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Are there environmentally friendly options for binding documents?
Although binding your documents is the best way to make them look professional, the sad thing is that many binding supplies simply aren’t eco-friendly. However, there are some greener supplies available and there are a few ways you can make the process more eco-friendly. Here are three of the possible ways to environmentally bind all your documents and projects:
- Use recycled paper and vegetable-based inks. Recycled paper is easy to come by these days, so it’s a great choice for your documents. Using a vegetable-based ink when printing your document is also a good idea, since this type of ink is free from nasty chemicals.
- Use eco-friendly binding implements. Eco-friendly binding supplies are becoming more common, so binding your work doesn’t need to be damaging to the environment. For example, you can use Eco-Coil spines with your coil binding machine. These coils are made from 100% post-consumer content and they can be recycled after use.
- Use paper covers. Although plastic covers look great, they can be hard to recycle and they take years to decompose in a landfill. Therefore, using paper covers is the way to go. They’re recyclable, break down easier, and will still give your work that finishing touch.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)