Four Reasons: Green still the way to go despite a nose-diving economy

9 10 2008

A www.greenprinteronline.com dispatch

Entrepreuneur.com recently wrote an excellent guide for small business owners on proactive moves they can take to survive – and better yet, thrive – in the nose-diving economy.

You Can Weather the Economic Storm (Product price sensitivity and financial creativity can help you thrive in any economy)” is especially relevant for green entrepreneurs as many of the principles underlying Dennis Romero’s advice aligns with what sustainable business leaders already know: go for local resilience, understand the value of community-based goodwill and when in doubt, simply, simplify, simplify to the bare essentials (do the latest farm-fresh food recipes or eco-cleaning supplies mantras sound familiar, anyone?). Read the rest of this entry »



Office Hypocrisies: Eating steak at climate change conferences

16 05 2008

A Green Printer dispatch.

Today, I sat in at an insurance board of trade luncheon conference to learn about the value of investing in our nation’s sewage and water infrastructure as a means to deal with the havoc climate change could wrought on our nation’s coastal communities.

Apparently, history has shown that access to clean water is the first thing to go down in several weather, flooding and tidal storms. Translation: we could be scrambling for bottles of water if our government does not get to upgrading our current system up to par. Read the rest of this entry »



Seven Ways Business is Green-ing Our World: One paper product at a time

9 05 2008

Image source: http://www.cubeking.com | An http://www.greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

The big names cannot help but pump out more sustainable paper products on an almost weekly basis. From biology college textbooks gone green to carbon friendly greeting cards, we’ve rounded up the top ten green papier goods that caught our eye.

7. So, the FSC is not perfect. But it’s a start and it speaks volumes when office supply giants like Staples start to sell what most of us want to start using already in the copy machine: post-consumer waste paper.

6. Green textbooks are challenging Penn State University‘s exam taking establishment. Talk about a YAWN generation.

5. Perfect for the green spy in your life? Xerox has got paper that erases in 24 hours.

4. From your hiking map to your grandma’s birthday letter: Chris Ryan, a publisher of outdoor recreation and guide books now buys up to 15 tons of outdated maps at a time to meet his customer’s demands from these premium quality, unique envelopes made from 100% post-consumer content.

3. Random House’s 2008 15% recycled paper policy: the one that triggered a short-term revenue decline and in the future (if the right CEO steps up to the plate) has the potential to paint the publishing world a darker shade of green.

2. Live lighter at the office by switching to 100% post-consumer waste paper and then showing off your CO2 and tree savings using Green Printer’s eco-calculator widget (we couldn’t resist a well-time “plug”!)

1. Verysupercool (yes, that is their real and uber-funky name) teams with CarbonFund.org to create the Greenest Little Greeting Card in Texas.

So, even while the mythical paperless office lures us with its green goodness, we still use and love our paper – printed on both sides, thankyouverymuch.

Save trees, time and money the eco-friendly way with our recycled paper, sustainable printing methods and eco-calculator with Green Printer – more details at http://www.greenprinteronline.com. Now, wasn’t that easy?



Anti-catalogue mail campaigns that pay and junk entrepreneurs that bring the sexy back to sustainability

15 04 2008

A Junk Mail “Sculpture” a la http://antiadvertisingagency.com

A http://greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

We’ve come this far in our exasperation with junk mail-apalooza and now people are luring us with cold, hard cash (or the beauty of planting a tree) to get us to stop receiving virgin-forest-eating junk mail.

We’re in love with Green Dimes (thank you to Nate Burgos of Design Feast for the gread tip), which not only offers a widget that claims to track, in real time, how many:

i. trees are saved;
ii. Victoria Secret catalogues are stopped and;
iii. (tongue in cheek style) “people helped”,

but also offers a really convenient online service to cut out those annoying credit card application forms. Read the rest of this entry »



Is our clutter making us fat and less “green”? Fast, eco-friendly de-clutter tips for busy lives.

25 02 2008

Warning: so, as the video and Oprah’s darling du jour and guerrilla closet warrior Peter Walsh so clearly outlines, our pack-rat habits are making us chubby. They can also be a barrier to us going green. Not surprising, did you notice that your lean and toned friends also tend to have pretty darn spotless, sustainability-forward and organized homes, while your plumper friends tend to lavish in “chaotic creative” spaces. Hmmm… Read the rest of this entry »



Mighty Green Paper: Sustainable Business Design does carbon consulting right

1 02 2008

An http://www.greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

When companies make the shift to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chain, paper is one of the first – but perhaps most overlooked – ways to shed those office carbon pounds.

But the carbon, environmental and cost savings benefits of switching from virgin paper to more sustainable paper didn’t escape Sustainable Business Design – a consulting firm that provides carbon footprint, greenhouse gas audits and “The Low Carb Corporate Diet” ™ service. Read the rest of this entry »



Five ways to have an eco-friendly, sexy and tree-loving Christmas

28 11 2007

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Ah, Christmas: it’s the perfect season to be merry, bright and green. But it’s not always easy telling your rosy-cheeked in-laws or your office colleagues, their hands brimming with glossy, yet unsustainable, paper-wrapped gifts, on why you opted to give them local wine wrapped in a burlap sack (“oh, but it’s chic and reusable”). Read the rest of this entry »



Treeless paper: it’s true, it exists and other appetizers

14 11 2007

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A greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

Garden Wise Guy (aka Billy G.) wrote in to comment on a recent article on easy, tree-loving office tips.

Green Printer,

Good start for a conversation. Two of your items left me wanting to
try them but more information is needed. How about an explanation of
what “treeless paper” is and how one finds it? Purveyors?
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Got a green business? First pit stop: get yourself an environmentally conscious designer

12 11 2007

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A greenprinteronline.com dispatch.

Once in a while, we like to scope out – and bring you – some of the best talent on the planet oozing out of the fast-growing, environmentally-friendly design industry. Okay, the planet is a stretch, let’s say this continent for this post.. Read the rest of this entry »



7 deadly blog sins thou shall not commit on thy eco-blog

11 11 2007

 

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Besides loving chic elk and using eloquent Shakespearean language to speak about the beauty of treeless paper, sustainable printing technologies and paper that’s good to the planet, we devout tree-huggers here at Green Printer love to give you cool ideas to start and skyrocket your own eco-blog. Read the rest of this entry »