Why Go Green? Finding a green printer

Posted by Kevin Flanigan

Why go green?

  • It's good for the planet -  Being environmentally responsible is part of good citizenship. 
  • It's a fundamental obligation of every successful company.
  • It's good for business. -  Consumers want green products.   Making their content greener gives them a competitive advantage. 

 What makes a book green:  Going green involves , looking at what it's made of, how it is made and where it is made, all three.  You need the right materials, the right process, and the right manufacture. 

What's it made of:

Environmentally responsible materials:

Text Block: 

Use FSC-Certified papers; recycled paper using post-consumer waste content; lower basis-weight paper; local sourcing of raw materials to reduce the harmful impact of long distant transportation.  Your printer can help you select cost-effective papers that combine performance with environmental responsibilities


Use recycled Paper Covers and Binder inserts, Local shops with in-house capabilities allow for complete control of materials and process

Coatings and Solvents:

Use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) inks and coating, aqueous solutions.

  • Seek out the cleanest technologies available.
  • Minimizing your reliance on potentially harmful chemicals

How is it made, green processes

Prepress:  Insist on 100% digital workflows, with paperless proofing online and web based access.

Digital Press: iGen digital Presses eliminate VOC from the manufacturing process for the lowest possible emissions

Bindery:   Look for inventive planning and scheduling which minimizes paper waste

Plant energy Consumption:  An organization has invested in advance technologies, lighting HAVC and sophisticated process management tool, annual energy spend per book produced  consistently decreases.

Waste recycling:  Equates to recycling everything commercially recyclable

 Where it’s made:

 A Green Plant: This means environmental systems and practices meet or exceed U.S federal and State requirements.  Look for a printer with a longstanding, comprehensive recycling program, one that trains its employees in environmental practices including conservation, waste reduction and recycling.  

 Continuous improvements:

 Look for a printer that is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvements to reduce the impact the books we manufacture have on our environment. 

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Topics: Green Processes


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