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Digital green printing now available

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Digital green printing has finally arrived at Barefoot Press with the installation of two high-speed Xerox digital printing “presses.” We have 100% post-consumer recycled paper available in both uncoated and satin finishes for the digital press. Xerox tells us that the dry inks in the machine are “organically grown” and completely non-toxic.

We have completed many projects on our new equipment so far, including a 24 page saddle-stitched newsletter, variable data mailings, short run business card orders, a set of 15 different art reproductions, and a small perfect bound book. We are also printing multi-part carbonless forms and menus for our clients.

The digital print pricing is economical and the turnaround times are fast. We have calibrated the printers so that the color matches our offset press, and you can see exactly what you are getting on the very first copy, so there are no surprises. The digital presses handle heavy card stock up to 18 point, and can print a 13″x19″ flat sheet.

Please contact us to discuss your digital printing needs.

Green printer wins BEST PRINTING at 2010 PICA Awards

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

Green printing pioneer Barefoot Press of Raleigh won the Best Printing award from the industry association for North and South Carolina for its work on the songbook of the Grammy Award-winning old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The award was announced in April by PICA (the Printing Industries of the Carolinas). Barefoot Press also won the Best of Category Award for Environmentally Sound Materials.

The songbook is an artful compilation of photos, text and songs by the Durham group, one of the few remaining black string bands. It’s album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010. The band has appeared on “Prairie Home Companion,” in the movie “The Debaters” and at a number of music festivals. It has released five CDs.

The songbook was printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper with soy inks. Wire bound, the pages are printed to look like parchment.

Barefoot Press has built a reputation over its 24 years of operation for its extensive use of green printing materials and equipment.

The Best Printing award was sponsored by BW Wilson Paper Co. “We’ve got to hand it to Barefoot Press,” company spokesman Ed Hurst said. “This company entered only one project in the 2010 awards, and they really knocked it out of the park!”

Barefoot Press owner, Richard Kilby, said BW Wilson Paper Co. has been “proactive in stocking recycled papers and working with us to bring eco-friendly paper options to our customers.”

Using eco-friendly printing methods for this project resulted in the following environmental savings: 6.75 trees, 2,885 gallons of water, 319.24 pounds of solid waste,
547.44 pounds of greenhouse gases and
4,806.40 BTUs of energy.

The book’s designer was Jamie Easler. The client was Katherine Walton Represents.
 

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Your green printer reminds you that Friday April 22 is Earth Day. We appreciate all you do for a healthier planet. In recognition of your commitment, all orders placed on our website through this weekend will ship for free. Click the “order online” link on our home page to shop our green printing website. Thanks again for all of your support.

Barefoot Press wins top award for eco-friendly printing

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Barefoot Press has again been recognized for top quality green printing at the 2010 PICA awards with a Best of Category for the Carolina Chocolate Drops Songbook. Printed on 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free paper using soy inks and our waste-water free, eco-friendly plates, the wire-bound book was recognized for overall print quality. Designed by Jamie Easler, the project features many rich, colorful photographs of the band along with sheet music and lyrics.

The PICA awards are sponsored by the Printing Industries of the Carolinas. The program looks at entries from printers all over North Carolina and South Carolina. Barefoot Press has won many awards in past years, including an overall Best Small Press Printing award sponsored by Mac Papers. This top sponsored award was for a CD package that was also printed on unbleached 100% pcw recycled paper.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops songbook can be purchased on the band’s website at www.carolinachocolatedrops.com.

Green Printing Open House invitation featured on CSA website

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Charles S. Anderson has featured some work his firm did for Barefoot Press and French Paper Co. on the agency’s redesigned website. Our open house invitation is featured among other favorite projects for the likes of Urban Outfitters, Turner Classic Movies, and Fossil Watches.

The project, tagged “Barbeque Invitation,” is described on the site:

“French Paper Company was asked to host a beer and BBQ party with paper distributors Lindenmeyr Monroe and Barefoot Press in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Due to the effective branding we’ve created for French, CSA Design is often asked by independent distributors to create posters for regional events that involve and promote the paper company. In this case, the event was a major success (well, maybe not so much for the pig).”

The invitation was printed in full color plus multiple PMS soy ink spot colors on French Dur-O-Tone Butcher white 80# text recycled paper. Check it out at www.csadesign.com.

Ordering green printing online is now easier than ever!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Barefoot Press has launched an online ordering site at www.originalgreenprinter.com. Designed as a “no-compromise” green printing resource, our online store offers no digital color copies – only genuine soy ink offset printing, and no glossy paper, as all products are offered on nothing less than 100% recycled papers. A complete range of green marketing materials is clearly presented with an easy-to-order process, secure online payment through Google checkout and fast file upload to our FTP.

Now, ordering eco-friendly business cards is easy and affordable. Printed on our 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free uncoated paper, these business cards are as green as you can get. Also available are recycled brochures, eco-friendly postcards, and green stationery including letterhead and envelopes. Awesome recycled posters and flyers are offered at excellent prices. For the first 100 customers, shipping is free anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Link from our main website, or log on directly at www.originalgreenprinter.com. More green printing products will be added soon, so check back if you don’t see what you are looking for. Meanwhile, remember that we can help with any project through our custom quote link. We appreciate your support, and look forward to your feedback.

Pictures of Green Printing Open House

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Our local customers (and some from a few states away) will remember the open house we held with Jerry French and his cohorts at French Paper Co. Your green printer has just come across some pictures that we thought we’d share with you. They are posted on AIGA’s website.

We had a great time, looked at lots of awesome recycled paper swatches, perused a retrospective of French Paper Co. posters and promos from years past, ate BBQ, drank PBR, listened to an awesome performance by Regina Hexaphone and met lots of great creative professionals. New Page Paper and Lindenmeyr-Munroe helped put the party together.

We’re planning another open house event, so keep your eyes glued to the Green Printing blog for updates.

CapStrat goes green with new collateral

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Raleigh communications agency CapStrat has chosen French Smart White paper for their new business cards and collateral. This paper is manufactured by our favorite mill, French Paper Co. in Niles, MI (www.frenchpaper.com). French is well known for their long history of producing a wide range of recycled paper lines, many of them containing 100% post-consumer fiber. While the Smart White line is not a post-consumer sheet due to it’s extremely bright white shade, it is FSC certified, and is manufactured using 100% green power. In fact, the mill is virtually carbon-neutral, having produced all of it’s electricity since 1922 utilizing an on-site hydroelectric generator and saving an estimated 1 million gallons of oil in the process.

By using Raleigh’s original green printer for the production of this collateral, CapStrat has shown their dedication to eco-friendly printing and green branding. This new identity work utilizes 6 Pantone colors, all lovingly mixed by hand here in our shop using soy-based inks. All press-wash used here is low-VOC and water-miscible, completing the green printing credentials.

In addition to their green branding efforts, CapStrat has a comprehensive in-house recycling program for office waste, including paper, glass and aluminum. They even compost biodegradable scraps in the break area. We think this Agency deserves recognition for taking a leading role in the implementation of green business practices. More on CapStrat can be found on their website: www.capstrat.com

Barefoot in the news again!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

A brief mention in the News and Observer from Billy Warden and Greg Behr. In an essay on corporate responsibility, the writers recognized your green printer for our purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s). Read the entire story here: http://www.newsobserver.com/business/story/1200944.html

Am I the only one that has a problem with this?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

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