Are you melting yet? Your PVC isn’t…

This time of year always begs the question: Is it hot enough for you? It’s the time of year when most people start to daydream about the lower temperatures and beautiful scenery that Fall brings. For some, conscious choices are made every day to ensure this natural beauty is maintained. For others, these are things that are taken for granted.

There are many environmentally harmful products out there that will neither help our planet nor us in the long run. PVC, commonly known as vinyl, is one of those products. It is used nearly every day in many facets of daily life, but are we really aware how harmful this chemically producing plastic is?

Here are some major concerns:

PVC is not typically recycled or recyclable and it is not biodegradable. Chlorine production for PVC results in the release of more than 200,000 pounds of mercury into air, water and land each year.

In addition, various pollutants and toxic additives are used to produce PVC products.

Two of the main culprits are:

1. Dioxin
2. Phthalates

  • Dioxin is a toxic chemical that is created and released during PVC production. Since PVC is expensive and difficult to recycle, it is typically burned or buried at end of life – this releases even more dioxin (and hydrochloric acid) into the air which can contaminate water and land and even contributes to acid rain. Dioxin can also negatively affect reproductive, immune, endocrine and neurological systems.
  • Phthalates are additives used in PVC production that help soften and make it flexible for use in various applications. Over the years, phthalates have sparked concern from many due to the link between this dangerous additive and increased risk of cancer, kidney and liver damage as well as damage to reproductive health and development.

Remind me again why we use this product so much?

Not only does PVC use dangerous chemicals in production, it is also difficult to recycle (as mentioned above). Because of this, a large majority ends up in landfills where it does not easily decompose, releasing its toxic chemicals into the air for us to freely breathe in – yippee.

After everything we know about the harmful effects of PVC not only on the environment but also on ourselves, we really need to ask this question: Is PVC worth the risk? I understand for some of its uses it is the most effective option, but with all of the environmentally friendly options that are available (from binders to notebooks), why are we still using vinyl in so many aspects of our lives?

Take a stand. Go Vinyl Free.

Source: http://earth911.com/recycling/plastic/pvc/facts-about-pvc/

Do you know the facts?

The Millcraft Group (Cleveland, OH) created an educational website devoted to raising awareness about the benefits of print, for both the environment and business. As we all know, there are many misconceptions and falsities circulating about the effectiveness and sustainability of print and this website does a great job of communicating the facts. See some excerpts below.

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Print Pays Off

Print drives higher ROI

Direct mail gives advertisers a 13-1 return (DMA)

Eight out of 10 households (79%) say they either read or scan the advertising mail sent to their homes

51% of consumers say traditional mail is their preferred method of contact (CMO Council)

Response rate for email marketing has fallen by 57% since 2004, but response rate from direct mail has risen 14% (IP)

Print is Sustainable

For every tree harvested in the U.S., three trees are planted (source AF&PA)

Paper is one of the most recycled products used in the U.S.

Total recovery rate for all paper in US was more than 63% in 2009, 340 pounds per capita.

Paper made from 30% PCW used 10% less energy to make, produces 25% less waste water and 6% less greenhouse gas emissions. Each ton conserves about 15 trees. (Environmental Defense Paper Calculator)

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Find more facts and information about how Print is Good at http://doyouknowthefacts.com/

What They Think Awards: It’s a celebration

The What They Think Environmental Innovation Awards took place in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Our VP of Marketing, Jerome Elion, flew to Atlanta on behalf of Green Books N Binders to accept our award for “Beyond Environmental Sustainability” for our innovative and eco-friendly Low-Carb Binder.

The ceremony was a huge success and it was a great opportunity to not only connect with all of the award winners but also the staff of What They Think who made it all possible. We are truly grateful for their recognition and support and we look forward to continuing our relationship.

Read What They Think.com’s event wrap-up.

Get in the loop with Mohawk

Earlier this month, North American paper manufacturer, Mohawk Fine Papers, launched a new line of eco-friendly papers. Described to us as Mohawk “to the next environmental level”, every new paper produced in this line is renewed, recycled and responsible. Offering the largest selection of 100% PCW options, this line makes it easier for designers and printers alike to do the right thing for the environment without sacrificing quality or selection.

FEATURES

–          Made with renewable energy and post-consumer fiber
–          Variety of shades are available (35 to be exact), from bright white to rich black
–          8 finishes, including unique “silk coated” finish (with 50% pcw to boot!)
–          The line is FSC-certified
–          Manufactured with Green-e certified windpower
–          Made carbon neutral
–          Packaged in environmentally responsible packaging materials.

… And the list goes on

Needless to say, this new line of papers is a great step towards making sustainable options easily available in the same quality one would expect from its more environmentally harmful counterpart.

Don’t just take our word for it – see for yourself. Order a free Mohawk Loop swatchbook.

(Read the Mohawk Loop press release here.)

And the award goes to…

Green Books N Binders!

We are proud to announce we won the What They Think Environmental Innovation Award for “Beyond Environmental Sustainability” with our innovative Low-Carb Binder™. View the award winners.

Beyond Environmental Sustainability: Green Books and Binders, Langhorne PA
Green Books and Binders has devised a new binder that is made of recycled materials and is fully recyclable. Its Low-Carb Binders are shipped flat and assembled thanks to a snap-in fastener that secures the recycled metal ring mechanism to the vinyl-free base. Covers can be recycled by simply removing the fastener.” (excerpt from whattheythink.com)

We are excited to accept this award and look forward to building our relationship with What They Think. To learn more about the patent-pending Low-Carb Binder, visit our website.

Changing the way the world thinks about print

Contrary to popular belief, printing is good for the environment! At Green Books N Binders, we specialize in on-demand short-run printing and we live by the philosophy, “Print what you need, when you need it.” We’re excited to see this concept moving mainstream with the newly launched website www.PrintGrowsTrees.com.

An entire website devoted to delivering the hard facts about paper and printing, PrintGrowsTrees.com was created by the Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic. Its purpose is simple – using facts to show that print on paper actually helps to grow trees. For example, did you know that 54.7 percent of all paper in the U.S. is currently recycled?

Not only is there a plethora of green facts and tidbits, there’s also sections where you can read stories about real tree farmers, sign up to receive email updates and help spread the word through your social media sites.

We commend the PGAMA for their hard work and we will be frequent visitors to the site as it gains momentum and undoubtedly expands its reach.

We have the power. Wind Power!

At Green Books N Binders, our dedication to environmental sustainability extends beyond our product lines. So it’s only natural that we use wind power for our energy needs. More specifically, we work with PECO WINDsm , whose energy is supplied by Community Energy, Inc. located locally in Pennsylvania.

Globally speaking, while wind power generation has been quoted to have quadrupled from 2000-2006, many people are still uninformed as to what wind power really is and how it works.

To clarify this, in an excerpt from NationalGeographic.com , “Wind is a clean source of renewable energy that produces no air or water pollution. And since wind is free, operational costs are nearly zero once a turbine is erected. Mass production and technology advances are making turbines cheaper, and many governments offer tax incentives to spur wind-energy development… In the energy-hungry United States, a single megawatt is enough electricity to power about 250 homes.”

As popularity and visibility increases, wind energy continues to experience rapid growth (wind turbine use increases by about 25% per year.) As of now, the United States ranks third for countries that have the most installed wind energy capacity. In fact, if the current growth rate continues, we can expect about 1/3 of the world’s electricity needs to be met by wind energy by 2050. Pretty incredible.

So what does this mean for the everyday consumer? By opting for wind power, you are helping to reduce air pollution. Wind is clean and creates energy without smoke or waste. Also, you’ll be helping to support your local community – investing in wind power creates jobs and generates revenue for local landowners. By investing in wind energy you will be helping the environment as well as your local community, it’s a win-win!

Harness the power of wind and do your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Contact your local energy company and inquire about their program.