Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Green printing tip no. 21: What new developments have surfaced in Green papers?

We have another tip for you on our weekly series of green printing tips, where we bring you information on green printing in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer.

Today Greg is beginning a 4-part series that will focus on the companies that have a vital part in green printing - the paper companies.

What new developments have surfaced in Green papers?

Tip #21

This is the first part of a series I will run on paper for the next 4 weeks. In this series I will feature the major mills and the variety of "green" options they offer. Today, I am just touching on two mills: Mohawk Paper and Neenah Paper.

1. Mohawk Paper

A. Beckett Cambric
They have introduced 100% post-consumer waste fiber to this prestigious line. Cambric has a linen finish, and I recommend this paper for stationery orders. Cambric is FSC certified and produced using Wind energy.

B. Options PC 100
Mohawk has added an I-Tone finish to their flagship 100% PCW line. The I-Tone finish allows this grade to print heavy solid coverage on the new Indigo presses. The printing on this paper allows for a flat finish, like offset printing. Options PC 100 is FSC certified and produced using
Wind Energy.

C. Genesis
Mohawk has taken over Smart Paper Mills. I recommend this 100% PCW line when you need
darker colors, like kraft. I make a lot of pocket folders on this line. Genesis is FSC certified and produced using Wind Energy.

2. Neenah Paper

A. Environment
This is the leader in the industry for 100% PCW and Tree Free. Environment has added Tree Free Bamboo & Sugar Cane, mixed with 50% PCW. The resulting line comes in two natural colors an white. I do a lot of postcards and business cards, and stationery on this addition. Their 100% PCW lines have expanded to 5-6 colors. Environment is FSC certified, and Green E certified.

B. Classic Linen/Laid/and Crest
Neenah added 100% PCW to all three finishes. These papers have been used for over 30 years,
and are the standard for quality text papers. I recommend them for brochures and high quality stationery orders. Like all of my recommendations, these papers are FSC and Green E certified.

C. Translucent paper

They added a recycled version. This paper separates sections in a brochure, etc.

Pricing: These papers are moderately priced. The one advantage of printing on uncoated
papers, is they bulk higher than coated papers, and you can use a lighter sheet to accomplish your thickness needed. For instance, you could use an 80# weight, instead of a 100# weight in
coated. That would save 25% in paper bought. Also, these lines feature 100% post-consumer waste, which I promote the most.

Next week, I will feature my less expensive paper ideas.

To learn more about the mills and their offers please visit their websites - and On their webiste you can find information on the weights, the sizes, etc. Neenah has also the color chips online (Mohawk will have their color chips online soon).

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Kabbalah Publishing, publisher of "The Power to Change Everything" by Yehuda Berg is collaborating with Eco-Libris

We are happy to announce
a new collaboration with Kabbalah Publishing on their new book "The Power to Change Everything" by Yehuda Berg, which will be released next week.

As part of our program "Readers Take Action", Kabbalah Publishing invites the book's readers to take action and balance out this book and their future book purchases with Eco-Libris.

Readers of this new book are invited to visit to participate. There, for every book they balance out, readers will receive our sticker made of recycled paper saying “One tree planted for this book”, which they can display on the book sleeves. For every five trees planted on their behalf, Eco-Libris will plant with its planting partners one more tree on behalf of Kabbalah Publishing, as an appreciation of the publisher's commitment to the environment.

Here's more about this book and the author:

About the book:
From best-selling author and noted teacher and speaker Yehuda Berg comes a thought-provoking call to action on our current global crisis.

Positing that our collective abdication of responsibility — in every facet of our lives, including business and the economy, the environment, government and politics, healthcare, education, and religion — has contributed to the problems and challenges we face, Berg asserts that taking responsibility for our actions (or lack thereof) and their consequences is the key to achieving change for the better. Berg urges readers to access the power within each of us, using the principles of Kabbalah, in order to create the consciousness shift required for lasting positive change.

About the author: Yehuda Berg is a renowned authority on Kabbalah. Touted as “the people’s kabbalist” he shares these teachings as a technology to improve everyday life. In 2007, Newsweek named Yehuda one of the top five rabbis in the United States. Although he serves as an advisor to many thought leaders around the world, his true passion lies in working with people not accepted by society. Yehuda believes that only by transforming our negativity can we unlock our greatest blessings. A bestselling author whose books include The Power of Kabbalah and The 72 Names of God, Yehuda is a true spiritual activist. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and five children.

Yehuda is co-director of Kabbalah Centre International, the leading spiritual organization dedicated to bringing the wisdom of Kabbalah to all peoples of the world. The Kabbalah Centre itself has existed for more than 80 years, but its spiritual lineage extends back to the 16th century, and even further to the revelation of The Zohar, more than 2,000 years ago.

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