theprinters.com is committed to protecting our employees, customers, and the environment. Our efforts have gained attention locally, and beyond our immediate region. We regularly receive applause for engaging our employees and customers in the effort.
Our 55,000 square feet office, manufacturing, and warehouse space processes over 2 million pounds of paper annually, and place approximately one million pieces into USPS mail stream every month.
Our company has always been a recycler of major consumables used in the manufacturing process. Historically we recycle all waste paper, trimming, and unusable products from manufacturing – the annual weight of this ongoing recycling effort is over 300,000 pounds. We have always recycled waste ink – note: inks used are soy-based, used aluminum press plates, depleted chemistry and solvents – note: liquids are aqueous-based.
Some of our more-recent, expanded internal efforts include: all plastic bottles, aluminum cans, miscellaneous plastic containers, office paper, paper wrap, cardboard, plastic strapping, metal banding, ink cans, shrink wrap material, and electronics. – these additional efforts have also save many dollars per month in refuse costs.
While we are clearly committed to the environment, we are nonetheless dismayed by the continuous “greenwashing” of the public by certain groups and large corporations. The “go-green and save trees” claims that promote electronics over paper are at best misleading. The claims simply do not consider the renewability of paper, and ignore the landfills full of plastic and heavy metals from discarded personal computers, printers, and tablets.
The printing industry does not destroy trees, because Paper is a renewable and recyclable resource. The forest products industry plants more than 1.7 million trees per day. For every tree that is harvested, several more are planted or naturally regenerated.
The next time you see a claim that “paperless” is better for the planet, consider the motives. Paperless saves money for the one making the claim, and reduces their oversight responsibility and accountability.
What does it mean for you?
Whether you arrived at your decision to become more environmentally-friendly as a cost savings measure, a new direction for marketing your business, or simply to do something to make the planet a better place to live; here are a few tips on how to get started…
One of the fastest and easiest ways to ‘go green’ is to switch to an environment-friendly printer — theprinters.com. Immediately your company will reduce its carbon footprint with very little effort or expense. At the same time, your high-visibility materials — used by your employees and customers — will be produced in an environmentally-conscious manner.
To begin, start with your printed materials by requesting FSC certification or recycled paper. And, these days, recycled paper doesn’t mean you have to see the fibers in the sheet. Modern non-toxic bleaching methods allow for bright white and solid color stock in all weights and sizes.
Paper is only the first step… we use vegetable oil based inks with less than 5 percent volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOCs), and water based/soluble solvents that replace poisonous chemicals. Green printers such as theprinters.com purchase many materials that are already prepared using renewable energy. They also utilize everything from natural light in office and production areas to low-watt bulbs for less energy consumption — keeping their (and your) carbon footprint to a minimum.
Another simple solution we offer is PRINT-ON-DEMAND services, along with mailing and ORDER FULFILLMENT that can greatly reduce your company’s need for excessive inventory and warehouse space (along with related heating and air conditioning energy usage and expenses). theprinters.com can virtually eliminate the need for wasted printing over-runs of time-sensitive and/or frequently updated catalogs, manuals and other printed materials.
Our group of companies provide everything from DESIGN, PRINTING and MAILING. As a one-stop vendor, KB can save your company time and turnaround on most print-related projects. Not only can KB design or update your materials, but they can manage the work flow through print production and fulfillment, and drop-ship orders to locations anywhere around the world.
If you would like to take the first step toward becoming more environmentally-friendly, contact your us today. We will help you find a level that fits your needs and budget. Whether you’re new to environmental-consciousness, or a confirmed tree-hugger, we can assist your firm in going green.