of Sustainability:
Eco-friendly Custom Folder:
Check out these Neenah links for more green company resources:
As a green printer, Corporate Image strongly believes in using soy inks because it decreases the dependency on petroleum and lowers the level of VOC’s, helping you and the environment. All projects- 3 ring binders, folders, boxes, tabs, and other marketing materials- are printed with soy ink. The first installation of the three part series gives a short overview of the history of soy inks. The second focuses on 5 benefits of soy ink- Vibrant Colors, Cost Effective, Laser Proof, Stability, and Environmentally Friendly. This final blog is about the soy ink that Corporate Image uses.
Corporate Image chooses INX International Ink Company, originally founded in 1896, to manufacture the soy ink. We like that they are committed to formulating environmentally-friendly products that deliver high performance and quality. They offer a variety of green products and strive to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) by the replacement of solvent-based materials with water-based, the utilization of UV curable raw materials formulated without VOC solvents, and the replacement of petroleum oil with renewable vegetable oils such as soy. Click here for INX Ink’s Green Scene Newsletter and their Corporate Sustainability page.
INX International Ink makes an EcoPure® HPJ SOY Ink that Corporate Image especially likes. This ink reduces petroleum oil and replaces it with naturally replenishable vegetable oils such as soy to minimize the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds. It carries the INX Environment Friendly Stamp and is a high quality quickset ink that qualifies for the American Soybean Association Soy Seal Logo.
Soybean oil* as a percentage of total formula weight.
*Soybean oil must be the predominant vegetable oil, with vegetable drying oils added as needed, but not to exceed the level of soybean oil set out in the respective formulation. Alcohol esters of soybean oil may be substituted directly for soybean oil in news, sheet-fed, cold-set and business forms inks to obtain the minimum concentration standard. The minimum soybean oil concentration for heat-set inks increased to 15% (by weight) when alcohol esters of soybean oil replace soybean oil in this formulation.
This is the second installation of a three-part series on soy inks. The first part of the series is about the history of soy inks. Here, I have listed five benefits of using renewable resource ink on your projects- whether it’s 3 ring binder, 2 pocket folder, or any combination of marketing materials. As a green printer, Corporate Image has the experience to know that soy inks not only look better, but are cost effective, and better for the environment.
Vibrant colors – Soy inks produce a higher quality print than petroleum-based ink because soy oil’s clarity allows pigments to reach their full potential. You’ll see deeper, richer, and brighter colors when using soy.
Soy ink is cost effective – Because soy ink provides more intense color, printers may not use as much ink. As a result, more materials can be printed with less ink and thereby reducing the cost of your custom project.
Laser proof – This is important when ink needs to be exposed to the heat of a laser printer or copy machine. As the boiling point of soy ink is lower, there is less chance of the ink being transferred to the machine parts instead of the paper.
Stability – Soy ink maintains its lithographic stability throughout the entire print job, so the press operator makes fewer adjustments during production and rejects fewer copies because of inferior quality.
Environmentally Friendly - By switching to soy ink Corporate Image offsets the use of petroleum. Soy ink is created from a renewable resource, soybeans.
In order to recycle paper, it has to go through a de-inking process where the ink is detached from the fibers. The clearer oil and less pigment make soy-based inks easier to de-ink, therefore making it easier to recycle. This allows the recycled paper to have less damage to its paper fibers and have a brighter appearance.
Volatile Organic Compounds, VOCs, have negative impacts on the environment and human health, therefore switching to soy significantly minimizes toxic emissions and helps reduce air pollution .
Digital printing is an eco-friendly method of producing four-color process tabs. They are best for projects that don’t require full-bleed printing or a PMS match. Printed on sturdy, 110 lb, FSC certified index stock, these tabs have Mylar reinforcing on the tab and binding edge for added strength. Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images on paper using toner rather than liquid inks. Generally intended for “short-run” projects under 1,500 tab sets, it is an economical solution. There is no paper waste and fewer chemicals compared to offset printing. Tab sets can be ready to ship in only five days, so they’re a great option when you need them fast.
When we were searching for a tag line for our new bare board binders, we came up with the idea of highlighting the binders board – the heart of the binder or “the core” as it was to become known. The binders’ board we use for all of our binders is unique and makes for a good story because it is constructed of 100% post-consumer waste, but it’s not ordinary waste, and hence not ordinary board.
We refer to our board as binders board, but it’s commonly called solid board in the industry and has a number of qualities which make it unique. First, it is not made from your average street waste, but clean waste that is collected from health clubs around Holland, so it’s a mixture of magazines, newspapers and other like paper. This recycled paper complies with the FSC standard when the composition of the ultimate solid board demonstrably comprises at least 85% FSC paper and/or recycled paper. Because it is FSC certified, customers know that the board complies with responsible forest management. The production process employs very clean and safe manufacturing conditions.
This particular board is selected for our 3-ring binders because it is strong and it retains its strength, shape and volume even in humid and damp conditions. It can also be easily customized in many different designs and dimensions and special printing and embossing techniques can be used to make a product that stands out. We landed on using “green at the core” for our tagline to describe the environmental benefit that comes from our bare board binders and because there is no lamination, it is green from the outside cover to the core.
Less expensive to ship
Take less space to store
Use less energy to make
Less harm to the environment
Our new glueless folder made from 100% recycled paper can do more for you while using less of those things that impact the environment. We have reduced the energy required to make the folders because they’re glueless and there is no coating on the paper. And to make them even more green we use soy based inks and send them flat to save valuable storage space and shipping costs.
The glueless pocket folder is a versatile folder that you just fold, tuck and lock to create a pocket with a capacity up to ¼ inch. It is great solution for media kits, annual reports or to use as your everyday pocket folder. We have 8 different styles to choose from that are attractively priced to save you more money. You will be surprised that 100% recycled folders are such a great value!
The flush cut binder from Corporate Image is a great innovation in green binder technology. We designed a binder that is constructed with our 100% post-consumer waste binder’s board that does not need any lamination on the cover. Instead, we adhere a sturdy recycled paper to the board that can be decorated with offset printing, debossing or using metallic or pigment colored foil stamping. Then the board and paper are trimmed so the cover and liner are flush with the board edge. We also round the corners for extra durability and to enhance the appearance. The result is an interesting blend of board, paper and ink that reveals the core of the binders board. It’s a great look and 100% recyclable. Our customers love the fact that the binder it unique, doesn’t have any coating or lamination and it communicates their commitment to the environment.
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