Corporate Image: Eco-friendly Custom Box on Smart Paper’s Genesis Paper

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
Corporate Image especially likes Genesis Paper, one of the many eco-friendly paper options that Smart Papers produces.  It’s a responsible sheet, offered in a versatile pallet of colors with smooth and vellum finishes that ensure great ink holdout and consistent on-press performance.  Available in 17 colors, 9 weights, and 4 finishes, it is a laser-guarenteed companion.   View the Genesis Paper Specification Sheet for more information.

Points of Sustainability:
100% post-consumer fibers
Entire grade FSC Certified
Acid-free and archival for protection

Eco-friendly Custom Box:
Recently, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, NYSERDA, approached Corporate Image to help create a beautiful box that met the State of New York’s eco standards, requiring state agencies to purchase 100 percent recycled paper.  Smart Paper’s Genesis Line was the way to go because the size of the box required a heavier weight stock paper. NYSERDA chose to use Genesis 160#  Double-thick Cover that is 100% post consumer waste recycled.   With all of Smart Paper’s eco-friendly options, clients are sure to find a paper that suites any project.

Links for more Smart Paper green company resources:

Environmental Leadership

Corporate Image: Eco-friendly Custom Folder on Neenah Paper’s Conservation Paper

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
When choosing paper, Corporate Image, looks to Neenah Paper’s Conservation Papers for an environmentally responsible and economically priced sheet.  Neenah’s Conservation Papers have many benefits- smooth finish, 92 brightness, and available in 5 different weights in the most common sheet sizes.  Not only is the paper manufacture process chlorine free but the paper is made of 100% post consumer fiber and FSC certified as well as fully recyclable.  You want to instantly calculate the environmental savings achieved by using paper made with post consumer fiber as well as the savings from using paper made with 100 percent renewable energy?  Click Neenah’s Environmental Calculator.

Points of Sustainability:
Shipping:  394 miles: short travel distance = low carbon footprint
Content:  100% Post Consumer Fiber, PCF Certified, FSC Certified
End of Life: 100% Recyclable
No lamination needed

Eco-friendly Custom Folder:
Corporate Image recently did  a an eco-friendly folder on Conservation Paper with Student Assistance Foundation.  These folders, and other projects like it, don’t need to be laminated.   They show color well and are 100% recyclable.  View Corporate Image’s Product Feature Video for the ultimate eco-friendly folder for Student Assistance Foundation crafted with Neenah Conservation Paper.

Check out these Neenah links for more green company resources:

Neenah is Greenah category on the Neenah Blog: Against the Grain
Neenah Green: A Brighter Shade of Green
Neenah Green Logos


Soy Ink at Corporate Image

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.

According to the American Soybean Association: MINIMUM STANDARDS: The SoySeal may be used by Licensee only on products meeting or exceeding the following established standards.

Soybean oil* as a percentage of total formula weight.

Type of Ink % Soy Oil Content
Black News Ink 40
Color News Ink 30
Cold-set Ink 30
Carbon Ink 25
Screen Printing Ink 25
Sheet-fed Ink 20
Business Forms 20
Metallic Ink 10
Desensitizing Ink 10
Heat-Set Ink 7
UV/EB Ink 7
Stencil Duplicator 6

*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.

For the entire article and others like it clickLearn more about Corporate Image’s Soy Inks- Benefiting YOU and theENVIRONMENT.

5 Benefits of Soy Ink

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. 

Petroleum Ink Soy Ink

Difficult to recycle

Easier to recycle

30-35% VOCs

0-5% VOCs

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 .


For the entire article and others like it click Learn more about Corporate Image's Soy Inks- Benefiting YOU and the ENVIRONMENT.

5 Reasons not to use PVC and Vinyl!

There are many reasons Corporate Images chooses NOT to use Vinyl or PVC in the manufacturing of sustainable presentation materials.  We pride ourselves in creating eco-friendly binders, 2 pocket folders, and other green marketing tools for all of your needs–good for both you and the environment! 

1- Production of PVC creates dangerous chemicals

PVC additives contribute to serious health risks including asthma, lead poisoning and increased cancer risk as well as neurological damage, birth defects, reproductive and immune system damage.  According to The Center for Health and Environmental Justice, these chemicals are especially toxic to children who are much more susceptible to this poisonous material.  For these reasons Corporate Image is dedicated to being 100% green at our core in order to produce safer, eco-friendly marketing materials.

2- Vinyl is hard to Recycle

Vinyl is not accepted at most recycling programs because it has the potential to contaminate other plastics such as PET. One piece of scrap PVC can render 50,000 bottles of PET unrecyclable.  On the other hand, as a green printer, Corporate Image binders are 100% recyclable and are produced with FSC certified 100% recycled board.


3- When vinyl burns, it produces Dioxins

According to the United States Fire Administration, each year in the United States an average of 8,400 dump and landfill fires are reported to the fire service.  The largest sources of Dioxins to the atmosphere are landfill fires where PVC burns.

4- There are very good alternatives to PVC

Corporate Image makes durable and eco-friendly three-ring binders with a range of environmental considerations. For example, the flush-cut binders are rated the most environmentally friendly binder option at Corporate Image because they are 100% recyclable and could be made from virtually 100% post consumer fiber.  View 9 Ways to Customize a Three Ring Binder for a complete list of environmental information on custom options.

5- If you don’t use PVC plastics, you will find yourself in Good Company!

A lot of companies are making strides to become responsible environmental leaders.

Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Shaw, Firestone, Nike, Mattel, Lego, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, and Volkswagen are among a few!  The city of San Francisco and the State of New York have also banned PVC pipe.  Corporate Image has chosen to create a more responsible, eco-friendly binder without the use of vinyl.


For the entire article and others like it click Five Reasons Not to use Polyvinyl Chloride -PVC or Vinyl- in anything! (Certianly not a Three-Ring Binder)


Soy Inks- Benefiting YOU and the ENVIRONMENT.

This is the first installation in a three-part series on Soy Inks.

As a green printer, Corporate Image uses soy inks derived from renewable resources, soybeans, to cut back on traditional petroleum-based ink.  Soy-based ink is more eco-friendly, benefiting both you and the environment! Besides cutting down on the United State’s petroleum dependency, soy inks are easier to recycle, have lower levels of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), and produce brighter colors with less ink and less energy.

The History of Soy Inks

Because of the rising prices of Petroleum in the 1970’s, The Newspaper Association of America started looking for more cost effective, sustainable ways to produce ink.  Iowa, located in the heart of the midwest and on the forefront of many green initiatives, ran a successful practical printing run with soy ink at The Gazette in 1987. Today, 95% of America’s daily newspapers now print with soy.

Unfortunately, 75% of commercial printers have NOT switched to soy ink. Also located in the Heartland, Corporate Image, in Des Moines, Iowa, is among the leaders choosing to benefit the environment and you by using soy inks in the printing of 3-ring binders, folders, and other marketing materials.

A few years later, in 1994, the government voted on the Vegetable Ink Printing Act, mandating that printers with government contracts give preference to vegetable oil-based inks over volatile petroleum-based inks.  This was an effort to reduce emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) as mandated under the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act signed by President George H. W. Bush. The original Clean Air Act was signed in 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon, the year of the first celebration of Earth Day.


For the entire article and others like it click Learn more about Corporate Image's Soy Inks- Benefiting YOU and the ENVIRONMENT.

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