By Maggie DeWitt
Most manufacturers and distributors are keenly aware of how the “green movement” is influencing business practices and buying decisions. From apparel to cleaning agents, environmentally correct products are increasingly in demand.
This month’s mystery product showcases an item distributors can offer to customers interested in nurturing nature. Check out the following clues to guess what the product is:
• It is typically used in business and education to organize materials.
• It is created using vinyl and paperboard.
• It is specially designed to help Mother Nature out of the bind we’ve put her in due to overcrowded landfills.
Headquartered in Vincent, Ala., Vulcan Information Packaging (VIP) presents eco-friendly binders and index tabs. Vinyl is a non-biodegradable material that can remain in landfills for more than 100 years. For the past decade, VIP has made it a priority to use, reuse and recycle everything it can, including 240 tons of vinyl and 375 tons of binder board and corrugated boxes annually.
The excess colored vinyl is baled and sent to a company that uses it to produce everyday watering hoses, while approximately 2.25 million binders are made annually from the company’s surplus clear and white vinyl, recycled binder boards and shipping boxes.
Environmentally friendly and inexpensive, VIP’s chipboard binders are available in two styles—a raw chipboard binder which can be decorated with screen printing, foil stamping and debossing, as well as a covered chipboard binder with an offset printed sheet glued to one or both sides of the chipboard, and then die-cut.
The binder covers and tabs are biodegradable and have an earthy look and feel. Metal rings are added for finished binders that are simple, effective and “green.”
VIP will gladly recycle discontinued and unwanted binders for its customers, provided the products were originally manufactured by the company. Workstations are specifically dedicated to disassembling binders so the rings, vinyl and board can be recycled rather than dumped in landfills.