GREEN sceneJanuary 2009
The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership has opened the application process for printers to become registered “SGP Printers.” Printers are invited to complete and submit the SGP Partnership application, of which there are two categories: Candidate Pending Verification (CPV) and SGP Printer. The criteria for becoming an SGP Printer is listed on the SGP Partnership registry Website at www.SGPpartnership.org.
As part of its environmental program, Brown Printing has achieved SoySeal Certification by the American Soybean Association at its Waseca, MN, and East Coast ink facilities. The printer is already FSC, SFI and PEFC chain-of- custody certified.
Turning Gold, Going Green
HIAWATHA, IA—As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Fisher Group decided it was time to earn FSC chain-of-custody certification, as a “green gift” to itself. In addition to its recent FSC certification, the advertising, direct response and mailing services provider has implemented many sustainability initiatives, including recycling nearly 80 tons of paper last year; using leftover ink to fuel a cement kiln; and using digital printing plates, which do not require hazardous chemicals.
Pennsauken, NJ-based CRW Graphics recently received the GreenWorks Environmental Recognition Award from Agfa Graphics for its use of chemistry-free printing plates, as well as other green initiatives implemented by the printer. These include installing faster makeready presses; recycling trimmed paper, aluminum printing plates, waste sheets and ink; repurposing exhaust from a new digital press to generate heat for the plant in winter; using linseed oil-based ink on its lithographic presses; and becoming FSC certified.
The following companies have received chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
• Intech Printing & Direct Mail, Naples, FL: FSC and SFI.
• Curtis Packaging, Sandy Hook, CT: SFI.
• PacBlue Digital Imaging, Vancouver, BC: FSC.
• Gannett Offset Minneapolis, Minneapolis: FSC and SFI.
RISO Helps Plant 100,000 Trees
DANVERS, MA—Digital printing equipment supplier RISO Inc. has joined with the Arbor Day Foundation in a tree-planting campaign that will sow 100,000 seedlings over the course of four years in cities across the country, including Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa (FL). The campaign also includes planting in national parks.