Leather conference folders or e

Leather Conference Folders or E.Leather Conference Folders? The Facts and Figures

Leatherette could be a thing of the past once the amazing E.Leather fabric is more widely known throughout the Promotional Merchandise world. This article gives you all the facts you need to help you make a choice next time you are asked for Real Leather products.

1. Where does E.Leather come from?

E.Leather is a by-product of numerous manufacturing process where leather is used. The basic materils is extracted from excess trims of leather, split hides and leather shavings all of which were previouslyy discarded as general rubbish. An amazing 83% recycled leather content is created when these scraps of leather are intergrated with a textile core and most importantly no adhesives are used in the process.

2. Is the manufacturing process Environmentally Friendly?

The production process uses a state of the art Thermal Oxidiser that meets stringent EC regulations, this process recovers the solvents used as energy thereby reducing natural gas use by 50/70%. In addition the use of our air to air heat exchangers also recovers significant amounts of energy. Gas is used for drying heat which reduces CO2 emissions per KW by up to 50%. All the electric motors used in the process are low energy, high efficiency units and are rated at EFF1 where available. The resulting product is supplied on rolls which ensures minimal wastage with a very high cutting yield. Constant reviews of production processes are expected to shortly result in a closed loop recycling process.

3. How is E.Leather actually manufactured?

The shavings, trimmings and off cuts are collected and ground down to produce individual leather fibres. A strong textile core is laid between two webbed rolls- the top layer is formed of fibres from shavings and the bottom layer is formed of fibres from trimmings and hides. The leather fibre webs are interlinked with the textile core using the process of hydro-entanglement. This process excludes the use of any adhesives and helps in giving the fabric a natural feel. The fabric is then dyed and afterwards dried and colour coated.

4. What colours and Textures are available for E. Leather Conference Folders?

There is a standard stock range of colours that is wide enough to cater for 99% of all requirements however Pantone matching to corporate colours can be easily achieved subject to minimum quantities. Texture is very important with especially with leather and there will be different requirements depending upon the use that the E.Leather is put to. For example you are unlikely to want a very soft, light finish when making promotional drinks coasters whilst a fashion handbag would feel very uncomfortable manufactured from a firm unyielding finish. It is possible to create a number of different grain finished with this process which adds yet another dimension to this excellent fabric.

5. Give me some good reasons why E.Leather should be my preferred choice.Leather for my next order of Conference Folders

1. E.Leather is an Environmentally friendly product 2. The finish is totally consistent and has no marks or blemishes 3. Because it is made on rolls it is cost efficient in terms of cutting yield 4. It is very durable and has excellent fire retardant properties 5. E.Leather can be dyed to match any pantone colour. Designers can create endless variations of grain finish and colour 7. It’s easy to wipe surface makes cleaning it a simple task. The manufacturing process reduces is extremely Eco friendly 9. Manufacture is in the UK so minimising the associated Carbon Footprint 10. The fabric lends itself to numerous branding techniques

There is no doubt that E.Leather is here to stay and from an environmental point of view that is a very good thing. Buyers of Real Leather products should think seriously in future about making a preferred choice between both products. It’s not for me to make that choice for you but do please consider who you are buying these Leather Conference Folders for and what is their position in relation to the environment. If they are pro environment which they should be then by supplying them with an E.Leather product you will be demonstrating the fact that you are cognisant of their stance and are prepared to go out of your way to support it.

How the silent treatment creates customers

How the Silent Treatment Creates Customers

Sooner or later you will have to ask someone to buy something from you. Whether you have a retail store, and a couple has been admiring an expensive couch for the last 20 minutes, or you are a consultant or coach who has just finished an initial conversation with a potential client, the question is waiting to be asked. “So, are you ready to buy?”

I’ve found that this is a very sacred time, when a potential sale is approaching. Because it is so sacred, after you ask someone to purchase, the moment can feel very pregnant indeed. The air can suddenly seem so thick you could cut it with a knife.

As a business owner, the worst thing you can do is splash into this space with more words. It’s time to be silent and wait for their answer. After all, you asked a question, it’s their turn now. It’s best to be silent and wait.

But why is it so tempting to jump in?

When you ask the question, what you are really doing is painting a picture of the future. They don’t have a couch, and you’ve just painted a picture of the future where they suddenly have a couch. They also have less money than they did before (having spent it on the couch.) It’s a future they haven’t lived in yet.

But they’ve already been considering the purchase for at least 20 minutes, possibly much longer, why should your question add to the situation? Because they can’t create that future on their own: they need your help. When you show up and ask the question, all the pieces line up to make this potential future a reality. It helps them step towards the future they want.

Suddenly, it’s real.

Sufi teachings, as well as quantum physics, teach us that reality is being created anew in every moment. We’re all 99.9% empty space, with some charged particles bouncing around inside. The experience of our physical reality is constantly in motion, being given life again and again and again in every new version of the Now.

Mostly we live in oblivion of this (thankfully). It would be pretty hard to get through the day if you had to experience the utter nothingness and miracle of rebirth every time you sit down to eat your grapefruit.

I’m not going to suggest that every time someone considers buying from you you need to deliver an ecstatic moment :-) . But I do believe that whenever we consider taking an action that could significantly change our lives, strong emotions come to the surface.

Your question is the catalyst.

When you ask the question, you suddenly took a powerful potentiality and –boom– solidifed it. And your future is at stake too- in a few minutes you may no longer have a couch, and your business may be $2000 richer.

Once you ask the question, the most effective thing you can do is give your potential customer the silent treatment. Just be quiet. Shhh. Zip it. Don’t say anything.


Shush! :-)

Why it’s so hard to stay silent: Sympathy versus Empathy

Sympathy is “feelings of pity and sorrow for another’s misfortune.” Empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” Most of us are trained, in challenging situations, to go into sympathy.

Example of sympathy: “I’m so sorry the garbage truck smashed your car.” Example of empathy: “I saw what that truck did to your car. I’m guessing you are pretty angry and upset.”

The difference? The sympathetic statement focused on you- how you felt about your friend’s car. The empathy focused a statement of witnessing “I saw what the truck did to your car,” and then your best reasonable, heart-felt guess on how your friend feels about their own car. In sympathy, you steal the spotlight. Empathy you give the other person centerstage.

So how can you keep silent? And what does it have to do with your business?

Keys to the Silent Treatment, and an example

How carb impacts the shredding industry

How CARB Impacts the Shredding Industry

CARB refers to the ‘California Air Resources Board’ which is a California regulatory agency which deals with issues relevant to maintaining healthy air quality. It was created in 1967 to protect the public from being exposed to toxic air pollutants. The board also provides strategies for complying with air pollution rules and regulations. This article will outline how CARB is currently affecting the shredding industry, how it will continue to in the future and what businesses can do to prepare.

How CARB Currently Impacts the Shredding Industry
CARB is currently driving the shredding industry toward formaldehyde free containers. Formaldehyde is a toxin which is emitted into the air from composite wood. Concerns regarding the toxin came to the forefront during Hurricane Katarina. Survivors were relocated into trailers and mobile homes built of composite wood. The formaldehyde rich ‘Katrina Cottages’ caused hundreds of people to have serious health problems. From this California introduced formaldehyde regulations which restrict the use of composite wood containing the toxin. By 2011 shredders in this state will not be able to use secure document consoles which contain more than trace levels of formaldehyde.

What This Means For the Future of Shredding
The CARB regulation for 2011 will impact the future of the shredding industry in three ways. First, shredding consoles made in China will not be usable in California as they do not have traceable certificates of origin. Without such certification it is impossible to know the percentage of formaldehyde in the container. This means that Chinese containers do not comply with the regulations set by CARB. Second, shredders who plan to purchase consoles which contain higher levels of the toxin may be forced to dispose of them once the rules are implemented in 2011. This could create expensive hazardous disposal costs as special measures may need to be taken in order to destroy products containing hazardous waste. Third, the state of California is paving the way to have formaldehyde regulations put in place across the country. As state or federal law aligns with California’s CARB legislation, shredders throughout the country will need to use formaldehyde free containers which meet these regulations.

How Shredders Can Prepare
Purchase containers which are already CARB 2011 compliant, such as, the All Source ‘DuraFlex’ green console. This shredding console is one hundred percent formaldehyde free and is supported by a certificate of origin. The container is also LEED compliant, which is a US Green Building Council point system for using green products in ‘green certified’ buildings. Using this container in a building will contribute to LEED certification. The ‘DuraFlex’ can be used in California and any other state which introduces a formaldehyde regulation in the future.

In conclusion, North American is going green and the shredding industry needs to too. The regulations introduced by CARB in 2011will impact the shredding industry. In order to prepare for this, shredders need to evaluate their purchasing decisions with future consequences in mind.

How does a door closer work: an overview

How Does a Door Closer Work: An Overview

Door closers are a common sight in most commercial buildings.  They are mechanical devices typically installed to ensure that doors get closed after patrons, residents and other building-users open them.

Local building codes usually determine what exits must be outfitted with door closers.  Some may require all doors have them.  At the very least, most regions require them on fire doors.  The reason for this is that fire doors are to remain closed at all times when not in immediate use.  This helps to ensure that, should a fire break out in the building, flames do not spread from one part of the building to another before firefighters can bring the blaze under control.

Door closers are either surface mounted or concealed, and are so-named due to how they are installed on (surface mounted) or within (concealed) the door.  Surface-mounted devices appear as a small box attached to the top corner of the door.  A jointed “arm” extends from the top of the box to the frame where it is bolted in. A concealed device is mounted within the material of the door itself, meaning that the only part visible to the eye is the arm.

Door closers come in two major types: manual and automatic.  The most common is the manual type.  Over seventy percent of those found in commercial buildings in North America are this type.

Additionally, manual door closers may be overhead or jamb mounted.  The overhead style is more common, particularly on older public buildings.  This type looks like the typical box and arm device. 

A jamb-mounted device is installed on the inner frame of the door and the inside edge of the door.  The mechanism is only visible when the door is open.  Once it closes, a jamb-mounted device is invisible on both the interior and exterior side.

Manual door closers (whether overhead or jamb-mounted) work on the principle of pneumatics (air pressure) and stored energy.  The device stores the energy that is generated when someone pushes the door open.  It then uses this energy to close it without any additional human force being applied.

Closing speed can be controlled and adjusted as desired.  Some use hydraulic dampers (these are most common,) others employ spring mechanisms.  Sets of screws are adjusted to achieve desired closing and latching speed.  (Many regions have building codes which mandate closing speed on door closers, usually in deference to disabled patrons who may take longer to enter and exit.)

Automatic door closers, as the name suggests, use electrical power instead of stored energy.  This style is less common, due to the amount of power required and the interest of economy and conservation.  Automatic devices are typically found on buildings where particular entrances/exits are highly controlled and monitored and buzz-in/out is employed, such as residential care homes.

Door closers that are intended for use on fire doors must be fire-rated.  Devices that are fire rated have been tested by a recognized testing facility to ensure that they can withstand heat/flames.  They must be able to hold fire at bay for as long as the fire door itself does; a typical one is usually required by law to contain fire/flames for a minimum of three hours.

How to save money with rentals apartments in amsterdam

How to Save Money with Rentals Apartments in Amsterdam

  1. The following article will explain this further and will give you some more good tips on being able to afford a vacation in Amsterdam.


The first thing that you want to do when you are trying to take a vacation to Amsterdam for less is to find a place where you can find rentals apartments  in Amsterdam on the Internet.  This is one of the best that you can save some money when you are vacationing in Amsterdam. Even though they may seem like they are more expensive at first look, there are plenty of reasons that it’s more affordable to lodge in rentals apartments in Amsterdam instead of a hotel. One of the reasons is the fact that there are going to be more people that can stay in one of the rentals apartments in Amsterdam instead of just a hotel.


  1. A lot of the money that people spend when they are on vacation is on food, and often it’s food that they don’t really care for. When people are staying in rentals apartments  in Amsterdam, they can make the food that they really enjoy and therefore save money that they would be spending in restaurants.

Large group

The third thing that you can do in order to afford a vacation in Amsterdam is to get a large group together to stay in rentals apartments in Amsterdam When you have a larger group, you are going to divide up the price of everything and therefore it will be less expensive individually.  People can share the price of the hotel room and the food, the only thing that they will have to pay for individually is the airfare there.

Free attractions

The final thing that you can do to help your Amsterdam vacation to be affordable is to look for inexpensive or completely free attractions. This, combined with staying in Amsterdam vacation apartments with a group of friends and making your own food will help you afford your vacation in Amsterdam.

People have used this information contained in this article to make their vacations to Amsterdam fun and affordable.  If you get together with a bunch of friends to go to Amsterdam and stay in one of the Amsterdam vacation apartments, you will find that it’s more affordable than you thought it would be.  A little ingenuity and fact finding is going to go a long way when trying to save money on a vacation.

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