Fujifilm Supports Sustainable Green Printing Partnership as Gold Patron
In North America, Fujifilm reuses or recycles more than 99 percent (by weight, excluding batteries) of QuickSnap cameras that are returned through recycling programs, which prevents thousands of tons of waste from entering landfills.
Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A.,, in Greenwood, SC, converts the aluminum sludge waste generated from the manufacturing of pre-sensitized printing plates into a usable alum product. The facility generates approximately 6,000 tons of 50 percent alum solution annually. The majority is sold for water treatment; it is also used onsite for wastewater treatment applications.
In addition, in 2009, Fujifilm began utilizing landfill gas from the Greenwood County Landfill to provide power for the color photographic paper factory, thereby reducing the amount of harmful methane gas emitted into the environment and reducing the consumption of natural gas.
Solutions for Sustainability
Fujifilm is the leading manufacturer of UV inks, a growing product in screen printing and wide format digital printing markets. UV inks are formulated to be free of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and they are cured using lower energy consumption ultraviolet light, rather than the traditional heating and evaporative dryers used in solvent ink applications.
Fujifilm also manufactures the Ecomaxx-T, a true processless thermal plate on the market that offers true environmental benefits, and also offers the same characteristics as conventional printing plates. Fujifilm Graphic Systems’ FLH-Z plate processor also allows customers to consume significantly less plateroom chemistry.
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America. consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, and digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast, and industrial markets. Fujifilm Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. http://www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica
SGP is a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry. The organization promotes reducing the environmental impact and increasing the social responsibility through sustainable green printing practices. To receive SGP Certification, print facilities go well beyond compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. They establish sustainability management systems, implement best practices, and commit to continuous improvements in sustainability. Certified facilities are also required to report on progress annually. http://www.sgppartnership.org