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iPhone App Finds Certified Papers

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Print Apply iPhone app has a variety of tools for print media professionals, including a spine width calculator for different paper grades, an equivalent weight table for those going from grammage to pounds or vice versa, a virtual proportion wheel, a built-in QR code reader, a link to the ...

Brazil Fast Food Chain Debuts Edible Packaging

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

What is one food way of solving the problem of discarded fast food wrappers and other packaging materials? Why yes: make them edible. Via Two Sides UK, this is exactly what Bob’s, a fast food chain in Brazil has done. (Wait: there is a fast food chain in Brazil called ...

Paper Drives

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There was a time when, as a member of the press (or, I should say, media, as the term “press” has become a bit of an anachronism in this age of online news sites like WhatTheyThink) I would go to a trade show and receive press releases and press kits ...

Walgreens Debuts New “Green” Product Line

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Make of this what you will, but national retail chain Walgreens has introduced a new private-label line of household and personal care products it calls Ology (really?), which the chain is marketing as environmentally friendly. Howso? Well, says Environmental Leader: The paper products and light bulbs are 100 percent tree-free and ...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

If you’re a parent, perhaps; if you’re a kid, no: it’s almost Back to School time (actually, it has already arrived if you are in Florida)—and your blogger is currently in grad school so has some skin in this particular game. As a result, there will be no small amount ...

Sun Specs

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Optional soundtrack to this post. The blog quite rightly shies away from issues pertaining to style, as your blogger has, essentially, none. Your blogger should wear sunglasses, if only for retinal protection, but a) hates looking like an insect, and b) has a hard time juggling prescription glasses and sunglasses or ...

Scent to Press

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Here’s an intriguing idea, for those with the nose for it: a new perfume or cologne (is there a difference?) that lets the wearer smell like a book. Yes, it’s called Paper Passion, and it lets you unleash your inner librarian—if you dare! The idea for the perfume, named Paper Passion, ...

Let There Be More Light

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Over the past few years, there have been a few attempts at creating a solar-based smartphone charger. The Solio Universal charger kit got high marks from CNet: “After exposing it to the sun for about 45 minutes, we got enough juice on the phone to make a 20-minute call—impressive.” Although, ...

Leggo My Lego

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Like most kids, I like to think, I grew up with Legos. This was before they had elaborate kits and shapes (or animated Lego movies or music videos—or social networking sites); I just had a few basic shapes in some primary colors, and that was pretty much enough to keep ...

Stay Out of My Fort—Or Coffee Shop

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I recall, when I was a kid—like many of my generation, perhaps—I often had more fun playing with old refrigerator or other appliance boxes than actual toys. Today, it could be argued (though not by very many), I’m all grown up, but a proposed new Starbucks location in Seattle can ...