Need some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest site!

Many of you know Naked Binder and Corporate Image are two halves of the same company.  We manufacture custom and off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and some crazy awesome presentation projects right in the middle of the country – in Iowa. 

We have been putting images of things we think are awesome, inspiring and informative on Pinterest for years, but somehow we always forget to let everyone know. We are getting a nice following with our links to sustainable architecture, great marketing projects and (OK this is mine) gardening and great design (including this bike chain guard).

great design pinterest/marketinggreen

Check us out at http://www.pinterest.com/marketinggreen/

Need those recycled binders in a hurry? Weather Delays in the Northeast

If you live in the Northeast, this is not a surprise, but winter storm Juno is doing more than snarling traffic and giving your kids snow days.

winter storm juno map

Naked Binder always tries to get you what you need, when you need it, but there are some things even we can’t control. Juno has resulted in many UPS delays from Virginia to New York and has a good possibility of creating more havoc still. (watch out Massachusetts!)

UPS closures by zip codes are here.

The Naked Binder weather page is here.

So get out those blankets, stretch out your back after you shovel and make sure you have some hot chocolate. We will get you those fine eco friendly, recycled binders and pocket folders as soon as we can get them there, but until then stay safe and stay warm.

Healthcare Giants Boycott Furniture Containing Flame Retardants

Good news indeed for both employees and patients in hospitals! New measures are helping green healthcare furniture!

Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Autodesk are among major buyers that have pledged to purchase furniture that contains no chemical flame retardants. HDR Architecture and Perkins + Will have also signed the pledge.

Initiated by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the purchasers’ pledge currently represents $520 million in annual furniture purchases. The announcement follows on the heels of a similar pledge among large healthcare networks in four U.S states.

HDR has also worked with CEH to publish a list of furniture suppliers that have totally eliminated flame retardants from their products as well as those that offer some products without these chemicals. According to the list, those that have eliminated flame retardants are:

  • Andreu World
  • Arcadia Contract
  • Bretford
  • David Edward Company
  • Global/GLOBALcare
  • Humanscale
  • Izzy+
  • Neutral Posture
  • OFS Brands
  • Teknion
  • Wieland

Though not listed by HDR, Ekla also makes commercial contract furniture containing no chemical flame retardants. Manufacturers that have removed the chemicals from certain product lines are Haworth, Herman Miller, Leland International/Freshcoast, and Martin Brattrud.

Naked Binder would like to applaud all of the Furniture manufacturers, Healthcare Facilities, Facebook and others who have pledged to eliminate these toxic chemicals from their businesses. (Now to pledge to eliminate vinyl binders?)

For the full article at buildinggreen.com go here!

A brief history of the 3-Ring Binder

Fascinating 3 ring binder information

You can use this information to rule the world of presentation material Trivial Pursuit and destroy at office supply Cranium!

Interesting facts about 3 Ring Binder - Corporate Image

When was the 3 ring binder invented?

That depends on where you are and who you ask.

the history of the 3 ring binderLoose-leaf paper was patented in 1854. Also in 1854, patents were filed for both the 2-ring and 3-ring binders by Henry T. Sisson of Providence, Rhode Island. Sisson recognized the need to be able to protect pages, although he was not yet exactly sure how to fix the problem.  No loose-leaf binders were available on the market at that time.

Fast forward a few years and go to Germany where Friedrich Soennecken is said to have invented ring binders in 1886 in Bonn, Germany. He also registered a patent on November 14, 1886, for his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen (“paper hole maker for folders”, or hole punch).

In the US, the Chicago Binder and File Company was one of the 1st companies to offer a binder for sale in 1899.

How are binders made and has that changed much? Yes and no…

Originally, 3 ring binders were made like hardcover books – three pieces of board (binders board – a heavy paperboard) held together with book cloth covers and end sheets. As plastics got invented, vinyl binders appeared – again three pieces of board but with two sheets of thin vinyl heat sealed at the edges and hinges. Not as strong, but easier to make.

Of course, people realized vinyl is toxic.

So now, with US binder manufacturers like Corporate Image, who are concerned with the long life of the binder as well as the health of the person using it, the best 3 ring binders are made from one sheet of binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets ( or in Naked Binder‘s case recycled papers or bare board) with a hinge pressed directly into the board. No weak spots and no vinyls, these 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is also the strongest 3 ring binder hinge and allows for round spine binders.

How many 3-ring binders are made every year?

We have wondered the same thing, but there is no good count.  In the US, our best guess is that between 40 and 60 million 3 ring binders are sold every year – mostly cheap, vinyl, disposable imported ones. That is a lot of landfill.

For fascinating binder information and history to come!

Are Plastics Toxic? One take on Plastic information.

Plastics have become an everyday part of our lives, but are there issues we need to consider?

know your plasticsWhat are the issues inherent in the type of plastic should that, say, you have it on the shelf as a vinyl binder or as a cup you drink out of.  As we become more aware of  of what we are putting into our bodies (and the pacific gyre).

This  graphic is obviously not by the plastics industry (which I am sure has a different take on this), but might be something to get you more curious as to how plastics can affect you, if they are affecting you and what you can do about it.  While we are not advocating wide spread panic about these, it is useful and instructive to know what you are surrounding yourself with.

There is a reason that Corporate Image and Naked Binder do not use PVCs.  The studies on the issues with PVC are clear and the issues are huge.  While the are not banned in the USA, many industries (car manufacturers, shoe manufacturers, makers of children’s toys and a whole lot more) are voluntarily cutting use of PVC and other vinyls.

For more information on vinyl or recycling vinyl binders you can look here.  Wikipedia has a history and a lot of references on plastics here and the EPA information on PVC here.

Need a Pocket Folder for Your 3 Ring Binder?

3-ring binders are great if everything your are adding to it is 3-hole punched. A binder pocket (or binder pouch) can make your life easier no matter what information you get!

An eco friendly pocket folder for a 3-ring binder

Walking with a binder that has loose paper stacked in it is tempting fate. We have all dumped a pile of paper out at one point or another – usually in a puddle next to your car as you search for your keys in the rain.

The binder pocket is a pocket folder that is 3 hole punched so you can clip it into your binder. The Naked Binder binder pocket is designed with extra room to hold 25 sheets of paper easily, as well as a business card and even a brochure or DVD.

Whether you are at a conference, a board meeting or a multivariate calculus class, a binder pocket can help keep you organized and help you stop spilling paper all over the place.

Naked Binder, being who we are, makes all of our pocket folders to be 100% recycled and recyclable, with no plastics or vinyls. Constructed to be strong with double layers at the hole punches, these binder pockets / pouches will last.

Save yourself a lot of trouble with an eco friendly binder pocket! Check them out here!

Innovative Glass Roof Tiles for Solar, Energy-Efficient Homes

We thought this was interesting – a nice merge of design and sustainability:

The glass roof tiles by SolTech System mark a revolutionary and award winning method of integrating solar energy into any building. Instead of traditional roof tiles made of concrete or clay, these tiles are made of glass, allowing the sun to shine through onto the absorbing surface underneath. According to Inhabitat, the energy generated is integrated with the building’s existing heating system or electrical grid. A major advantage of the SolTech System is that it does not need bright sunshine to work, which means that it also generates energy on a day with slight overcast.

Read more: http://freshome.com/2014/12/17/solar-heating-just-got-stylish-innovative-glass-roof-tiles-for-energy-efficient-homes/#ixzz3NOcnqSV6

glass tile roof top solar system

Check it out! I want a sweet looking rooftop system and this is a better design than the normal panels!

3 Ring Binders for Everything You Need – Custom printed binders or off the shelf binders

The best, sustainable 3 ring binders whether you want printed binders or not.

Custom and off the shelf sustainable recycled 3 ring binders Naked Binder and Corporate Image

You know Naked Binder makes the best recycled, sustainable 3 ring binders and pocket folders. You know they are 100% recyclable and made from 100% post consumer waste board. For those who care about sustainable office products, Naked Binder has raised the bar in the industry pushing our competition to work harder and make better products.

While all the Naked Binder products can be customized, either with labels, screen printing, or a million other methods, we know that some of you need a custom, fully printed binder for your conferences, meetings, and marketing. For you, we would like to introduce our sister company, Corporate Image.

Whether you need 50 printed binders for a board meeting or 20,000 binders for HR, Corporate Image offers custom 3 ring binders  and pocket folders that are recyclable, use FSC certified papers, and made with 100% post consumer waste board. What you get is a sustainable 3 ring binder that is gorgeous.

Because Corporate Image makes custom products, you can get anything you need from window cuts, portfolio binders, notebook sized binder (those tiny half-sheet binders) in fully printed. They run both digital and offset presses and have been doing high end printing for over 30 years.

custom printed recyclable 3 ring binder

If you need sustainable, custom 3 ring binders, here is why Corporate Image is the place to go:

Green Printer: From 100% post consumer waste board, FSC certified papers, soy inks and more, Corporate Image was a sustainable printer before most people even thought about it.

Knowledge and skills: For over 30 years, Corporate Image has been making the best, strongest custom 3 ring binders. They have won awards like Best Binder in the World as well as tons of packaging awards. They will know the best materials, practices and options to get you exactly what you want.

Service: They are super nice. Maybe it is a Mid-west thing, but not only do they know what they are doing, they are fun to work with. We know, because at Naked Binder, we work with all of them!

• Sustainable, Quality work: All Corporate Image (and Naked Binder) products are made in the USA with FSC certified board and papers. All of the products are 100% recyclable and you can get your product FSC certified if you choose. If you work in a LEED certified building, these binders can help with your continuing LEED credits!

So, lovely Naked Binder fans, if you need a custom printed binder that is sustainable and recycled, check out Corporate Image!

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:

WASTE REDUCTION IS A FUNDAMENTAL TENET
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.

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