Thursday, December 31, 2009

Annual assessments of Eco-Libris' planting partners are available online

(photo from
the Eco-Libris' planting areas in Panama, courtesy of SHI: Nursery of 2,000 trees including mahogany,cedro espino (Bombacopsis quinata), cedro amargo (Simarouba amara) and chime tree)

This is our last post for 2009 and we're happy to close the year with an update from our website - the annual assessments (2008-9) of our planting
partners are now available online!

Here's a little bit more about these assessments: as part of our pledge to quality service to our customers, we decided at the beginning of our operations to conduct annual assessments of our planting partners.The two main goals of these assessments are: 1. to verify the quality of the planting operations and to make sure the high standards we promise to our customers are kept and 2. to provide our customers with details on the tree planting operations they support to balance out their books.

This is the second year we're conducting these assessments. We do it under the guidance of our environmental advisor, Gili Koniak, and you are invited to read them via the links below. Links to both the first year's and second year's assessments for each of our planting partners on our planting partners page.

SHI's assessment:

RIPPLE Africa's assessment: Africa_Assessment_2008-9.pdf

AIR's assessment:

(photo from the Eco-Libris' planting areas in Panama, courtesy of SHI: Mr Guadalupe shows off his cedro espino)

s we reported earlier this year, we visited this year SHI and their planting operations in Panama. We will continue next year to work closely with our planting partners and we plan to visit at least one of the organizations on their planting sites.

We will keep you posted of course with more data, photos and hopefully also videos from the planting operations! Thanks again to our planting partners and to everyone that was involved in the work on the assessments.

Happy New Year!
Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!

Green printing tip no. 28: Green printing resolutions for the New Year!

We're back 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, as 2009 is about to end and we're on our way to celebrate a new year (and a new decade), Greg is offering his new year resolutions for greener printing. We'll definitely try to follow suit and we hope you'll join us as well!

Green printing resolutions for the New Year

Tip #28

Well, we are at the final day of 2009. It was a very challenging year. I would like to see if we can all make a few New Year's resolutions.

Here is my potential printer list for you.

1. Recycle More.

2. Use more PCW content in your next print job.

3. Make sure the paper was environmentally bleached.

4. Make sure you use non toxic inks or toners.

5. Ask if the plant is FSC certified.

6. Ask where the plant derives their energy from.

7. Ask the printer to tell you if your size is best for their press.

8. Ask the printer for suggestions on paper that is more environmental.

9. Check with Greg Barber on what we think.

10. Ask Eco-Libris what they think.

Happy New Year! And don't forget to be more Green next year.

For additional information on green printing, please call Greg Barber at (973) 224-1132, or email

Also, if you have any questions you would like us to address in future tips please email us to .

Latest tips:

Green Printing Tip #27 -
Can you save money on paper on your next greeting cards order?

Green Printing Tip #26 - What can we do to reduce the carbon footprint of direct mailing campaigns?

Green Printing Tip #25 - Can you Green your print advertising?

You can find links to all the tips we published so far on our green printing tips page, which is part of our green printing tools & resources.

You can also find further valuable information on Greg Barber Company's website -


Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: promoting green printing!