Green, recycled paper brands – The four you don’t know

2 06 2008

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A Green Printer Online Dispatch

Do you scoff at company-made labels (i.e. internal labels) and only go for the non-profit, third party born eco-labels when buying green office supplies? Or do you take both with a grain of salt, comparing the merits of “private” and “public” labels?

If you’re the latter or if you are a green procurer, you probably want to streamline the “boom! done, I’m buying that product – not that one – because it has a trusty brand” process. So, here are the ins and outs of some of the up and coming brands that you’ll see in Staples, online or in a custom office paper supply shop. Read the rest of this entry »

World Wildlife Federation fails luxury brands in “eco-test”

29 11 2007


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A dispatch.

Today, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) “graded” the top ten holding companies for luxury brands – including Bulgari, Coach, Hermes, L’Oreal, LVMH, PPR, Richemont, Swatch, Tiffany and Co and Tods – on “a scale of A+ to F for their environmental, social and governance performance and what non-governmental organisations had said about them”.

L’Oreal was handed a C+ while the majority of the brands got Ds and Fs. 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 »

Now This: paper made from panda poop?

26 11 2007

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A dispatch.

Outpost Magazine recently published a story about recycling panda poop into paper. Seriously – now THIS is recycling! Panda’s eat massive quantities of bamboo, and lots of it comes out the other end as fiber-rich excrement. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon’s Kindle signals paper-less books and… eWaste?

23 11 2007

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This is cool. Here’s what we tree huggers at Green Printer thought when we heard about the new Kindle, a kind of an iPod by Amazon that could replace your paper books, magazines and newspapers: “woo-hoo, no more trees to make books!”

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos called the gadget, “the most important thing we’ve ever done” which got us thinking that he probably wants to protect all those Amazon rainforests just like us… Read the rest of this entry »

Fake Plastic Trees? Transgenic trees to become an “easier” source of ethanol fuel

22 11 2007

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A dispatch.

Radiohead may be able to touch the fake plastic trees they sang about in the 1990s in the coming years.

The New York Times recently reported on how a group of scientists out of North Carolina State University are looking to turn trees into new energy sources using a controversial genetic engineering process that reduces the amount of lignin, a chemical compound that interferes with efforts to turn the tree’s cellulose into biofuels like ethanol. Read the rest of this entry »

Just another silly “Save Trees. Print only when necessary” email signature?

20 11 2007

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We’ve become a letter-writing society.Sure, our 16th century relatives may have written and sent a couple of hand-written letters to their loved ones via “dove” (the bird, not the soap brand), it’s us that have set the bar for most letters – electronic ones – sent in world history.

In fact, it’s estimated that 97 billion e-mails whisk through cyberspace every day. And according to GreenPrint Technologies, despite 20th century predictions of a paperless office, Americans use enough sheets every year to build a 10-foot-high wall that would stretch from New York to Tokyo and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Got a green business? First pit stop: get yourself an environmentally conscious designer

12 11 2007


A 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 »

Five funky, social networking tools to ignite your green blog’s traffic

9 11 2007


A dispatch.

Widgets and blog traffic tools are making headlines – and who better to share the widget love than with your green blog readers who, of course, religiously scour your posts for that genius eco-blogging tip or “leaked” environmental news story. For our part, we did a post on funky CO2-calculating widgets but in the long run, we go to where all the hacks with the inside stories, er, reporters, go to find their news.

1. Here’s a widget in beta version from the UK that doesn’t beat around the bush – its sole purpose is to drive traffic to your blog. Well, Blog Rush has a few bugs like displaying the same stories (they’re working on it) but the idea behind it has a lot of potential. In a nutshell, Blog Rush broadcasts your latest post title to other blogs.

2. Cliqin is better developed than BlogRush but you need to join a “clique” first. The beauty: there is no huge environmental clique yet. Window of opportunity? I think yes. Hop to it. Read the rest of this entry »

China drives the recovered paper market at 14M+ tonnes by 2009

7 11 2007


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A dispatch.

China is poised to demand massive amounts of recovered paper in the next two years. From 2005 to 2009, the country is set to use more than 8 million tonnes of packaging grade capacity, close to 4 million tonnes of global newsprint grade capacity and up to 2 million tonnes of woodfree capacity according to today’s assurance review of the annual European Paper Recycling Conference by Bill Moore of the US-based consultancy, Moore & Associates. Read the rest of this entry »