EcoCalculator: A Tool to Identify Environmental Impact When Printing Green

21 05 2014

Organizations that adopt eco-friendly business practices are highly valued in today’s society. Many companies enforce different activities to highlight their desire to be green. Although this is a great step forward, most businesses are unaware of the actual impact of their changes. To address this issue, Green Printer uses an EcoCalculator. This tool measures the impact that every green order has on the environment.

The general drive behind green printing is the idea of saving trees. However, there are other essential details that are often overlooked when choosing a printing company. The other positive environmental changes that take place when printing green are denoted below.

Each order’s environmental savings are measured and added to the client’s previous orders by Green Printer through the EcoCalculator. This calculations are done automatically and are readily available for clients to download for their own records.

 



The basics of why using recycled paper is just plain better!

13 03 2013

For every pro there is a con, this is something we can’t avoid. But, when we’re talking about the benefits of using recycled paper sources, we have several reasons to pay more attention to the pros instead of the cons.

Let’s get right down to it. Using recycled paper is much less harmful to our environment when speaking in terms of its production process. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the production of one ton of recycled fibers, on average, can save up to 17 trees, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 360 gallons of water, 100 gallons of gasoline used for heating the pulp, 60 pounds less air pollution, and over 10,000 kilowatts of electricity.

These savings are enormous. As nearly 30% of the waste in any landfill is paper based, we end up injecting far less pollution directly into the environment. Recycled fibers can be reused an average of four times before they become too weak to re-pulp and create quality paper. Sometimes it’s common for paper producing companies to use a mixture of recycled paper pulp and virgin pulp (new pulp) to extend the life of the recycled sources and ensure a quality finished product.

In other cases paper that decays to an undesirable level of quality is also used in lower quality paper products, such as note pads. All in all, with the amount of used paper available for recycling, there’s no reason why any source of paper should be overlooked when considering a recycling process. So don’t throw that paper away, recycle it!

 



Recycled Stock Printing Is Becoming More Important To Magazines.

4 03 2013

Recycling of all kinds is becoming more and more important as consumption levels increase worldwide. Paper production, which is fueled by deforesting vast amounts of the world’s naturally forested areas, is becoming a threat to the environment. Methods of recycling print paper for reusability are now becoming a necessity to preserve our future.

Howstuffworks.com stated that on average, a 1610 pound tree can produce about 80,500 sheets of paper, which adds up to only 161 packs of print paper. By using recycled stock printing resources, we are able to avoid cutting down countless trees.

Several magazines around the world have started to outsource traditional paper usage and have switched to 100% recycled stock. The University of Toronto magazine (U of T) is one who has found great savings with the switch. In an article by U of T magazine, they have stated to the switch has amounted in saving nearly 2000 trees per year, energy savings that could heat about 13 homes, and approximately 13 garbage trucks worth of yearly waste. There are nearly 700 or more magazines in the US alone and nearly 30 million trees are cut down each year worldwide.

Nearly one and a half million trees could be saved annually simply using a recycled source of paper in all US magazines. To gain a visual perspective on how much of an area one and a half million trees can fill (based on tree spacing of a two foot by foot spread), they would occupy about 100 American Football fields, or 114 city blocks.

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Sustainable Printing Is Key To Reducing Production Costs.

4 03 2013

Production cost in the printing industry, as with all industry, inevitably falls during the span of its development because of advances in production efficiency. Sustainability is now known to be the most important part of any product or production process.

Within the printing industry, sustainable printing is of the most important of these processes. Printing production is historically done by using a powerful heating source to bake the ink into the paper. The high levels of heat needed for its production make it quite inefficient and increase the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. This in turn makes it difficult for some companies to pass EPA standards.

Most printing ink used today is a mixture of either three compounds: petroleum-based, vegetable-based, and soy-based inks. Current regulations state that petroleum based inks must stay below 30 percent release of VOCs, which is the reason for mixing petroleum-based inks with that of vegetable and Soy. Though using 100 percent vegetable or soy-based ink would be much more environmentally friendly, higher heats are needed to dry the ink and the quality of printing is slightly lessened.

Efforts to create competitive vegetable-based ink sources, which carry no VOC release and have a low drying times, are currently being tested. If these ventures are successful, the future of the printing press will take a leap into a greener future.

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Think it can’t be recycled? Think again!

19 09 2012

If you are like most people, you probably know that you can recycle such things as milk jugs and glass jars. But you may be passing up on recycling things that you didn’t even realize could be recycled. Now is the time to take a look at what can be recycled that you may be sending to the landfill and see what you can do to help give these items a second life.
It’s estimated that every day in America the average adult generates around 4.5 pounds of waste, or garbage. Of that, they recycle just over 1 pound of it, sending the majority of it straight to the landfill, where it will be buried in the Earth for years, sometimes hundreds of them, to come. Every effort you make now to recycle is a step in the right direction.
Here are 3 things that you can recycle that you probably didn’t even realize you could:

1. Foil. Only a small percentage of aluminum foil is recycled each year, simply because many people don’t realize that it can be recycled. Whatever foil you use for cooking, such as covering items, or even foil pie tins and cooking trays, can be put right into your recycle bin after rinsing any food off of them.
2. Cartons. If you purchase juice in a carton, or even shelf-stable milk products, you may have been tossing the empty cartons into the trash. These can be added right into your recycling bin, as they are made from paperboard.
3. Unwanted mail. It’s estimated that the average person gets around 41 pounds of junk mail each year. Rather than toss all that paper into the trash, toss it right into your recycling bin. Better yet, try to get taken off some of the mailing lists you no longer want to be on.
You would be surprised at how many things actually can be put into your recycling bin. If you are unsure if something can be recycled, call your local recycling center and ask them. They will be more than happy to confirm for you one way or another!



National Parks in Danger

31 07 2011

It takes a great deal of time for perceptions about our environment, climate change and the future of our world to adjust. Many people still do not feel that these issues are serious enough to be concerned about. Unfortunately, we may pay a serious price for the time it takes for people to see what’s already happening around them.

This is why it is so important for those of us to whom preserving the environment is a priority to do everything we can to assist in its protection. Even the smallest steps make a big difference when millions of people follow through and take action.

This week, a new study has indicated that Yellowstone National Park is in serious danger of major forest fires in the coming years. These findings truly indicate the seriousness of our climate change problems in a current and very obvious way.

What are some things we can do to help prevent more news like this? Share these ideas with your friends and neighbors, and let us know what you come up with in the comments.

From The Huffington Post:

The study, by researchers at the University of California, Merced, concluded that rising temperatures associated with climate change could result in many more severe forest fires in the coming decades. Professor Anthony Westerling and his team found that by 2050, forest fires “would likely cause a major shift in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” and “affect the region’s wildlife, hydrology, carbon storage and aesthetics.”

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, predicts that by 2050, years with no major fires will be extremely rare. Towards the end of the century, the average wildfire size is expected to exceed the largest from the current record year of 1988. In that year, fires affected over 1,200 square miles of Yellowstone forest, an area about the size of Rhode Island.

This new study comes at a time when nearly half of all Americans believe “the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated,” according to a Gallup Poll earlier this year. But what do the results of this study mean for those who do believe in the seriousness of climate change?

– James Gerken, The Huffington Post

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31 01 2011

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Green Printing Myths – Busted! Why not make green by printing sustainably?

6 05 2009

For the past few years, corporations have been touting the launch of each new sustainability program – from employee engagement initiatives to renewable energy powered operations. And so, 2009 is an interesting year for Green Printer to check in on the results of these shop floor and boardroom decisions.

In a very interesting article, Anca Novacovici of Eco-Coach speaks about how corporations like 3M and Grossman Marketing group reaped in tangible – but unexpected revenue surges, savings and client kudos – by choosing the greener path.

Going green can…fatten the top line. Grossman Marketing Group, a US$30-million (sales) maker of marketing, decided to spend up to US$4,000 every year to ease the strain on the nation’s energy grid by purchasing renewable-energy “credits” from two California wind farms. Adding 5% to its energy bill didn’t save Grossman money at the time, but it did attract eco-friendly customers like Google and Green Mountain Coffee. Envelope sales — which represent 45% of Grossman’s top line — grew 20% in 2007, which is a pretty good return on a $4,000 investment!” Read the rest of this entry »



Why did corporations that ‘leaned’ toward green in 2008 perform better financially?

11 03 2009

Design Goes Green – The first of a series of articles by Green Printer on the cross-section between the environment, business and the creative communications industry.

By Contributing Writer Melissa Chungfat.

Every day we hear about companies going under and pub meals having more value than bank stocks. At at time when profits are low across the nation, some company executives think that now is not the time to implement environmental initiatives. So why did companies committed to sustainability in 2008 perform better that those that didn’t?

Management consulting firm A.T. Kearney did a study comparing the performances of  99 companies with strong commitments to sustainability against industry averages from May to November 2008. Companies that leaned towards green outperformed industry averages by 15% over the six months in 16 of the 18 industries. Read the rest of this entry »



Mighty Pixel Productions: Start Small – Ten Ways To a Greener Company

18 02 2009

A special guest by Michelle Galley of Mighty Pixel Productions.

I applaud each and every company and person that makes an effort to “Go Green“. I personally feel that if you contribute in any way, you are helping out! I also believe that there are a lot of companies who don’t realize the little things do help. I have compiled a list of ten ways that almost every company can contribute to, by making these small but significant changes.

1. BE A PART OF THE GREEN COMMUNITY
Support green communities online. It is a great way to market your company as well as getting involved. Join associations or charities. Some of my favourites…

Design Can Change
Green Energy Act
Ontario Environmental Directory Read the rest of this entry »