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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Doing Our Bit For Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event held every October 15th where bloggers unite to post about specific issues affecting us all (some more directly than others). Since its creation in 2007, topics have included the environment, poverty and this year brings us to climate change.We thought you might be interested to know what preventative measures we take to combat it.

The Problem

Please forgive us for this, but in the past we were guilty of throwing away approximately 2,000 cubic litres of cardboard per week; supplier shipping cartons were routinely dumped without a moment’s thought. There had to be a better way to deal with this excess waste, surely? Around this time it just so happened that we were working towards our ISO accreditations, one of which was the 14001 Environmental Management Standard. In a nutshell, the aim was to minimise the negative effect our operations have on the environment.

The Solution

By investing in an industrial cardboard shredder, we were able to shred waste cardboard for use as packing outgoing orders which eliminated the need for the void fill we were previously using, and took our cardboard waste to practically zero. Tech support evangelist and quality manager Mike explains “With a relatively small investment in the cardboard shredder, the company has made an almost 100% reduction in the amount of cardboard we dumped. In addition, we no longer purchase polystyrene void fill chips that clearly have a negative impact on the environment”. We also strive to reuse as many boxes as we can for shipping goods out to customers.

Whilst our contribution may only seem minimal, you have to look at the long term impact. We estimated that over a five year period, we would have dumped a collosal 500,000 cubic litres of good clean cardboard.

So, are you participating in Blog Action Day? If not, are you taking any measures to prevent climate change? Please let us know in the comments.

Brother GL-200 Label Printer Review

Print Quality: 7-stars
Print Speed: 7-stars
Versatility: 6-stars
Ease of Setup: 9-stars
Ease of Use: 8-stars

The Brother GL-200 garden label printer is designed primarily for horticulturists and gardeners (although it can be used as a general purpose domestic labeller) so if your potting shed is a bit of a muddle, the contents of that rusty biscuit tin on the top shelf a mystery, your tools rack in disarray, and your greenhouse liable to sprout something unexpected, then you might perceive a need to apply some labels. If you do, this printer could be the one for you.

The GL200 can print on three widths of label, these being: 6mm, 9mm and 12mm (from Brother’s TZ range of tape cartridges) and they are all resistant to fading in sun and rain, also to temperatures ranging from -80oC to +150ºC (which means they can be used in outer space), humidity, abrasion, oil and chemicals. Apart from the obvious options of black print on white label etc. the range includes such variations as fluorescent and transparent backing (standard laminated range) and matt finish, strong adhesive type, and flexi ID in the specialist non-laminated range. These ranges allow interesting combinations of character colour versus tape colour to make for jazzy labelling of your plant pots, seed trays, pesticide/fertiliser containers, storage racks and whatever else.
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Today’s Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode

If you’ve opened Google’s home page today, you might be wondering why its usual logo has been replaced by a barcode. Today marks the 57th anniversary of when the patent was granted to inventors Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland.

Out of curiosity, we thought we’d run the image through an online barcode decoder. Of course, they hadn’t used any old barcode to replace the usual logo, unsurprisingly it spelled something out. Here’s the results:

Googleg, apparently! Whether this was an error or not remains to be seen.