If your company is like most, then you are probably actively seeking business products that address growing environmental concerns. Customers, after all, vote with their wallets, saving the planet has become as much a popular cause as humane treatment of animals! Most companies see the value in practicing earth conscious policies, as many can save money or increase cash flow. The most common policies include increasing fluorescent light use over traditional lighting, regulating office or business temperatures, and providing recycle bins in the business environment. Adding eco – green printing to this list is definitely a viable option, for both small and large businesses.
As a part of effective man hour management, ordering as many products as possible and having them delivered is a financially prudent strategy. Abet Disc is one of several online companies that offer nationwide free shipping. Many of these companies require a rather large minimum order, which can be impractical for small businesses and businesses with limited office product budgets. For the average company, however, these services are very practical. The company mentioned in this article has small quantities available at competitive prices, and offers eco-green offset printing of brochures, envelopes and catalogs as well as business cards.
For those who are unfamiliar with this recent trend in printing, eco-green printing uses soy based inks rather than petroleum based inks. The card stock itself is generally made of recycled materials as well, and the 16 pt. card stock is the preferred choice for both professional appearance and quality of material. Soy based inks are environmentally friendly because they are made from sustainable resources, and are biodegradable. Soy based inks are now used for color advertisements in over 90% of newspapers as of 2010, according to industry studies. Soy based inks also provide more vibrant colors, can be produced inexpensively, and last longer than oil based inks. For these reasons and more, eco-green inks are a very good choice for professionally produced office supplies.
Not all printing companies are alike, however. When you research purchasing reliable pro-earth products, be sure to check for nationwide shipping and product guarantees. A 100% guarantee is very important when using a new company for your business cards or catalogs, as mistakes can be very costly. Shipping speed is important too, because sooner or later you will need something in 2-4 days as opposed to next month. Going with a company that provides customer reviews, offers a preview option for your materials, and has an active updated company blog is generally a good idea.
Yes, eco-green business products may be more expensive on the surface, but when the actual cost in supplies, fuel and man hours is examined, it is more cost effective to outsource your printing, especially when dealing with an online business, as you can order easily and securely without leaving your office. If you need more than 100 business cards, or 45 brochures or 20 catalogs (8 page or more) per month, then you will save money by outsourcing.
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In tight economic times, businesses are actively looking for ways to reduce overall costs. At the same time, growing concern about the environment means consumers are beginning to actively seek out and support companies that are eco –friendly. It goes without saying that in a market driven economic system, the company that stays focused on customer retention will fare somewhat better than one that does not. Fortunately, there are many ways do demonstrate a corporate commitment to environmental responsibility, and eco-green business cards are one relatively inexpensive way to do so. Your business card choice really can make a difference.
When you are interacting with prospective customers, having a well designed quality business card can be very important. For most businesses, self printed business cards are not a practical option, due to the high cost of ink for office printers and the time needed to separate the cards. While the results may look good, they lack the refinement and polish of professional offset printing. If your business is a small family concern that uses a low number of cards, then self printing may work for you. If, however, you use more than 100 cards in a given month, or have employees in the field, printing companies are a better choice.
Choosing a printing company can be difficult, unless you know what you want. At the minimum, 16 pt. stock is an essential component, as this card stock is far more durable than 14 pt. Many businesses also prefer rounded corners to traditional mitered corners, and UV protection coating as an option will prevent your cards from getting faded. Free or low cost shipping is also a desired option. Finding all these options and also having eco-green offset printing available used to be difficult. Now, however, all of these options and more are available to small and large businesses through companies like Abet Disc
This particular company offers a wide variety of office related products, including business cards, brochures, flyers and envelopes. While the price of soy based inks and eco-printing are generally higher than traditional printing, the quality of the products and the ability to include environmental responsibility in your overall business structure more than justifies the increased expense. One unique way to offset the cost increases is to put an aluminum can recycling bin in each heavily trafficked area of your business. Yes, this sounds odd, but it looks good, and the cash value of aluminum cans is trending upward.
The convenience value of ordering online and having the product delivered counts toward driving up overall productivity, and also equals one less stop when out shopping for supplies. The more products a company can order and have delivered the less man hours and fuel the company will need to pay for. As an example, take business cards. Buying the stock and printing 200 cards costs about $55.00, including labor, ink, fuel and heavy stock. Having the same cards printed using eco-green offset printing, free shipping, and 2-4 day delivery window costs about $50.00. Obviously, the second option is the best.
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