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Interest in recycled labels up

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Demand continues to grow for recycled labels. Your green printer is excited to report that we have completed several new projects on this 100% post-consumer recycled label paper. This label is uncoated (non-glossy) and prints beautifully. Most of the projects to date have been printed in four color process using our soy-based inks.

We have done a little bit of investigation into the adhesives, and according to the manufacturer, the material used is Low VOC and water based, and comply with CONEG regulations and the Clean Air Act of 1990. This is great news, which underscores the green printing credentials of this product.

We are stocking this recycled label paper in moderate quantities, and if demand continues to increase we will adjust our stocking quantities accordingly. Please contact us for a quote for your packaging project or mailing labels for your company collateral.

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 gogreen@barefootpress.com 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 gogreen@barefootpress.com, 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 gogreen@barefootpress.com, 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!

Finally, a green lawn service we can get behind

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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.

Join TLC at the Green Jamboree this weekend!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Don’t forget to check out the Green Jamboree this weekend at TLC’s Irvin Farm. Hosted by the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Jamboree is the organization’s annual meeting and festival. The Bluegrass Experience will provide the music, and there will be food, beer, hiking and family activities. The festival starts at 3pm this Saturday, June 20. TLC’s Irvin Farm is a 269-acre haven of farmland and forest in Orange County west of Carrboro, NC. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. More information on the TLC website: http://www.triangleland.org/greenjamboree/

The postcard announcing this event was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, processed chlorine free, using soy inks. Triangle Land Conservancy is committed to eco-friendly printing for all of their materials.

The Duke Lemur Center adopts green printing

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The Lemur Center at Duke University is a little known jewel in the Triangle. Established in 1966, the center is the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates, including the smallest primate ever discovered. The center occupies 85 acres in Durham’s Duke Forest, and according to their website, houses roughly 250 animals, including 233 lemurs encompassing 15 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa. The Center does not engage in any invasive or harmful testing of the animals, and focuses primarily on behavioral studies in hopes of preserving these unique creatures.

The Lemur Center’s stated mission is “to promote research and understanding of prosimians and their natural habitat as a means of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, to contribute to the educational development of future leaders in international scholarship and conservation and to enhance the human condition by stimulating intellectual growth and sustaining global biodiversity.”

Marketing Director Lari Hatley is committed to conservation of the species, and also the planet upon which they live, and therefore has made it a priority to produce all of their printed material, from brochures to newsletters, on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. To make sure the Center was getting the most eco-friendly printing, Lari got in touch with the original green printer in Raleigh, NC. We use only soy inks and water-miscible, low VOC chemistry in production. The graphics were freshened up by Raleigh designer Heath Murray.

Barefoot Press was proud to have been contracted to produce the monument signage at the facility as well. These signs are made from locally harvested pine and recycled aluminum, and for a long, fade-free life, were lettered using outdoor vinyl cut on our plotter and applied by hand.

To protect the animals, the center is open to the public by appointment only. More information on the facility and how to book a tour is available on the facility’s website.

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 www.theplenty.org:

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.

Soft toilet paper is dispensing old-growth forests.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The New York Times today reported in their Environment section that American’s love of fluffy toilet paper is a major cause of worldwide deforestation. The toilet paper industry consumes millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, and most brands of tp even contain some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada.

While toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them. James Malone, a spokesman for Georgia Pacific (the maker of Quilted Northern) claims that customers want soft, comfortable toilet paper and he does not believe it is possible to make soft toilet paper from recycled fiber.

Environmentalists are increasingly making toilet tissue manufacturers the targets of campaigns. On Monday, Greenpeace issued a national guide for American consumers that rates toilet tissue brands on their environmental soundness. Download the guide.

“No forest of any kind should be used to make toilet paper,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and waste expert with the Natural Resource Defense Council.

According to the New York Times: “In the United States, which is the largest market worldwide for toilet paper, tissue from 100 percent recycled fibers makes up less than 2 percent of sales for at-home use among conventional and premium brands. Most manufacturers use a combination of trees to make their products. According to RISI, an independent market analysis firm in Bedford, Mass., the pulp from one eucalyptus tree, a commonly used tree, produces as many as 1,000 rolls of toilet tissue. Americans use an average of 23.6 rolls per capita a year.

“Other countries are far less picky about toilet tissue. In many European nations, a rough sheet of paper is deemed sufficient. Other countries are also more willing to use toilet tissue made in part or exclusively from recycled paper.”

Click here to read the entire New York Times article.

Your green printer recommends making the switch to recycled toilet paper. Don’t let your home become a forest dispenser!

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