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Fun Ways Yearbook Staff Can Promote Sustainability

Sustainable Yearbook Ideas

Yearbook staff working together to promote sustainability in their school can do so by creating fun and enjoyable activities for their yearbook committee and classmates. Hosting eco-friendly events benefit yearbook production efforts because it encourages both student involvement and brings awareness to sustainability issues.

When deciding exactly what type of event your yearbook team may want to organize and plan, think about how it will improve the outcome of your yearbook. Consider the following questions:

  • Will the event encourage student yearbook participation?
  • Does your idea promote the yearbook theme?
  • Is the event accessible for all students to join?
  • How will the event be eco-friendly and support sustainability?

To help you answer the above questions and guide you towards planning a successful event, the FutureBook team has compiled six ideas yearbook staff can use to promote sustainability.

Challenge Yearbook Classmates To Go Fossil Free

Yearbook team sustainability challenge

Promote sustainability by challenging students to avoid using petroleum-powered transportation options for a week. Ask students to ditch the fossil fuels and then send the yearbook committee snapshots of their emission-free excursions. Encourage students to ride their bikes, walk, rely on emission-free vehicles, or select other modes of eco-friendly transportation to get around town. 

For an enticing incentive, consider offering challenge participants the opportunity to win a free yearbook! For every picture submitted to the yearbook team of a student engaging in a renewably-resourced transport option, add their name to a ballot for the draw prize. 

Want to try fossil-free, digital resources that experienced yearbook teams love? Click here!

Use A Sustainability Themed Poll For Image Free Yearbook Pages 

While a yearbook’s strength is telling a schoolyear’s story through pictures, it’s a good idea to include image-free options to include camera-shy students in a meaningful way. Creating a poll is a good way to learn what your classmates think and feel about sustainability issues. While it may not capture student’s faces, it does represent the values and opinions shared among the year’s pupils.

What does the FutureBook team think and feel about sustainability? To find out, read our sustainability policy.

Participate in a Local Tree-Planting Initiative

Get your school involved in the community and help the environment by arranging a tree-planting event. Connect with your local government officials, like the town mayor or recreation department, to learn about available tree planting opportunities. Other community connections to consider for a tree planting event are local business owners, community centers, or seniors residences.

During the event, be sure a yearbook staff member is available to take photographs to be used for sustainability-themed yearbook pages. If tree planting isn’t an option for your school, consider working with a company that can yield similar results. For example, at FutureBook Yearbooks, we partner with Trees For The Future. This non-profit organization plants trees on our behalf. For every yearbook sold, a new tree is planted!

Have Your Yearbook Teams Host A Swap Meet

yearbook staff hosted swap meet

Incorporate the three “R’s” of sustainability, -Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, with a school-wide swap-meet hosted by the yearbook team. Free swap events are useful for turning your yearbook committee’s sustainability ideals into results that your classmates will likely appreciate. It also provides another option for all classes to get involved and participate.

Reusing everyday things, like clothing, electronics, or board games, will lengthen the life of the items and prevent them from ending up in a landfill. Other donation ideas could include fiction books, gaming accessories, sports equipment, and collectibles. Additionally, items that aren’t collected by the end of the event can be delivered to a local charity.

Commit to Producing an Eco-Friendly Yearbook 

While it is easier than ever in 2020 to use sustainable products and eco-conscious resources for the yearbook production process, it still requires commitment. Yearbook advisors and staff need to focus on their environmentally-friendly yearbook goal to produce a book that is as stunning as it is sustainable.

Why Eco-Conscious Yearbook Teams Choose Water Soluble Dye

water soluble dye in print

Yearbook teams in 2020 have more options than ever to create a yearbook that supports their eco-conscious values. Yearbook staff with an eco-friendly aim can choose sustainable tree-free paper, environmentally conscious publishers, or recycled paper blends to build a beautiful book.

Additionally, yearbook committees can support the planet by relying on water-soluble dye and printing solutions to showcase memorable images they’ve captured throughout the year. 

While water-soluble products are the most commonly used dyes for most publishing companies, some still opt for petroleum-based printing products. Petroleum-based colors and print solutions contribute to global pollution problems. Fortunately, there are better, safer choices printing companies and yearbook staff can use. 

In this article, we’re sharing why an eco-friendly yearbook should incorporate water-soluble dyes in the production and printing process.

Yearbook Teams Reduce Ocean Pollution

Hazardous chemicals like benzene and toluene were once widely used in publishing processes, and contributed to the contamination of the world’s oceans. More specifically, chemicals used for lamination processes to produce high-gloss pages and other sheens were quite harsh on the environment.

Thankfully, we now have better options. The use of water-soluble lamination products means yearbooks can still have high-gloss pages, UV spots, or other special enhancements without the use of chemicals that can impact the health of our oceans.

Curious about how to utilize digital resources for yearbook planning that are absolutely free? Find out here!

Vegetable Dyes Produce Vivid-Looking Yearbooks

Vivid colors on a yearbook layout page.

Sometimes, choosing earth-friendly products means sacrificing certain preferences and conveniences, like colorful plastic toothbrushes for neutral-toned bamboo ones, for example. Fortunately, selecting vegetable dyes as the ink used for the yearbook printing process is a choice that is both eco-conscious and delivers superior color quality.

Petroleum-based inks don’t offer the same advantages as the more favourable vegetable-dye options in many ways. Vegetable dyes tend to lower printing costs, are less harmful to the environment, and produce colors that are remarkably vivid and vibrant looking.

Yearbook Staff Can Leave a Positive Legacy

Yearbooks serve to tell the story of classmates and their communal experiences together over a school year. However, they’re also essential documentation of the history and spirit of the people represented on its pages. Future generations will look to today’s yearbooks as a source of knowledge and information.

Building a yearbook to leave a positive legacy and accurately reflect the collective beliefs of your classmates can be achieved through sustainable product selections that reflect those ideals. Water-soluble publishing chemicals, dyes, and solutions can easily be a part of an eco-friendly yearbook.

Want more ideas for your team on how to design a sustainable yearbook? Learn here!

Make a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Free Yearbook

butterfly resting on a leaf

When petroleum-based chemicals are used in printing processes, the release of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can occur. Petroleum-based publishing chemicals emit vapors into the atmosphere even after the application processes are finished. 

The amount of harmful vapors released from an individual yearbook is minimal. It’s not likely to cause a health concern to those handling a single book. However, the use of volatile solvents can be avoided entirely with the use of water-based options. For those inspired to design an eco-conscious journal, water-soluble solvents are a preferred solution.

Yearbook Teams Use Water-Soluble Dyes for Eco-Friendly Books

Eco-conscious yearbook staff in 2020 don’t have to sacrifice yearbook quality or entertain extra costs to produce a book that supports sustainability. Today’s product and publishing options are both functional and serve to support the earth’s health. The use of water-soluble dyes in our publishing processes is just one of the ways that FutureBook Yearbooks strive to provide sustainable and responsible options for our clients. To learn more about our sustainability policy,  read here.

7 Amazing Facts About Bamboo Yearbook Teams Need to Know

February blog header

Yearbook planning options in 2020 are endless! If you’re part of a yearbook team, you know how overwhelming making those choices can be. Beyond the tasks of layout and theme selection – which are a vast undertaking by themselves – there are tons of decisions yearbook editors need to make.

And, in addition to creating an aesthetically appealing book, it’s also important to consider how your yearbook will impact earth’s climate.

Wait. What? Why should you consider climate needs when designing a yearbook? Well, because in 2020, you can. 

harvested babmoo stalks waiting to be turned into goods.

To create a yearbook that will last for decades, use sustainable materials and processes that serve to support our planet’s future. Clean solutions that create little damage to the environment are available and, better yet, it’s easy to use them.

Okay. But how?

A simple way to keep your yearbook’s carbon footprint at a minimum is to select paper materials made from sustainable resources, like bamboo. Bamboo paper is perfect for those who want sustainable resource management to be part of their school’s legacy. 

Bamboo by itself is pretty amazing; it already does so much for our planet! How does it do that, you ask? Good question. Keep reading to learn seven amazing facts about bamboo that (we think) every yearbook planner needs to know.

Bamboo Grows Fast

Did you know that bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth? Yep, that’s no joke. In fact, under the right conditions, bamboo can grow up to three feet in 24 hours! Paper made from bamboo is a sustainable option because it grows faster than trees.

What does that mean for yearbook advisors and staff?

Bamboo’s high growth rate means more raw material is produced in less time than it takes to produce the same amount from trees. Choosing bamboo paper for a yearbook means trees are not being cut down to create it, and the bamboo that’s harvested will grow back quickly.

Bamboo Restores Soil

In regions where the soil is depleted of nutrients, bamboo can help to restore the earth. Bamboo grows in thick clumps, or balls, which help keep the ground together. This produces a strong base that supports the bamboo plant and encourages stability in weak soil. Additionally, as leaves from the fast-growing plant fall away, they decompose. The decomposing bamboo leaves act as fertilizer, returning nutrients back into the soil.

Panda bear in a bamboo forest

In areas where over-farming has occurred, bamboo is a healthy option to heal the soil and recharge its nutrient stores. Bamboo paper consumption helps to support farming communities with limited options for crop variety.

Bamboo Prevents Erosion

The root system of the bamboo plant is amazingly strong! As bamboo grows, roots of the bamboo clump intertwine with the roots of other bamboo clumps to create an incredibly strong mesh-like root system.

Bamboo’s mesh-like root system is perfect for keeping erosion at bay.

Pandas Like It 

Most of us know how panda’s love to chow down on stalks of bamboo but, did you know bamboo is the only food panda bears eat? It sure is! Bamboo isn’t as nutritionally dense as other foods available, but panda bears seem to do just fine. They just have to eat 12 – 38 kg of the fast-growing grass every day!

Other animals that love to dine on bamboo are Mountain Gorillas and the lemurs of Madagascar, but they opt to eat different foods in addition to the leaves and stalks of bamboo. 

Bamboo Paper Saves Trees

Paper made from bamboo is a tree-free product. Zero trees are cut down when bamboo is the material of choice for making paper. Wood is considered a non-renewable resource by many; this means the rate of demand for timber exceeds the amount that can be grown back. Essentially, trees are being cut down faster than they can be regrown.

Bamboo products are key to helping preserve our current forests. How cool would it be to have a yearbook that looks great and helps the planet?

Bamboo Plants Produce Lots of Oxygen

Towering forest of bamboo

All plants produce oxygen in exchange for our carbon dioxide, but did you know plants can produce varying amounts of oxygen? And, better yet, bamboo is an oxygen-producing super-hero. 

Imagine two football fields. One of the fields is a forest of trees, and the other is a bamboo farm. Which one would produce the most oxygen? Surprisingly, the answer is bamboo. In fact, the bamboo farm would actually produce 30% more oxygen than the same-sized forest! 

But, doesn’t that mean we shouldn’t use bamboo for things like yearbooks or houses? Good point. However, bamboo grows really fast, which means people can manage bamboo consumption and regrowth more easily than slow-growing wood and timber options.

Bamboo Prefers Being Organic

Bamboo contains a natural antimicrobial, called Kun, which fights off pests and diseases naturally. Bamboo Kun lessens the need for bamboo farmers to use pesticides as the plant is hardwired to defend itself. Supporting the bamboo paper industry also reduces the volume of pesticides released into the environment.

Are you ready to choose a sustainable paper for your yearbook? At Futurebook Yearbooks, we take sustainable resource management seriously. That’s why for every yearbook we sell, we replenish the earth by planting one tree. For more information on how you can plan an amazing yearbook, contact our team!