ZERO-IMPACT PRINTING - A SUSTAINABLE EFFORT
Most books are printed on what is called 'virgin' paper,
a great percentage of which comes from old growth trees,
the absense of which causes insurmountable damage to the
environment. Furthermore, the pulp, when ground to create
the paper, is bleached using Chlorine, a chemical now known
to cause a carcinogenic toxin called Dioxin to build up
in our system and harm the food-chain dramatically. Despite
the large number of books in the world being printed, Commune's
relatively minor 2,000 copies is meant to be a wake-up call
to those who insist that nobody can make a difference. A
better way to put it might be that everyone can not make
a difference, if they only tried.
Commune's paper is made completely from pre-existing
expenditures. The paper is 100% recycled from Post Consumer
Waste and is bleached using Oxygen instead of Chlorine.
In addition, the ink is vegetable-based, which is far more
ecological than traditional offset printing inks.
As a final nod to the coming Second Industrial Revolution
that will revolutionize the way we build, use, and re-use
our resources, the book's delivery cost in energy is off-set
by the printer's investment in wind energy. Click to learn
about my printer, Tulip
Graphics (AKA The Greener Printer) or its East Coast
Greg Barber Company. These are the forward-thinkers
that history will smile upon with pride.
Commune's printing was expensive and is not yet
truly zero-impact, but our society is changing all the time,
and I believe it is time to start bringing responsible thinking
back to our way of life. If not the little people, then
who? Those who seek nothing but the bottom line? If not
now, when? When the poisons we've created for ourselves
outweigh the resources? If not you ... why? The effort it
takes to do the right thing is equal to the amount of people
who actively choose not to. In a rapidly changing world
that could rob you of your future plans at any given moment,
to make the right decision, right now ... is truly wise.
If you are interested too, and you'd like some help, advice
or just a cheerleader, I'm here.
Mr. Maxeem Konrardy
1:53 AM CST
July 22nd, 2006