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Green Printers Are Great Printers in MN
ROSEVILLE, MN—The Printing Industry of Minnesota (PIM) is gearing up to celebrate the certification of its 50th Great Printer. Currently at 48 Great Printers—which include companies like Ambassador Press, Continental Press, Japs-Olson Co. and John Roberts Co.—PIM recently launched a promotional campaign to help Great Printers get the word out about their environmental initiatives.
Linda White, PIM’s director of Marketing & Communications, sent out packets, called Toolkits, which contain a window cling (of the Great Printer logo, shown here), a marketing idea sheet, a PR template and other items that they can use to promote their certification as Minnesota’s greenest printing companies.
To be certified as a PIM Great Printer, companies have to commit to sustainable, environmentally responsible practices, as well as meeting all safety and environmental regulations. They also have to be certified through a third-party audit and pledge to completing ongoing projects (called Beyond Compliance projects) that will further green initiatives.
The Great Printer program, which was established in 1997, goes beyond the green paper printers use, and FSC and other chain-of-custody certifications. It also has to do with how much waste printers produce and how they treat their waste; their recycling efforts, energy usage and safety record; their use, non-use and handling of hazardous materials; and other ways they are minimizing their impact on the environment.
For more information on the Great Printer program, call Paul Gutkowski, PIM’s director of Safety & Environmental Services, at 651-789-5505, or visit www.pimn.org.