Teacher Discount for Back to School

Calling all teachers! If you need 3-ring binders and folders for your classrooms and educating needs – Naked Binder has a discount for you!

Half sheet Notebook Binders - Naked BinderWhy? Teachers are the best.

You work with our kids, our parents, and us so we understand everything from math, philosophy, reading, languages, dance and movement, how to think, how to learn…Teachers are the people who help us become and be the people we want to be. So this is our way of saying,”Thanks.”

How about a recycled 3-ring Binder?

All the Naked Binder binders are made from 100% post consumer waste paper, so no trees were hurt making them.  On top of that, these binders are super strong and 100% recyclable making them one of the most eco friendly 3-ring binders ever.

From our mini, notebook binders to our 2.5″ D-ring Naked Binders, our binders are built to last. Our pocket folders (both 1 pocket and 2 pocket folders) are also strong, recycled, and recyclable.

Winner Best Binder in North AmericaEven the new binders – the Naked Binder Woodie – made from our 100% pcw waste binders board on the inside with thinly sliced real wood on the outside – is available for the discount. This is the binder that just won the “Best Binder in North America” contest! Beautiful.

Where do I get this coupon?

Why at Naked Binder of course! Just email us with the name of the school you teach at and we will email you the code.

Thanks, teachers! We are fans.

School Supplies – Getting Non-toxic, Good Products

I am in the middle of this battle myself. The school supplies “required” by my son’s school are plastic, vinyl or going to fall apart. So what to do?

Be inventive. Vinyl binders are not going to happen in my sons life. Toxic, non- recyclable (we have heard even the Staples / Terracycle recycling of vinyl binders is over) and destined to fall apart – we just don’t do vinyl. Also, I work for Naked Binder – eco friendly school supplies. It just wouldn’t be right.

This year my son is getting a smaller ring binder for school, and a much larger binder to store paper in at home. There is no reason to carry a years worth of paper everyday.

For school, a bare board binder

He is going to write on it anyway, so might as well make it easier. The binder pockets just make it easier to bring home loose papers and assignments. 100% recycled 2-pocket folders are just… awesome.

Bare Board, eco friendly, recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders - Naked BinderAn eco friendly pocket folder for a 3-ring binderrecycled, non-toxic two pocket folders

For home – a wood binder – office supplies should look good around the house!

Real, sustainably sourced wood over 100% post consumer waste board. Beautiful! Also, Naked Binder plants a tree for ever binder sold!

Winner Best Binder in North America

Eco Friendly Pencils –

Really no pencil is that bad – they can be composted and the metal end recycled. But we strive to do better when we can – so we look for things like  TreeSmart recycled newspaper pencils.

Tree Smart recycled newspaper pencils

Lunch is the next most wasteful thing in school. We skip lots of plastic ziplock bags for a metal bento box style box. Dog proof (in our case that is a good thing) and dishwasher safe. Also nice since someone un-named like to keep all foods separated…

metal school lunch box

Word of advise on many of the plastic things schools ask you for: Talk with the teachers. For the most part they just want your kids to have something that works for the projects they are doing – some even embrace the eco friendly message (Naked Binder offers teacher discounts too!).

Eco friendly non- toxic school supplies are out there, and for the most part as good as or better than the alternatives!

Best Back To School Binders – Recycled, strong binders

The best back to school binders for your grade schooler may not be the best school binder for your college student, so we offer some ideas of what can work for you.

Winner Best Binder in North AmericaGett eh best proposal binders - Naked BInderBare Board, eco friendly, recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders - Naked Binder

College Student Binders

Suave, sophisticated, and reading Chaucer, your college student needs binders that are as high brow as they are…wait. That wasn’t my college experience… For your college students, everything Naked Binder carries will work, from the 2.5″ D-ring super eco friendly Naked Binder to the cool and sophisticated (even architectural) Wood binders. But still we have recommendations:

Art Students and Conservationists: The bare board Naked Binders. The most eco friendly, recycled binder with the added benefit of being a blank canvas for your art.

Architects, design students, and hipsters: The Naked Binder Woodie. With it’s fine lines and real wood cover and liner, this wood 3 ring binder is a design element that every office should have. Be the envy of your friends and have the coolest desk around.

Philosophy and theater students: The black project binder. Mirror your inner most existential thoughts with your binders. Perfect for Sam Shepard and Becket plays.

The humanities: New project binders. With 4 colors, these recycled and recyclable binders will give you the options to express yourself.

Sciences: Could be anything in our line. The sustainability factor is great across the binder spectrum, and depending on your field what you need will vary. Tend toward the huge 2″ and 2.5″ D-rings to hold all the notes on your experiments.

Middle School and High School Binders

What you need is strength in a 3 ring binder. You may never have met a binder that could last a school year, so you are in the right place. The Naked Binder line is stronger than any vinyl or plastic binder, so you won’t have to duct tape the cover back on your binders. Bear in mind, these are all paper based so swimming disasters, puddles, water fights and other liquids will leave a mark.

Use 1″ d-rings for everyday and keep a larger 2.5″ D-ring binder at home to organize all the notes for the semester / year!

Grade and Middle School Binders

Strong binders are important, but lets face it, these poor kids are hauling too much stuff. As long as the school doesn’t mandate full size binders, use half sheet notebook binders, they fit easily in backpacks and are great for anything the kids need. There is no reason for full size paper in most cases, so switch to a smaller, bust still super strong, binder for the younger kids school binders!

3-ring Binders are great for school – they offer the flexibility, ease of use, and the ability control how much paper you are carrying at any one time. For almost everyone, I recommend carrying a smaller ring binder with what you need for that week / month, and keeping a larger ring binder in your room with the years notes. If something does go wrong (floods, friends…) most of your notes will be safe!

Good luck with school, supplies, learning and all the rest. And we hope you find the best 3-ring binders for your back to school needs!

We Won Best 3 Ring Binder in North America!

So your eco friendly, recycled binder manufacturer, Naked Binder, beat out all the other binder manufacturers in North America to win the Eska Frog Award for Best Binder in North America.

Boy are we proud.

Which one of our binders won? You may have already guessed.

Winner Best Binder in North America

The beauty is that we are now on our way to the contest for Best Binder in the World! Our fine wood binder is competing with the winners of South and Central America, Asia, Europe and Africa to see who makes the best 3-ring binder in the world. I would like to point out that we sent a binder straight off the production line – no fancy embellishment, no tricks – this is the same binder you get when you order from Naked Binder.

Some companies create one off samples for a contest like this, but you know us, we think our binders are the best already. There is no need to invent a new binder if you already make awesomeness.

(yes, we are proud of our binders!)

Not only is the wood 3 ring binder beautiful, and strong, but now you can brag about having the best binder. Let your office be a showpiece!

Templates for Metal Clip-on label holders (for your cool wood 3 ring binder)

Your wood Naked Binder is the coolest thing ever.  Now to design an amazing label for it!

We can help you with a template for you metal clip on label holder. (Download it here)

The label itself is 1-1/8″ wide x 2.5″ tall. Using the template you can either type your information in word or make a fancy label in a design program.

You can change the label easily without removing the label holder, so even if you relabel the same binder for every meeting, it won’t hurt the binder!

Wood binder with labels - naked binder

The label holders just slide onto your binder, so if you want to rebrand your binder, or just have it a simple, beautiful elemental binder, you can remove the holder.3 ring binder label holder

Don’t forget to download your label template for the metal label holder!

The Naked Binder Woodie: A Real Wood 3 Ring Binder

Introducing the Naked Binder Woodie.

Imagine a 3 ring binder. Now imagine the feel of wood in your hand, the warmth and swirl of the wood grain, and the deep rich color.

Whether you have it in your corner office on the 33rd floor or your home design office, this is a 3 ring binder that not only helps keep you organized, but stimulates your senses.

Available in Birch ( a light colored wood with more subtle graining) or Cherry (darker wood), you can match these to your environment like a fine wine to a good meal. Even better, they work like a dream. Made in the same super strong way all Naked Binders are made out of one piece of 100% pcw board with the wood applied inside and out. The edges are flush cut (the paperboard shows through on the edges)

wood 3 ring binders by Naked Binder

The wood binders are available in with a 1″ D ring or a 1.5″ D ring. A 1″ D ring holds about 220 sheets of paper, a 1.5″ D ring binder holds about 350 sheets.

Is it sustainable?  You know how we worry…

We picked our mill very carefully. Our partner, Graphic Wood Technologies, developed a process which allows them to paper-back real wood to be used as a covering material. Here’s more about them in their own words:

“(Graphic Wood Technologies’) story is not one of a lumber mill with 100 years of history and burly men wearing flannel (although we do occasionally sport a flannel during our blustery winters) while cutting wood with giant saws, mounds of sawdust everywhere. We are a young company with a long history of doing things with wood that others within the industry said just could not be done. We’re a passionate group of people bringing a ground breaking product to market while proudly manufacturing that product in the USA. People, passion and place – words that define our company.”

Fun, right? All of the wood used in their process is locally sourced, primarily from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois or Pennsylvania. Every single log is hand selected, and they refuse to source from other countries where they cannot confirm whether resources are sustainably harvested. Each and every log is traceable back to the 40-acre parcel where it was harvested, and for every log used, Graphic Wood Technologies donates 10-15 tree seedlings through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Naked Binder is also planting a tree fro every wood binder we sell. Overall, this should increase the tree coverage significantly over the next few years.

How can you customize your Wood Binder without hurting it?

We thought about that a lot.  We labeled them, and they look great, but what if we want to use it for something else?

With that in mind, we found a great clip on label holder:

3 ring binder label holder

Now you can label your 3 ring binder in a classy way without hurting the binder itself.  We are working on getting a large enough distribution to offer these for all of our binders, but for now, we only offer them with the Naked Binder Woodie!

Wrap it up there Shakespeare.

The Naked Binder Woodie marks a giant step forward in what a 3 ring binder can do for you. The tactile enjoyment of holding a wood binder, the prestige and adoration of your office mates as they check it out and wish they had one and the little piece of nature that you are bringing to your organizing all add up to make you a little happier.

At least that is how it happened here. Every prototype has been snatched from the testing shelves and are now on desks everywhere.

A 3 ring binder made of wood. Finally, organization meets nature!

Recyclable Office and School Supplies – Why it Matters.

Every year in the U.S. 50 million + 3 ring binders are bought, used, broken and thrown away. The vast majority of these are vinyl binders.

  • That means there is 50 million+ lbs of toxic garbage going into your landfill – Every year.
  • That means that 30 million lbs of vinyl is being produced, waste being generated, pollution released.
  • That also means that the chances are, the toxic off-gassing that characterizes vinyl is happening in your office or your home.

A recycled and recyclable binder – say from Naked Binder – offers an alternative to this toxic cycle.

Bare Board, eco friendly, recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders - Naked Binder

The binders are made from 100% FSC certified post consumer waste paper.  Recycled paper uses less energy and water than virgin paper and produces less waste.  Also, you don’t need to send trucks out into the forests to haul trees to a mill to make your binder.

The entire binder is recyclable. All of it. 100%.  Naked Binder uses no plastics, no vinyl – nothing that is not easily and universally recyclable. That means there is no landfill, and the materials are back into the recycled material universe, perhaps to make a new 3-ring binder!

These recycled binders are non-toxic.  No BPAs, no dioxins – none of that. That means your kids can use them safely and that if you want (and I have) you can compost the binder.

This means your green office is saving money.

Healthier employees work better and are happier.  Stronger binders that last longer save you money. Not having to either hire interns to cut up your vinyl binders so you can recycle part of them also saves you money.

A recycled and recyclable 3-ring binder offers you a stronger binder that you can use with pride knowing that not only are you healthier and better looking, but you are saving the planet also!

Sustainable, printed 3 ring binders? Naked Binder has a sister company for you!

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!

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! 

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