Skip the Bus, and Take the Canoe —Cagle

Scott Gray, an account executive with Metropolitan Fine Printers, rode his son's 65-lb., single-speed children's West Coast Chopper bicycle on Crazy Sustainable Commute day.

Scott Gray, an account executive with Metropolitan Fine Printers, rode his son's 65-lb., single-speed children's West Coast Chopper bicycle on Crazy Sustainable Commute day.

George Kallas, president and founder of Metropolitan Printers, deserves an award for hoofing it—his walk to work was just more than nine miles, and he was proud to produce a pedometer that recorded 19,577 steps. Of course, since everyone’s grandparents walked that far to school every day (one way!) when they were kids, perhaps the feat is not so impressive. But, it’s a good way for Kallas to train for a marathon.

As for Gray, he rode his son’s 65-lb., single-speed children’s West Coast Chopper bicycle (shown above). Among the more oddball commutes: stilt walking, Pogo stick-ing, dog tow on rollerblades and cartwheeling. One home office employee embraced the spirit by doing a somersault to his/her desk.

“Working on the print side of the communications world, I am fascinated by the force of social media and how it merges with our print world,” Gray observes. “I wanted to see where we could take this. The project really aligned with Metropolitan’s environmental passion, and has been a big hit with our clients and partners. We like to make people think differently.”

Another Crazy Sustainable Commute is slated for 2011. Check out the organization’s Website at www.crazysustainablecommute.org for more pictures and information. You’ve gotta love that logo, with the brains on two legs, and raring to go. Congrats on a fine idea!

ACH! DU OUTSOURCE: As you might have guessed, other countries tend to have issues with outsourcing jobs to their foreign counterparts. According to Deutsche Welle, roughly 250 employees of Germany’s Federal Printing Works demonstrated in front of that country’s central bank, Bundesbank, in mid-August because the institution planned to outsource the printing of German euro notes to foreign companies.

The union representing printers and banknote paper suppliers told Deutsche Welle that as many as 600 jobs hung in the balance. Bundesbank asked for quotes EU-wide—which the bank says it is required to do by German and European law—and received bids from printers in The Netherlands and France. PI

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