How Sustainable is Butler Diaries?

You absorb more information.

Readers of print books absorb and remember more of the plot than readers of e-books do, according to a study that was presented in Italy in 2014. In an earlier study, print readers also scored higher in other areas, such as empathy, immersion in the book, and understanding of the narrative. Scientists believe this effect is related to the tactile sensation of holding a book in your hands.

In other words, seeing and feeling how much progress you’ve made in the story, by virtue of the waxing and waning pages on either side of the book, can help readers feel like they’re unfolding the story—both literally and figuratively. Plus, with a print book, it’s easier to go back and confirm information you may be unsure of without losing your place and having to scroll or click back on your mobile device or tablet.

2. They help children become better readers, too.

Another study of young children between the ages of three and five revealed that kids had lower comprehension of the story when their parents read to them from an e-book as opposed to a print book. Researchers theorize this arises because children get distracted by the electronic device and have a harder time focusing on the story itself. In another study, students who had read a short story on a e-reader were less engaged and had a harder time remembering the exact order of events.

3. They're easier on the eyes.

Considering that many jobs require you to stare at a computer screen all day, it’s wise to give your eyes a break whenever you can. One survey of 429 university students revealed that nearly half had complained of strained eyes after reading digitally. Electronic books can cause screen fatigue, which may lead to blurred vision, redness, dryness, and irritation. With print books, you don’t have to worry about any of that.

4. You're less likely to get distracted.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, people who read e-books tend to get sidetracked more easily, but not just because the internet is right at their fingertips. Digital readers tend to spend more time scanning for keywords than actually processing what they’re reading. And with a print book, there’s no chance of getting distracted by links or getting sucked down an internet rabbit hole of looking up the collective term for a group of ferrets (they’re called a “business,” by the way).

According to one survey, 67% of university students were able to multitask while reading digitally, compared to 41% of print readers. But if your goal is to fully grasp and comprehend the text in front of you, that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Having a diary, planner, or organizer will help you do that. Of course, some would say why bother getting one when you can download an app on your smartphone that helps you do the same thing? While this is a great idea, for some people, nothing beats the traditional pen and paper way of scribbling down our plans, thoughts and observations. We couldn’t agree more with what Dingbats founder Jamal Bekdache said:

“I passionately believe that there’s still a place for this most traditional of materials in today’s high speed, digital world. Sometimes you need something that’s more tactile – more personal.”

To see our thoughts, reflections, plans and schedules written down on the pages of this little book dedicated to one year of our life is satisfying and offers feelings of nostalgia.

The benefits of using a planner, organizer, or diary

According to Psychology Today, there are many benefits of using a daily planner. It helps us with time management, improves our productivity, and keeps a record of our activities, notes, and appointments. Furthermore, it has physical and mental benefits. We are “often stressed due to a hectic schedule, having too many demands, or just putting too much on our plate.” Using an organizer helps us keep track of our goals and achievements whether it relates to our business or career, health, diet and exercise. It also helps reduce stress and anxieties as we see our progress, cross out what we’ve accomplished in our to-do list, or just simply write down whatever’s on our mind. Throughout this process, we are able to maintain a healthy emotional intelligence.

A little more about Green with Minuteman Press Abbotsford

We have many sustainable print practices within our business. In recent times upgrading to LED lighting as well as upgrading our machinery to state of the art digital presses are some of the ways we have reduced our carbon foot print. 


In recent times we have upgraded our machinery to state of the art digital presses, allowing us to offer print on demand for our clients. This reduces waste, print run times and the need for chemicals, film and plates. Using less power and with the biodegradable consumables, our digital printing presses have less impact on the environment. 


We recycle all of our paper off-cuts and metal offset printing plates. Special attention is given to the separation of all material waste before disposal. It is just another way we are looking out for our environment.

Inks from Renewable Sources

For our offset presses we use environmentally friendly vegetable based inks and water based cleaners. A far better way than the old petroleum based inks and solvent based cleaners. 

Computer to Plate

A major change in the offset print industry is the introduction and improvement to CTP (Computer to Plate) machinery. No longer is film produced to burn offset metal printing plates. At Minuteman Press Abbotsford we have phased out film altogether and now print directly to plate from the file. Not only has this become a more efficient procedure, but it also eliminates all the chemicals associated with film.

Emissions & Credit Offsets

Our approach to Greenhouse emissions is to eliminate and minimise them rather than simply achieve ‘carbon neutrality’ by buying credits.

Paper Stocks

The availability of environmentally friendly paper is changing all the time. At Minuteman Press Abbotsford we provide detailed advice on choosing the most appropriate environmentally graded stocks to suit your printing needs.

Our wide range of paper include FSC® Certified - Mix, FSC® Certified - Recycled, Certified Carbon Neutral, ISO 14001 EMS -  Environmental Management Systems, Paper Made Carbon Neutral, PEFC Certified, Responsible Forestry Practices and Manufactured with Windpower.