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Reduce Your Company?s Carbon Footprint and Save Money

Reduce Your Company?s Carbon Footprint and Save Money

The environmental cost of commerce has become an important part of business in America and the world as we all become increasingly aware and concerned about the impact of our actions on climate change and our environment.  Many businesses are creating sustainability plans, training environmental impact officers and implementing company wide recycling and reduction programs.

For many small and medium sized businesses, the option of hiring a college degreed sustainability officer and staff is really not in the budget. There are however new online training programs which cater to small and medium sized businesses such as But short of taking a course and becoming an expert, what can your business do to be environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint…all while saving money.

Here are 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money.

(1) Recycle Toner and Ink Jet Cartridges. These things, which always run out at the most inopportune time, cost way too much and, contrary to what the big companies than manufacture them proclaim with their “send it in recycling programs” – end up in the landfill, usually in the poorest areas of the world.  The technology and quality of recycled toner and ink jet cartridges in many cases surpasses the original equipment manufacturers…and you get to support a local business like yours when you patronize them.   And don’t forget to set your printers to “draft” mode when you’re not printing for official communications…it’ll save you money and toner/ink.

(2) Use Less and Buy Recycled Paper. Back in the early 90’s when email was gaining popularity we all proclaimed that it was the beginning of the paperless office.  But the paper companies weren’t scared. Paper sales went through the roof because now we had more information to print out, copy and share with each other. Now there are a variety of document sharing services, including free ones like Google Docs, while allow immediate sharing of and collaboration of documents without having to print out 5 copies for the group to mark up.  It saves money, time and is much more efficient.

Furthermore, as the quality of recycled content paper has gone up to photo quality level and the cost has gone down to below the cost of “new” paper, it clearly makes no sense not to include the procurement of recycled printer and copier paper in your corporate sustainability plan.

(3) Go Paperless with your invoices. PayPal and Google Checkout both have electronic invoicing capabilities for those of you who process payments via credit card, and for many companies, their PayPal and Google Checkout accounts are tied directly to their corporate checking accounts for seemless, and transaction fee free payment processing.  They both offer a variety of export formats and integrate with popular accounting packages like QuickBooks and Microsoft Accounting.  

No more 3 copy carbon based invoices, no gas guzzling postmen delivering the mail and no more licking envelopes!

(4) Recycle Everything. Soda cans, newspapers, used equipment, furniture and materials (if you’re manufacturing things) all carry a price.  Aluminum cans trade for around $ .80 a pound (32 12 ounce cans = 1 pound) – so figure you can sell them to a local recycler for a bit better than half of that.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have an office full of Red Bull crazed employees or “Diet Coke Fiends” it can actually add up relatively quickly.   

List your used equipment on Craigslist or Google for a local company that will pick up and “recycle” your used equipment – or better yet, donate it to a local charity and take the tax deduction.  Goodwill and the Salvation Army will send out a truck to pick up larger items and most likely make weekly or monthly trips through your area.

(5) Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Carbon Credits

While Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is key in preventing climate change, offsetting your carbon emissions is the next great step in the preservation of our environment for generations to come. The Carbon Calculator Math is below, or you could use a Carbon Footprint Calculator at

To offset your carbon emissions simply means to neutralize your part in the polluting of our environment. In technical terms, a carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.

Certified Projects are developed such as a reforestation project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, every ton of emissions reduced will result in the creation of one certified carbon offset (

Since carbon dioxide emissions are the principal cause of climate change, purchasing carbon offsets is key to promoting a greener environment.

When you offset your personal carbon emissions, you are doing your much-needed part in helping to put an end to global warming and climate change. In addition to making the world a better place, you just might also score a few popularity points with your friends and family.

Going Green at work doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to build a new building out of used tires, or procure all new energy saving computer and office equipment.  It is possible to work towards carbon neutrality without breaking the bank, and then supplement your efforts with cost-effective carbon credits.

Dr. Ken Pollock is EcoAid’s Chief Executive Officer, sets the strategy for the company. Read more of his articles at In addition, he will be launching in the near future to provide the training and tools for individuals, businesses and institutions. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

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How Custom Printed Product Packaging Can Make Your Product Visually Exciting

How Custom Printed Product Packaging Can Make Your Product Visually Exciting

There is not getting away from it. When you buy something new and it comes well presented you just feel more excited about receiving it.

Just think about how Apple so beautifully present their products and you will appreciate that good design and great custom printed packaging can mean a great deal to the end user.

I well remember getting my first iPod. Frankly I’d never seen anything quite like it before. But there was just something about the way that the box was constructed and the instructions had been printed that made me excited about opening this new toy.

Since then other manufacturers have caught onto the idea that producing high quality printed packaging can dramatically boost the prestige of the product inside.

Can you imagine if that iPod was simply sold in a Jiffy Bag? Would it ever have been quite so successful? The answer is of course no.

Custom printed product packaging can take many forms of course. From software packaging to CD pochette or digipack. In fact the range of possibilities is endless and the number of different materials that can now be printed on, from card to plastic, is growing every day.

So the best advice is to talk to experts about your printed product packaging needs. And you should ask to see samples for two reasons:

First because it will give you ideas about the possibilities for your own printing packaging.

And second because you will then be in a better position to know whether this particular company are genuinely in a position to help you.

That last point is particularly important because, unlike with general jobbing printers, customer product packaging printing is a specialist field which relatively few printing companies are in. This means that you should take extra care to ensure that the company you are requesting quotes from are genuinely the ones who would be producing your printed packaging. Or to put it another way, there is a great deal of sub-contracting involved in product packaging. But you really want to work directly with the firm who are going to be manufacturing your custom packaging.

In these days of highly competitive markets customised product packaging really can help make you stand out from the competition. The MAC success story where they revived themselves from an almost dead outfit via a line of successful and beautifully designed products including the iPod, iPhone, iTouch and iPad is a case in point. In each case they went to the trouble to present their products in stunning customised printed packaging. Had they not have bothered it is quite possible that they would not be around today.

So take a fresh look at your own product’s packaging with a view to taking it to the next level.

As described you will want to work with a company with genuine experience in custom printed product packaging and we recommend talking to custom printed packaging experts PrintHouse Corporation. This London based company has over two decades of experience in producing product packaging and you can contact them on 020 8963 0123.

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The Story of Ink, Its Many Components, and Its Use Today in Computer Printers

The Story of Ink, Its Many Components, and Its Use Today in Computer Printers

Mention the work “ink” in a conversation at the office today and most people immediately think of computer printers and fax machines. Ink is a popular term considering how many pictures and documents are printed around the world every day using a computer printer, both at home and in a business environment. It almost seems we’re always running low on ink. Printing of this nature has become a daily occurrence since personal computers have become part of our daily lives. There is obviously no sign of computer printers going away any time soon. Aside from printer ink though, there are other interesting types of ink in existence today, with some forms of ink dating back centuries.

Ink is defined as a liquid or semi-viscous substance pigmented to various colors and used for writing, drawing, marking, and printing. Composition and consistency of inks are varied according to their specific use. Every ink however, must have two basic components,  the pigment, or coloring, and the vehicle, the liquid with which allows the ink to be dispersed. Some of the most commonly used inks are writing ink, printing ink, drawing ink, and even invisible ink. Ink  happens to be remarkably similar to paint with its only difference being its actual use.

Some of the earliest inks were composed of a substance called lampblack which is a form of soot or carbon material typically black in color. This was mixed with a glue or gum along with water to form a sort of ink-paste. These inks were labeled as india inks and could be a form of the first permanent ink because the carbon like material is inert and cannot be bleached or faded by direct sunlight. There are many color variants for these india inks but they use artificial dyes instead of the lampblack or carbon substances.

The most permanent of permanent inks however is a version called iron gall ink. It is made using iron salts and gallic acid, a complex phenolic substance called tannin, and of course, some water. This type of ink actually does not show up well when applied to paper until it dries. At this time, the ink actually oxidizes and changes state with the black color as a result. This type of ink may even include some blue dye if it is used for writing or printing because is it difficult to see until it has oxidized. This type of ink could be found in some early fountain pens. Colors were introduced to the ink-making process in the early eighteenth century and the process of manufacturing ink has only gotten more elaborate since then.

The twentieth century brought about many more complexities regarding ink production. A wide variety of synthetically produced colored dyes and a laundry-list of chemicals are used today in ink manufacturing. Ink is flexible, it can be used in countless fashions and in a wide assortment of printers and printing presses. There are permanent inks and there are even inks which are erasable using a standard pencil eraser. Aside from the common ink pen, there are inks sold in jars and inks sold in plastic printer cartriges. Where will we see ink next? It’s obvious, the technology involved in ink manufacturing as well as the way we market it will continue to evolve based on the needs of the human race.

Chet is the webmaster of Johnny Cartrige, a site with plenty of information regarding the different options of replacing your exhausted printer ink. Johnny Cartrige features HP ink cartriges and Canon ink cartriges as well as many other popular brands are available for purchase.

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