Every day, every year, we try to make our environmental footprint a little smaller.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.
FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders.
While digital printing still requires the use of paper materials, it typically uses much less paper than traditional printing. Our digital equipment does not require lengthy setups and uses electronic charges to place ink, which means scrap is often lower than 5%. By switching to digital printing, Printing Services can eliminate 10% of paper waste, and that’s a conservative estimate.
We also use recycled paper, which cuts down waste even further.
In the olden days, if you needed a press proof, it meant that a job had to be set up, plates had to be made, paper strung through the press, printed on, and then cut down to size. Now, through the magic of Adobe and similar programs, you can get a pretty good idea of what your final product will look like without any printing at all. PDF workflows are the norm, and totally paperless. Should a printed proof be required, on a digital printing press it is easy to produce one copy of a job without excessive waste, again, making it less wasteful than the offset process.
All in all, digital printing positively impacts the environment by reducing much of the physical and chemical waste that was prevalent in traditional printing. So if cost-effectiveness, high quality, and reliability are important to you, add one more benefit to your list of reasons to choose digital printing – it’s an eco-friendly solution.
Recycled paper is available in all colors, including the brightest whites, and meets the highest technical standards. Tests have shown that recycled papers perform just as well as virgin papers.
UNH Printing Services offers a complete line of recycled paper, from copy bond to coated stocks. Samples are available at all of our locations.
All our copiers and printers are stocked with recycled paper containing 100 percent post-consumer waste.
Recycled Paper Items
- Post-consumer material (PCW): Paper we all take to the recycling center.
- Process chlorine free (PCF): Recycled paper processed back into paper using no chlorine or chlorine derivatives. PCF eliminates dioxins from paper mill effluent.
- Totally chlorine free (TCF): No chlorine or chlorine derivatives used to make the paper, which means the paper must come from new fiber.
- Elementally chlorine free (ECF): No chlorine gas but other chemicals containing chlorine are used for bleaching. ECF paper is often misrepresented as TCF.
- De-Inked material: Waste paper that has had the ink, filler, coatings, etc. removed in the production of recycled paper.