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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.

Eco-friendly printing statistics & household tips

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As a buyer of green printing, you are likely aware of the impact of the paper and printing industry on the environment. For instance, recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to power the average home for five months.

The average household uses, per person, approximately one 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year. Here are some other household energy consumption statistics you may find interesting:

An older model washing machine uses about 41 gallons per load versus the high-efficiency washing machines which use less than 28 gallons of water per load.

A leaky faucet that drips just one drop per second can potentially waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year.

Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

A refrigerator built 20 years ago uses 70% more energy than today’s energy-efficient models.

Smoother folds keep quality high on recycled papers

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Who spends over $10,000 to make a prettier crease on a piece of paper? Well, apparently we do. Green printing is just the beginning of our process – finishing is every bit as important to assuring a quality result. We’ve always done a good job with scoring, but when we saw what a real knife-and-die crease looked like, we had to have it in our bindery. So we made the commitment to a Morgana Auto-Creaser.

A traditional score is accomplished using a wheel and collar on a set of roller shafts. The idea is to break the fibers of the sheet and stretch the paper so that when the fold is made, the sheet doesn’t crack. This is usually sufficient, but occasionally even a scored paper shows some cracking, especially when there is solid ink crossing the fold or the paper is folding against the grain. Other factors such as high post-consumer recycled content and digital printing only make the problem worse. Further, because it is guided by a side guide down the edge of the sheet, the accuracy of a score is never quite perfect enough for us.

The Morgana, on the other hand, creates a perfectly smooth crease using a male and female die, and a lot of pressure. This forms a precise valley that looks like a miniature book spine. Even when creasing heavy recycled card stock across the grain, there is virtually no cracking. The machine uses electronic eyes to precisely stop the sheet at each crease location, and the results are incredibly accurate.

We could have bought a Harley, but we’re just geeky enough that the Creaser seemed more appealing. After using the machine for less than a month, Andrew, our bindery manager, commented that he really didn’t know what we did before acquiring it. Not only have we eliminated our scoring issues, the Creaser makes all of our subsequent operations trouble-free. The folder flies through jobs with critical color breaks, and the booklet-maker never misses exacting cross-overs.

Obviously we are committed to very high quality standards, and we think we should continue to invest in our process, even when the economy gets tough. Our work demands precision and our customers deserve it. So next time you pick up a printed job, take a close look at the folding. Then stop in and ask us for a demonstration of our new Morgana Auto-Creaser.

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.

Global warming just a hoax – green printing no longer necessary

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

You can’t imagine how much relief your green printer feels upon learning that global warming was actually just a hoax perpetrated by a handful of agenda-driven, mad scientists intent on ruling the planet. We’ve been following the unfolding story of emails uncovered by the intrepid, “fair-and-balanced” reporters at FOX News. It’s hard to believe these “junk” scientists managed to pull off such a large-scale deception. But I have to tell you it’s a load off our shoulders.

I think everyone here at Barefoot Press is sick of that scratchy, 100% recycled toilet paper in the staff restrooms. Not to mention those stinking recycling bins cluttering up the loading dock. The company Toyota is cramped, and I always felt intimidated on the highway. I’m really tired of tending that garden in the front.

For 23 years we’ve been laboring under the belief that green printing is important, that it was our duty to do our part. We’ve used recycled papers, pushed our suppliers to develop low-VOC chemistry and soy inks, implemented comprehensive in-house recycling programs, offset our carbon emissions by supporting green energy, donated profits to environmental groups (THAT was a waste!)… The effort has been exhausting. Happily, we now know it’s just not necessary.

I don’t feel imtimidated on the highway any more, because our new company car is a Hummer! Our increased margins allowed us to buy it new. These vinyl-based inks smell really strong, but they dry super-fast. We put a huge dumpster where the recycling bins used to be, and the scrap paper gets burned once a week in the parking lot.

But the coolest thing is that we now have a lot of awesome, cheap, virgin-fiber paper choices. Most of these sheets originate from the rampant, unregulated logging in the rainforests of Indonesia and the “developing” world, so there’s no “fair labor” or regulatory costs to pass on to you. It’s much easier to print on too, having never been through the repulping process. As our International Paper rep told us years ago, “old growth trees make a fine sheet of paper!”

Yes, happy days are here again, and our collective conscience is clear. Things are cheaper and easier now. Our profits are better than ever. And we finally have some soft toilet paper.

Empire Properties goes green with new business cards

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Designer Mike Rosado of Empire Properties has selected French Muscletone 140# cover for the latest printing of the company’s business cards. This is an especially appropriate choice considering that Empire owns and manages a large number of historic commercial properties in downtown Raleigh, and this is the heaviest card stock we offer. “This business card is as thick as a brick!”

Muscletone is manufactured by your green printer’s favorite eco-friendly paper mill, French Paper Co. in Niles, MI. The mill is powered entirely by the company’s onsite hydro plant. Almost all of the papers produced at French contain 100% post-consumer recycled fiber.

We appreciate Empire’s move to green printing in their promotional materials, as well as their mission to recycle some of Raleigh’s oldest buildings into wonderful new spaces for restaurants, bars, offices and shops.

Pictures of Green Printing Open House

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Our local customers (and some from a few states away) will remember the open house we held with Jerry French and his cohorts at French Paper Co. Your green printer has just come across some pictures that we thought we’d share with you. They are posted on AIGA’s website.

We had a great time, looked at lots of awesome recycled paper swatches, perused a retrospective of French Paper Co. posters and promos from years past, ate BBQ, drank PBR, listened to an awesome performance by Regina Hexaphone and met lots of great creative professionals. New Page Paper and Lindenmeyr-Munroe helped put the party together.

We’re planning another open house event, so keep your eyes glued to the Green Printing blog for updates.

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