Hanging out with our friend and event sponsor, EcoPrint GR


EcoPrint GR is a seemingly small, unremarkable local print shop, but a closer look reveals a cool and creative company with a story to tell. EcoPrint GR connected with Healthy Homes several years ago when we were shopping for a local, sustainable printing company. We have been a happy customer every since.


Last week, we got to know Keith Bott, one of EcoPrint’s owners, a little better during happy hour at City Built Brewing Company.  He started EcoPrint around 15 years ago and has been operating in Grand Rapids ever since. (Shop pictured on left) 


They take the “eco” part of the name to heart-- the shop operates on a no-waste philosophy and recycles unused ink, as well as only uses recyclable paper. It’s not cheaper, but it’s more valuable. Keith holds sustainability as a personal value, and abides by it. He is a very generous guy, and even allowed an early customer to trade cutting posters for prints instead of payments. The customers’ work ended up getting commissioned by some big rock bands, such as the Foo Fighters, and he now displays them in the shop.


He owns a second location, Advanced EcoPrint,  in Montague, about an hour north of Grand Rapids, and commutes between the two shops. He moved up to Montague to be closer to the lakeshore, and dreams of buying asailboat and sailing it around the world. His partner, Bill Chesney, is a graphic designer and artist and runs the GR location on Ottawa


With 10 major clients in Grand Rapids, and 4 in Montague, Keith takes a refreshingly relaxed attitude about work and knows the importance of work-life balance. The smaller client list also allows EcoPrint to have excellent customer service. They always respond promptly and can turn around work requests very quickly.


This year, EcoPrint GR generously donated hundreds of invitations for Healthy Homes’ annual Building Healthy Futures Luncheon. The event is our largest annual fundraiser, and is  a major opportunity to spread the important message of kids hurting due to environmental hazards.


Our event intern, E’nyia Delt-Jones (pictured right), a local GVSU student studying Advertising and Public Relations, designed the invitations for this year’s event. She was beyond delighted to see her hard work come to life on paper. The theme for the 2018 luncheon is Community, Power, Change and focuses on the growing movement to test homes for lead and to remove lead hazards.

This year's invitations (pictured below left) are a departure from our usual style, which is an intentional choice. E’nyia included the symbolism of fists in the air to show that trying to raise awareness and change policy surrounding lead is a fight, a surpringsly unfair fight for many. To make change, many voices are needed to speak out against the injustice and join the movement.
We are thankful to have EcoPrint as a sponsor, and as a friend as we work to help stop kids in our community from hurting.