Recycled, Recyclable, Eco Friendly and Acid Free Pocket Folders

A good recycled pocket folder acts as an organizational tool, keepers of artifacts, your new start-up ideas and your kids pictures.

What you put in a pocket folder is important to you, so why we make folders that work, look good and won’t harm your papers.

Insertable clip in pocket for 3-ring binders - Naked Binder

A well designed pocket folder takes into account the future. All of our recycled, eco friendly pocket folders are acid neutral – meaning that they won’t yellow your newspapers, photos or ideas.

On top of that, the Naked Binder bare board pocket folders are made from up to 100% post consumer waste paperboard.  Recycled and recyclable with a slightly tactile feel in the hand, our pocket folders offer sustainable and elegant organization that fits in the boardroom, the yoga studio and the home office.

Color can vary a little from a light gray to a somewhat browner gray.  Our 2-pocket folders are a bit more on the browner gray right now due to the post consumer waste in the mix.

Whether you are organizing papers for the board meeting, a green conference, your grandmother’s recipes or 2nd grade art, let your pocket folder protect your papers as well as store them.

Elegant, recycled, recyclable pocket folders. Making organization more fun and better designed!

Recycled Paper – Why it is important

Those of you who know Naked Binder, know that we are serious about making sure our products are as high a recycled content as possible and are 100% recyclable. That goes from our pocket folders and tab dividers to our 3 ring binders. Some may question why it is important. We have a lot of thoughts, but Sappi paper has a new resource for you.

recycle your thinking

Sappi paper has a great new resource called rethinking recycling.

Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:

of sustainability and recycling is an integral element
of any solid waste management plan. It’s one of the three
Rs we’re all familiar with: reduce — reuse — recycle, practiced
in that order. The environmental benefits of recycling vary
greatly between programs. For materials like e-waste,
it is critical to minimize exposure to hazardous materials.
For household products like aluminum or glass beverage
containers, there are enormous energy savings for using
recycled materials over processing raw materials. The
number one reason to recycle paper is to avoid the generation
of greenhouse gases in landfills.
Organic materials — including food waste, grass clippings
and leaves — decompose much faster than other materials
in landfills. In the absence of oxygen, one of the by-products
of biodegradation is methane. Methane — also known as
natural gas — has a global warming potential that is 25 times
higher than carbon dioxide. This is why many municipalities
require that grass clippings and leaves be separated from other
waste streams. By managing these streams separately they
can develop composting systems — which break down materials
in the presence of air — to avoid methane generation.
The same is true for the fiber in paper products. By keeping
these materials out of landfills, the fiber can be put to use
and avoid methane formation.

Why recycling paper is important in a nutshell.  Thanks Sappi.

Clean Water – still a problem

40 years after the clean water act was passed, there are still issues with the water supply in the mid-west.

Iowa has a voluntary program to encourage farmers to fix this problem which is great.  At issue is the contention that it would take billions of dollars to really address the problem – which is a lot to ask from your farmers.

According to the Des Moines Register:

Although Iowa began a voluntary program in May 2013 that encourages farmers to make changes to reduce runoff, Stowe and environmental groups argue that strategy is toothless and lacks measurable benchmarks or a timeline for improvement.

For years, environmental groups have called for the state to regulate livestock farms, much as they already do for city wastewater treatment plans, which must have permits that limit release of contaminants into rivers. They’re also seeking ways to measure and limit the release of nitrates from fields where tile has been laid underground.

Iowa DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins said the state acknowledges the need to improve its waterways, but that it will take time for voluntary efforts to work. He said farmers are beginning conservation practices and government grants are giving them incentives.

“This isn’t something where you just get instant results,” Baskins said. “We didn’t get into the kind of situation we have today in terms of excess nutrients overnight and we won’t get out of it overnight.”

Significantly reducing nitrogen levels likely requires slowing the flow of water into rivers by setting up wetlands or planting grasses or other cover crops on harvested fields, allowing the plants to retain water and consume excess chemicals.

“We have millions of acres on which we need to implement this stuff,” said Chris Jones, an environmental scientist with the Iowa Soybean Association who has studied the Raccoon River. He said fixing the problem would cost billions of dollars.

There is some hope for the future. Along with the volunteer actions farmers are taking are some organizations that are working to move things along. Iowa’s water and land legacy is working to actually fund a trust fund set up in 2010:

As the January opening of the Iowa Legislature’s 2015 session approaches, a new poll found 81 percent of Iowans now support the creation of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

The survey of Iowa voters commissioned by Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWILL) also found that 66 percent support action to provide revenue for the account.

The trust fund was created in 2010 when 63 percent of Iowa voters approved it through a statewide ballot initiative. The next step is to fund the trust through the state sales tax, an action that must be taken by members of the Iowa Legislature.

If it passes, $150 million a year would be available to fund projects and speed up the conservation.

“Iowa voters have waited long enough to address Iowa’s conservation issues and expect state leaders to act,” said Jan Glendening, state director for The Nature Conservancy. “We believe this is a responsible plan that will protect our sources of drinking water, reduce soil erosion and provide greater protection from flooding.”

We will keep you posted on if anything happens in the legislature!


High Speed Rail – See what it means to go super fast

High Speed Rail Lines – going 300 mph in comfort.

For a lot of us, some cities are too close to fly to and kind of a haul to drive to.  It would be nice if there was an alternative. Perhaps something with an infrastructure already in place…. Nope, can’t think of what it might be.

Adding high speed rail to in the US seems to create a lot of problems. From upgrading rail lines to competition from airlines, auto makers and oil companies, there seem to be endless obstacles to every plan even though a lot of people like the idea.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like, you can find out here. The BBC released footage of a new high speed train in Japan. Not only does it levitate, but the 27 mile trip makes a nicer commute than getting on the freeway in traffic!

High speed rail!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

Look what we found on Colossal:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt’s 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries. Here are a few quick gems from the Photography collection, see also: Arms & Armor, Modern and Contemporary Art, and other highlights. (via Kottke)


Rembrant self portrait

Hours of fun just thumbing through all the images as well as fodder for personal projects – usually one off odd birthday cards for friends.

Check them out!

Cut Paper Art by Michael Hambouz in NYC

From HOW Design Magazine

Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.

In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own renowned paper stock to give viewers a rare glimpse into the operations of one of the last independently owned paper mills in America.

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Exhibition Details:
Michael Hambouz: Factory Made
1133 Avenue of The Americas (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Lobby Gallery
Free and Open to the Public

On View: September 10-November 21, 2014
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-7 PM
RSVP: Required, please email

And after you’ve seen Factory Made, make a day of cut-paper artwork by heading down the street to the Museum of Modern Art, where the blockbuster show Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display until February 8, 2015.

- See more cut paper art!

6 Ways to Customize a 3 Ring Binder for Meetings, Conferences and Proposals

Big proposal, important meeting, impending conference and you need a 3 ring binder to hold all of your materials, support your brand and reinforce your values.

Start with what you need to support your values and your brand: Custom, recycled, recyclable, and strong 3 ring binders.

Getting a vinyl or plastic binder says one thing about you, as does a binder that feels like it may fall apart. Since you have options, get a 3 ring binder that is not only 100% post consumer waste, 100% recyclable, but also perhaps the strongest 3 ring binder in the world, Naked Binder.

Branding a 3-ring binder:

Depending on how many binders you need, different approaches will fit your needs.  For small quantities, getting custom printed 3 ring binders can be expensive and may be too much for the situation. With a little creativity, even the simple processes that you can do at the office or home, from labeling to screen printing) look fantastic.  If you need more, say 50 binders and up, having someone else do the work makes a lot of sense and gives you more options.

1.  Labeling.  $   Great Flexibility

Naked Binder - bare board binder with label

Maximum creative possibility with minimum $.  This requires a printer and a computer that allows you to design with photos, text or other things you like.

This was done from a photo of a rail car printed on a full sheet Avery label, trimmed and applied to the spine of the binder.

Organizing a green business? Make a label template and only change the text of what is in the binders.  This gives a clean look to your entire shelf.

2. Temporary Tattoos.  $ Unique look

Temporary-Tattly Tattoo binder

Temporary tattoos offer a unique and fun alternative to labeling.  With no white backgrounds, the bare board (or colored paper) shines through.

Unique shapes and color make this the poor man’s foil stamping. Or the hip woman’s creative branding.

3. Screen Printing  $ Fun and versatile

aiga-green-binder - Naked BinderIf you have mad skills (or know someone who does), screening is a great option for both the bare board binders and the New Project Binders.

The binders screen really well and screen print shops around the country have printed on them with no trouble.

4. Digitally Printed Binders $ – slightly more

Corporate Image: digitally printed binder

Now, you can’t get this through Naked Binder, but you can get it through their sister company Corporate Image.

This digitally printed 3-ring binder is fully cased and lined, giving you a fully finished look with lots of room for art!

Minimum order is 50, and they are great for proposals and conferences, big meetings… or anything really.

5. Offset Printed Binders -depending on quantity can be very low $

offset printed portfolio Binder

When you need the very best printed 3-ring binders, offset printing is the way. While digital printing has become really clean, offset is still a step up ( a little like digital photos and film – film just gives that little extra).

At Corporate Image (again) the minimum quantity is 250, so this is for larger runs.  These give some great shelf presence for architecture offices, financial and healthcare binders.

6. Foil Stamping. $+ quantity affects price deeply but: Feeling Classic?

foil stamped 3-ring binder for classic look

Foil Stamping gives that feel of a really good book. You can stamp on cloth, printed binders, or bare board.

Clean, elegant and eye catching, many industries are doing this but we find financial institutions like the sense of permanence and elegance it provides.

Interesting Packaging Design for Your Bike – James Dyson Awards


Ready to hop on your bike to go to the grocery store to get your veggies for dinner? Check out this handy cardboard carrier – sort of a bike friendly paper bag but reusable. The whole page is here, but we provided a synopsis for you here!

The Inspiration

We, two enthusiastic cyclist and architecture students from Vienna, have now been riding for eight years through Vienna on two wheels. The bike would be the perfect mean of traveling through cities and in the countrysideif it was not for the issue of shopping and transportation of things. At the shop we often asked ourselves if our bag is still big enough to transport all the goods safely back home. Is the water bottle too heavy?


The Function

The PACKTASCHE attracts two large business sectors. It is useable as service packaging and a transportation device for retail businesses and also as a communication medium for NGOs, events and tourism.
In retail the PACKTASCHE is designed for supermarket chains and larger business associations. The key point here is that it allows cyclists spontaneous shopping and much bigger purchases. The PACKTASCHE can therefore increase sales volumes and raise customer loyalty.
Furthermore, this new bag offers great marketing and image building opportunities to business assosciations. At the moment the PACKTASCHE is yet used for the most part as an advertising medium. A common cyclist can cover up to 10 km each trip with a relatively slow speed of 12 km per hour on average, which makes the bike the perfect mobile markting device for urban spaces. As a result of these attributes and its innovative character, the Packtasche is the ideal product for urban and regional marketing.

Besides these commercial benefits, the PACKTASCHE is still designed and made for it’s users, the common cyclists. For them, we would like to make everyday’s riding even more enjoyable by simplifying their shopping and transportational tasks. This, we believe, can increase the usage of the bycicle and broaden its acceptance within society. We consider the PACKTASCHE as our first small contribution to make the change towards sustainable mobility a reality for future generations.

One thought we had is that if you live in Seattle, or other traditionally damp areas, you may want to wax those panniers.

Thoughts from the packaging experts at Naked Binder:


  • Points for recyclability and branding opportunities.
  • Low cost and reusable
  • Innovative and fun idea.


  • Would prefer longer lasting option
  • Cardboard is not 100% recycled material
  • How much could it hold – worry the bottom would open up on rough roads

Conclusion:  4 stars out of 5

Very cool idea and in a pinch to have this option at the grocery store would be amazing.  As a branding opportunity it is great exposure and we can see these being used at bike rallies and grocery stores.


Inspired Marketing at North Face

This North Face Store’s Floor Disappears, Forcing Startled Shoppers to Climb the Walls Sudden sporting challenge for visitors.

What?  This is great.

The truth is that most people who buy outdoor gear (clothing is just a part of that) never go farther than from the door to their car in bad weather. In fact, in general, even people who buy tents and packs generally only use them once.

In Naked Binder’s view that is both sad and wasteful.  Lecture over.

The idea of forcing the clientele to scale the walls and then leap for product is genius. Shopping as an adventure sport.

North face store with disappearing floor - Corporate Image

Want to see it in action?  AdWeek’s website has video of the North Face shoppers reactions here.

Earthquake Weather: Project by Jenifer Wofford

The Earthquake Weather project of Jenifer Wofford combines all the crazy memories of the 1989 quake with superb illustrations.

I remember it – well sort of.  I had driven from San Francisco to LA that evening, and in the morning everyone kept saying how San Francisco was destroyed/had a big quake/ was burning. I kept thinking everything was fine when I left – it was very disorienting. So when I heard about this project I got excited.

It’s been 25 years since the Loma Prieta quake, and the Bay Area has changed considerably. It’s always been a place of transition and flux: people come and go, the earth shifts beneath us. Still, for those of us who were actually here in 1989 and who still vividly remember this event, this anniversary seemed like a good time to collect some of these memories.

Earthquake Weather is a collection of people’s personal stories of that day, with occasional illustrations by yours truly.



Jenifer Wofford - art project


Go check out Earthquake Weather now!


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