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October 2007
The Green Scene

NEEDHAM, MA—Atlantic Printing is in its final stage of transition toward a “totally green” offset printing process. Atlantic employs a combination of chemical-free plate making technology (Agfa’s Accento thermal CTP system, which utilizes Agfa’s Azura chemical-free plates), 100 percent soy-based inks (a renewable source that is naturally low in VOCs) and recycled papers (the printer has obtained Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of- Custody certification).

CANTON, MA—Several “green” initiatives, including garnering the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification, have been implemented at Next Generation Printing. The company is also using more recycled papers, including a new “house stock” FSC-certified mixed sheet with 50 percent recycled content, of which 25 percent is post-consumer content. Additionally, Nextgen’s facility is using all new Energystar-rated HVAC equipment.

CARY, NC—Cary Printing is reportedly the first printer in the United States to be awarded the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), an international forest management certification. It is awarded to organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management through environmentally, socially beneficial and economically viable business practices. The company also received Chain-of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification.

HOUSTON—Consolidated Graphics has signed a strategic partnership with AmericanForests.org, which works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. CGX has also secured Forest Stewardship Council certifications for all of its 68 facilities. In addition, the company’s Internet-based CGXSolutions CrossMedia technology will enable customers and investors to participate in a campaign where CGX will plant a tree through AmericanForests.org for those individuals who opt-in to the program from a special CGX Website.

HAUPPAUGE, NY—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Disc Graphics as an EPA Green Power Partner for its purchase of green power, which was more than 575,000 kilowatt hours. Disc Graphics also recently received the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification.

ST. LOUIS—Garlich Printing has received Chain-of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, the most recent achievement in its environmental conservation efforts. Garlich Printing also does on-site recycling of waste paper, aluminum plates and solvents. In addition, all of its presses are equipped with the Accel Sentinel Ink Management System, which reduces ink waste.

ADDISON, TX—Employing green practices for years, Best Press recycles more than 8 tons of aluminum printing plates annually, saving more than 101,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and recycles 65-70 tons of paper each month, saving more than 1,000 trees. Most recently, Best Press has obtained Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certifications.
 

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