With these notepads the FSC Certified logo was not an afterthought.
For their annual meeting, financial powerhouse, AEA Investors wanted to hand out a physical notepad to its shareholders that would satisfy its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) requirements: Enter the Forest Stewardship Council, or “FSC” Certified notepad.
We’ve all heard that writing things down helps to remember them better. But what about taking notes on a smartphone or tablet? A University of Tokyo study published in 2021 showed stronger brain activity after writing on paper than on a tablet or smartphone. “Unique, complex information in analog methods likely gives [the] brain more details to trigger memory,” the introduction states. In line with the findings of this study, AEA asked us to produce some high-quality notepads worthy of their brand, but with one important stipulation: that they comply with the organization’s ESG guidelines for environmental impact.
Why FSC Certified notepads? The real question is “why not?”
As an FSC Certified printer, DataGraphic is frequently asked to source materials that are environmentally friendly and sustainable – two concepts that are increasingly associated with paper and printing. As more and more organizations are adopting ‘carbon neutral’ goals, the demand for sustainable printing – like with these FSC Certified notepads – has only increased.
DataGraphic partners with several paper manufacturers and suppliers to be able to offer our customers a wide range of FSC Certified materials to choose from. In addition to sourcing papers and cover stocks for FSC Certified notepads like these, we’re also able to produce FSC Certified packaging for manufacturers looking to lessen their carbon footprint.
How we produced these sturdy FSC Certified notepads.
The wrap around covers were produced by duplexing twin sheets of 100# Patriot Blue Classic Crest Smooth Cover stock to achieve a hefty 200# weight that provided a sturdy feel and quickly elevated this notepad to keepsake territory. Those covers were foil stamped with the AEA logo on the cover and back. Just below the brand on the back was the FSC logo and certification showing that the materials were derived from responsible sources. The fact that the FSC logo appears larger than AEA’s own logo is telling of how important the message of sustainability is for the organization.
We offset printed the interior pages onto dreamy Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Writing Bond, bound the pages along the top and then mounted the pads into the scored and folded covers. The resulting FSC Certified notepads were things of beauty and substance that felt good to hold and even better to write on. Memorable notes, for sure.
FSC Certified Notepads Specs
Printing: Interior pages: Offset lithography 1/0 PMS 540; Cover: Foil stamping 1/0 in white gloss.
Stock: Cover: 100# Patriot Blue Classic Crest Smooth Cover; Interior pages: 80# Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Writing Bond
Finishing: Mount 2 plies of 100# cover to create 200# cover. Cut and score covers; Bind pads of 50’s with chipboard backer and tip in to covers.
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