Environmental Sustainability

For all of us, awareness of our impact on the environment that surrounds us has evolved over time. In the printing industry, the first concerns were about forest management and the replenishment of resources. In the early 1980s, when The Print House was founded, the industry was concerned about conservation issues, but there really wasn’t an organized movement to support responsible forestry practices. Among printing companies, there was discussion about recycling and minimization of waste, but practical solutions were lacking.

A lot has changed in the past 30 years.  The forestry and printing industries have become increasingly focused on sustainability issues. The conversations of the 1980s turned into opportunities for action in the 90s and 2000s. The industry has come a long way and The Print House has been proactive in our implementation of solutions that benefit the environment.

It’s easy to say that your company supports “green initiatives” or that you try to make decisions that minimize impact on the environment. At The Print House, we have a preference for actions that make an impact.

Here are a few examples:

  • Conversion from oil-based to soy-based inks.
  • Installation of “chemistry-free” platemaking systems that don’t generate hazardous waste.
  • Recycling of all paper waste.
  • Donation of excess paper to local schools.

Sustainability is important. Here are two important environmental initiatives that you might want to learn more about:

FSC LogoIn 2010, The Print House invested in a certification program that would enable us to provide interested clients with printed products that have been managed responsibly through all phases of production. Our Forest Stewardship Council®  Certification  (FSC® SW-COC-005576) allows participation in a chain-of-custody process that verifies sustainable management from forest to end use.
Renewable Choice EnergyFor the last several years, The Print House has participated in another program that allows us to directly offset the carbon footprint produced by the energy our business consumes. We purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) through Renewable Choice Energy that help to secure the demand for power produced from clean energy sources, like wind and solar.
How Do Renewable Energy Credits Work?