Printing Industries of America Says Print Will Outlast Toshiba’s ‘No-Print Day’

PITTSBURGH—June 13, 2012—Printing Industries of America’s President and CEO Michael Makin encouraged the U.S. printing industry to reject a call by Toshiba America Business Solutions for a “National No-Print Day” (NNPD).

“Needless to say, we find such a proposal ridiculous and an insult to the more than 800,000 Americans who owe their direct livelihood to our industry,” said Makin.

Toshiba’s nationwide campaign purports to encourage, educate and challenge individuals and companies to commit to one day of “no printing” and to raise awareness of the impact printing has on our planet. Its event is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2012.

“Toshiba claims that our industry has failed ‘to make the link between printing waste and its negative impacts on our landfills, natural resources and the environment,’” continued Makin. “Our industry has long led the way utilizing sustainable processes. The primary raw material for printing is paper, which comes from trees, which are a renewable resource—so renewable that today, our country has 20 percent more trees than it did on the first Earth Day, which was held more than 40 years ago.”

“Printing is the only medium with a one-time carbon footprint—all other media require energy every time they are viewed. Electronic devices, which Toshiba produces, for example, require the mining and refining of dozens of minerals and metals, as well as the use of plastics, hydrocarbon solvents, and other non-renewable resources. Moreover 50󈞼 percent of electronic waste collected for recycling is shipped overseas and is often unsafely dismantled. For Toshiba to call for such a ban on printing is hypocritical to say the least,” added Makin

He concluded by reiterating that print will very much be alive on Oct. 23, and asked the company how it would feel if that day became “National No-Toshiba Day?”

Printing Industries of America has put together a tool that can be used to dispel the misconceptions about the printing industry. This campaign—“The Value of Print”—contains a flip-book that can be used to dispel the myths about the industry. The flip-book has four sections:

  • Misconceptions, which gives responses to the common misconceptions about print;
  • Effectiveness, which gives statistics on how print is an effective part of the marketing mix and how people still prefer print;
  • By the Numbers, which discusses the importance of the industry and its large economic footprint; and
  • Resources, which lists websites where more information on the subject can be found.

About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

Source: PIA.

  • JIm

    You go Michael! You hit the nail on the head. I cringe everytime I hear someone talk about killing trees.

  • Brian

    I got a better idea "National No-Toshiba Month".

  • Weber Books

    Mr. Makin’s article about the Toshiba’s "No Print Day" is excellent and to the point. It’s time we wake up and stop taking everything the Far East wants to throw at our printing industry. Skilled printers are buying every megathousand dollar piece of junk that they want to throw at us – and it ends up on the junkheap in 5 years, after it bleeds the owner from the purchase price and the service contract. Excellent offset presses and letterpresses, which can still do good work are scrapped or sent to third world countries daily. Employment is lost. Dollars go abroad. Let’s train printers instead of button-pushers. Hug a press instead of a tree.

  • MWilser

    Celebrate Oct. 23rd by PRINTING. i’ll be there.