GREEN SceneJanuary 2008
In 2006 alone, Quad/Graphics prevented the emission of 11,878 tons of carbon dioxide, 70.5 tons of nitrous oxide and 1.13 tons of particulate matter from its fleet of trucks. It reportedly is the first company in the graphic arts industry to join the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership.
Quad/Graphics has been a leading environmental steward for years and has earned many honors for its efforts, including the 2007 Wisconsin 75 Going Green Award, and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s Business Friend of the Environment Award.
Geographics, Atlanta, recently produced a brochure, titled “GeoGreen—The FSC Label: A Guide for Producing FSC-Certified Materials,” to help its customers better understand sustainability issues. The brochure, printed on 100 percent post- consumer waste (PCW) paper, contains info on a wide range of topics, such as The Disappearing Forests, Certification and Chain-of-Custody Monitoring, Consumers Get It and Wall Street Is Watching, Only FSC-Certified Printers Can Provide the Label, A Little Goes a Long Way (environmental savings calculator), and Four Easy Steps (to an FSC project).
Hopkins Printing, Columbus, OH, has recently received FSC chain-of-custody certification. Its other environmental initiatives include using soy-based inks, recycling blanket wash, and installing waste removal systems and a paper baler.
Fort Nassau Graphics, Paulsboro, NJ, has been awarded FSC chain-of-custody certification.
Label Impressions, Orange, CA, has earned FSC chain-of-custody certification and carbon neutral status through Carbonfund.org. In conjunction, the company announced a partnership with sister company Natural Source Printing, which is also carbon neutral and FSC certified, to provide a wide range of eco-friendly printed materials.
O’Neil Printing, Phoenix, is now FSC chain-of-custody certified.
A new sustainable plastic recycling system has been introduced by GOEX Corp., a manufacturer of printable plastic sheets. The company has developed a PVC plastic sheet that can be “pulled back” from non-plastic materials (magnetic tape, over-lamination film, signature panels, etc.) after the manufacturing process so that scrap can be recycled, by GOEX, back into a functional, printable plastic sheet that can be used again.
Time Inc., the world’s largest magazine publisher, has named UPM North America as its top environmental paper supplier for the second year in a row. UPM achieved the highest score on the publisher’s Sustainable Development Report Card, which involves an extensive environmental performance review that covers areas such as forestry practices, manufacturing, energy, waste and reporting.
The HP Planet Partners program helps keep computer hardware and print cartridges out of landfills. Planet Partners allows customers to recycle their HP hardware, print cartridges and LaserJet supplies at no charge. To date, the company has recycled more than 1 billion pounds of hardware and HP print cartridges globally.
Xerox Corp. has issued its 2007 Report on Global Citizenship, titled “Our Word, Our Work, Our World.” Among the areas covered are the company’s sustainability initiatives, which include diverting 2 billion pounds of waste from landfills through reuse, recycling and remanufacturing. Also outlined are its sustainability goals, which focus on climate change, biodiversity and the world’s forests, waste prevention and clean air and water.