GreenFest Wrap-Up: Thank you D.C.!

Green Books N Binders exhibited this year at Green Festival D.C. 2010 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Setting up shop at Booth 429 for the weekend of October 23-24th, we got a chance to meet some really great people who are just as passionate about doing the “right” thing as we are. In fact, we were so excited to exhibit we forgot to pack our cameras! Luckily we had our cell phone cameras on hand. That being said, forgive us for any sub par photos, we tried our best!

Overall, the show was an undeniable success and it really reminded us why we’re doing what we’re doing. Being surrounded by so many like-minded people, it ignited a new spark in us to urge the world to Go Vinyl-Free.

We’d like to thank all of the attendees, staff and our fellow exhibitors for making it all happen. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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What to do at GreenFest D.C.

As the Green Festival in D.C. approaches (it takes place this weekend, October 23-24!) we are growing more excited to be exhibiting at such a meaningful event. For those of you who are in the same boat as us (and unsure what to expect) we’ve compiled a list below of must-see and must-do items while you’re at the show – courtesy of greenfestivals.org.

• Real organic garden, the Local Food Project and growing your own food.

• Paper and print making.

• Recycling games and fun for the kids.

• Greening tips and practices for your home and office.

• The chance to speak with experienced green business owners and managers to help you create or improve your own sustainable green business.

• -The Ambassadors of Bolivia and Venezuela speaking about how the international community is handling global warming issues.

• Sipping on a glass of organic wine or beer during happy hour in the Organic Beer and Wine Garden! Pair your beverage with the sweet sounds of musical performances from local artists next door on the Music and Spoken Word Stage

• Learning Hoop-dance, Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi.

• Finding your inner fashionista at the Eco-Fashion shows for kids, adults, and green weddings.

• Shopping for home supplies, organic, sweat-shop free clothing, building supplies and home services, jewelry, art, and more in the green marketplace.

… and that’s just a small snippet! Visit http://www.greenfestivals.org for the full rundown.

Don’t forget to come see us at Booth 429 while you’re there and learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint with no added cost!

Green Books N Binders exhibiting at Green Festival 2010

Green Books N Binders will be exhibiting (Booth 429) at this year’s Green Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., October 23-24. 

Visit our listing on GreenFestivals.org

Green Festival is the nation’s largest sustainability event. With hundreds of exhibitors and attendees, it is a great way to get inspired while, at the same time, mingle with like-minded people. With expert speakers, green shopping, workshops and even organic wine and beer, this fun-filled event is definitely worth attending.

Want to go? Get more information on attending by visiting the Green Festival website.

While there, be sure to stop by Booth 429 to learn about our take on sustainability and participate in our Recycling Challenge for a chance to win some great giveaways!

See you there!

Broadcast your Green

Green Books N Binders is now on YouTube!

Enabling yet another way to connect with us (because we know that’s just what you needed), our new YouTube Channel is designed to keep everyone informed about our eco-friendly products (including our recycled binders) as well as events we attend. We will be updating the content regularly so be sure to bookmark it and revisit often!

View our channel by visiting this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenBooksNBinders

Or you can find us by searching our email: marketing@greenbooksnbinders.com

On the GreenBooksNBinders channel, you will be able to “Like” videos, share them with your network, receive updates via bulletins and leave comments, either on specific videos or our channel as a whole. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!

We are looking forward to expanding our YouTube network and we need your help!

Subscribe to our channel and/or add us as a friend and we’ll show you how we “Broadcast our Green.”

Digital vs. Print Media: Who is the Eco-Heavyweight?

The transcripts from a discussion on NPR yesterday are now posted (and making the rounds on Twitter), once again weighing the environmental pros and cons of both digital and print media.

The purpose? To try and determine which is truly more sustainable and therefore, the “better” option. The conclusion? Well, it depends.

Don Carli, a researcher for the Institute for Sustainable Communication took the pro-print approach, agreeing that print is energy intensive – but so is digital:

“There are also comparable and in some cases sometimes even greater environmental impacts in terms of energy consumption and other outputs in terms of waste. Toxic waste to the air, to the land, to water, from digital media infrastructures.

You have computers, data centers and server rooms that suck energy. You’ve also got to mine the minerals to make the devices. And, when you toss your old RAZR, it becomes e-waste. A multimillion ton toxic problem.”

Rita Schenck of the Institute for Environmental Research and Education, took the opposite approach. She believes reading news online is better… sometimes:

“Once you read several newspapers, say 10-20 newspapers, you have as much environmental impact as if you read and you took the whole life cycle of the electronic system.

When we start having the whole world connected electronically, it’s going to become really, really important that we find a way to move those electrons around cheaper, for less environmental impact.”

According to the transcripts, Schenck believes the most sustainable way to approach digital is by using renewable resources (i.e. solar energy), in order to reduce the environmental impact of electronic devices.  

So is there a clear winner in this battle? We’ll have to go to the judges for that…

Read the article in its entirety.

Learn about sustainable print solutions from Green Books N Binders.

Are Corporations Really Committed to Green?

Are corporate environmental sustainability efforts a joke? A majority of consumers and even executives seem to think so.

In a study released last month by Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, a large majority of consumers and executives seem to doubt the commitment of corporate green efforts. The exact percentages of consumers and Fortune 1000 executives who believe most or all companies are committed to “going green” came in at 16% and 29% respectively – much less than half for both.

What’s the reason for this perceived lack of commitment? Executives would like to push at least some of the blame off on consumers, with an astounding 71% claiming they believe that consumers are unwilling to pay a premium for eco-friendly products. Additionally, 78% of executives believe it is due to lack of return on investment and only 34% of executives surveyed believe it is due to a lack of commitment from senior leadership. Meanwhile, survey after survey shows consumers re-affirming their willingness to go eco-friendly even if it’s at a higher price point, as long as the products are comparable.  So what gives?

All things considered, the main issue at play appears to be lack of communication. With green notions still being a relatively new concept, many companies are still learning the best way to effectively deliver this message without being accused of greenwashing. There is a fine line between marketing actual sustainability efforts and inflating them.

With the recent environmental disaster in the Gulf, it is only natural that consumers will question the true commitment of large corporations more now than ever before. Corporations can overcome this challenge by being honest and willing to “walk the talk”. Transparency is key to winning the “green game” and the companies making these green claims need to be willing to prove their efforts. As Ron Loch, VP of Sustainability for Gibbs & Soell says,

“As long as companies are transparent in their communications and don’t overstate the social and environmental impact of their efforts, they can avoid being painted with the greenwash brush. It gets back to the need of really taking inventory of what is happening throughout the organization and then weaving that into a compelling, credible and defensible narrative.”

Read the original article.

Learn more about Green Books N Binders’ green commitment.

Go Green on LinkedIn

While updating our LinkedIn company profile today, we realized many of our blog followers may not even know we have a company profile on LinkedIn.

So we’re making it easier for you.

Simply click the icon above and you will be redirected to our profile where you can “follow” us to stay updated on what’s going on within the company, receive our blog updates and even connect with employees. 

Building networks is very important to us and we welcome all invitations. We look forward to connecting with you!