sustainability

Is Printing Destroying The Planet?

Is Printing Destroying The Planet?

We all learned the lesson as kids. Don't waste paper. You're playing a part in the mass extermination of trees.This has long been taken as a rallying cry against the printing industry for wreaking havoc on the world's tree supply and for releasing untold chemicals into the water supply. True. No? Printers are the first to admit that when the industry burst into existence, people weren't giving renewable resources a great deal of thought. Even as a child, I remember roadsides being used as perpetual trash bins, though the situation is far less acute in most places today, Because, en masse, people today are more sensitive to the issue of environmental degradation, and printers are too. Printing companies today are by and large responsible stewards, but the question remains, can an industry such as printing change it's reputation? As Richard Romano pointed out in an editorial in PRINTCEO, the print industry is working its collective butt off to develop technologies, […]

FSC, FSI Battle It Out Over Sustainable Forests

FSC, FSI Battle It Out Over Sustainable Forests

Is this the end of sustainable forestry initiatives? Wow, I didn't think I'd be posting about green printing again so soon, but here we go! There's trouble brewing in the old sustainable forest… As you might know – being the loyal printing blog reader that you are – one of the biggest priorities that a green printer focuses on is achieving tri-certification. Tri-certification is all about preserving our country's – and our planet's – forests. (Yup, this all comes back to sustainability). One of the most important things being done to green our industry has been a commitment to using paper made from trees that were logged by companies who take provable steps to replace what they harvest. There is an entire chain of custody that must be entirely transparent in order to prove that the paper coming out of our printers can be traced back to a tree that was harvested from a certifiably sustainable forestry project. Tri-certification, for […]

Green Printing: Defining Sustainability for Print

Green Printing: Defining Sustainability for Print

A survival skill for successful printers. When the mid-00s' brought 'green' everything into vogue, one of the buzzwords du jour was 'sustainability.' And it's a term that still gets thrown around a lot, but it's rarely properly defined. People first started to talk about sustainability in regards to environmentalism in the 1950s and 60s. It was that long ago when experts in ecology started to say, “hey, we can't consume as much as we do, and create as much waste as we do, and continue to live comfortably on planet Earth.” Sustainability, then, became the core of an idea that we had to manage our resources in such a way that life could go one, so that future generations could have a good – or ideally, better – quality of life than we have today. As Wikipedia says in one of its more poetic moments, “Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure.” While sustainable living isn't entirely […]

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