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Archive for June, 2009

Finally, a green lawn service we can get behind

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Our friend Tim Bannister has started a new eco-friendly lawn care business. Utilizing equipment that does not produce harmful emissions common to standard lawn care services, the new company will serve both commercial and residential customers.

Tim was blown away when he found out that a push mower emits as much hourly pollution as 11 cars, and even worse, riding mowers can emit as much 34 cars. In his research he also discovered that Americans spill over 17 million gallons of gas each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more fuel than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

To counter this impact, EcoZoo Lawn uses battery powered equipment that is recharged with solar and wind power. Transportation to jobs sites is fueled with Biodiesel. The batteries used are over 95% recyclable, and the company employs best practices with regards to sustainability on the job and in the office. Another benefit is a reduction in noise pollution, as the equipment runs over 50% quieter than typical lawn care equipment. Costs of services are kept competitive as the equipment requires no petroleum and virtually no maintenance. EcoZoo Lawn provides a free monthly eco-savings report documenting customers lessening environmental impact.

Those of you who know Tim know that he is a huge proponent of green printing. Naturally, all of his promotional materials are being produced using soy inks and 100% post-consumer recycled papers, processed without the use of chlorine. Your green printer is proud to help, and support Tim in his new sustainable business venture.

For more information about EcoZoo Lawn’s zero impact lawn and grounds maintenance or to request a free evaluation and proposal, call Tim Bannister at (919) 218-2657, send an email to timb@EcoZooLawn.com or visit our website at www.EcoZooLawn.com.

Join TLC at the Green Jamboree this weekend!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Don’t forget to check out the Green Jamboree this weekend at TLC’s Irvin Farm. Hosted by the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Jamboree is the organization’s annual meeting and festival. The Bluegrass Experience will provide the music, and there will be food, beer, hiking and family activities. The festival starts at 3pm this Saturday, June 20. TLC’s Irvin Farm is a 269-acre haven of farmland and forest in Orange County west of Carrboro, NC. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. More information on the TLC website: http://www.triangleland.org/greenjamboree/

The postcard announcing this event was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, processed chlorine free, using soy inks. Triangle Land Conservancy is committed to eco-friendly printing for all of their materials.

The Duke Lemur Center adopts green printing

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The Lemur Center at Duke University is a little known jewel in the Triangle. Established in 1966, the center is the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates, including the smallest primate ever discovered. The center occupies 85 acres in Durham’s Duke Forest, and according to their website, houses roughly 250 animals, including 233 lemurs encompassing 15 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa. The Center does not engage in any invasive or harmful testing of the animals, and focuses primarily on behavioral studies in hopes of preserving these unique creatures.

The Lemur Center’s stated mission is “to promote research and understanding of prosimians and their natural habitat as a means of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, to contribute to the educational development of future leaders in international scholarship and conservation and to enhance the human condition by stimulating intellectual growth and sustaining global biodiversity.”

Marketing Director Lari Hatley is committed to conservation of the species, and also the planet upon which they live, and therefore has made it a priority to produce all of their printed material, from brochures to newsletters, on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. To make sure the Center was getting the most eco-friendly printing, Lari got in touch with the original green printer in Raleigh, NC. We use only soy inks and water-miscible, low VOC chemistry in production. The graphics were freshened up by Raleigh designer Heath Murray.

Barefoot Press was proud to have been contracted to produce the monument signage at the facility as well. These signs are made from locally harvested pine and recycled aluminum, and for a long, fade-free life, were lettered using outdoor vinyl cut on our plotter and applied by hand.

To protect the animals, the center is open to the public by appointment only. More information on the facility and how to book a tour is available on the facility’s website.

Pittsboro Plenty gets unprecedented press

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Everyone is talking about the Pittsboro Plenty. The Plenty is a local currency project that aims to keep money in the local market in Chatham County, where I (Rich) live. The idea is that smaller economies are healthier than larger, and particularly, global ones. Headed up by Executive Director Melissa Frey, the Plenty has been revived and refreshed with backing by Capital Bank in Pittsboro, NC.

The press has gone bananas. You’ve seen the CNN story posted on our site, but that is just one of dozens of organizations covering the Plenty. Internationally, Russian, Canadian, Irish and Polish television have covered the relaunch! Here are just some of the news sources that have covered the story, and links to the media coverage are available at www.theplenty.org:

Chapel Hill News, May 27, 2009
Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) May 17, 2009
Inside Edition (CBS) May 14, 2009
WTVD, NEWS 11, (Raleigh, Durham), May 12, 2009
News 14 Carolina, May 12, 2009
Channel One Russia, May 12, 2009
Phoenix Business Journal, May 11, 2009
RTE, (National Radio Ireland), May 10, 2009
WFMU, May 4, 2009
Polish TV, May 3, 2009
Irish Times, (Dublin), April 25, 2009
CNN, April 22, 2009
WRAL TV News, (Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville), April 13, 2009
CFRB, (Canadian FM radio) April 11, 2009
FOX Business, April 10, 2009
Democracy Now, April 9, 2009
The Telegraph (UK), April 9, 2009
USA Today, April 5, 2009

We first printed the Plenty back in 2002. The certificates feature artwork by Bynum, NC artist Emma Skurnick. Depictions of local flora and fauna, as well as eco-friendly initiatives such as renewable energy, are backed up with a painting of an oak tree and the motto, “In each other we trust.” The original value was based on labor hours, so there were ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 Plenty bills. To help demystify the system of exchange, the new currency has a par value of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50. The bills can be exchanged at Capital Bank for Federal Reserve Notes at a discounted rate of $.90 per 1 Plenty, resulting in a 10% discount on goods purchased using the Plenty. Merchants that accept the Plenty are plentiful (couldn’t help it), and include The General Store Cafe, Chatham Marketplace, Piedmont Biofuels, Chatham Wireless, and T.S. Designs.

The bills are printed in 6 colors with soy inks and water-miscible chemistry on a felt-embossed paper that contains 80% post-consumer recycled fiber. There are embossed serial numbers printed on the letterpress, and a watermark was overprinted to make the bills difficult to copy. The Plenty is, true to it’s homegrown mission, a fine example of green printing.

Environmental author Thomas Berry passes away

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Thomas Berry, a well known environmentalist, author and Catholic Priest, passed away Monday at age 94. Berry wrote several influential ecological books, including the well-known “The Dream of the Earth.” Thomas Berry was the brother of our inspirational friend, the late James Berry, who published a series of ecological essays with us here at Barefoot Press. Our thoughts are with the Berry family today.

The Raleigh News and Observer published this obituary in today’s paper:

GREENSBORO — Father Thomas Berry, a Greensboro native and world-renowned cultural historian, died Monday at age 94 at Well-Spring Retirement Community.

Berry, a Passionist Catholic priest, was considered a leading ecological thinker in America. He had eight honorary degrees and numerous awards and honors.

According to his Web site, www.thomasberry.org, Berry described himself as a “geologian,” a historian of the Earth and its evolutionary processes.

Berry earned his Ph.D. in European intellectual history with a thesis on Giambattista Vico’s philosophy of history. Widely read in Western history, he also spent many years studying the cultural history of Asia. He has lived in China and traveled to other parts of Asia. He authored two books on Asian religions

For two decades, he directed the Riverdale Center of Religious Research along the Hudson River. During this period he taught at Fordham University, where he chaired the history of religions program and directed 25 doctoral theses. His major contributions to the discussion on the environment are in his books: “The Dream of the Earth” (Sierra Club Books, 1988 reprinted, 2006); “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future” (Random House, 1999); and, with Brian Swimme, “The Universe Story” (Harper San Francisco, 1992). His latest collection of essays is “Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community” (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006).

Berry’s health had declined over the years, and his family expected his death, said his sister, Dr. Margaret Berry. “He had a quiet death, and the family was with him when he died,” Berry said. “We have people from all over the world who are e-mailing and planning to attend one of the four services.”

The Berry family will hold funeral services in Greensboro, New York and Vermont. The Greensboro service will begin with an open-casket visitation from 11 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in the Narthex entrance of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. It will be followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.

The Greensboro memorial will conclude with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. hosted by the Passionists in the auditorium at Well-Spring Retirement Community, 4100 Well-Spring Drive.

Donations honoring Berry’s memory may be made to the Thomas Berry Foundation, c/o Mary Evelyn Tucker, 29 Spoke Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525

For more on Thomas Berry’s work: www.thomasberry.org

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