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Archive for September, 2008

Is green printing as good as conventional printing?

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

In most cases there is little or no quality difference between green printing and conventional printing. The soy inks are just as bright as petroleum based inks. The papers we use all print very much the same as their non-recycled cousins. Some 100% post consumer recycled paper is not as bright white as non-recycled paper, so if this is a concern on your project you should discuss this with your project manager. We are happy to provide samples.

Is green printing more expensive?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Not necessarily. Our house papers are very economically priced. Premium papers are sometimes quite expensive, regardless of whether or not they are recycled.

Yes, we know Charles Anderson’s artwork is offensive to vegetarians

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

As we expected, we have gotten a couple of derogatory emails about the artwork that Charles Anderson created for our open house invitation. The art depicts a pig that has been happily sliced up for your consumption. Hey, the pig’s happy, so can’t we all just get along???

Seriously, we do understand that there are vegetarians and animal rights activists within our green printing customer base. And honestly, we did think the art was a bit over the top. But after all, if Chuck at CSA wants to use this as an opportunity to espouse his vegetarian views, who are we to censor him? And anyway, it’s French Paper’s branding, not ours, so send your complaints to them why don’t you? Better yet, come tell Jerry French in person just how tasteless you think his agency is.

Freedom is freedom folks. You can’t please everyone. We might choose to take a safe road with our own marketing materials, but we have to hand it to French for going out on a creative limb. It’s one of the things we admire about this renegade little recycled paper mill. They walk their own road. And quite honestly, we think it’s hilarious. If it makes you think twice about your choices, great! That’s what good design should do.

We hope to see you Thursday, so come see us on the 18th and join the debate. We’ve got plenty of veggies for you.

Warning: Importing coated paper can be hazardous to your health

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Your favorite online green printer has been selling an excellent alternative to cheap Asian coated papers for a long time. Here is yet more evidence that choosing this recycled, elemental chlorine-free paper is a better alternative for green printing:

Coated paper is paper that has been treated with a thin coat of clay or other compound on one or both sides, giving it tremendous versatility for countless products. It is one of the fastest growing segments of the world’s paper industry and, in the last few years, its production in developing countries has expanded exponentially. Since 1990, the Chinese paper industry alone has accounted for fifty percent of overall growth in the market for coated paper.

While U.S. and Canadian manufacturers have the capacity to fulfill North American coated paper requirements, China, along with South Korea and Indonesia, currently comprise about 40% of the North American coated paper market, evidence of which can be found in the substantial weight and space taken up by Asian sourced coated paper in the world’s 90,000 container ships.

Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that tug boats and tankers using inexpensive dirty “bunker” fuel emit more soot than previously acknowledged and contribute to thousands of deaths from particular pollution annually. In another article, the Los Angeles Times noted that in response to these findings, California has instituted the planet’s toughest pollution laws for ocean going vessels. Over the protests of Asian carriers, beginning in July 2009 oil tankers, cruise ships and container ships coming within 24 nautical miles of California will be required to burn low-sulfur diesel or face stiff fines. Hopefully, other states along the Eastern and Western Seaboards and the Gulf of Mexico will follow suit and force everyone to play by a set of rules that will benefit us all.

The health hazard of unnecessary ship pollution is just one of the many reasons to keep an attentive eye on the source of paper products you and your company use. It’s often difficult to trace the source of paper coming from outside the U.S., but a bit of probing tells wholesalers and retailers that these are issues that may affect their business. We’ve developed an “ISSUES” series to keep you current with the risks of imported paper.

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Meet Jerry French at the Open House on Sept. 18!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Since most of you have gotten your printed invitations by now, and the secret is officially out, we can post our news item about our big event on Thursday Sept. 18. Please come by, meet the owner and mascot of the best little recycled paper mill in America, and check out how our industrious staff is transforming (what was) a derelict dump of a building into a warm, sustainable and vibrant work environment! This is the green printing event of the year!

Here are the details:

The open house will start at 3:00 with a wine and cheese reception and gallery show. A retrospective of French Paper marketing will be on display throughout the offices and plant. The show will include print ads, posters, packaging and promotionals. Mill representative Talmadge Pearson will be your guide and story-teller as you walk through the history of the French Paper brand. Swatch books, promos and fabulous chotchkies will be available.

At 6:00, Lindenmeyr Munroe will host as Cooper’s Barbeque serves up their legendary pork and chicken, along with all the traditional southern fixin’s and plenty of iced tea. Visit our outside bar for cold delicious malt beverages.

At 8:00, local originals Regina Hexaphone will entertain with their beautiful brand of Rock/Folk/Americana..

The event is co-sponsored by:

Lindenmeyr Munroe is the paper merchant that has newly moved into the Raleigh market servicing the Raleigh/ Durham market, the Triad market, and eastern N.C. They are actually stocking French Paper.

French Paper – Family owned and operated since 1871, French is this country’s smallest and most innovative independent paper mill. Jerry French is the company’s fifth generation president. Jerry’s son Brian joined French Paper this year marking its sixth generation.

NewPage Corporation is a coated mill that will also be in attendance showing their newest products-Paige Rosenberger will be their rep at the event.

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:

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