Category Archives: Environmental Info

Coffee + Paper = DISASTER (but not always!)

Do you need a paper that is resistant to water, peach juice, coffee, milk, rain, sweat, tea, watermelon, mud, ketchup, snow, tears, soap and many other liquids?  Click on this animated GIF presentation to learn more!

I know…I have talked about Ultra Green before and am committed to torturing it as often as possible.  Today it’s a spilled coffee test (click here to see how I fed my horse on this stuff this past summer).

Be so happy that this sort of product is available…next test: I am going to put some Ultra Green under water for a MONTH!  I will be dunking it in the Gunnison River and will report back!

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Quick Quiz Question 003


 

 

 

Q: How many resources are saved each month through CPC’s paper recycling program?

A: TONS and TONS.  Read more…

We recycle on average about 90 tons of pre consumer paper waste per month.  For each ton of paper that we recycle, we save an average of 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.

So…on a monthly basis, we save about 1,530 trees, 34,200 gallons of oil, 120 cubic yards of landfill space, 360,000 kilowatts of energy, and 630,000 gallons of water.

Wow.

Source: http://www.recyclespot.org/faqs.asp

Quick Quiz Question 002

 

 

 

Q: How many homes can be powered with the same amount of energy used by the average data center?

A: 25,000 (as in Twenty Five THOUSAND)*

Very often people make the mistake of thinking an on line magazine or catalog is somehow “greener” than a printed version.  They don’t stop to consider the whole picture…including the tremendous amount of electrical energy used to power the many data centers that not only constantly store this information but also transfer it to the end user.

Indeed, the volume of data being created and stored (yes…I know…including this blog!) on “web server farms” is staggering.  By the end of 2011 the US Dept of Energy estimates that the total amount of energy consumed in these server farms in the US will be over 106 BILLION kWh.  That is up from 61 kWh in 2006.  By contrast, the average home in the US uses about 18,000 kWh per year.

Now…obviously not all that energy is used for on line magazine and catalog storage but it is important to think through sustainable ideas before committing to a marketing plan.

* SOURCE: McKinsey & Company

Quick Quiz Question 001

How many tons of paper does CPC recycle every month?

Q: How many tons of paper does CPC recycle every month?

A: 90 Tons of paper are recycled at CPC each month.

This is paper that is trimmed from our bindery department, make ready paper, office paper…in fact just about every scrap is baled and recycled in the tissue industry.

Visit this blog post to learn more about our recycling efforts

True or False: Paper contributes significantly to landfills

Here are the facts:

Thanks to industry leadership and the tireless efforts of the millions of Americans who recycle paper at home, work, and school every day, paper recovery has reached record levels. In 2008, over 57 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling.

This impressive figure equals nearly 340 pounds for each man, woman, and child in America. Since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling in the United States, paper recovery has grown by more than 85 percent. Comparatively, the recovery rate for metal is 36 percent; glass is 22 percent; and plastic is only 7 percent.

The paper industry has set an aggressive new goal to recover 60 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. by 2012. This represents a tremendous increase in recovery, as each percentage point represents nearly one million additional tons of recovered paper – enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars.  The length of that train would be about 160 miles.

With $2 billion in investments since 1989, Canada’s paper industry now recycles nearly three times as much as it did a decade ago, representing 58 percent of the paper consumed.

Learn more facts from Domtar’s “Truth In Paper” report at this link: http://www.domtar.com/files/sustainability/TruthinPaperENFinalApr28.pdf

Mohawk Options could be a great paper option for you!

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About Mohawk Options

Mohawk Papers have been around for a long, long time. Many have enjoyed projects printed on their products and one of those products is their OPTIONS line.


Here are a just a FEW things you will like about this great paper:

It is available in MANY lines…from a 100% PC White to “natural” finishes.

  1. ALL of the Options papers are VERY, VERY green.
  2. Options LOOKS like a very high end uncoated finish but it PRINTS like a coated stock. In other words, we can use our highest line screens on this paper and it still has ink hold out that allows the ink to stay on the SURFACE and not soak in. This Mohawk finish is known as
  3. Inxwell and it truly performs great with inks!
  4. It is available to run on our TRADITIONAL offset presses and our DIGITAL offset press.
  5. We are getting GREAT prices on it so you can test out a boutique look sheet at nearly house sheet prices.
  6. Options is available (in certain lines) immediately…no waiting for delivery.
  7. It is available in text and cover weights.
  8. It is available in smooth and velum finishes.

I have swatch books and printed samples I can send you…just send me an email at DRickman@ColoradoPrinting.com and off they go!

Here is Mohawk’s web site for you to explore: http://www.mohawkpaper.com/paper/paper-brand-name

Have a question or need me to research something? Then please email me at DRickman@ColoradoPrinting.com or call me at 970-250-6749 and I will get back to you!

Mohawk Options could be a great paper option for you!

Know More Right Now

About Mohawk Options

Mohawk Papers have been around for a long, long time. Many have enjoyed projects printed on their products and one of those products is their OPTIONS line.


Here are a just a FEW things you will like about this great paper:

It is available in MANY lines…from a 100% PC White to “natural” finishes.

  1. ALL of the Options papers are VERY, VERY green.
  2. Options LOOKS like a very high end uncoated finish but it PRINTS like a coated stock. In other words, we can use our highest line screens on this paper and it still has ink hold out that allows the ink to stay on the SURFACE and not soak in. This Mohawk finish is known as
  3. Inxwell and it truly performs great with inks!
  4. It is available to run on our TRADITIONAL offset presses and our DIGITAL offset press.
  5. We are getting GREAT prices on it so you can test out a boutique look sheet at nearly house sheet prices.
  6. Options is available (in certain lines) immediately…no waiting for delivery.
  7. It is available in text and cover weights.
  8. It is available in smooth and velum finishes.

I have swatch books and printed samples I can send you…just send me an email at DRickman@ColoradoPrinting.com and off they go!

Here is Mohawk’s web site for you to explore:  http://www.mohawkpaper.com/paper/paper-brand-name

Have a question or need me to research something? Then please email me at DRickman@ColoradoPrinting.com or call me at 970-250-6749 and I will get back to you!