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Binder Ring Bird Feeder

2014 March 25 by

Use this guide to create your own Bird Feeder out of Binder Rings.

The official first day of spring was last week and to help us get out of the winter rut, we decided to do a fun project for the birds. Not only are you upcycling your old binders with this project, you are feeding the birds too! Here is what you need:

  • Old Binder (for the rings)
  • String
  • Pinecones
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Nails or Screws
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Bird Feeder Supplies

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5 Ways to Get Organized and Buy Back Time

2013 March 11 by

When people talk about what money can’t buy you there is always a big debate. Some people think money can buy you happiness, whereas others will tell you this is not true. The reason this is so debatable is because nobody really agrees, but something people do agree on is that you can’t buy time. They tell you not to waste time because you will never get it back. Once you’ve gone to sleep that is another day of your life assigned to the record books.

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Tax Tips-How to Organize Your Taxes

2013 March 5 by

The income tax deadline is quickly approaching and many people are panicking. We all know how much time and effort it would save if we would have everything nice and neat and properly organized.

 

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What Happens To Your Trash When You Throw It Out?

2013 February 5 by

Most of us don’t think about our trash after we toss it into the litter bin. And why would we? Everything we use is packaged in neat little plastic bundles for our convenience – it wouldn’t be very convenient if we actually had to take our trash to the landfill and process it ourselves, would it? Instead, the 368,000 people and 148,000 vehicles employed within the U.S. waste management industry move your garbage to the 1,754 active landfills and 87 incinerators spread across the nation.

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Holiday Planner – How to Make a Holiday Planner

2012 November 6 by

It’s about that time to start planning for holidays. Gifts, food and parties can get mixed up or even forgotten. So have you ever wondered what the secret to a stress free holiday is? A Holiday Planner! Having a Holiday Planner can turn your hectic holiday into a cool and composed celebration.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Choose the Right Binder

2012 September 4 by

We’ve all been there. You walk into a store, find the binder section, and are completely overwhelmed by the selection. How do you choose the perfect one? This infographic gives a few helpful tips on picking the right three-ring binder for your needs.

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12 Items to Keep You Entertained at Work

2012 May 18 by

Let’s face it. Cubicles stink. No one wants to sit down for 9 hours in a makeshift cloth box doing TPS reports. Below are 12 items plus a bonus item to keep you and your neighbors entertained at work.

1. Airzooka Air Gun – $13

2. Executive Elite Marshmallow Blaster – $55

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30 Amazing Sculptures Made out of Cardboard

2012 May 1 by

We are no stranger to cardboardat Samsill.  We make the RAW binder which is highly durabletype of chipboard/cardboard. All of our binders had some form of chipboard between the sheets of Polypropylene. We know our way around cardboard, but Chris Gilmour brings cardboard to an entirely different level.

Via Chris Gilmour via TwistedSiftler 

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What is Administrative Professionals’ Day?

2012 April 25 by

What is Administrative Professionals’ Day?

Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day) is a holiday in several countries. Recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. In North America, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April (Today)

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How the Pen Evolved from a Paintbrush Into a Instrument of Writing Perfection

2012 April 13 by

Rebloged from this Gizmodo post

Yeah, you can those blue Bic pens in bulk if you want—a boatload costs about as much as your morning coffee. And all pens are pretty much the same, right? Of course not. Cheapo pens are much more likely to leave ink smeared across your nose, bleeding through your pants pocket, or glopping up your page.

But even cheap pens were state-of-the-art at one time. Let’s take a look at how writing with ink has evolved over the centuries.

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8 Uses For Binders

2012 March 21 by

The ring binder was first patented in 1854 and since then they have been used for many things. The binder is the most efficient way to organize all kinds of materials. Since binders come in different sizes, colors, materials, and capacities, they are a universal tool for any type of organizational need. Binders also allow the user to become creative in what a binder is used for. Possibilities are endless when it comes to the many uses of binders.

Samsill has one of the widest, if not the widest, array of binder selection in the industry. There are WAY more than 8 uses for them but here are 8 that others have found useful.

Here are 8 uses for ring binders:

1. Sales pricing books
2. Owner’s manuals or employee handbooks can be easily organized into a binder
3. Organize school materials, homework, etc.
4. Organizing collections: Whether you collect stamps, baseball cards, or other memorabilia, plastic sheets and inserts are a great place to put collections and can be easily placed into a binder
5. Binders can make great scrapbooks or photo albums
6. Easel binders allow for making presentations easy
7. If you have a bunch of recipes lying around, a binder can be used to make a cookbook
8. A binder was originally created to hold loose leaf paper, which is a great place to write a journal, a book, or track goals

These are just a few examples of how binders can be used, but there are many more uses out there. Binders make organization easy and convenient, especially with binder accessories such as tabs and page protectors.

8 Uses for Binders - Samsill

The Binders For Life series from Samsill are great binders to use for any of the 8 uses for binders.

Why Your Company Needs Social Media

2012 March 12 by

Why your business must go social? Thanks to social media, massive online exposure is up for grabs for all businesses.

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March Contest Winner Announced!

2012 March 1 by

March Contest Winner Announced!

Hi Samsill fans!  We are happy to announce our March Facebook “Like” Contest winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a monthly contest on our Samsill Facebook account. We are giving away one $50 cash gift card to one of our lucky fans.  The prize winners are randomly drawn at the end of each month.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Laurie Norman Neidigh!!

 

Instructions on redeeming your gift card:

Send an email to marketing@samsill.comincluding the following

Name

Address (including country, city, state, zip code)

[One week to redeem the prize.  Must have email in by 5pm CST March. 12th, 2011]

Who Invented the 3 Ring Binder?

2012 February 28 by

The three ring binder serves as an integral component to any office, home, or educational facility. It keeps papers organized and neat, and presents them in a professional manner. The invention of the three ring binder led to other inventions and innovations related to office implements.

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Dutch Street Artist Creates Amazing Portraits Using Only Tape

2012 February 26 by

We like office supplies around here at Samsill.  Tape is DEFINITLY an office product, and this is by far the COOLEST thing we’ve ever seen done with it!

Via Design Taxi

Dutch street artist Max Zorn has revolutionized the way we usually use duct tape by creating portraits out of them.

Using layers of translucent duct tapes, Zorn creates stunning portraits of pop culture figures like the Beatles and also classic artworks such as Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.

Zorn’s fascinating works have appeared on buildings, windows as well as street lamps all over Europe.

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Types of Three-Ring Binders

2012 February 25 by

Three-ring binders can help keep important papers organized. The ease in opening the rings adds to the convenience of separating papers into groups and using tabs to label sections. Three-ring binders are available in different ring shapes and sizes. Each ring shape has a different mechanism and is fitted into the three-ring binder differently. Knowing the difference in the types of three-ring binders will aid you in picking the right binder to meet your needs.

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Recycled Binder Uses – Making an Aerodynamic Kit For A Lamborghini Out Of Two Three Inch Binders

2012 February 24 by

A good friend of mine, Mark from Marketing, is a car enthusist as well as a skier from Monaco.  He put a ski box on top of his Lambo but didn’t like the speed limit that put on his car. So he created a DIY aerodynamic kit for his Lambo out of binders.  Just another way to reuse old binders!!

From his blog:

I know you are not supposed to put a ski box on a Lambo and I do know that you are an absolute idiot if decide to build an aerodynamic improvement on the car with a some card board and duct tape. I guess that makes me a super idiot! Haha

As Janni will be waiting for me in Monaco tomorrow I decided that I am going to get there as fast as I can after the race. So I decided to design an aero modification that I think will help the drag, creating better fuel economy and most importantly taking away our high speed limit… ;-)

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how our modification worked, I must say that with our only option of some card board and duct tape we did a pretty good job! 250km/h+ here we come? ;-)

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What Is the History of the Three-Ring Binder?

2012 February 23 by

The 3-ring binder is something that can be seen in schools and offices around the world. This binder is helpful because it gives students and those in offices the ability to organize and store whatever papers and documents they may have. The 3-ring binder is useful because not only does it keep papers organized, but it also helps keep papers protected from dirt or grime.

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Altego Winner Announced

2012 February 15 by

Hi Altego fans!  We are happy to announce another Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a weekly contest on our Altego Facebook account. We are giving away one Altego Laptop Sleeve to one of our lucky fans each week.  The prize winners are randomly drawn from our Altego Brand Facebook fans.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Kevin Penner

Instructions on redeeming your gift card:

  • Send an email to marketing@altegobrand.com and mbrown@samsill.com including the following
    • Name
    • Address (including country, city, state, zip code)

Altego Weekly Laptop Sleeve Winner Announced!

2012 February 9 by

Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway Announced!

Hi Altego fans! We are happy to announce another Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway winner. For those of you who don’t know we are doing a weekly contest on our Altego Facebook account. We are giving away one Altego Laptop Sleeve to one of our lucky fans each week. The prize winners are randomly drawn from our Altego Brand Facebook fans.

CONGRATULATIONS: Rochel Rand-Sidell

Instructions on redeeming your gift card:
• Send an email to marketing@altegobrand.com including the following
o Name
o Address (including country, city, state, zip code)

February Contest Winner Announced!

2012 February 3 by

Hi Samsill fans!  We are happy to announce our October Facebook “Like” Contest winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a monthly contest on our Samsill Facebook account. We are giving away one $50 cash gift card to one of our lucky fans.  The prize winners are randomly drawn at the end of each month.
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Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Plastic

2012 January 31 by

This story comes to us from the great people over at Co.Exist.  Here is an excerpt from their article.

The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow “students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way.” The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.

The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.

The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and–even more surprising–do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill.

Student Pria Anand recorded the microbe’s remarkable behavior and Jonathan Russell isolated the enzymes that allow the organism to degrade plastic as its food source. The Yale team published their findings in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology late last year concluding the microbe is “a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation.” In the future, our trash compactors may simply be giant fields of voracious fungi.

mushrooms

 

This is great news for us and the rest of the world.  Plastics can be very harmful to the environment.  That is why we, at Samsill, take such great care to recycle almost everything, use post consumer content, use as little plastic as possible without degrading performance, and buy our supplies through environmentally friendly suppliers.

We also have the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder on the market. It is one of our top sellers and it is fully biodegradable (meaning it breaks down in a traditional landfill environment unlike most plastics).  2012 is going to be a HUGE year for us because we are introducing quite a few new, full environmentally friendly, products to the binder market.

Stay tuned for more.

Biodegradable Binder

 

Samsill Launches New Binder Fashion Colors for 2012

2012 January 30 by

Like Saturdays INFOGRAPHIC said, this is the beginning of “COLOR DAYS” around Samsill.  We are extremely happy to announce our NEW FASHION COLORS FOR 2012.

and be sure to check out our 2012 FASHION COLOR PRESS RELEASE that went out this morning!

Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway!

2012 January 27 by

Hi Altego fans!  We are happy to announce another Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a weekly contest on our Altego Facebook account. We are giving away one Altego Laptop Sleeve to one of our lucky fans each week.  The prize winners are randomly drawn from our Altego Brand Facebook fans.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Lindsay Varner Bowen (Lindsay Varner)

Instructions on redeeming your gift card:
• Send an email to marketing@altegobrand.com including the following
o Name
o Address (including country, city, state, zip code)

[INFOGRAPHIC] Saturday

2012 January 21 by

The Super Bowl is coming up! The Biggest American sporting even of the year! This INFOGRAPHIC is about Super Bowl Ads.  Admit it, a lot of you enjoy the commercials just as much as the game!
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Altego Laptop Sleeve Winner Announced!

2012 January 18 by

Hi Altego fans!  We are happy to announce another Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a weekly contest on our Altego Facebook account. We are giving away one Altego Laptop Sleeve to one of our lucky fans each week.  The prize winners are randomly drawn from our Altego Brand Facebook fans.

CONGRATULATIONS:  KHovy Pamintuan (Kitt Hovy)

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What Will 6 Million Matches and 16 Years of Life Get You? Awesomeness

2012 January 17 by

Via My Modern Met

Think you have the time, dedication and patience to create an artwork like this? First, try and comprehend these numbers. 6 million matches. 16 years of life. Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov used that many matches and spent that much time to create this impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery. Made of wood, matches and gems, it’s now on display at the Museum of Archaeological in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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[INFOGRAPHIC] Saturday

2012 January 14 by

Samsill is a private company but a lot of our competitors are public. 2011 was a year full of IPO’s and 2012 is expected to have one of the largest IPO’s in history, Facebook’s.  What are the numbers behind a Facebook IPO? Find out in this weeks [INFOGRAPHIC].

via FastCoDesign
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Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway Winner Announced!

2012 January 11 by

Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway!

Hi Altego fans!  We are happy to announce another Altego Laptop Sleeve Giveaway winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a weekly contest on our AltegoFacebook account. We are giving away one Altego Laptop Sleeve to one of our lucky fans each week.  The prize winners are randomly drawn from our Altego Brand Facebook fans.
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Samsill Monthly Contest Winner Announced! $50!!!!

2012 January 5 by

January  Contest Winner Announced!

Hi Samsill fans!  We are happy to announce our October Facebook “Like” Contest winner.  For those of you who don’t know we are doing a monthly contest on our Samsill Facebook account. We are giving away one $50 cash gift card to one of our lucky fans.  The prize winners are randomly drawn at the end of each month.
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New Year Wisdom

2012 January 5 by

It is a few days into the New Year and it is about the time when the holiday season hype is over and things are slowly getting back to normal.  A lot of you probably made New Years resolutions, as so many people do, but maybe this year is different. Maybe this year is the year to keep your resolution. Whatever your resolution was, even if you didn’t have one, this article could be the difference between starting the new year off right, or wrong. It was quite a paradime shift in my traditional way of thought, maybe if can help you too.

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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012 (Best Posts of 2011)

2011 December 30 by

It has been quite a year for us, here at Samsill & Altego.  Some great things have happened (Speedy Spine!) and we are working on great things for 2012.  We cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store for us. Thank you to all of our customers & loyal fans who make what we do a lot more fun and exciting. From everyone here at Samsill, Have a Happy New Year. May you and your loved ones be blessed beyond measure in 2012.

Some of our favorite posts from 2011. . .

(In no particular order)

1.) Samsill Introduces New Speedy Spine Ring Binder – Here

2.) 5 Steps To Improve Productivity Through Organization – Here

3.) The Best Bamboo Office Products – Here

4.) Most Innovative Pens in Office Supplies – Here

5.) Top 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Binder – Here

6.) The Best Breast Cancer Awareness Office Products – Here

7.) Breast Cancer & Plastic – Here

8.) Top 10 Reasons To Buy Local – Here

9.) Recipe Binder DIY – Here

10.) Ergonomics (The Science & The Best Products) – Here

11.) Best Movember Mustache Products – Here

12.) 2011 Office Products Shopping Guide – Here

13.) Top 11 Mommy Blogs – Here

14.) Samsill Christmas Party & Tacky Christmas Sweater Photos – Here

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humor To Uplift You On The Monday After a Holiday

2011 November 28 by

Oh the joy of a Monday after a holiday break. It never gets easier!

This made us laugh. Hopefully it cheers you up too!

Happy Monday!

Samsill Marketing

WouldBeWaste

2011 November 22 by

One, of many, of our motto’s here at Samsill is “Do not throw out a material that can be reused or recycled.”  We strive to reuse and recycle all waste, scraps, etc.  WouldBeWaste.com has a similar motto which is why we love their products.  They have neat and intuitive ways to reuse, what otherwise, would be trash.

Their first products are reused wood for a desk. What they said about their product:

Our first range of products are unique desktop accessories made in small batches and finished by hand. Designed to display a clock, Post-it notes and iPhone holder. Each product will have a limited and numbered run of ten.

We are also producing a selection of one-off products to include a Table Lamp and Wall Clock. All of the materials used to create these products were saved from the recycling bin of stores, workshops and studios across London.

The World’s Biggest Binder

2011 November 18 by

The TITAN 6″ BINDER – Samsill Corp.

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The first ever six inch binder. It is the largest binder on the market. The Titan is made of heavy-duty construction and supported by a locking heavy-duty D-ring.  Most impressive this binder holds over 1200 pages.  No other binder comes close to the TITAN’s storage capacity.

The TITAN comes in 3 different styles.

First, it is available in our Antimicrobial Reference Binder (163 series).  This binder not only holds 1200+ pages but it also doesn’t allow germs to grow on its major surfaces.  That is a big deal for anyone that is going to have a lot of different hands touching this binder!

Second, the TITAN comes in our standard NON-stick D-Ring view binder.

Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents.

Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene. Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings. Two clear inside pockets for additional storage of loose papers. Holds sheet size 8.5×11. Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content.

  • Customizable nonstick clear overlay on front, back and spine
  • Front, back and spine material is environmentally friendly and will not stick or lift copy from cover inserts or contents
  • Acid-free, archival safe polypropylene
  • Locking D-ring keeps documents secure and holds up to 25% more sheets than standard round rings
  • Contains 46% post-consumer recycled content

Made in USA with domestic & foreign components

America Recycles Day and a Good Feeling Video for this Tuesday

2011 November 15 by

Today (November 15th, 2011) is America Recycles Day.  Here is what the website says:

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!

Help the world we live in, take the pledge to recycle and reuse instead of discard.  Here at Samsill we took the pledge. We use 100% recycled chip board any time we can. And all of our products are made up of at least some recycled material.  We also make the ONLY traditional biodegradable binder.  If you choose to throw it away instead of recycling it (which all of our binders are 100% recyclable) the binder will break down in <5 years as opposed to 20+ year.

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Ergonomics

2011 November 3 by

Ergonomics.  Not a word that is often used and therefore not a word that a lot of people know.  Ergonomics is defined as the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities.

The Economics of Ergonomics (via HumanScale)

Ergonomics has much more to it than simply promoting comfort and reducing injury risks. Good ergonomics increases productivity and employee morale. It reduces costs and contributes to company goals; therefore impacting the bottom line.

The largest and most important assets of any organization are the employees. A good ergonomics program is the best way to maximize their potential.

 

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DIY Recipe Binder

2011 October 27 by

UPDATE:  New video documenting how she created this recipe binder!  Check it out!

We are blessed to have such wonderful & loyal customers.  The below post comes from a close friend of ours who made an incredible DIY recipe binder from our Antimicrobial Binder & our Sheet Protectors.  What a great DIY!

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Dallas – A Leader in Recycling

2011 October 25 by

Thanks to The Green Groove for this article

The city of Dallas recently announced a new effort to become the first city in the state of Texas to add food and drink containers to its residential curbside recycling program.

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Breast Cancer & Plastic

2011 October 13 by

What to use & what not to use

I must thank our friends at the Think Pink, Live Green column on breastcancer.org for this week’s blog. 

Plastic. It is a polarizing material. Love it or hate it there is no denying it or getting away from it. Plastic has helped revolutionize the world in many ways but it has also caused its fair share of problems. It isn’t healthy to ingest…at all. Cancer and many other diseases have been linked back to plastics. There are a bunch of different types of plastic and each has different issues. This post is to help you become knowledgeable about the material and figure out what is okay to have around and what is unhealthy. Continue reading »

Uncommon Recycling

2011 October 12 by

It is well known that Samsill is environmentally conscious but one thing a lot of people may not know is that we like to advocate recycling awareness.

Recycling aluminum, paper, & plastic has been around for years.  Yet there are so many other things that most people just throw away because they do not know they can be recycled.  Binders are a great example.  Another item a lot of us either throw away or keep in the back of our closet is our old athletic shoes.  Who knew you could recycled those (or give them to people in need)? Continue reading »

DFW Airport Nationally Ranked for Green Power Purchase

2011 September 2 by

DFW Airport ranked among top 50 nationally for being green.

Samsill is located in Fort Worth, TX.  We all travel a lot for different purposes but we all see way too much of DFW Airport.  The next time I fly I will be slightly more at ease because DFW was just announced as the highest ranked airport for green energy usage by the EPA.

Fort Worth Business Press printed the story on their website.  Below is an excerpt:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
to its National Top 50 list of partner organizations using the most renewable electricity to help
reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and protect human health.

D/FW Airport ranks at No. 48 among the nation’s top purchasers of renewable energy, and ranks
at No. 8 on the Top 20 Local Government purchasers list produced by the EPA.

D/FW Airport is the highest ranked airport for green energy usage, and one of only two airports
recognized by the EPA.

 

Glad to see other local companies care as much about the earth as we do here at Samsill.  Don’t forget to check out our biodegradable binders!

Have a great weekend,
Samsill Marketing Team

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable View

2011 May 20 by

D-Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable View

2011 May 19 by

Round Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable Storage

2011 May 7 by

D-Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.

Earth’s Choice™ Biodegradable Storage

2011 April 4 by

Round Ring
Formulated to biodegrade in microbial landfills within 5 years**.