Sick of Dyeing Easter Eggs with Chemical Dyes? Check this out!

We found this on DesignSponge, and excellent design blog that we haunt.

DIY Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs!

From Design Sponge:

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Samin Nosrat for the first time and it felt like we all became instant great friends. She is one of the most delightful people in the food (and all-around) community and I’m so thrilled to welcome her for a special holiday DIY. Take it away, Samin!

I grew up celebrating Nowruz, or Persian New Year, where one of my favorite traditions was dyeing eggs to symbolize fertility and abundance for the new year table, or Haft-Sin. Now, as a professional cook, I marvel at the myriad ways food affects our lives and traditions beyond the dining table.

A few years ago, I met Kristine Vejar, whose passion for fiber-based arts is wildly apparent from the moment you step into her beautiful Oaklandshop, A Verb for Keeping Warm. I began wondering — could she come up with a dyeing method that would yield delicious, properly cooked eggs with vibrantly colored shells? Does it always have to be one or the other? The answer is a resounding no!

I for one am dyeing my eggs in a better way.  The full article and recipe is here! 

Is it possible to recycle a vinyl binder? Now it is!

It seems it is now possible to recycle your Vinyl Binders.

In recent weeks, we have been informed that Staples has stepped up it’s trade in a 3 ring binder program. They work with Terracycle to recycle even vinyl binders.  We contacted Terracycle to see what happened to the vinyl, and while they wouldn’t say exactly, they insisted that none of the products they collect go to landfill. If that is true (and we hope it is!) this is the place to bring your vinyl binders!

From the Terracycle site:

Binder Recycling Program at STAPLES®

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Staples, the Office Superstore, is now operating an everyday program to collect binders in their stores nationwide! You can make your back-to-school shopping eco-friendly by bringing your empty, used binders to a Staples store near you. When you bring your empty binder(s) to the checkout counter, you will be given a $2 credit toward the new binder you want to purchase*.

In 2012, Staples launched the first retail-based collection program for binders. Today, that collection program is an everyday offering. Operated in conjunction with Avery®, the goal of the program is to help the environment while incentivizing shoppers to recycle.

To participate, all you have to do is bring in your old (and empty) binder to any Staples location – there is a link to a Store Locator below, so that you may locate the store nearest you. When you turn in your binder(s) at the check-out counter, you should bring the binder(s) that you want to purchase with you. For each binder you turn in, you will receive a $2 credit toward your new binder purchases*. By bringing your old binders to Staples stores, you are helping to keep these binders out of the garbage, and ultimately out of landfills. Every binder that we collect through this program will be recycled and used in the creation of new products.

*Note: This is a one-for-one program (one $2 binder recycle credit for each binder purchased) and there is no cash back. The value of the recycling credit cannot exceed the purchase price of the binder being bought. The program is for same-day purchases at the time of the transaction and will not be honored for future purchased. This program also does not apply to the purchase of any Simply brand binders.

Whether you have one or hundreds of vinyl binders you are trying to recycle, bring them to Staples. We are not going to recommend that you buy more vinyl binders – they are still toxic to make and use even if someone is recycling them, but getting your vinyl recycled at least keeps it out of landfill for a bit longer.

Benefits of Recycling – in one sweet infographic

As someone who recycles, composts, avoids heavily packaged items and works for a company making recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders and pocket folders, even I wonder what impact recycling has and if it is making a difference.

Reducing household trash has other positive effects on the nation besides keeping waste out of landfills. Recycling also benefits the environment and the economy. Recycling products reduces the amount of fuel needed to produce new materials. Americans recycle 87 million tons of waste per year, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved is equivalent to removing 33 million cars from the road. Just the number of aluminum cans saved from American trash bins annually saves enough gasoline to fuel more than 722,000 cars for over three years. Recycling is a big deal!

People in the US have been recycling more and more which is great. There are few things that could really help if I read this right. Looking at the chart, it seems if everyone composted yard and food waste we would already cut MSW by over 25%.

Also, being mindful of what we buy – how it is presented, packaging etc – could cut this down even further. Check it out for yourself!

Benefits of recycling infographic

We found this at mysweetgreens. Check out what else they talk about!

Artist Tauba Auerbach creates a RGB colorspace atlas

Every wonder what every color that can be generated with RGB is?  Get the book!

I just stumbled on these book and now I am a big fan of her work

RGB color atlas

Digital offset print on paper, case bound book, airbrushed cloth cover and page edges
8 x 8 x 8 inches each
20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm. Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach. The books were bound by Daniel E. Kelm assisted by Leah Hughes at the Wide Awake Garage.

Tauba Auerbach - artist - Color Cube

And check this super amazing book:

Artist Tauba works

Mohawk superfine paper, acrylic paint, cloth, ribbon
Variable Dimensions – Closed Approx 16 x 16 x 16 inches
40.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm. Open Approx 16 x 23.25 x 11.75 inches 40.6 x 59.1 x 29.8 cm. Binding construction by Daniel Kelm.

Check out Tauba Auerbach here>

Art Friday (on a Wednesday): Giant Tree Sculpture cast from Actual Tree

This is just too good to wait until Friday for. Artist John Grade, working with arborists, climbed 90 feet up a beautiful old hemlock tree and took plaster casts of the tree.  They then lowered these down and enlisted hundreds of volunteers to make a wooden cast of the tree using tiny blocks of wood.

The whole thing was sanded down and – well see for yourself:

John Grade, Middle Fork tree sculpture

John Grade - tree sculpture

Middle Fork is the first exhibition at the new MadArt space in Seattle and will be on view through April 25th before it goes on tour to galleries and art fairs around the U.S. In two years the pieces will be transported to the base of the living tree from which the mold was taken where they will decay and disintegrate back into the ground.

If you are in Seattle, get down to MadArt now.  If not keep track of the travels and see it when it gets near you!

More photos and information here

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

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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 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!


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