Printing is magic. Trees are converted into knowledge, information, commerce and art. Printing helps us to communicate ideas. It carries our products to market. It tells us what is going on in the world. It shares our vision for how to make the world a better place.
Because it is such a powerful tool it has been misused, wasting precious resources and putting our forests at risk. Not only are we threatening our forests and our watersheds but we are generating waste at a rate that is hard to imagine.
Sustainability and print can only be accomplished by addressing the issue on many fronts:
- Our forests are special. Use printing wisely. When designing packaging, think simple. Cut down on unnecessary waste. When printing a book, consider your choice of paper. Consider shorter runs or "just in time" print models. Check your mailing list to make
sure that people on it want to receive your publication. Give people ways to choose between receiving your publication in print, electronically or opting out. Target your audience to make sure that your printing is received by those who want it.
- Use papers that come from well managed forests.
- Use papers that have recycled content, cutting down waste that goes to the landfill.
- Choose vendors that have clearly articulated strategies that make them part of the solution, not the problem.
Sustainability extends beyond the use of pulp and paper. The printing process needs to be friendlier to the environment. Vegetable oil based inks, lower energy use in the manufacturing process, eliminating toxic chemistry from the print process are some of the steps that Community Printers is taking to make us the greenest printer that we can be.
The sustainability section of our website is meant to share with you, other printers and print buyers the kinds of things that can be done to lessen our footprint on the environment. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us. We are committed to continually improving our sustainability efforts.