PRINTERNEWS Brown Goes Green, Helps 'Plant a Billion Trees'
WASECA, MN--Tri-certified Brown Printing (FSC, SFI and PEFC) serves as a strong example of the role a graphic arts company can play through its commitment to the environment, its eco-sensitive customers and its local community.
The magazine and catalog printer's many environmental initiatives include virtual proofing capabilities for all of its presses and building a state-of-the-art co-mailing facility that combines shipments, resulting in fewer trips.
Other measures include reconditioning and reusing printing blankets, refiltering and blending leftover ink into new batches, revamping plant lighting with energy-efficient fixtures and diligently analyzing landfill streams to pull out all recyclable materials.
As an extra eco-benefit, Brown recently made a donation in honor of each client to The Nature Conservancy's "Plant a Billion Trees" campaign. Additionally, as part of its commitment to the local community, the company employs various green activities--from hosting recycling weeks to street cleanups to rewarding employees for car pooling.
Pictured here after planting a tree, from the left, are Sara Heyer, Waseca Water Park; Roy Srp, mayor of Waseca; and Dennis Braunshausen, VP/GM of Brown's Waseca facility. Inset is a Brown Printing "cleanup crew" picking up roadside trash.
Mission in Motion: 'Give Back to the Planet'
CHEVERLY, MD-- As a member of the EPA's Climate Leaders program, MOSAIC has dedicated itself to developing comprehensive climate-change strategies for its printing operation. These include reducing its impact on the environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system; setting aggressive reduction goals; and annually reporting its progress to the EPA.
"Environmental stewardship informs every aspect of our vision and mission at MOSAIC," says Brendan Connors, co-president. "Because we feel it is our obligation to preserve the ecosystem for future generations, we constantly look for new ways to improve our environmental footprint."