Monroe Litho completes printing of Green Patriot posters book
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Rochester, NY - Monroe Litho, a leader nationally in environmentally sustainable printing, announced today it has completed the printing of a new poster book entitled Green Patriot Posters: Images for a New Activism. The book brings together the strongest contemporary graphic design currently promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change.
The books' publishers Metropolis Books wanted the printing of the book to be consistent with the environmental message. "We almost made the same stupid mistake that many people printing books, even books about sustainability, frequently make out of plain, old bad habit, we almost had the book printed in China", said Edward Morris, co-Editor and Co-Founder of The Canary Project "Monroe Litho was chosen to print Green Patriot Posters because of their leadership in sustainable printing practices, which by the way saves the company money. The company's professionalism and experience printing fine art were also key decision factors."
"At some point, you have to walk the walk. This book believes in sustainability and it believes in America. For us to espouse those values without actually acting on them ultimately was more hypocrisy than we could bear," said Morris.
The book was printed utilizing 100% windpower, vegetable based inks, on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper manufactured by Mohawk Fine Papers. The cover of the book was printed on Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum PC White containing 80% post consumer waste fiber and the text was printed on Mohawk Via 100% PC Cool White with 100% post consumer waste fiber. "We were honored to have Mohawk Loop and Mohawk Via chosen as the print medium for the book", said Melissa Stevens, National Business Development Manager, Mohawk Fine Papers. "Mohawk is committed to producing only innovative, environmental products and we believe in teaching by example. By working in partnership with all of the contributors for this book; we have taken another step forward in our ongoing journey."
The book featuring the best contemporary posters on the theme of sustainability by artists and designers such as Shepard Fairey, Vier5, DJ Spooky, James Victore and Geoff McFetridge, reproduces 50 of these posters as tear-outs. It also includes a section on action, with documentation of designs at work in the world: on buses, billboards, protesters' placards, graffiti, t-shirts and so on.
Featured in the book are essays by Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Edward Morris and Dmitri Siegel which collectively look back in time to posters and ideas that set the stage for the current movement (World War Two posters, images of international cooperation, posters from the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s) and address the state of the poster.