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EcoCare Resource Binder


Our EcoCare Resource Binder was designed to inform our internal and external customers about processes that we have developed to promote sustainable business practices as well as supply validated information and officially recognized language that is used in describing sustainability. It is an educational tool that is an integral part of EcoCentral, our sustainability platform.

The EcoCare Resource binder is unique in its format. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Feedback has been extremely positive, most being impressed with the look, the style, and the tear off business card of The Central Group's Sustainability & VIP Leader.

Motivation for Change

The reason behind the creation of the binder was we recognized that sustainability was not just a trend. We believe in it and were committed to developing a sustainability platform. In that quest, we discovered through our research that the information available was inconsistent and there was a lot of misinformation available. This made us realize that there was a need for valid documentation, education, and the building of processes that were true to the spirit of sustainability. With this, the EcoCare Resource Binder was born.

Cost Effectiveness

This EcoCare Resource Binder adds value with respect to those customers who are looking to be associated and work with suppliers who are not only conscientious about the environment, but who also have implemented environmental initiatives to make a difference, both from a manufacturing perspective and a supply chain i.e. sourcing perspective e.g. SFI and FSC C-O-C certified materials.

This binder also helps guide companies, which have not yet ventured into developing a sustainability plan, platform or department. It is a way we can share best practices with both our own suppliers as well as our customers.

Additionally, the design checklist aims to assist companies in thinking through the sustainability impact when engaging in new product and/or packaging projects.


The design of this EcoCare Resource Binder was based on creating the smallest overall footprint, without compromising legibility and drastically increasing the number of pages. Only double F-fluted single-face material was used to keep the amount of material to a minimum. The corrugated binder cover, the pages within the binder, and the sleeve around the front binder flap all contain 100% recycled content. The pages and the sleeve are both FSC C-O-C certified materials.

Clean Production

Our converting plant is a low emitter of CO2, and even still, we are aiming to reduce our emissions by 10%, by the year 2010. Although water is used for cleaning and we use very few solvents, we have a water target reduction set at 10%, also for 2010. We are currently working towards becoming ISO 14001 certified.

Effective Recovery

We feel strongly that this educational tool maximizes the use of materials to ensure effective recovery of materials. Due to the nature of this item, it can be disassembled easily. Paper-based components can be segregated and recycled, as can the metal binding. The Central Group would readily take these binders back to ensure disassembly and segregation of materials into the proper waste streams.

Community Benefit

This educational EcoCare Resource Binder has great benefit to our customers. At a time, when brand owners aren't sure what green claims are permissible, it guides them as to how to avoid green washing, as well as it supplies a glossary at the back. It also guides readers about the types of inks available and the implications using what inks with respect to VOC levels. There are swatches that showcase the implications of printing on different types of substrates,and, another great benefit of the binder is it shows how design choices can affect material reduction, energy and waste reduction, responsible sourcing and resource recovery.

Resource & Energy Optimization

We will continue to update our binder and in doing so, our current format offers a sustainable and flexible format for the addition of new information. This is optimal as it avoids us having to create an entirely new binder, which would mean the use of more resources.

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