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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
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.
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
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 (www.ncgov.com) 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.
Ordering green printing is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment while improving your eco-friendly marketing image. But there are many things you can do, both as a company and as an individual or family, to shrink your carbon footprint. We will use this forum to pass along tips from time to time on ways to make your daily life a little “greener.”
One area that many people are unaware of is what we call “energy vampires.” These are little electronic devices that draw small amounts of electricity even when they are turned “off.” Examples include Televisions, VCR’s, microwaves, stereos, computers and computer monitors. While you may (understandably) like the convenience of having a clock on your microwave, all of these little energy-suckers add up to make a noticeable impact on your electric bill, and work to increase your carbon footprint. To make it more convenient to turn these items all the way off, install a power strip and use the off switch on it to turn off multiple appliances at once.
At the office, the often rather large number of computer monitors make them an easy target for lowering your energy consumption. Powering down your computer at night rather than letting it go to sleep will not only reduce the electric bill, but will lengthen the life of the equipment as well. However, even when the computer is turned off, the monitor just goes to sleep. While sleeping, monitors continue to use electricity. Simply turning them off when not in use can save a significant amount of power. Turning off other small appliances, such as adding machines, can help too. All the little things add up!