Emails to Prints shop in the Prince’s Building

Posted on June 28th, 2009 in Correspondence,Resources by Kate Wade

Here is a copy of emails I sent to the ‘Prints’ shop which I love but was worried about their impact and environmental goals…. Do you have a shop or products that could do with some interrogation- the more you make your desire for environmentally sound and ethical products, the more likely shopkeepers will purchase them. Put your findings on this site in the reply section. K

Dear Kate
Thanks for your email, and I will pass on your comments to our designer.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
With Best Regards

Dear Ed,
Thankyou for your quick response and I am pleased to hear that the
trees are from sustainable forests. I understand the acid problem
though it would still be great to see a small ‘eco’ range of
‘notebooks’ perhaps made from recycled material? With perhaps an
organic cotton fabric cover. Would make green gifts and stocking
stuffers at christmas and for birthday parties! Just an idea….
Thanks again,

On 3 Jun 2009, at 9:32 AM, Bin, Ed wrote:
Dear Kate
Thanks for your email!
I understand your concerns and quite rightly so!
Firstly all our material, especially the paper and board come from
sustainable sources – paper mills in Europe and North America, and
We do not use materials from China or SE Asia.

Secondly, recycled paper are not acid-free and therefore not
suitable in making our products. If you use photo albums that are made out of
recycled paper then you run a risk of ruining your photos as these non-acid
free paper will make your photos turn yellow. Non-acid free paper will
also turn yellow themselves hence making notebooks from recycled paper will
not be very long lasting.
Recycled paper is good for many things but their very nature makes
them not suitable for every kind of products.
Rest assure that the paper products you get from us are from
sustainable sources; we cannot use recycled paper because this material is not
We also try to sell pens, erasers, highligters, glue, that are
Our designer, Lars Vikman, comes from Sweden – a country with long
history of environmental protection, so he is aware of the many issues
regarding sustainability, and strife to strike a balance when designing the
If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact me.
Ed Bin
Managing Director
Prints Hong Kong Limited

—–Original Message—–
From: Nick & Kate Wade []
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 8:59 AM
Subject: General and Business Enquiries

Hi there,
I love your products but I am increasingly concerned about my
purchasing impact on the environment and am pretty much resolved to
only buy products that are from environmentally sustainable methods,
low impact. With paper I will always buy recycled when I can. Do you
have any products that are environmentally responsible?
ie if you had albums or books that were:
-made from recycled paper or from wood that is certified as coming
from a sustainable forest (ie is replanted continuously and not taken
more than can be replaced)
-covered in environmentally friendly products- ie either paper as
above or organic cotton with care taken in chemicals used for dying
If you had a range like that I could get all my gift requirements from
your shop?
Kind regards,
Kate Wade

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