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Digital green printing now available

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Digital green printing has finally arrived at Barefoot Press with the installation of two high-speed Xerox digital printing “presses.” We have 100% post-consumer recycled paper available in both uncoated and satin finishes for the digital press. Xerox tells us that the dry inks in the machine are “organically grown” and completely non-toxic.

We have completed many projects on our new equipment so far, including a 24 page saddle-stitched newsletter, variable data mailings, short run business card orders, a set of 15 different art reproductions, and a small perfect bound book. We are also printing multi-part carbonless forms and menus for our clients.

The digital print pricing is economical and the turnaround times are fast. We have calibrated the printers so that the color matches our offset press, and you can see exactly what you are getting on the very first copy, so there are no surprises. The digital presses handle heavy card stock up to 18 point, and can print a 13″x19″ flat sheet.

Please contact us to discuss your digital printing needs.

Whale Wars Map

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Green Printing

When Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the organization behind Animal Planet’s hit TV show Whale Wars, wanted to use green printing methods to produce an eco-friendly, large-format wall map, we were thrilled to be asked to help. The challenge was to produce a frame-able work of art that depicts the areas of the world in which campaigns have taken place to save endangered species. The resulting poster depicts Sea Shepherd vessels and helicopters, as well as information about the organization’s various campaigns and the animals they rescue. It is printed in full color on paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to have been sustainably manufactured with tree fiber harvested from well-managed forests. The poster measures 48×30, and is available either with or without lamination on their website. To purchase the map, visit their online store. To read more about their important work: www.seashepherd.org.

Green Printing Deserves Eco-friendly Binding

Monday, September 26th, 2011

What is the most eco-friendly binding method for your green printing project? There are several ways to bind a book or booklet, and your green printer can produce most of them in-house. Perfect binding, otherwise known as paperback book binding, involves gluing the pages into a book block and then wrapping a pre-scored paper cover around the pages. Case binding for creating a hardback book is similar, except that the cover is made by wrapping a pre-printed sheet around cover and spine boards prior to binding. Wire “spiral” or “twin-loop” binding can also be accomplished with plastic, but because we try to avoid the use of plastic in our operation, this is not one of the services we offer. The most common binding method for smaller publications is saddle-stitching, which is accomplished by creating staples from a roll of unfinished wire.

So which is the best binding for your earth-friendly publication? Taking plastic coil out of the picture, it’s pretty much a toss-up, depending mainly on the intended purpose of the book. Perfect binding uses only non-toxic glue to make a book. Case binding involves the use of boards which are made from heavy, recycled, unbleached chipboard. While many people do like to laminate their hardback covers, this does protect the books for a lifetime with proper care. Saddle-binding uses a minimum of material – about 2 inches of unfinished 24 gauge wire. The wire twin-loop method uses the most material of all the binding methods, but the wire is partially recycled, and there is no coating on it. This is a great way to bind a journal or any book that needs to stay perfectly flat when open.

Print your book, newsletter or magazine on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with either soy inks, or our organic, non-toxic digital ink, then pick the binding method that best suits the intended use of the project. Barefoot Press will handle the job from start to finish under one roof, assuring that the product meets our high standards for both production quality and low environmental impact.

Green printer wins BEST PRINTING at 2010 PICA Awards

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

Green printing pioneer Barefoot Press of Raleigh won the Best Printing award from the industry association for North and South Carolina for its work on the songbook of the Grammy Award-winning old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The award was announced in April by PICA (the Printing Industries of the Carolinas). Barefoot Press also won the Best of Category Award for Environmentally Sound Materials.

The songbook is an artful compilation of photos, text and songs by the Durham group, one of the few remaining black string bands. It’s album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010. The band has appeared on “Prairie Home Companion,” in the movie “The Debaters” and at a number of music festivals. It has released five CDs.

The songbook was printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper with soy inks. Wire bound, the pages are printed to look like parchment.

Barefoot Press has built a reputation over its 24 years of operation for its extensive use of green printing materials and equipment.

The Best Printing award was sponsored by BW Wilson Paper Co. “We’ve got to hand it to Barefoot Press,” company spokesman Ed Hurst said. “This company entered only one project in the 2010 awards, and they really knocked it out of the park!”

Barefoot Press owner, Richard Kilby, said BW Wilson Paper Co. has been “proactive in stocking recycled papers and working with us to bring eco-friendly paper options to our customers.”

Using eco-friendly printing methods for this project resulted in the following environmental savings: 6.75 trees, 2,885 gallons of water, 319.24 pounds of solid waste,
547.44 pounds of greenhouse gases and
4,806.40 BTUs of energy.

The book’s designer was Jamie Easler. The client was Katherine Walton Represents.
 

Barefoot Press wins top award for eco-friendly printing

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Barefoot Press has again been recognized for top quality green printing at the 2010 PICA awards with a Best of Category for the Carolina Chocolate Drops Songbook. Printed on 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free paper using soy inks and our waste-water free, eco-friendly plates, the wire-bound book was recognized for overall print quality. Designed by Jamie Easler, the project features many rich, colorful photographs of the band along with sheet music and lyrics.

The PICA awards are sponsored by the Printing Industries of the Carolinas. The program looks at entries from printers all over North Carolina and South Carolina. Barefoot Press has won many awards in past years, including an overall Best Small Press Printing award sponsored by Mac Papers. This top sponsored award was for a CD package that was also printed on unbleached 100% pcw recycled paper.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops songbook can be purchased on the band’s website at www.carolinachocolatedrops.com.

Green Printing Open House invitation featured on CSA website

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Charles S. Anderson has featured some work his firm did for Barefoot Press and French Paper Co. on the agency’s redesigned website. Our open house invitation is featured among other favorite projects for the likes of Urban Outfitters, Turner Classic Movies, and Fossil Watches.

The project, tagged “Barbeque Invitation,” is described on the site:

“French Paper Company was asked to host a beer and BBQ party with paper distributors Lindenmeyr Monroe and Barefoot Press in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Due to the effective branding we’ve created for French, CSA Design is often asked by independent distributors to create posters for regional events that involve and promote the paper company. In this case, the event was a major success (well, maybe not so much for the pig).”

The invitation was printed in full color plus multiple PMS soy ink spot colors on French Dur-O-Tone Butcher white 80# text recycled paper. Check it out at www.csadesign.com.

Ordering green printing online is now easier than ever!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Barefoot Press has launched an online ordering site at www.originalgreenprinter.com. Designed as a “no-compromise” green printing resource, our online store offers no digital color copies – only genuine soy ink offset printing, and no glossy paper, as all products are offered on nothing less than 100% recycled papers. A complete range of green marketing materials is clearly presented with an easy-to-order process, secure online payment through Google checkout and fast file upload to our FTP.

Now, ordering eco-friendly business cards is easy and affordable. Printed on our 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free uncoated paper, these business cards are as green as you can get. Also available are recycled brochures, eco-friendly postcards, and green stationery including letterhead and envelopes. Awesome recycled posters and flyers are offered at excellent prices. For the first 100 customers, shipping is free anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Link from our main website, or log on directly at www.originalgreenprinter.com. More green printing products will be added soon, so check back if you don’t see what you are looking for. Meanwhile, remember that we can help with any project through our custom quote link. We appreciate your support, and look forward to your feedback.

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.

Barefoot Press founder nominated for Environmental Leadership Award

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Richard Kilby, President of Barefoot Press – a pioneer in eco-friendly printing in Raleigh, NC – has been nominated for the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award.

Created in 1990, the award honors Dr. William Schaeffer and his many contributions to environmental research, compliance education, and advocacy in the printing industry. According to the Printing Industries of America website: “The Schaeffer Award serves to recognize an individual’s focus on advancing environmental awareness and action in the graphic communications industry as a whole. A candidate’s accomplishments should go above and beyond job requirements or display an unselfish contribution to the industry not solely for a particular organization’s commercial gain. The ongoing environmental advocacy of Dr. Schaffer typifies the leadership activities expected of award recipients. Individuals must have sustained long-term efforts (on the order of several years or more) that have resulted in successful environmental programs and improvements.”

Barefoot Press was founded in 1987 in order to promote recycled papers and green printing practices. The company has pursued it’s agenda of educating customers and the general public about the benefits of eco-friendly printing for some 23 years. Mr. Kilby’s nomination is a recognition of those ongoing efforts.

Process-free plates make green printing more efficient

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

We are happy to confirm that another step toward sustainable printing has been accomplished here at Barefoot Press. We reported earlier on our transition to process-free Fuji plates. Well, the plates are now in full production and everything went like clockwork.

Because these plates use no water, developer, or any other chemistry, they have totally eliminated all remaining environmental issues in our prepress department. We simply laser-image the plates on our Fuji DART platesetter and hang them on the press. The plates fall into register quicker, roll up to color quicker, and so far we have had no plate remakes due to a quality issue. Because they are made from a high grade aluminum they are just as recyclable as our last plates, but have none of the waste disposal issues related to the plate processor.

We are always looking for ways to improve our eco-friendly printing process. This is a big step toward sustainability, and it wasn’t inexpensive to implement. But the results are worth the investment and effort, and we are pleased to say we have the cleanest prep department a green printer can have. We are offering demonstrations, so if you are interested please drop us a line.

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