PPLCG has been involved in the environmental movement for several years and has made some noteworthy achievements along the way. It is FSC chain-of-custody certified, recycles all of its paper waste and uses soy-based inks. Recently, the printer installed a new auto blanket wash system that will reduce VOC emissions from 7,840 lbs. annually to 850 lbs.
Quad/Graphics, Sussex, WI, has received an Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. The printing corporation was recognized for its leadership in reducing emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from its freight transport activities.
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.