We specialize in green and sustainable printing. Here is how we do it:
Anyone can use recycled paper but many still do not. And of those that do, many do not know that of the recycled fibers in a sheet of paper, NONE has to be PCW (post-consumer waste) to still be considered "recycled." This means that useful, recyclable paper isn't being kept out of our landfills. We use stocks frequently that are at least 30% recycled and/or 30% PCW recycled. We prefer to use recycled papers with a maximum % PCW whenever possible. Shouldn't we all?!
We also prefer to use paper that is manufactured using electricity generated by wind-power. An earth-friendly choice, paper made this way is becoming readily available and we use it whenever our customers give us the "green light". A lower carbon footprint equals more peace of mind for our clients!
There is a minimum 20% requirement for soy-derived content for an ink to be called "Soy based." So, for projects that require traditional offset printing, we insist on using soy-based inks whenever possible. Sounds like a "win-win" to us.
We use the latest in digital printing technology. This greatly reduces the amount of waste paper for printing AND finishing which eases the burden on our environment.
ALL of our waste paper, including from our offices, is returned for recycling. We have special containers located throughout our facility for this purpose. The paper returned to the mill becomes more paper! It's closed-loop recycling, of which we are very proud!
Traditional printing plates still use processing chemicals that “weaken” periodically and must be "changed". Many printers simply discard these chemicals into municipal wastewater systems. Using our state-of-the-art digital production equipment, we are proudly a "CHEM-FREE" printing facility which means no harmful chemicals are used directly in our printing processes! EVER. PERIOD.
Because of our digital equipment mix, we have NO need for dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that others need to clean traditional offset printing presses! Our machines are maintained through chemical free processes that translate into print projects that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the environment!
What Is Next?
We are always looking for ways to reduce waste, reuse components and recycle what we can to minimize our impact on the environment. This task is never ending and we will continually strive to leave our facility, neighborhood, community and beyond better than we found it! In fact, every equipment update we make has an eye on making the best use of our natural resources!