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Recycled paper towels available

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

In addition to our 100% recycled toilet tissue, we now also have folded paper towels available in case quantities. These are the same type that are loaded into wall dispensers, or you can just put a stack of them out for use. They are 100% recycled as well and are economically priced.

We think it’s important to offer choices to our green printing customers for some of the harder to find office and home items, so we will continue to source these related products. If there is anything that your office is having a hard time finding just comment to this post or send an email to and we’ll see what we can do.

Healthy foods purveyor’s new Scion XB

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Rose Waring, owner of Rosie’s Plate, a kitchen specializing in healthy food for special diets, has chosen a Scion XB for her eco-friendly delivery vehicle. “We thought about a van, but the gas consumption was a big negative. We needed a lot of room, so a hybrid wasn’t a great fit. We settled on the XB for it’s great gas mileage, fun-to-drive factor, and the large amount of space in which to place graphics on the car.”

Rosie’s Plate has been pleased with the green printing materials they have produced at Barefoot Press, so when the talk turned to wrapping the Scion, the company once again chose Raleigh’s original green printer. Barefoot offers printed graphics and cut vinyl lettering, neither of which can be considered “green”. Because the graphics must withstand the harshest weather and still look new, vinyl is the best choice for durability. “Printed graphics will fade and tend to peel after a couple of years, so if a customer is interested in permanence, we design a car to use cut vinyl letters exlusively,” says company President Richard Kilby. Also, we tend to use less material that way, and no ink is used, so the carbon footprint is smaller.” The vinyl lettering has a life of 5-10 years.

Green Printing

Rosie’s Scion XB looks awesome with it’s new suit of graphics, and because it was designed to look like a “wrap” it attracts attention wherever it goes. All of Rosie’s Plate’s printed materials utilize the high post-consumer waste recycled papers and soy inks that are standard at Barefoot Press. Check out Rosie’s menu at

A Greener Clean cleans up the cleaning act

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

We just finished a branding project for a Triangle area startup called A Greener Clean, a cleaning business that is committed to using eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products. Owner Derek Heath is offering commercial and residential cleaning services in Raleigh, Cary, and surrounding areas. We created a unique 2-color logo and identity system for him, and of course he ordered green printing collateral including door hangers and business cards printed on our house recycled papers using soy inks. We also produced vehicle graphics for his green-clean-mobile, a Toyota Matrix hatchback.

Your green printer is using A Greener Clean for office maintenance, and they do a great job! If you are interested in their services, you can contact them at 919-740-6268. Keep an eye out for the company’s website, which is in the works.

Green Printing


Friday, January 25th, 2008

Carolyn Bigda, who writes the business column Getting Started, recently warned about “green washing,” a term dubbed to describe companies that profess to be green and distribute green marketing materials, but only do the minimum.

“Green” is the new black, the latest fad. And companies are eager to tap into consumers’ growing desire to do their bit to address global warming and protect the environment.

In food products, for instance, the label “natural” suggests “organic” without meeting the standards required for an “organic” label. In fact, there are no government standards for labeling something as “natural” or “free-range.”

Other companies are playing the same game with vague claims like “eco-friendly,” “earth-friendly,” “eco-safe” – without a significant commitment to practices that warrant those labels.

Bigda advises consumers to conjure up a large measure of skepticism while wading through the hype and look for specifics. Don’t assume that a company’s green efforts are meaningful or substantial unless you have the information that backs that up.

Bigda offers some websites that can help you check out a company’s green claims:
For organic standards, check out
For information about eco-friendly products and habits, go to and
To find out what the FTC says about environmental claims, go to

Rare wildlife spotted

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

For the past few years, our lead account manager has been spotting a rare albino deer in his inner-city neighborhood near Cary, NC. No-one wanted to believe him when he told the story, but now the animal has been captured on film. Jamie Weber’s neighbor snapped this picture yesterday. I know this isn’t about green printing or eco-friendly marketing, but we thought you guys would enjoy seeing this beautiful animal. It’s nice to know that wildlife finds a way to survive, even in the over-developed Triangle.

Green Printing

Our recycled building.

Monday, January 14th, 2008

When our lease finally ran out last year on our home of 14 years on West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, we went looking for a building we could afford to purchase. Our search was concentrated inside the beltline, and we finally found the perfect location near Five Points. Our new space is a 1950′s era industrial building, which contains many architectural design cues of the era. Immediately, we set ourselves to the task of shaping this neglected gem into the perfect home for Raleigh’s original green printer!

First, we had to gut the existing electrical and bring it all up to code, while supplying enough juice for our multicolor offset printing presses. Then we got to focus on the fun stuff, so we called upon our friend and client Charles Holden of Raleigh’s Oxide Architecture for help. Charles is an expert in sustainable, eco-friendly architecture.

We started by gutting out the old drop ceiling in the front room, exposing the beautiful, original framing. We then installed sustainable bamboo flooring in our customer areas and offices. We opened up a couple of walls and enlarged our bathroom doors to 36″ to make them accessible. Leaking, rusty metal windows in the bathrooms were replaced with new aluminum double-pane insulated units for better energy-efficiency. Natural quarry tile was laid in the bathrooms and hallway.

The original leaky plumbing was replaced and on-demand water heaters installed. We re-conditioned many old fixtures, and what we couldn’t salvage was replaced with water-saving alternatives. Energy-efficient lighting was installed, along with programmable thermostats to control high-efficiency HVAC units. Motion sensor light switches turn off lights automatically when rooms are not in use. Dimmers allow us to reduce wattage as well.

Our friend and neighbor, cabinet maker Rob Stone, built and installed custom cabinets, and cast a concrete countertop to create a coffee-bar just off the conference room. We found a great, used commercial stainless sink that is the smallest we’ve ever seen! Everything has been brightened up with low-VOC latex paints.

We have more work to do, and exciting plans for the exterior. Since we do much of the work ourselves, progress has been slow. But we’d rather go this route than build from scratch, as recycling old architecture is so much more rewarding, and results in less environmental impact.

We love our new neighborhood just off Whitaker Mill Road. Larry’s Beans is just down the street, with one of Raleigh’s rare biodeisel pumps out front. There’s a lot of energy going into green business here and we’re proud to be part of the movement. Call us for a tour any time, and keep an eye out for our open house announcement. We’re planning our house-warming party for the Spring of 2008.

Water Conservation Tips

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Ordering green printing is a great start, but there are many things you can do to make your office and your life more eco-friendly. As most of our local customers know, the Triangle area is in a record drought. Like many areas of the country, every year our reservoir levels get lower during the fall and winter. We feel that this has as much to do with unchecked development as it does with reduced rainfall, but whatever the cause, it is important that we all do what we can to help, both at home and at the office.

We found these tips for water conservation on the NC state government website ( and wanted to pass them along. Please comment if you have other tips to share.

- Eliminate leaks by replacing old gaskets. A dripping faucet can waste 3,600 gallons a year.
- Install faucet aerators.
- Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge, instead of running water until its cold.
- Don’t leave the water running while rinsing dishes.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal.
- Only use the dishwasher with full loads, and use the “water-saver” setting, if available.
- Don’t rinse dirty dishes before loading into dishwater; scrape clean and let the machine do the rest.
- Don’t thaw frozen food under running water.

- Don’t leave the water running while rinsing, shaving, or brushing teeth.
- If you hear running water in your toilet tank, adjust the leaky float valve or replace the faulty hardware.
- Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Install a water-filed plastic jug or a “toilet tank bag” in your toilet tank to reduce the water used per flush. Don’t use a brick, which may crumble.
- Check for leaks by dropping a small amount of food coloring in the upper tank. If color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
- Take shorter showers
- Install faucet aerators and or water-saving showerheads.

- Check for and repair leaky garden taps, hose connections and sprinkler valves.
- Water in the morning or evening, not in the heat of the day, to prevent evaporation.
- Avoid watering on windy days.
- Water slowly, thoroughly, and as infrequently as possible to promote deep roots and healthy plants.
- Hold your garden hose close to the roots of plants so that there’s little waste and evaporative loss.
- Add compost and other organic matter to your soil to improve its water holding capacity.
- Choose plants that don’t require a lot of water.
- Mulch all plant beds to reduce evaporation, weeds, and soil temperature.
- Position sprinklers so that they do not water pavement.
- Use rinse water from the house to water plants in or near the house.
- Never let water run unnecessarily
- Limit car washing. Use a bucket and a hose with spray attachment.
- Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. A broom will provide more exercise, anyway.

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