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Barefoot in the news again!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

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

We just planted 295 trees!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Well, not exactly, but the Renewable Energy Credits we just purchased to offset our electricity usage for the rest of 2008 has the same effect. In an earlier post we talked about the Carbon Offset program we are participating in, and we wanted to share the comparisons outlined in our energy audit.

Your green printer uses approximately 105,200 kWh of electricity per year producing the fabulous eco-friendly printed materials our customers order. Our Impact Summary states that by offsetting this usage, we are helping to avoid up to 71,694 pounds (32.52 metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions from being emitted into the atmosphere.

This action has an equivalent impact as:
Planting 295 trees, or
Not driving 73,157 miles, or
Taking 6 cars off the road for one year.

We especially like the planting of 295 trees comparison. I bet we don’t use that many trees worth of paper in our green printing program, since almost everything we print is on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. What virgin fiber we do consume is FSC-certified, so at least it is responsibly managed and harvested. It’s awesome that we can “virtually” plant trees to replace what we do use!

Raleigh’s original green printer goes carbon neutral

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Barefoot Press, the original green printer in Raleigh, NC, has purchased enough renewable energy credits to offset all of its power consumption through the end of 2008. This move furthers the offset printing company’s mission to offer the best green printing option to consumers nation-wide.

The carbon-offset program is offered by Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder Colorado and is available to residential customers and green business leaders. Following a simple audit of Barefoot’s energy consumption, the organization prepared an analysis of how many REC’s needed to be purchased. The money from the sale of the credits will be used to fund projects that generate electricity in a carbon-neutral way, such as wind farms and solar installations around the world. The Renewable Choice Energy program is independently audited and is Green-E certified. For more on how it works, and to view a portfolio of supported projects, visit www.renewablechoice.com

Although the program represents an added overhead expense, owner Richard Kilby feels good about the decision. “We’re committed to every aspect of green printing and sustainable business practices. Our customers can now feel even better knowing that in addition to printing on recycled paper using soy based inks and water-miscible, low-VOC chemistry, the electricity used in the production of their marketing material is purchased from non-polluting sources. It’s crucial that we continually evaluate the way we do business, and to always seek new ways to mitigate our company’s impact on our fragile environment.”

Barefoot Press is located in the Triangle area of NC, which encompasses the towns of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Garner and Cary. Printing plays a vital role in the economy of this growing region, which has been repeatedly recognized by Money Magazine as one of the top places in the country to live and do business.

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