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October 2008

As a result of these and other practices, MOSAIC has been designated a "Best Workplace in America" by PIA/GATF for five years running.

Now Certified

The following companies have received chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and/or Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Dynacolor Graphics, Miami: FSC and SFI.

Wooster Printing & Litho, Wooster, OH: FSC.

Antares Information Technologies, Hauppauge, NY: FSC.

SunDance Graphics, Orlando, FL: FSC.

Publications printer Consolidated Press, of Seattle, has partnered with paper manufacturer Sappi to change its entire inventory of regularly stocked coated papers to comply with global standards for forest sustainability. 

The printer's desire to warehouse FSC-designated stock led company execs to approach Sappi about the viability of manufacturing to FSC standards for the printer's primary inventory. Sappi took on the challenge, and Consolidated Press now has a local warehouse stocked with FSC-certified paper.

Environmental Sensitivity Training

BALTIMORE--Vertis Communications has undertaken a company-wide waste reduction and environmental sensitivity program to become a more responsible partner, community neighbor and corporate citizen. The company announced its major sustainability initiatives this Spring and is seeing some very green results.

More than 25 percent of the newsprint used in the production of inserts and circulars contains recycled fiber. Vertis also recycles more than 70,000 tons of printed and unprinted waste paper annually.

All Vertis facilities have migrated to a CTP printing environment, eliminating the waste of polyester film and processing chemistry. In addition, the company recycles its aluminum printing plates, preventing more than 950 tons of aluminum from entering the waste stream each year.

The company utilizes environmentally friendly inks, has developed a hybrid printing process that requires 30 percent less energy and recycles ink to prevent it from entering the waste stream.

Vertis also installed thermal oxidizers on all of its heatset presses. When burning ink solvents, carbon emissions are created, and these oxidizers "scrub" the air so that it is clean when released back into the environment.

The company operates FSC-certified facilities in North Brunswick, NJ; Monroe Township, NJ; Chalfont, PA; and Bristol, PA.

It purchases exclusively from paper manufacturers that are certified through the FSC or allied organizations.


The Printing & Imaging Association Mountain States (PIAMS) will be hosting its Green Industry Showcase at The Summit Conference and Events Center in Aurora, CO, on November 13. The event will focus on topics including Green Resources, Colorado's Environmental Results Program for Printing and Imaging, becoming a verified PIAMS Green Member, and Best Environmental Practices in Print Buying and Print Production. For more info, visit


The Joy of Being Tree-Free

CHICAGO--As the demand for environmental integrity grows, GPA has introduced its eco-friendly substrate: Ultra Green. Unlike traditional paper, Ultra Green is manufactured without the use of trees, water or toxic agents including bleaching chemicals. 

Different from pulp papers, it has no grain resulting in a smooth surface that promotes high color saturation and resolution. The substrate combines the printability and converting characteristics of paper with the durability of plastic. Ultra Green is also resistant to scuffing, water, grease and oily substances, making it suited for outdoor applications. It is also resistant to UV rays, therefore, it will not yellow or become brittle in the sun.

For more information, samples of Ultra Green or to request copies of GPA's product catalog, visit



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