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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!


Eco Friendly Marketing Materials: Paperboy Wine Bottles

Eco Friendly marketing materials - paperboy Wine Bottles

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:

Innovative packaging designed to meet consumers’ lifestyle choices—that is the vision that inspires Healdsburg, CA-based wine company Truett-Hurst, Inc. In late 2012, the super- and ultra-premium wine producer introduced a new range of wines targeted at specific buying occasions—for example, barbecues, birthdays, and anniversaries—packaged in bottles with exquisitely designed full-body paper wraps.

Now, Truett-Hurst tackles the eco-conscious, on-the-go wine lover with its “retro-cool” PaperBoy brand, a line of appellation-based, super-premium wines in a paper wine bottle—a first for the U.S.

“Truett-Hurst is always looking to respond to the reasons why people buy wine,” says company CEO Phil Hurst. “An eco-responsible package was an obvious addition to our line of brands that appeal to lifestyle choices.”

Introduced with limited exclusivity by Safeway in September 2013 and now in general distribution in 45 states, PaperBoy is packaged in a molded paper outer shell in the shape of a traditional wine bottle, with a plastic liner inside. The concept was brought to Truett-Hurst by designer Kevin Shaw of Stranger & Stranger, and is supplied by U.K.-based GreenBottle.

Changing consumer mindsets
As Hurst explains, his company is on a quest through new products and packaging to change the way people think about and buy wine. For eco-conscious consumers on the move, the lightweight PaperBoy package provides a responsible way for them to carry wine outdoors. “Campers, hikers, and fishermen can carry this lightweight package—only 1.9 pounds filled—and enjoy premium wine from a 750-mL bottle almost anywhere, collapsing it when finished for return to a recycling site,” he says.

Two introductory PaperBoy varieties have been crafted by Virginia Marie Lambrix, winemaker for VML and Truett-Hurst wineries: a 2012 Paso Robles Red Blend ($14.99) and a 2012 Mendocino Chardonnay ($13.99). “We at Truett-Hurst believe that if the quality of the wine exceeds a customer’s expectation, then new, cutting-edge packaging will become more mainstream,” Lambrix says.

As mentioned, designer Kevin Shaw, who worked with Truett-Hurst on the Evocative Wrapped Bottle line in 2012, initially brought the concept of GreenBottle to the attention of Truett-Hurst. Hurst says at the time, his company was looking for ways to meet retailer and consumer demands for innovative new wine technologies and eco-friendly products.

While Shaw designed the branding art and contributed the “PaperBoy” name, GreenBottle engineered the wine bottle structure. Truett-Hurst’s directives for the structure were that it needed to convey “wine,” and it had to be able to run down their existing packaging line.

Have questions about  the savings in weight vs the non- recyclability of the plastic bladder?

As Hurst explains, one cross-country truck of PaperBoy wine, traveling 2,800 miles, saves approximately 61 gal of diesel fuel, with 1,365 lb less CO2 added to the atmosphere. “If all wine shipped annually in the U.S. [207.7 million cases] was packaged in the PaperBoy bottle, approximate savings of 50,793,750 gallons of diesel and 560,000 tons of CO2 would be realized,” he says.

In total, the carbon footprint for the PaperBoy bottle versus glass is 67% smaller, while the carbon footprint for shipping is 18% more efficient than glass.

As a winemaker, Lambrix says she admires the practicality of PaperBoy. “Wines that will be consumed almost immediately do not need a heavy, environmentally and economically expensive glass bottle and cork,” she says. “We would rather apply the savings that PaperBoy affords toward more expensive, better-crafted wine so that both the customer and the environment win.”

PaperBoy wine – thinking outside the box and creating a really cool eco friendly package!

 


Eco Friendly and Custom – a better 3-ring binder

For years everyone used vinyl binders.  Sure they fall apart, but what options are there?

Corporate Image has been making eco friendly 3-ring binders for 25 years.

No vinyl and 100% recyclable using FSC certified materials. On top of that, unlike vinyl, These binders can be offset printed, meaning that your artwork has never looked so good.

Beautiful roundback Custom Printed Binder - Corporate Image

 

How is this binder eco friendly?

  • Binders board used is FSC certified 100% post consumer waste
  • Papers used are FSC certified and have varying amounts of recycled content (depending on spec)
  • Printed with Soy inks
  • Lamination is inert
  • Long lasting: tested to 250,000 flexes, lamination protects printing
  • 100% recyclable

Go here to find out more about our 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and tab dividers!

Why do we have issues with vinyl?

It is toxic to make, use and impossible to get recycled.  It may be technically recyclable, but we have not found one city or community recycler who will touch it.  More here.


Eco Friendly Packaging Opions

You see, design and use packaging everyday, and most of it ends up as trash.

A designer in Montreal decided to try to do something about that with a  common everyday item – the toothbrush. I noticed this post on Dieline and realized that it dovetailed nicely with many of our eco friendly products (from bare board binders to corrugated boxes) that are also fully recyclable when they are finished.

Dissolve is an exploration into re-thinking the everyday design which accounts for much of our waste stream.

disolvable packaging

Simon Laliberte, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) created “Dissolve” as part of the “REMARKABLE PACKAGING & ALTERNATIVES” for the Packaging Exhibition in Paris 2012.

“The goal was to improve the packaging of a product already exists on many points: the information of the consumer, nature, mobility, distribution, ergonomics, and use the second life of the packaging . So i wanted to improve the packaging of a product known to everybody, the inevitable and classic toothbrush. A product, who, should normally be replaced every 3 months for a better personnal hygiene and more than 6 billion people on the earth should use a minimum of two times a day.

… if i could remove all the packaging after purchase and if the famous toothbrush was 100% recyclable, i reach my goal.

That’s why i’ve been researching on biodegradable and i opted for the “PVA”, a compound of polyvinyl acetate no-toxic, biodegradable and 100% recyclable. This paper of 60gsm is made with cellulose-based compound of tree pulp can be dissolve completely in water in less than 10sec. Really wonderfull! The design has been printed on paper using an soja ink black water soluble. Then everything was folded in a futuristic, attractive and ergonomic shape and eventually heat sealed at both sides.”

Designed by Simon Laliberte, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Canada

 


Why our Custom Binders are the Greenest and Most Sustainable on the Planet

Eco-conscious solutions to Help Grow Your Business

The values you bring to your business are what your customers respond to. Hard work, great service, eco friendly and superior quality translate to repeat business and happy customers.  Corporate Image is here to make sure your values are inherent in the presentation materials you offer to your customers. Not only is our customer service amazing but our quality and range of options to give you the options for a range of eco friendly products.

Lets look at our 3-ring binders.

Our Corporate Image custom printed binders are made from high quality book binders board, produced from 100% post consumer waste. A remarkably clean board, our binders board is light gray with small flecks of color in it.

The hinges on our binders will never fail because they are pressed into the board with a unique computer controlled machine. These hinges were tested by an independent lab, US Testing, and after more than 250,000 flexes, the hinge showed little wear.

We offer bare board binders, flush cut binders, custom printed binders – all 100% recyclable.

Our heritage is book binding and we use that knowledge and craftsmanship in every custom binder, folder and box. You can count on it.


Greenbuild Live

We’re in San Francisco this week to attend the Greenbuild Conference that showcases innovative eco-products used in the design and construction of buildings. There are over 26,000 people here who have registered to expand their knowledge of eco-friendly and sustainable materials that are designed to increase energy efficiency and lessen the impact on our environment.

Corporate Image is exhibiting to show our line of enviromentally conscious presentation materials that promote many of the products at Greenbuild. Our binders, boxes and folders are made with recycled post-consumer waste and are designed to be fully recyclable. It is how the company got its start…as an alternative to vinly binders that are toxic to the air, land and water. We have a full range of solutions that will house your materials and promote them from full-color printing to bare board that can be decorated and differentiated with foil stamping, debossing and cloth options.

The conference wraps up tomorrow morning.


2012 Greenbuild Conference

Imagine thousands of architects and building professionals coming together from across the globe to connect with each other and exchange ideas. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center this November 14-16. You will meet professionals in a variety of disciplines working to create a greener environment.

Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings.

Launched in 2002, Greenbuild is a great opportunity to build new relationships and connect with colleagues from throughout the industry and around the world. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

Stop by our booth – North Hall 3185N – and see our variety of impactful binders and presentation materials that meet LEED standards for ongoing consumables.

For more information about the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, call us at 800.247.8194.

Our binders are made from 100% post-consumer waste binders board and are 100% recyclable.


Best Binder in North America

Corporate Image is pleased to be recognized two years in a row for outstanding craftsmanship and product design in a worldwide competition. It's our good fortune to be able to work with talented creatives from across the country to make their designs a reality. 

The 2011 and 2012 award-winning binder style was originally developed by the Corporate Image design team in 2008 to be 100 percent recyclable. Free from toxic plastics, the binder is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste binder board and printed with soy-based inks. The ring mechanism is nickel-plated metal, which can easily be removed for recycling.

This binder design has been used by numerous clients since 2008 and has been well received.  In fact, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) held a nationwide competition to find the greenest, most appropriate binder for their use. The contest outlined 25 criteria that needed to be met and this binder met them all! Today Corporate Image produces this binder for the department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

How is it made? First, we apply a printed cover and liner to an oversized binders board. Then we trim the board so the cover and liner are flush with the board edge. We use natural paper with 10, 30 or 100% recycled content 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 binder’s board. Laminate it or not — it’s a great look and 100% recyclable.

 


The Word is Out

We were really pleased to see Graphic Arts Magazine came across an article about our binder that was recently recognized by Eska, an international manufacturer of graphic board. Corporate Image was awarded first place in the office catagory for what we call a “Flush-Cut Binder”. It’s an environmentally correct binder made from 100% recycled board with a sheet of recycled paper adhered to it. Decorated with foil stamping, printing and debosing, it was truly a striking example of good design and what can be achieved using graphic board. Click on to read more about the World’s Best Binder….

 http://graphicartsmag.com/news/2012/03/read-more-to-see-the-worlds-best-binder


Planning a Conference? Go Green with Corporate Image Binders

More conference planners are going green to cut down the amount of waste that is generated from these events. One example is the transition from conventional vinyl binders, which are typically used to hold conference materials, to a 100% recycled binder. Just this step alone will dramatically reduce what goes in the landfills, as well as eliminate harmful toxins that are a by-product of producing PVC binders. When planning a conference, consider a Corporate Image binder made from recycled graphic board that can be recycled again. Another great advantage is the versatility that comes with an earth friendly alternative to vinyl. You have the complete design flexibility to create attractive and impactful binders that will get attention in the marketplace and make a lasting impression on your audience.


Corporate Image’s Amazing New Lamination

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.


HOW Live Conference Reforesting America

Corporate Image partnered with this year’s HOW Conference attendees to plant 300 trees. For each business card we received at the Chicago event, we planted a tree through the American Forests Organization. The trees will help reforest areas in the United States that have been affected by severe storms and intense wildfires.

Thank you HOW attendees!


Corporate Image is dedicated to preserving the enviornment. We are an FSC certified printer and strive to develop the most eco-friendly presentation products available, such as our bare board binders and glueless pocket folders. Every FlexHinge Binder is made from a 100% post-consumer waste binder’s board. We use soy-based inks in all process printing, as opposed to traditional petroleum based inks. Our lamination film is inert and can be recycled, which is an environmentally friendly alternative to toxic vinyl binders.

Learn more about what Corporate Image’s efforts to protect our enviornment.


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.


Corporate Image- Eco-friendly custom 3-ring binder, 100 % recycled board, 100 % post consumer waste, FSC certified, Quick Ship Binder


To meet the demands of today's changing market – Corporate Image has designed a excellent new binder. With a vastly reduced carbon footprint, this high quality 3-ring binder can be customized, produced in small or large quantities, and shipped in 5 days.

Eco-friendly 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. 

Customizable Binder

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. 

Quick Facts

    * Available in quantities of 50 – 2,000.
    * Ships in 5 days.
    * 100% recycled board.
    * Full color digitally printed wrap.
    * Leave your binder bare or wrap it with black textured endleaf paper.
    * Available with 3/4", 1" or 1-1/2" chrome D-ring.
    * Matte lamination is inert and recyclable.
    * Digital tabs ship in 5 business days.
    * Digitally printed tabs are 3-hole drilled, collated and mylar reinforced.


Custom Eco-Friendly Pocket Folders by Corporate Image

The Problem:

You have an important presentation coming up with an abundance of presentation materials to propose.

  • You need a professional way to make an impression and keep all the official documents in one place. 
  • You need a custom printed folder to present to your client as a promotional tool and to deliver the information in an organized manor.
  • You want to be as green as possible by cutting down on the amount of printed paper.
  • You’re looking for a green printer that can create a custom marketing package for your proposal with excellent complete color printing.

The Solution:

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.

 

 


Project Feature – The ultimate green pocket folder made with Neenah’s Conservation paper


We’re pleased to present our very first Product Feature Video showcasing a beautiful – and functional – pocket folder we recently produced for Student Assistance Foundation. In the video you’ll meet Lori Owens, one of our dedicated sales representatives, and find out how Neenah’s Conservation paper was a perfect fit for this client’s environmental and end use goals.

No trees were harmed in the making of this folder! Neenah’s Conservation paper is made of 100% post consumer fiber, completely recyclable and backed by certification from a leading responsible forestry organization. Even better – we printed with soy inks and followed customary responsible manufacturing processes that help minimize waste. Nothing from this folder hit the landfill – everything was recycled or used.

>Request a sample folder!


Corporate Image: Explaining the terms of Green Printing

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

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. 

Certifications

FSC Certified- Certifies sustainable forest management through a set of principles, criteria, and standards.
Green-E Certification- Verifies certified renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

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.

More Information

Chlorine Free Products Association

Earth 911

Environmental Protection Agency

Treecycle: Recycled Paper


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.


Where Interstates 35 and 80 Meet

Corporate Image is located in the heartland of the U.S. where Interstates 80 and 35 meet. That puts you in Des Moines, Iowa where the company was founded almost 30 years ago. The mission then was to develop an alternative to the vinyl binder that was attractive and not detrimental to the environment. Europe at the time was moving away from toxic vinyl because it could not be safely incinerated or disposed of in the landfills.

We were the first company to follow their lead and started printing and manufacturing our signature FlexHinge binde in 1981. The name comes from the fact the binder is made from one piece of 100 % post-consumer waste binders board with a spine that’s formed by pressing grooves into it. This makes for a very strong hinge that can be opened and closed over 250,000 times without the hinge failing. That’s the equivalent of opening and closing the binder 20 times a day for 34 years.

Today, our company is even more resolved to helping the environment by offering new products made from up to 100% recycled paper. We’ve found innovative ways to create attractive new designs by mixing and matching materials, so the products stand out and command attention. Our central location makes it ideal for reaching our markets around the country in only a matter of days, so you get your shipments fast and on time. 


Add Eye Appeal and Durability

 

Using film lamination is a way to enhance and protect your 3-ring binder or folder project. When Corporate Image was founded almost 30 years ago, the goal was to introduce an alternative to vinyl binders. Europe at the time was phasing out  vinyl because it could not be safely disposed of in the land fills due to its toxic properties. Printed binders took the place of vinyl and soon designers realized the graphic opportunities that print provided. Corporate Image followed suit with the introduction of our FlexHinge binder and looked for a product that would protect the binder and enhance the graphics. It also could not be harmful to the environment either in the production or disposal processes.

Our lamination is made of either a thin sheet of polypropylene, polyester or nylon and all can be safely recycled. When applied to paper, the paper can be repulped and the plastic film will be separated and recycled with other plastics. We offer gloss, semigloss and natural matte lamination films that are available with a smooth or linen finish. Our polypropylene film, natural matte, has become the most popular because it is non-reflective and has a smooth, silky feel. It provides a protective coating that allows you to reuse the product, thus extending its life so your project can make a lasting impression.


A Better Binders’ Board

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.

 

 


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