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November 2007

PIA/GATF Creates Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

PITTSBURGH—The PIA/GATF has joined forces with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) to form one central location for information on sustainability: the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership.

The partnership was formed after a recent PIA/GATF survey revealed that more than 90 percent of printers believe that their customers will require “green” printing in the future.

To assist the printing community in this push for sustainability, the partnership will play a prominent role in the “green” movement within the printing industry.

“We are on the cusp of a fundamental change in the way printers will be doing business in the foreseeable future,” says Gary Jones, director of environmental health and safety affairs for PIA/GATF, who’s heading the project. “This initiative will give printers the tools they need to respond to the market and demonstrate their continued commitment to protecting the environment through sustainability.”

The SGP Partnership plans to establish sustainable printing criteria and a guidance document on how to implement a program to meet the criteria.

In addition, a national registry will be created to identify companies that meet the set criteria, which will allow printing customers to find “green” printers in their area.

The national registry will be housed on the SGP Partnership Website,


• Mohawk Fine Papers has updated its “Sense and Sustainability” guide, which contains practical information on sustainable paper choices, how to calculate the environmental impact of print projects and information on what the various enviromental seals of approval mean.

The booklet also includes information on carbon neutral, Mohawk’s move to 100 percent wind-generated electricity and a listing of the third-party environmental certifications for each paper grade.

To obtain a copy of “Sense and Sustainability,” visit

• Unisource Worldwide has earned FSC Chain-of-Custody certification. The paper company is already certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

• Boise Cascade has earned FSC Chain-of-Custody certification for its mills in International Falls, MN, and Jackson, AL.

• The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently announced that a record 53.4 percent of the paper consumed in the United States (53.5 million tons) was recovered for recycling in 2006. This is the second straight year that the paper recovery rate has increased.

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