Business Management - Sustainability

Stora Enso Announces Products With Three Chain-of-custody Certifications
June 21, 2007

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI—June 21, 2007—Stora Enso (NYSE: SEO) today announced effective June 1, the Centura®, Productolith® gloss, dull and matte sheets, and the Arbor™ line of products meet the chain-of-custody certification requirements for the following: • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), SW-COC-1930; • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), BV-COC-209961-A; and • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), BV-COC-209961-B. In May, Stora Enso announced that six of its North American mills achieved third-party chain-of-custody certifications for SFI® and PEFC, becoming the first coated paper manufacturer in North America to achieve SFI chain-of-custody certification. The SFI and PEFC certifications complement the FSC chain-of-custody certification achieved last year. “We recognize that many

Surviving the Sustainability Maze
June 2, 2007

Remember the good old days when life used to be simple and relaxed? I am not talking about farming a few centuries ago, but about the printing industry—and, more specifically, paper. No one questioned your paper choice on an ecological basis 20 years ago. There was virgin paper and virgin paper, and that was that. Then came the recycling wave (not the first surge in the ’70s, when you could hardly print on recycled papers, but the ’90s wave). Then there was a “real” choice—virgin or recycled—and often at a premium price. But, all this still seems like the good old days compared to

Seminar Will Outline New Choices in Paper and Print Sourcing for Companies Going Green
May 16, 2007

CHICAGO—May 16, 2007—Too many companies today overlook one of the simplest routes to environmental stewardship—ensuring that all printing paper they use is responsibly sourced and produced. With increasing environmental transparency in the paper and printing industries, it is now easier than ever for businesses to go green. That view comes from Derek Smith, a former paper industry executive who now consults to businesses, printers and marketers on the critical link between paper and the environment. “Most businesses, from Fortune 500 firms on down, haven’t made the connection between the paper they use and their environmental footprint,” said Smith.  “I’m trying to change that.  Often times, it’s

Pictorial Offset Plants New Forest to Become Carbon-Neutral Printer
October 26, 2006

CARLSTADT, NJ—October 27, 2006—Pictorial Offset Corporation, the leader in addressing environmental issues affecting commercial printing for over 25 years, is proud to announce that it has begun planting a forest of over 5,000 native oak and pine trees in order to reduce its carbon-emission footprint on the planet to zero. Wednesday, October 25th, at a ceremony held at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge near Oceanview, New Jersey, Pictorial Offset’s executive management team planted native oak and pine trees saplings on the first 10 acres of a new forest land in the coastal refuge. The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is comprised

Sustainability — Paper Options Not Clear Cut
February 1, 2006

Lingerie clad women carrying chain saws sounds like a scene out of a B-movie horror flick, not a topic for a story on trends in paper usage. Which is the point, in a sense. In late 2005, environmental activists were able to grab headlines by dressing in lingerie for a series of protests outside Victoria’s Secret stores. The organizers sought to call attention to what they considered irresponsible and wasteful use of paper by the company in its catalog marketing program. They challenged the clothier to stop using paper that tracked back to trees from the Great Boreal Forest in Canada, to buy

Sustainability of Paper — Here Today, Here Tomorrow
May 1, 2005

BY MARK SMITH Technology Editor The knock against operating a business in a socially responsible way is that everyone's for it. . .until it means paying higher prices for goods and services. The printing industry has gone through several rounds of environmental initiatives, most of which have been curtailed by price competition in the marketplace. EPA-mandated process changes have been about the only ones with real staying power, such as limits on VOC emissions by web offset printers. Paper usage is a ready target because it calls to mind images of clear-cut forests and overflowing garbage barges or trucks destined for a dwindling

Inks and Chemicals — Environmental Challenges
August 1, 2003

By Erik Cagle In basic terms, the commercial printing industry has to deal with a new ozone standard set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The standard, previously 0.12 parts per million, now becomes 0.08 parts per million. The back end of the compliance timetable is 2021. One would presume eliminating 0.04 parts per million over an 18-year span doesn't sound all that challenging. But that breakdown is akin to saying the U.S. government is a bunch of people who take care of things. While true, it is horribly simplistic. The new standard, with its ramifications,

Inks and Environmental Issues — Compliance vs. Quality
May 1, 1998

Environmentally speaking, what's hot in inks? The EPA—hot on the trail of compliance offenders. But commercial printers cited for noncompliance need not join the much-dreaded "Environmental 4-H Club"—hazardous (as in waste), havoc (as in scrambling for compliance), helpless (the feeling of ineffective scrambling) and hell-to-pay (the cost of noncompliance). With hundreds of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) listed by the EPA—and even more listed at the state level—it's easy to see why printers are feeling suffocated by the growing compliance haze. This controversial issue, like the color of polluted air, is gray, on the best of days. "The first line