Tuesday, March 20, 2018

printMe1 & Sustainability

We've all seen the little tag line some people put on their emails. "Think about the environment before you print this email." -Or- "Save a tree. Don't print this email."

There is  a common misconception that printing is not good for the environment, but it's actually the opposite. 

Users of print are in fact improving the environment, not harming it. Use print with confidence that is not only not harmful to the environment, but is actually beneficial to the environment. 

When you support print, you are supporting sustainable forestry as well.  From the forest to the mill for paper and packaging, to the printshop, and finally to your mailbox. This entire process is based on the foundation of growing trees and plants for a valuable use, then growing more, not just consuming them.

(From: The power of sustainable forests | Kathy Abusow | TEDxWilmington")

Read more below to understand the steps printMe1.com takes to provide a sustainable product.

Our Paper Grows Trees.

The paper and packaging we use is purchased from a certified supplier of FSC™, SFI® or PEFC® papers, or if the paper is not from a North American forestry resource, the paper manufacturer has provided significant and verifiable information to confirm the sustainability of their process.  Double A is an example of a non-certified paper we are currently using for our Black and White printing. (Note- this changes from time to time.)

The paper in printMe1.com's products should be viewed as a responsibly managed crop that is harvested and replanted, rather than a resource that is expended. 

Using paper from sustainable sources means the forest land will continue for be used for the purpose of growing trees and plants, and not cleared to be used for something else less environmentally beneficial.

While growing in forests and tree farms, those trees and plants grown for use in paper-based industries provide a habitat for nature & wildlife, consume carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and produce oxygen for us to breathe. 

Example: According to the manufacturer here, A ream of Double A paper has removed 27 pounds of Co2 from the atmosphere during it's journey to your print.

By using paper and print, you are supporting the growth and renewal of habitats in North America like this: 

Our Toner is Made from Plant-Based Components that are Grown, Recycled Waste.

Talking about something typically made our of plastic like toner is, well, usually boring. But not ours... Our black and white printing process uses a plant-based polymerized toner, made from a biomass resource that is renewable, and also requires less energy during the printing process when your prints are made.

The image quality is superior to toners made from pulverized plastic, making your prints look great too.

Waste toner is collected in PET containers and returned to the manufacturer for reuse.

Our Packaging is Part of A Sustainable Industry, & 100% Recyclable.

The materials we use for packaging are chosen because they are from sustainable sources. Our main product is 99% paper based, so why not apply that to our packaging? We do!

Our cardboard and kraft paper used for packaging, wrapping and filler come from sustainable sources, so your use of our products has a long-term benefit for the environment.

 The tape we use is made of paper. All of the packaging we use is easy to recycle. Paper can be reused 5-7 times before wood fibers break down. 

Your prints are easy to recycle as well. Just dispose of them responsibly and get them back into print!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Meet the new member of the PM1 Family- printMyBluePrints.com

printMyBlueprints.com is a version of printMe1.com designed for building & construction professionals.

Geared to provide a simple PDF printing service for users of engineering formats of Arch C (18"x24"), Arch D (24"x36"), Arch E1 (30"x42"), & Arch E (36"x48"), printMyBlueprints.com makes it easy to get engineering PDF's printed &  shipped to your US Mailbox just like printMe1.com, but with a few additional enhancements for the building & construction industries.

These users occasionally are receiving multi-page PDF's they need to get prints from, but sometimes don't want every page in the PDF. So for them, we took the printMe1.com platform, and added a "burst" feature, where every page appears as thumbnail, which can be clicked to deselect or reselect it in the print job. Mousing over a thumb will expand it to better help see which page it is. 

Then the selected pages are send over to checkout. Users can also upload multiple PDF's at the same time & combine them in the same order as long as they are the same print size. Sets of the final selection can be ordered in any quantity, with stapling as a binding option. 

Checkout is the same as printMe1.com via Paypal. 

Printing is in two business days or less, and shipping is via USPS 2-3 Day Priority, so printMyBlueprints.com users can expect their order in a week or less anywhere in the USA. 

The same distribution & fulfillment hack we posted about for printMe1.com also works for printMyBlueprints.com, so architects, engineers and other document creators can us it to conveniently distribute sets to any client in the US just by uploading to printMyBlueprints.com, and changing the name and address in their PayPal "Ship To". More info here.


Simple print Distribution & Order Fulfillment for PDF Creators- using printMe1.com and PrintMyBlueprints.com

Hey PM1 Fans,

Have you written a PDF you would like to distribute in print to your US users?  Do you sell PDF's you created on your own web store, and would like an easy way to have them fulfilled to US addresses in print?

printMe1 is an easy way to distribute your PDF's in print to a small user base. Here's how:

As our regular users already know, our checkout uses PayPal, and we ship to your address in PayPal.
Changing the shipping address in PayPal is really easy during your payment process.

At the "Ship To", where you will see the PayPal account owner's name, just click "Change", then "Add Address", and you will see this:

Just put in the new recipient's name & address here, and presto!, your print ships to them. You'll still receive the tracking info to your primary PayPal email address.

So if you have written a book you are selling and have sales you need fulfill, it's really simple to just upload to printMe1. com, and then add in your customer's name and address in PayPal's shipping address for each order.

Then printMe1.com does the printing, binding, packaging (meticulously), and shipping just by uploading to our site. It's that easy!

This also works for distributing building plans to a client or contractor using our PrintMyBlueprints.com service.

This saves time compared with other options where you either need to create a full-blown store, or you have to take on all of the fulfillment & distribution on your own.

If you already sell through your own website, this hack is an easy way to fulfill occasional sales of your PDF's in print form without taking on any additional integration.