At first glance, printed materials may appear to undermine environmental stewardship. But print houses are committed to consuming the least possible resources. The industry fully embraces the sustainability movement, and works to decrease its environmental impact every day. Below are 10 ways how:
- Software allows the print designer to utilize the maximum area to decrease trim. Product logistics are solved in the simulated environment without printing prototypes multiple times.
- Printers use recycled paper. Trim and other scraps are recycled.
- Office paper waste is reduced by digital communication. Any office paper waste is recycled.
- Many printers set up shop in energy efficient buildings.
- Old models are replaced with new energy efficient equipment, such as HVAC units and presses.
- Non-toxic dry inks are used in addition to recycled waste colorants and developers.
- Digital practices are in place so only the quantity needed is printed.
- Heat produced by hard-working equipment is captured as a heat source for offices during the winter.
- Environmentally friendly products are used such as alcohol-free dampening solutions and water-based/low-ammonia emission aqueous coating (which also reduces fingerprints).
- LED lighting found in many facilities use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
These examples illustrate how printers are eco-aware and protecting the environment. The industry is doing its part by working to reduce the overall carbon footprint, control energy efficiency and eliminate unnecessary waste.