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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, www.sgppartnership.org.

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