Recycling Counts: Why to Use Recycled Binders, Pocket Folders and Other Products

What good is using a recycled binder or eco friendly pocket folders and tab dividers in the grand scheme of things?

You pay attention to composting and what you eat, but what is the benefit to recycled and recyclable office supplies? Can it help or is it just hype?

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Recycled paper has some large positive environmental impacts.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 1-2 tons of wood, 7000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.

So what does that mean for, say a recycled (100% post consumer waste) 3-ring binder?

ONE recycled 3-ring binder saves

  • 3 gallons of water
  • almost half a square foot of landfill
  • almost a cup of oil (not cooking oil either)
  • 2.05 killowatt hours of electricity

Imagine a world where all 50,000,000 3-ring binders in the US (annual sales) were Naked Binders. Compare that to a vinyl binder where you are using more oil based vinyl, generating more toxic byproducts and also creating something that can not be recycled.

Naked Binder makes our recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders, folders and tab dividers in the USA, so none of our product is shipped in from halfway around the world – saving more fuel and emissions.

Can a recycled and recyclable 3 ring binder, folder or tab divider make a difference?  Yes it can.

Need more information on the benefits of recycling?

Economic Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
Bullet The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.
Bullet Two years after calling recycling a $40 million drain on the city, New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.
Bullet Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.
Bullet Well-designed programs save money. Communities have many options available to make their programs more cost-effective, including maximizing their recycling rates, implementing pay-as-you-throw programs, and including incentives in waste management contracts that encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.
Bullet Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
Bullet Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
Bullet Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.
Bullet Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.

Environmental Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years. one world
Bullet Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
Bullet The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
Bullet Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.
Bullet In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.
Bullet It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
Bullet Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
Bullet It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.
Bullet In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).
Bullet A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
Bullet Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.
Bullet Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.
Bullet Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.
Bullet When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.
Bullet Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments. Recycling eases the demand for the resources.
Bullet Mining is the world’s most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining.
Bullet Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.
Bullet Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.

Recycle. It helps you, your community and the world.

Super Moon! Eclipse! Together!

supermoon eclipse!For the best information, we go to NASA:

Coming soon for the first time in more than 30 years: you’ll be able to witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse.

Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face for more than an hour.

But what is this behemoth of the night sky? Not a bird, not a plane, it’s a supermoon! Although this incarnation of the moon comes around only once every year, it’s not as mysterious as you might think.

“Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “When the moon is farthest away it’s known as apogee, and when it’s closest it’s known as perigee. On Sept. 27, we’re going to have a perigee full moon—the closest full moon of the year.”

At perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than at apogee. That distance equates to more than once around the circumference of Earth. Its looming proximity makes the moon appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than an apogee full moon, which sparked the term “supermoon.”

“There’s no physical difference in the moon,” Petro said. “It just appears slightly bigger in the sky. It’s not dramatic, but it does look larger.”

A lunar eclipse typically puts on an even greater show. For more than an hour, Earth’s shadow swallows up the moon as the planet comes between the sun and the moon. Lunar eclipses typically occur at least twice a year, and 228 will occur in the 21st century alone. While people such as the Incans and Mesopotamians historically viewed lunar eclipses as random and frightening occurrences, they’re actually quite predictable.

Scientists at Goddard have predicted eclipses a thousand years into the future. Petro said it’s just a matter of knowing where Earth, the sun and the moon are at a given point in time.

As for the supermoon and a lunar eclipse occurring simultaneously, Petro said, “It’s just planetary dynamics. The orbit of the moon around Earth is inclined to the axis of Earth and the orbital plane of all these things just falls into place every once in a while. When the rhythms line up, you might get three to four eclipses in a row or a supermoon and an eclipse happening.”

But the proverbial stars only align for this event once every few decades, making this phenomenon much rarer than a supermoon or a lunar eclipse separately. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse combination occurred in 1982 and the next won’t happen until 2033. “That’s rare because it’s something an entire generation may not have seen,” said Petro.

Despite its rarity, Petro said the event is not cause for concern. “The only thing that will happen on Earth during an eclipse is that people will wake up the next morning with neck pain because they spent the night looking up,” he said.

The total eclipse will last one hour and 12 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. Viewers can see the supermoon unmasked after nightfall. Earth’s shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 9:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m.

Tune in on Sept. 27 for this rare event, taking place right in Earth’s neighborhood.

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Check it out! If you don’t live in the right neighborhood / time zone / hemisphere – NASA will be live streaming the eclipse also.

Ever need a Pocket Folder in your binder?

3-ring binders are great if everything your are adding to it is 3-hole punched. But what if it is not?

We thought of that:

Clip in pocket folders.

An eco friendly pocket folder for a 3-ring binderWalking 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.

Check out an eco friendly binder pocket! You can see them here!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!


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