Poly Covers: The Newest Trend in Binding

by Brittany Willes, editor, PostPress

When it comes to binding covers, traditional paper covers have long reigned supreme. However, technology since has allowed users a wide variety of cover options to choose from, the most popular being poly covers. Unlike paper covers, poly covers are heat- and stain-resistant, waterproof and exceedingly durable. “Poly covers are the hottest trend in binding covers,” explained Spiral Binding Company Product Manager Joe Bondonna. “They offer a modern and professional look, which is the perfect solution for businesses looking to enhance and protect their corporate message.”

According to Bondonna, any corporate communication package currently being produced using paper can be produced using poly material. As such, poly covers act as a cost-effective solution for marketing presentation products. Additionally, they are available in see-through translucent poly and opaque poly materials in a variety of colors, thicknesses and finishes that offer a durable and attractive look.

Poly covers also are able to be custom-designed. Companies like Spiral, which offers custom-branded poly covers, often assist customers with innovative design ideas to create products to fit their customer’s exact needs. “Corporate branding is a key component to every company’s marketing communication,” said Bondonna. “Many of our customers have an existing design plan; however, Spiral can take that design plan and realize it into products that complement a company’s brand strategy.”

As environmental issues continue to make headlines, many companies have begun paying more attention to their own sustainability practices. Developing eco-friendly practices and reputations is more important than ever – something the use of poly covers can assist with. Even with the – often erroneous – push to “go paperless,” there always will be a need for printed documents. Unlike clear PVC covers, poly covers are 100 percent recyclable, allowing users who routinely bind great quantities of printed documents to do so without fear of creating more environmental pollution and waste materials.

“Although produced using plastics, poly covers still are completely recyclable and eco-friendly,” said Bondonna. “Most poly materials now are being produced using some pre-consumer waste materials. As more poly materials get returned into the manufacturing supply stream, more poly material will be produced using post-consumer waste. This is similar to how steel, aluminum and glass are recycled.” This is good news for companies committed to reducing waste and helping to create more environmentally sustainable resources.

In addition to being fully recyclable, poly materials can be used for a great many projects beyond cover materials. “Poly covers are only the tip of the iceberg,” stated Bondonna. For instance, poly materials have been used to create loose leaf binders and tabs, which are just as attractive, durable and versatile as poly covers. “Folders and envelopes have been a traditional document carrier for many years. Versatile poly folders and envelopes can be custom produced with imprinting and material colors to make your documents stand out,” said Bondonna.

Poly materials even can be used for such products as tote boxes. According to Bondonna, “Having the right kind of outer packaging makes a lasting impression. Tote boxes are an ideal presentation carrier, and they offer a great deal of flexibility. They allow for multiple presentation products to be grouped together in one unified package.”

Versatile and environmentally-friendly, it’s little wonder that poly covers have become such a popular option for users looking to bind a variety of applications.