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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.

Eco-friendly label printing

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Our green printing options are always expanding, and we are pleased that we now have a reliable source for 100% post-consumer waste recycled sticker paper. The stock is uncoated, 60# white offset with a peel-and-stick liner. We have printed two full-color orders on this paper to date with excellent results.

To obtain a quote for your eco-friendly sticker job, just drop us an email at, or call us at 800-229-1164. Our friendly customer service staff will be happy to assist you.

Green printer now offers 100% recycled toilet tissue

Monday, July 20th, 2009

You might recall our post about Kimberly Clarke’s penchant for deforesting the world in order to bring you ultra soft toilet paper. Well, we received some feedback about how expensive it is to purchase recycled toilet paper at your local grocer (if they even carry it), and decided to do something about it. After researching several sources, we have found a good price on case quantities. We understand that 96 rolls is a lot of TP to buy at one time, but this stuff doesn’t go bad folks. We’ve been testing it here at the offices of the original green printer in Raleigh, NC, and find it quite adequate for the purpose intended.

So here’s the deal: 96 rolls is $67.20 + shipping. That works out to just $.70 per roll. At 16.5″x16.5″x25.5″, a case of the stuff will take up less than 4 cubic feet of storage space in your home or office. Even the carton is recycled, and you can feel good about purchasing a product that is manufactured here in the USA. To order just drop us an email at, or call us at 1-800-229-1164.

We’re committed to help you “green up” your home or office. It’s a great way to help save the planet – one flush at a time.

We’ll have information about our paper towels in an upcoming post, so keep an eye on this column, or subscribe to our RSS feed!

Pittsboro Plenty gets unprecedented press

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Everyone is talking about the Pittsboro Plenty. The Plenty is a local currency project that aims to keep money in the local market in Chatham County, where I (Rich) live. The idea is that smaller economies are healthier than larger, and particularly, global ones. Headed up by Executive Director Melissa Frey, the Plenty has been revived and refreshed with backing by Capital Bank in Pittsboro, NC.

The press has gone bananas. You’ve seen the CNN story posted on our site, but that is just one of dozens of organizations covering the Plenty. Internationally, Russian, Canadian, Irish and Polish television have covered the relaunch! Here are just some of the news sources that have covered the story, and links to the media coverage are available at

Chapel Hill News, May 27, 2009
Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) May 17, 2009
Inside Edition (CBS) May 14, 2009
WTVD, NEWS 11, (Raleigh, Durham), May 12, 2009
News 14 Carolina, May 12, 2009
Channel One Russia, May 12, 2009
Phoenix Business Journal, May 11, 2009
RTE, (National Radio Ireland), May 10, 2009
WFMU, May 4, 2009
Polish TV, May 3, 2009
Irish Times, (Dublin), April 25, 2009
CNN, April 22, 2009
WRAL TV News, (Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville), April 13, 2009
CFRB, (Canadian FM radio) April 11, 2009
FOX Business, April 10, 2009
Democracy Now, April 9, 2009
The Telegraph (UK), April 9, 2009
USA Today, April 5, 2009

We first printed the Plenty back in 2002. The certificates feature artwork by Bynum, NC artist Emma Skurnick. Depictions of local flora and fauna, as well as eco-friendly initiatives such as renewable energy, are backed up with a painting of an oak tree and the motto, “In each other we trust.” The original value was based on labor hours, so there were ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 Plenty bills. To help demystify the system of exchange, the new currency has a par value of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50. The bills can be exchanged at Capital Bank for Federal Reserve Notes at a discounted rate of $.90 per 1 Plenty, resulting in a 10% discount on goods purchased using the Plenty. Merchants that accept the Plenty are plentiful (couldn’t help it), and include The General Store Cafe, Chatham Marketplace, Piedmont Biofuels, Chatham Wireless, and T.S. Designs.

The bills are printed in 6 colors with soy inks and water-miscible chemistry on a felt-embossed paper that contains 80% post-consumer recycled fiber. There are embossed serial numbers printed on the letterpress, and a watermark was overprinted to make the bills difficult to copy. The Plenty is, true to it’s homegrown mission, a fine example of green printing.

Chuck Gordon joins our team

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Many of you by now have met (or spoken with) our new Sales Manager, Chuck Gordon. He has been on board for a couple of months now, and is settling in to his new digs nicely. But where did this “new” guy come from?

Chuck began a 27 year career in the fine paper distribution industry in 1971 in Richmond, Va. While in the distribution business he served in many different capacities ranging from purchasing/inventory management, customer service management, marketing and sales. In 1998 left the paper business to join Graphics Ink, a printing company in Durham, NC, serving primarily in sales for the next 10 years. During that time the company was able to grow the commercial print side of the business but the current down turn in the economy forced Graphics Ink to close it’s doors.

Chuck and Barefoot Press have had been friends since 1990, when he came to Raleigh, NC to sell printing paper. At that time we were bringing our paper in from Miami and California. Chuck was the first paper rep to understand our vision, and actively help us with the sourcing of recycled papers. Over time he was able to establish a local recycled paper stocking program for us. So he has played an important role in shaping the history of the original green printer here in Raleigh, NC. It’s only fitting that Chuck has come back to help us grow in this new green economy. We are fortunate to have added Chuck’s knowledge of paper and fine printing to our mix here at Barefoot Press, and encourage our customers to give him a welcome call.

Raleigh Quarterly in print

Monday, January 26th, 2009

We just wrapped up the new PRINT edition of the Raleigh Quarterly. The journal, published online by Billy Warden and Greg Behr, is a collection of short stories, poetry and art. The first print edition was designed by Katie Nordt.

The first edition is a fine example of green printing from cover to cover. With a finished size of 5×7, it is saddlebound, 40 pages + cover, and printed entirely on 100% post-consumer recycled paper using soy inks. Raleigh’s original green printer is proud to support the RQ.

The print edition is available in local bookstores for $5. To view the website:

Green Rhino = Green Printer

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Green Printing

You may have noticed that little green rhino seal. It’s starting to pop up everywhere! We designed this eye-catching “bug” for our customers to use as an unobtrusive way to show their commitment to green business practices. It is normally printed in brown and green, but the colors are flexible and can be changed to suit any design.

What does the little green rhino mean? When it appears on your brochure or envelopes it means that your marketing material is the most eco-friendly printing available. In most cases it means that the paper is made from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber. It means that the inks used are made from soy or other vegetable oils. It means that the sovents used during production are water-miscible and low VOC. It means you have chosen to work with a company that is committed at the deepest levels to running a small business in the most ecologically conscious way possible.

Why should you make sure that the green rhino is displayed on your printed material? To show your customers that you have a strong green marketing program in place, and to reinforce that you support green printing and green business practices. It shows that you have a commitment to making the world a healthier place to live, and reducing your impact on the planet.

If you don’t want to display the green rhino just let us know – we promise we’ll still be proud to print for you. If you do decide to add our bug to your job, we want to thank you for supporting the best green printer online, and helping us to spread the word that you are committed to operating your business in an environmentally responsible way!

Yes, we know Charles Anderson’s artwork is offensive to vegetarians

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

As we expected, we have gotten a couple of derogatory emails about the artwork that Charles Anderson created for our open house invitation. The art depicts a pig that has been happily sliced up for your consumption. Hey, the pig’s happy, so can’t we all just get along???

Seriously, we do understand that there are vegetarians and animal rights activists within our green printing customer base. And honestly, we did think the art was a bit over the top. But after all, if Chuck at CSA wants to use this as an opportunity to espouse his vegetarian views, who are we to censor him? And anyway, it’s French Paper’s branding, not ours, so send your complaints to them why don’t you? Better yet, come tell Jerry French in person just how tasteless you think his agency is.

Freedom is freedom folks. You can’t please everyone. We might choose to take a safe road with our own marketing materials, but we have to hand it to French for going out on a creative limb. It’s one of the things we admire about this renegade little recycled paper mill. They walk their own road. And quite honestly, we think it’s hilarious. If it makes you think twice about your choices, great! That’s what good design should do.

We hope to see you Thursday, so come see us on the 18th and join the debate. We’ve got plenty of veggies for you.

Meet Jerry French at the Open House on Sept. 18!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Since most of you have gotten your printed invitations by now, and the secret is officially out, we can post our news item about our big event on Thursday Sept. 18. Please come by, meet the owner and mascot of the best little recycled paper mill in America, and check out how our industrious staff is transforming (what was) a derelict dump of a building into a warm, sustainable and vibrant work environment! This is the green printing event of the year!

Here are the details:

The open house will start at 3:00 with a wine and cheese reception and gallery show. A retrospective of French Paper marketing will be on display throughout the offices and plant. The show will include print ads, posters, packaging and promotionals. Mill representative Talmadge Pearson will be your guide and story-teller as you walk through the history of the French Paper brand. Swatch books, promos and fabulous chotchkies will be available.

At 6:00, Lindenmeyr Munroe will host as Cooper’s Barbeque serves up their legendary pork and chicken, along with all the traditional southern fixin’s and plenty of iced tea. Visit our outside bar for cold delicious malt beverages.

At 8:00, local originals Regina Hexaphone will entertain with their beautiful brand of Rock/Folk/Americana..

The event is co-sponsored by:

Lindenmeyr Munroe is the paper merchant that has newly moved into the Raleigh market servicing the Raleigh/ Durham market, the Triad market, and eastern N.C. They are actually stocking French Paper.

French Paper – Family owned and operated since 1871, French is this country’s smallest and most innovative independent paper mill. Jerry French is the company’s fifth generation president. Jerry’s son Brian joined French Paper this year marking its sixth generation.

NewPage Corporation is a coated mill that will also be in attendance showing their newest products-Paige Rosenberger will be their rep at the event.

Check out our video on You Tube!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Please help us get our message out, and go to and search green printer, green printer online, green printing or eco-friendly printer and click on our video. Jamie did a great job explaining the history of our company and our mission to provide the best green printing available today to our online and local users in Raleigh, NC. We hope you will check out this five minute video and post your comment on You Tube or on our site here. We appreciate your support and look forward to helping you further your company’s green marketing mission.

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