Keeping it sustainable with every pass

Printing Partners understands the importance of being environmentally friendly; sustainability is no longer optional – and we’re always looking for innovative ways to reduce waste and preserve the environment.

TreePaperCertified Paper
Certification helps to protect our environment by reassuring customers that their fiber does not come from irresponsible or illegal sources. By purchasing certified paper, you can rest easy knowing that you are contributing to the sustainable growth, harvest and utilization of our natural forests, helping to ensure they remain forests for generations to come.

FSC® – Forest Stewardship Council certification
Printing Partners FSC chain-of-custody number: SCS-COC-OO-002658
The FSC® program certifies wood products recognized as coming from well-managed forests adhering to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards.

SFI- Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification
Printing Partners SFI chain-of-custody number: NSF-SFICOC-C0029131
The SFI program is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and measures developed by foresters, conservationists and scientists that combine the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.

All of our house stocks come from suppliers that integrate environmental criteria in the manufacture of their paper products. We carry coated and uncoated paper by Unisource. Unisource develops partnerships with suppliers who: have chain-of-custody certification, use recycled content and utilize renewable energy in the manufacturing process. Our coated (uBRAND®) stock is SFI certified and our uncoated (Starbrite®) stock is FSC certified. We also carry Cougar® uncoated stock that is FSC certified.

EcoFriendly_InkEco-Friendly Ink
We currently use SunLit® Intense ink by SunChemical. This vegetable-based ink excludes the use of carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic substances such as lead, mercury and selenium.

Soon, we will be retiring the SunLit® Intense ink and implementing the use of Saphira Eco inks by Heidelberg. The Saphira Eco inks are based on renewable raw materials and exhibit much lower emission values than comparable products. The Saphira Eco inks will provide us with the benefits of lower energy consumption; fewer emissions of VOCs, ammonia, dust and noise; as well as less residual ink and wasted water.

In 2005, we siRecyclinggnificantly reduced our chemical waste by installing a Uni-Ram DC 100G Solvent Recycler. The DC100G effectively recovers used blanket wash (used to clean the press’ blankets and rollers) by removing and segregating the absorbed materials – water and ink debris. With the DC100G, our chemical waste was reduced from 104 barrels per year to 5.2 barrels per year, saving approximately $20,800 annually.

Paper and Cardboard
From April 2013-March 2014, Printing Partners received $46,613.02 for recycling 616 tons of paper and cardboard.

In 2013, Printing Partners received $10,056.79 for recycling 14,980 lbs of aluminum plates.

How our sustainability benefits you
Besides the obvious of conserving the environment and reducing waste put into landfills – how does our sustainability benefit you?

Our clients can share our reputation as responsible corporate citizens with sustainable business practices by having the appropriate logos printed on pieces after they’ve gone through an approval process.

If you add up all of the saved/returned money previously mentioned:
Chemical                       $20,800
Paper & Cardboard      $46,613.02
Aluminum                     $10,056.79
Total                               $77,469.81

That’s over $77,000 in annual savings that we pass on to our customers.

We’re proud of our sustainability and encourage all of our customers to share that pride in the celebration of Earth Day and every day we’re all on this beautiful planet.

About Mallory MacDermott

Marketing Manager at Printing Partners, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana.
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