Sunday, December 27, 2009

Everything you always wanted to know about green printing!

If you read more and more about green printing it's because it's not accidental. We're covering this trend in the printing industry for a while and make an effort to provide you with news, updates, interviews and links to interesting articles.

If you missed any of this stuff or you're interesting in getting more information and tools that will make more knowledgeable and competitive, we've got it covered for you! All you need to do is to check out our "green printing tools and resources" page.

So what you can find on this page? here are just couple of examples:

A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print - Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. released he third edition of its renowned instructional how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials (Jun 2008).

Book Paper Listing - Green Press Initiative's (GPI) list of over 100 book papers with environmental attributes that meet or exceed GPI’s criteria.

Conservatree's Paper Guide - Want to use environmental papers but don't know what's available? This is the right place for answers.

Ecological Guide to Paper - Celery Design Collaborative developed this Guide to help their studio, their clients, and their peers in the design community weigh ecological considerations when choosing papers. This guide includes detailed information about the leading "green" papers available in North America.

Green Printing Tips - an archive of the green printing tips provided on weekly basis on Eco-Libris blog, in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer. We try to keep these tips as informative and practical as possible and we hope you will find them valuable!

Green Printers Listing - Green Press Initiative's printer listing has more than 25 proactive printers which carry recycled and FSC certified papers (updated: June 2009)

Paper Calculator - This tool will help you quantify the benefits of better paper choices. The Paper Calculator shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.

Paper. Print. Environment - This his website has been created by David Shorto, print buyer for both Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. It aims to help you to make informed choices to reduce the environmental impact of your printed materials.

The Secret Life of Paper - INFORM’s Secret Life of Paper highlights the environmental impacts of the paper we consume. See the video, read valuable information on the environmental impacts of paper production, paper recycling, alternative fibers, and policy and take action.

The State of Green Printing - Interviews with green printers:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

A Greener Footprint
- You can create a more efficient printing program by centralizing the operations, taking advantage of device settings and getting users to join the cause. (FedTech Magazine, July 30, 2009)

Reimagining paper in the 21st century - Pam Blackledge and Susan Kinsella take a look at the challenges involved with the quest for greater usage of recycled paper and what can be done to increase the current 6 percent share of recycled paper in the printing and writing papers' market. (Resource Recycling, June 2009)

Green Printing Myths - Busted! How to save money by printing sustainably - Olga Orda of Green Printer provides great examples how you can save money by adopting sustainable printing practices. (Green Options, May 6, 2009)

These materials and more are available at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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