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How to Recycle a 3-Ring Binder Made Easy.

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

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

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

Tools You Need:

Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.

9 seconds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

This is a guest post by Lori Owens

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

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

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

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

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

What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?

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

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

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

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

sizing a 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

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

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

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

custom printed portfolio binder - Corporate Image

Binder Options (options list here)

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

Durability

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

Quantity

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

Budget

  • Has a budget been set for the project?

 

Production Time, Methods, and Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment

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

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

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

Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?

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

 


Know Your Designers: Massimo Vignelli: 1931-2014

We would like to celebrate the life and work of Massimo Vignelli whose work has influenced generations and delighted and intrigued (OK and angered) many.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder were created on the idea that “less is more” – clean design, less fuss and better function which was influenced in no small part by Massimo Vignelli the pioneering graphic and interior designer who died Tuesday morning in his Manhattan home. He was 83.

massimo Vignelli - 1931-2014 Modernist Designer

A native of Milan, where he lived with his wife and design collaborator, Lella, until 1965, Vignelli left a Modernist mark on his adopted city. At his peak influence, the designer’s reductionist, less-is-more touch could be seen everywhere in the city, from big-banner department stores likeBloomingdale’s, to the rarified interiors of St. Peter’s Church. The American Airline jetplane flying overhead bore the iconic logo he designed for the company in 1967. “If you can design one thing, you can design everything,” Vignelli was known to remark. This all-inclusive approach to design was, still is, an important lesson he imported from Italy to North America where designers continue to be haunted by over-specialization.

His most controversial design was destined for the underground. Vignelli’s 1972 subway map, which replaced geographical accuracy with geometric clarity, earned him great acclaim from his colleagues and, later, curators. (The MoMA included the map in its postwar design collection.) The design, however, proved extremely unpopular, drawing the ire of New York commuters who didn’t warm to its unsentimental depiction of Central Park, which Vignelli colored gray and made square-shaped. Beyond the muted color scheme and alienating shapes, passengers just had a hard time using the map, and instead, rallied for the “spaghetti” design of yore. After just seven years of use, they succeeded in retiring Vignelli’s masterpiece.

NY Subway map Massimo Vignelli - Corporate Image

Read more about Massimo Vignelli here at Metropolis


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!


Naked Binder: The Most Eco Friendly Binders on the Planet

 

 

 

 

 

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

Eco Friendly, strong and good looking 3-ring Binders

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

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

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

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

 

 

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


Need a Custom Printed Pocket Folder (and something to hold you over)?

Sometimes you need those custom pocket folders yesterday. You consider the overnight pocket folder printers but realize you need the higher quality that your brand is known for.

Corporate Image can give you the quality printed folders you need and get you a high quality option to hold you until you receive your folders.

high quality printed pocket folders for healthcare

 

Horizontal or vertical pockets, one or two pockets, capacity pockets, glueless, printed one or two sides – there are amazing amounts of options that are all part of our pocket folder collections. Find out more – contact us .

Need some really nice folders right away? Check out Naked Binder - a sister company of Corporate Image.

Naked Binder is an off the shelf (non custom) eco friendly option for 3-ring binders, pocket folders and tab dividers.

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked Binder Made from FSC certified 100% recycled post consumer waste, these folders are clean, well made and 100% recyclable.

Order 1 or 1000, Naked Binder usually ships within 24 hours.

This is the perfect fit for when you are getting those great printed pocket folders from Corporate Image!

 

 

 

Custom printed or off the shelf eco friendly – Corporate Image and Naked Binder have what you need!


The Best Way to Open a 3-Ring Binder

As ubiquitous as they are, how to open a ring binder still seems like a mystery.

 

CI custom printed 3 ring bindersWe stole this from our sister company Naked Binder, but it seems like it is something people need to know, so thanks Naked Binder!

The first thing most people do is grab the center ring and yank the rings open.  This certainly works and in some cases is the only way.

 

What is the best way to open a ring binder?

At issue here are the forces acting on one ring of the mechanism.  That ring that you are forcing apart is a piece of not super strong metal especially in your average vinyl binder.

Eventually, the rings bend a bit so they don’t connect anymore.  This causes paper to slip out or tear and you to tear your hair out and the binder  to be tossed.

Not okay.

 

D_Ring_Detail

Don’t panic! There are alternatives.

Many if not most binder rings have what are called boosters – those tabs at the top and bottom of the binder ring mechanism. These are put there to solve this exact problem.  If your open your binder with the boosters, no rings bend and that binder will last you a lot longer (well if you are using a vinyl binder not much longer unless you have duct tape to hold the cover on…)

The boosters are the small tabs you can see here right at the end of the binder.

On some binders there is a simple booster, but most still have two.

Simply push the two tabs out and down and there will be no ring bending. All your problems are solved, your worries are over and the world is suddenly a better place.

Or at least, you know the best way to open a 3-ring binder ring…

On the other hand, if you are using vinyl binders, when you need to replace those next week when the cover falls off, talk to us.  We can help you.


Understanding which Plastics are which.

Plastics have become an everyday part of our lives, but are there issues we need to consider?

What are the issues inherent in the type of plastic should that, say, you have it on the shelf as a vinyl binder or as a cup you drink out of.  As we become more aware of  of what we are putting into our bodies (and the pacific gyre).

This  graphic is obviously not by the plastics industry (which I am sure has a different take on this), but might be something to get you more curious as to how plastics can affect you, if they are affecting you and what you can do about it.  While we are not advocating wide spread panic about these, it is useful and instructive to know what you are surrounding yourself with.

There is a reason that Corporate Image and Naked Binder do not use PVCs.  The studies on the issues with PVC are clear and the issues are huge.  While the are not banned in the USA, many industries (car manufacturers, shoe manufacturers, makers of children’s toys and a whole lot more) are voluntarily cutting use of PVC and other vinyls.

For more information on vinyl or recycling vinyl binders you can look here.  Wikipedia has a history and a lot of references on plastics here and the EPA information on PVC here.


Options for Customizing 3-ring binders

There are a lot of options for customizing your 3-ring binder from labeling as you need them to having printed binders made. What you need depends on how you use them.

Lets assume you need to customize your binders. How to proceed depends on how many you need.

Ask your self some questions -

  • Are the binders I need the same size?
  • Do they all need to have the same information?
  • What kind of look/branding am I trying to portray?

If you want a classier look, vinyl binders are out.  They fall apart, they are toxic and they look like you are in third grade.

Naked Binder - bare board binder with label

Short and varied binder runs:

 

If you need a range of sizes and information, your best bet is designing amazing labels and putting them on yourself. This method has been used by everyone from huge architectural firm proposals to teachers applying for tenure with great success. Other options are temporary tattoos which look great and hold well to the bare board binders, laser etching (for those with larger budgets), custom die cuts and silk screening.

For these binders, check out Naked Binders lines of binders.  We have one to fit any style.


 

short run printed binders - corporate Image


Bigger multiples of binders:

 

 

If you need more than 50 3-ring binders that are the same size and with the same information, perhaps it may be easier to get a printed binder.  There is a great option of a digitally printed spine wrap over either bare board or a black paper cased binder that is economical and really eye-catching.

These are great for larger proposal binders, conference and meeting binders or presentation binders.  They are 100% recyclable. More information here.

 

 

printed 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

Larger run binders:

Once you need runs of 500 binders or more getting a printed binder is actually cheaper and gives you a lot more options. Once you go to the offset press, it costs the same to have a printed cover and liner as it does to just print the cover, so you have twice the design real estate.

If you are putting together a large conference,  a company wide information binder or need to get your product specs out to a lot of people in a way that both protects and promotes, a custom printed binder is the way to go.  More here on options.

 

 

Naked Binder and Corporate Image are sister companies working together to get you what you need when you need it.  Naked Binder has a set line of binders that can ship same day for those rush projects, while Corporate Image specializes in custom printed 3-ring binders, folders, boxes and just about anything you can design!


QuickShip Binders and Tabs Ship in Only One Week

Short run, fast turn around custom 3-ring binders

If you need a beautiful custom 3-ring binder in a hurry, ask about our QuickShip binders and tab dividers.

The Quickship binder has a full-color, printed spine wrap is applied to either a bare board binder or to a black 3-ring binder. These 2 options are available in quantities from 50 to 1,500 with your choice of 3 chrome D-ring sizes.

If you need binders for your next board meeting, proposal or conference Corporate Image offers a great custom option giving you unlimited design potential.  On top of that, we ship within 5 working days of getting your order, so you can get it when you need it.

If you need a 3-ring binder faster than that (last minute!) Try Naked Binder, our eco friendly, off the shelf binders that you can have tomorrow!

 


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