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Archive for July, 2010

Students establish environmental website

Friday, July 30th, 2010

We like to help environmental non-profits. When you support Barefoot Press with your green printing orders, you should know that some of our profits are being directed to these organizations. We recently received a request for help from a website called OurEarth.org, and we think you should check them out.

This is how the group describes it’s mission: “The OurEarth.org website began as a simple idea to make it easier for the public to find environmental information. There are outstanding environmental programs, activities, initiatives, ideas, and grassroots efforts across the country but it can be difficult to sort through all of the websites and information available. As a result, important natural resources, energy savings, and pollutant reductions are lost each and every day, causing unnecessary damage to our planet.”

Here is a tip from the site: “Look for products marked with “Post-Consumer Content” and “Recycled Content” Computer printer paper, notebooks, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic products, and many other household items can be found that are made from at least partially recycled materials.”

It’s important that we all work together for a healthier planet. Order green printing on 100% post-consumer recycled papers, and eco-friendly marketing materials, and don’t forget that we also offer many post-consumer recycled products like the ones listed above.

Brewery goes green with Cookbook

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Elizabeth Rudd and the Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva, NC have published a cookbook that includes stories, tips and recipes using their beer. The 6 year-old brewery was featured in the November, 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine in an article entitled German Beer Comes to Sylva.

The Brewery believes in eco-friendly practices, such as selling their beer in 2-liter glass “growlers” that are refilled rather than thrown away or recycled. The beer contains no preservatives and is not pasteurized. It was because of these values and principles that they chose Barefoot Press for the printing of Your Gnometown Cookbook.

Elizabeth puts it this way: “…the West and the East of North Carolina teamed up on this project. Though diverse in their fields of expertise, they have much in common: excellence, quality, experience and a personal touch. Working for a profit, yes, but without sacrificing the personal bonds they share with their customers – rare in today’s business world. They both share a commitment to quality and offer products they are proud to put their names on. … I believe this is a shining example of businesses working together, with integrity and care, for a common goal… a win-win situation for all.”

The cookbook is a fine example of green printing. The pages are printed with soy inks on 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper, and the covers are made from 100% recycled French Paper Muscletone 140# cover. The binding is wire-O so the book lays flat for easy reading while cooking, but the coil is hidden behind a printed spine so it fits right in on the bookshelf. The book can be ordered at the company’s website: www.yourgnometownbrewery.com, or you can pick up a copy at the Brewery gift shop. Lift a pint for us!

Green Printer Eliminates Wastewater

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

We are happy to report another step toward sustainable, green printing has been finalized here at Barefoot Press. We reported earlier on our transition to process-free Fuji plates. The plates are in full production and it was one of the easiest transitions we have made.

As I was filling out a waste-water survey form for the City of Raleigh the other day, I realized that with this move, we have totally eliminated all waste-water from our process! The only water that goes down a drain at our plant is in the bathroom. Green Printing can’t get much more eco-friendly than this.

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