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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 Simple Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Yearbook Theme

Creating a yearbook that beautifully captures the student body experience and supports the environment may seem like a daunting task. Still, with today’s eco-friendly products and applications, it’s likely more straightforward than you may think. Digital tools, sustainable paper options, and eco-friendly materials are available for yearbook planning committees to use for the production of an affordable, appealing, and sustainable school yearbook.

At FutureBook Yearbooks, we are experts in the eco-conscious yearbook. We want to share tips and tricks we believe you’ll find essential to creating a sustainable, tree-free, and professional-looking annual.

Curious to know more? Keep reading. We have seven reliable and straightforward ways that you can use to build a successful and eco-friendly yearbook!

Choose Tree-Free Paper

Bamboo stalks grown to be used for tree free paper applications

An easy way to ensure your yearbook planning team delivers a green product is to choose to use a paper product that is entirely tree-free. Wait, what? Yes, tree-free paper is a reality! Not only is it a reality, but it’s also a sustainably managed resource.

What is tree-free paper? Paper produced from fibers sourced from materials other than trees is a tree-free paper product. Commonly used treeless paper options come from crops of bamboo grasses, hemp plants, or flax.  

Bamboo paper is an especially eco-sensible choice because bamboo is the fastest growing plant on our planet. Even more amazingly, the bamboo plant produces 30% more oxygen than trees! Using bamboo as the paper material in a yearbook means support for a completely renewable resource, and harmful deforestation practices are prevented.

Want to learn more fun facts about what makes bamboo so amazing? Read here!

Opt for Water Soluble and Vegetable Based Printing Dyes

Printing adhesives and lamination choices can easily support a yearbook team’s initiative to make a planet-happy product. Hazardous chemicals found in traditional petroleum-based printing solutions can be avoided and replaced with safer and less harsh printing materials.

Lamination products, used to produce high-gloss paper finishes, were once made of hazardous chemicals, like benzene and toluene, that contribute to global water pollution. Fortunately, the adhesive industry has evolved, and there are choices available now that are less harmful and water-soluble. 

Selecting vegetable-based dye over petroleum-based inks help yearbook teams to reduce pollution levels in our atmosphere and water supplies. Vegetable dyes are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making them a kinder, gentler choice for printing applications.

Another benefit of vegetable dyes is they produce more vibrant and vivid looking colors than the classic petroleum-based inks!

Produce a Yearbook that Gives Back

group class planting trees

Another idea we love that will make your yearbook eco-friendly is for your yearbook committee to give back to the environment during the yearbook planning process. Complete your eco-friendly yearbook theme with images from school-supported environmental initiatives. Ideas to consider as part of a green-themed yearbook planning process are:

  • Work with your school administrators to limit the use of single-use plastics.
  • Challenge classmates to a “walk to school” week in support of reduced carbon emissions. 
  • Choose a yearbook supplier that plants a tree for every yearbook printed. (Yes! We do that! Learn more here!)
  • Host a clothing swap to encourage the benefits of secondhand clothing.

Go Green For Your Yearbook Theme

A green yearbook theme can be a fun way to promote your school’s eco-friendly ideologies and solidify efforts to produce a book that’s kind to the environment. 

Some simple ideas for themes that are creative, environmentally conscious, and cohesive are: 

  • Grow. Combine how the year’s students have grown together as a class with their efforts to increase the use of sustainable resources. 
  • It’s Our Turn. Focus on careers students want to pursue that will work to reduce pollution, improve energy efficiency in homes, or support nature.
  • It’s a Small World. Showcase how students of today are part of the global community, and how that resonates within the school halls.

Maximize Use of Digital Resources

Limit paper use for the planning and creation of your yearbook. Instead, maximize the use of readily available digital resources that will reduce the committee’s carbon footprint.

Online Yearbook Ladder

student using digital resources for learning

The yearbook ladder is a key aspect of the yearbook planning process that’s very easy to maneuver in a digital format. A digital adaptation of the yearbook ladder will prevent high amounts of paper from being used, as well as streamline the communication between team members. When edits and changes made to the digital ladder planner need to be shared, it’s easy to keep everyone “in the know.” Share the file with team members after each edit.

Communicate Digitally

Rely on email and group texts to communicate with each of your yearbook members effectively. Instead of sticky notes or handing out printed documents or newsletters, try to use only paper-free options.

Host Eco-Friendly Online Yearbook Events

To truly capture the experiences of a school’s student life, it’s essential to go where students spend their time. In 2020, that means shifting attention towards online platforms. Consider online conferencing options to host online discussions and events. Challenge students to make and share a themed video that encourages support for stopping climate change. Ask classmates to submit selfies of themselves actively recycling or composting.

Looking for other ways to inspire student yearbook participation? Learn more here!

Contribute to Local Conservation Efforts

Showcasing student involvement in local conservation efforts is a wonderful way to add eco-friendly images to your yearbook while instilling a sense of community and pride in students. 

Seek out local environmental groups, animal shelters, or community gardens to find out if they require student volunteers during the year. Invite conservation professionals to give speeches and educate students on what they can in their area to support conservation efforts.

Let FutureBook Yearbooks Be Part of The Journey

Climate conscious consumer choices are becoming increasingly easy to make in today’s marketplace. And at FutureBook Yearbooks, we are proud to be part of the eco-friendly consumer movement. How we do that is by helping our customers create beautiful yearbooks made from sustainable materials and products.

We do this by utilizing the growing variety of products and services available from suppliers we’ve chosen to work with who support sustainable resource management. Our commitment to sustainability and consistent quality has allowed us to learn creative ways to help our clients build an eco-friendly yearbook. 

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!