Thursday, March 22, 2012
Review and Giveaway: Naked Binder
Recently I was given the opportunity to review Naked Binder.
Naked Binders are "Made from 100 percent recycled board (97 percent post-consumer waste) and completely recyclable, The Naked Binder's range of no-frills ring binders are designed to last forever — well OK, 10 years, but for office supplies, it might as well be an eternity."
I received a large Classic Binder in lime green that I am now using for my blog binder. I do all my blog planning longhand and to keep everything organized I use a binder to keep track of my calender, planner pages, pitches made, what is coming to me to review, when reviews and giveaways are scheduled , and so forth. I was using a regular vinyl binder, but it was old and every time I dropped it the pages fell out – and I dropped it several times! I have since moved everything into my new Naked Binder and now I can hold more pages easier and I haven't lost any pages, even when I've dropped it or knocked it off the bed.
I also received a standard Naked Binder and a mini Naked Binder. Their standard binders are grey in color, because they are simply recycled paper, no dyes.
I was also sent dividers – they are also the plain grey, but they are thicker and heavier than the little paper ones you can get in stores. I love that they are so heavy – they don't bend when you grab the tab to flip to a different section in the binder.
The last thing I sent sent was a nice heavy-duty folder pocket. I used it on my Vegas trip to hold all my paperwork that needed to go with me, and all the paperwork I received for the convention I was working at . The folder pocket also has holes to put into the binders.
What is the big difference between regular vinyl binders and Naked Binder? Vinyl Binders cannot be recycled. Here's a little info from the Naked Binder site:
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million - less than 1/2 of 1 percent - is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated - and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
On the other hand, to recycle a Naked Binder, all you need is a flat-head screwdriver and about 9 seconds. Unscrew the metal ring section and throw both pieces(metal rings and binder cover) in the recycling bin.
Naked Binder has generously offered a Prize Pack to one lucky reader here. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below.
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Please note that this giveaway will end March 29th. I will pick the winner using Rafflecopter and email them using the email they used to sign in to Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond - please check your spam folder! I will also post the winner here in this blog post and congratulate them on my Facebook page. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.
*Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. The prize for this giveaway is provided and shipped by Naked Binder.