We Use Certified Green Printers

Soy Ink Information / Papers Information

For the 16pt recycled business cards.
16pt cards are printed on 100% recycled 16 pt "double-thick" stock
FSC Certified
Matte Coated
50% Post-consumer Waste, Processed Chlorine Free, 92 Bright.

All of their operations, from the top down, are scrutinized and deemed eco-friendly. Some of the general requirements include:

• Monitoring and recording rates of water and energy consumption and waste generation
• Providing incentives and opportunities that encourage employee participation
• Informing customers of their efforts

Assisting other companies and organizations in their efforts to become "green"

There are 4 areas of conservation and prevention that BAGBP uses to test a business for Green Certification, each with its own requirements:

Water Conservation
- Assess indoor and outdoor water balance
- Implement basic conservation measures
- Implement at least 3 industry-specific conservation measures
Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Assess solid waste streams
- Adopt measures to reduce, re-use and recycle solid waste
- Cut down paper waste in 5 different ways
- Implement recycle or reuse programs for 5 other types of materials
- Identify and purchase 3 different types of recycled materials
Energy Conservation
- Commercial energy assessment performed by local utility agency
- Adopt maintenance schedule for all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Introduce 2 alternative technologies and 5 process changes that help conserve energy
Pollution Prevention
- Assess operations and identify prevention opportunities
- Adjust, change or eliminate 6 operations practices to help reduce pollution
- Adopt 3 changes in materials, products or processes that will help reduce pollution
- Reuse and/or recycle hazardous wastes in at least 3 ways
- Eliminate contamination of storm water and runoff in 4 ways
- Reduce vehicle emissions in at least 3 ways

In addition, there are specific guidelines followed that are unique to the printing industry. These requirements include:

• Completely computerizing prepress operations to remove photochemicals, thus saving water and energy
• Establishing a recycling program for solvents
• Using alcohol-free printing to reduce chemical usage and improve air quality, health and safety
• Printing on treeless and recycled content papers (saves trees, energy, water; promotes new agriculture and reduces landfill waste)
• Promoting green practices to customers
• Using low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) inks (helps reduce air pollution, increases safety)
• Implementing paperless internal communications
• Using energy efficient equipment

Printed With Soy Inks

Exclusive use of soy and other vegetable-based inks which are less harmful to the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts. Soy and vegetable products are used in ink for their oils, which act as the vehicle for the ink pigments. There are several types of vegetable-based printing inks, including linseed (Flax), tung (Chinawood), castor, canola, and safflower. Soy is popular because it is a very stable material that exhibits excellent "wetting" properties which enhance its ability to carry solid pigments. Most manufacturers of soy and vegetable based inks today actually "blend" ingredients, much in the way a winemaker will blend grapes, in order to take advantage of the unique characteristics of each oil.
Soy and vegetable based inks are widely recognized as the environmentally friendly choice. But an ink's ingredients are only part of the story when measuring its environmental impact. Ink, like any other product manufactured by humans, impacts our planet before, during, and after it's manufactured.
Some portion of raw materials are emitted into the atmosphere during both the manufacture and printing of ink. The heightened environmental consciousness of recent years has a resulted in a campaign to reduce VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) in inks. They use soy and vegetable-based inks that have evolved to VOC levels of zero percent, down from conventional commercial sheetfed inks that measure VOC levels of 25-35 percent. As with any new or modified product, there were early failures and Soy-based inks came under attack in the pressroom because drying and adhesion suffered. But gradually, high performance inks have emerged, with vastly reduced VOC's. Printers, print buyers and environmentalists have learned that low VOC inks can be produced from a wide variety of vegetable oils, not just soy, and they adhere to standards of using the lowest VOC rated inks available. And, as part of their Green Business Certification, they adhere to practices that minimize the release of Volatile Organic Compounds from inks into the atmosphere.

Almost as important as the manufacture and use of vegetable inks is the recycle and reuse programs implemented by the printer. Anything a printer does to steer materials from landfills is of environmental benefit. In this area, they abide by the following criteria:
1. Tightly control our inventory and scheduling practices, ordering only the quantities of ink we need.
2. Recycle unused inks.
3. Specify "low VOC" or "vegetable based inks" rather than asking only for soy. Some non-soy vegetable inks are actually lower in VOC than soy.

Visit the Order Page for new layouts or send an order request or files to print@spindi.com • We can add a recycle logo to your card! Visit Spindi.com for other cards. Delivery included!

Card Materials

Heavy weight 14 pt., 16 pt., 13 lb. recycled, 100 lb. linen, 10 pt. linen, silk laminated, uncoated, 100 percent recycled, 50 percent post-consumer waste.

Card Coatings

Gloss, Silk laminated, Uncoated

Card Extras

Offsize business card, Rounded corners, foil stamping, scoring, embossing, perforation, numbering available on some 30% recycled business cards. Delivery free on all orders.

How do I order?

1. Decide on a card type then use the ORDER PAGE to send your business card contact information.
2. Images, logos and layout ideas or samples of business cards for your card can be emailed to print@spindi.com
3. Proofs (pdf) are sent by email for your edit and approval. Once satisfied and you approve your cards go to press!

Tell me more about the Recycled paper business cards...

They come as a 11pt., 13pt., 14pt. 100% Recycled / 100% post consumer and 30% / 10%. Bright whites and no fibers or specks. Printed with vegetable oils. Also, recycled logos and vegetable logos can be added.
Green Seal Certified
Forest Stewardship Council

I have approved the cards how do I pay for them ... ?

An invoice with a secure link will be sent to your email. Once payment is made the print process begins.

How much will delivery cost ... ?

Its free. Your final costs are listed here which includes delivery, setup and proofs - and no taxes (except WA). There are extra charges for rush deliveries.

What does 4/0, C1S, 14pt. etc. mean ... ?

Printer jargon. 4/0 means the front of the card is full color and the back is blank; 4/1 means there is black only on the back; 4/4 means both sides are full color. C1S means the card has a certain coating only on one side; 14pt. is standard card weight while 16 pt. is much heavier.