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  • rchurchwell
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    Re: What do YOU do?

    You can always do more, and I think it's important to constantly challenge yourself to improve, but you also need to be realistic. A 100% green (if such a thing exists) print shop can't change the world if it's out of business. To me, from a both a personal and business perspective, pushing yourself to make incremental improvements is a sensible compromise. Rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing and the legitimacy of all the various certifications, I try to make my best estimate at what is right according to the prevailing science and follow it in good faith.

    I've just started working with the [Green Exchange|http://www.greenexchange.com], a green business community in Chicago. One of our tenants, [Consolidated Printing|http://www.consolidatedprinting.net], is always looking for better methods and materials. They're using vegetable ink instead of soy ink because soy ink contains petroleum. They're using vinegar and shortening to replace heavy duty solvents. Here's an interview with their owner, Marilyn Jones: [http://www.greenexchange.com/watch.php?id=8].

    -Rob

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  • metatate
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    We have a "green committee" of which I am the chair. I have been passionate about this topic for a while but on a corporate level it's a different ball-game. We became FSC certified. We of course, recycle tons of unused paper - as well as office paper. That was new this year - I had my department recycling but now it is integrated into the departments. We also recycle plastics from chemistry packaging and the like.

    We use (as most do) soy inks and reduced VOC chemistry (I actually need to get more intimate with the pressroom on this topic though - I'm in prepress mostly).

    The latest thing we are doing is a "waste audit" where the city comes in and guides us through looking through our garbage. Should be interesting (I get to dig through it too ... yay!)

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  • timmymck
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    Anyone ever follow the money on this? I'd love to know where it's all really going $$. My suspicion is that it is a self sustaining annuity for global environmental activists.

    Ask your paper recycler where they sell most of their material? 75% to Asia is our recycler's best estimate. I kind of doubt they are very worried about their footprint like we seem to be in the US.

    Actually, come to think of it...with the state of the paper/print industry, alternative e-media, 15 states currently with pending Do Not Mail bills in their legislatures, I'm more worried about my footprint in the unemployment line than I am about how much carbon is on it.

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  • doubting_thomas
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    This is what I've suspected, and good info. We've been doing the
    same type of thing (including printing on stock that bears the FSC
    watermark) up until now. However there are clients that receive
    directives from their head offices that the FSC logo be printed on
    their collateral. The only way a shop can do this is to pay for the
    rights to reproduce it. That you already have many of these procedures
    in place already doesn't matter in the same way that paper mills who
    have been practicing sustainable forestry for years and years can't
    make any claim without paying for it either. This is very clever
    marketing by FSC and SCS, in my opinion, but not very altruistic
    (which I feel their marketing suggests that they are). An example
    of this will be when we get audited, then certified, we'll be responsible
    for periodic internal audits since there aren't any auditors in our
    region (so we're told). This seems rather silly to me as a SOP
    for maintaining control of COC by a governing body, and set up
    to be taken advantage of. But whatever. We'll pay them the money
    and get certified and do what we need to stay certified as long as
    there is a demand from our clients. I dislike the way it's set up to work.
    Maybe I have the wrong impression here, as I've only been looking into
    certification for a few months...

    I do think it's a great way to drum up demand for softwood that is
    difficult to sell in the US because of tariffs though.

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  • frani2001
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    I went on an FSC / PEFC seminar the other week. We already have ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation so there isn't such a lot for us to do. the problem is that there aren't many people trained and authorised to grant the Chain of Custody at the moment and those that are, demand what we feel is a large sum for our efforts. We don't need to implement very much at all as many of the processes are in place and all they have to do is check we have the right procedure in place. For that we would have to pay around £3000 to a governing body for doing next to nothing. So far we have not had any demand from clients to prove the chain of custody or to print the FSC logo, only to print the jobs on FSC material. If anyone does ask for proof of origin we show them the chain of Custody from the mill or paper merchant. To date that has always been enough, I think there has got o be an element of trust within a business relationship and as long as he can categorically state that the material is either FSC or PEFC certified that should be enough.

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  • doubting_thomas
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    We are devoting a very small space initially for the storage of
    FSC stocks. We only have a few clients interested at this point,
    and we are a 12 x 18 sheet fed store, so it's not too hard for us to
    come up with the space for now. We're planning to order in for
    each individual job, and to use all the paper ordered for each
    job. That way we won't have to inventory and store remaining
    sheets in the hopes that we'll use them down the road. While the
    stock in question is in the shop we'll have specific tags for the
    paper, and specific work orders for jobs that we're going to
    claim certification on. We're still working on it on a corporate
    and local level, but at this point this is the plan.

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  • Elaine
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    I'm at the beginning stages of writing the material. What kind of system does your print shop do as far as labeling stock and keeping it separate from non FSC papers? Space is always an issue and haven't figured out yet what will work best.

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  • doubting_thomas
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    We're going the FSC route, also. The devil seems to be in the
    details, and in producing the right sized check to become certified.

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  • Elaine
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    I'm just starting the FSC Chain of Custody certification and found it confusing as well. How's it going for you now?

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  • Elaine
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    Re: FSC certification - going green

    Thanks for the information. Explored that site yesterday and found it quite helpful.

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  • Cory Smith
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    Re: FSC certification - going green

    be sure to check out the Going Green section at WhatTheyThink, lots of good info with case studies and white papers. Feel free to email Gail if you have questions as well, she can point you in the right direction
    http://sections.whattheythink.com/environment/
    gail@whattheythink.com

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  • Elaine
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    FSC certification - going green

    I am just starting to research and develop the FSC Chain of Custody for my company. Anyone have any tips or information? Would like to see a sample from another printer to use as a guideline if anyone is willing to share.

    Edited by: Elaine Neiss on May 19, 2008 11:43 AM

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  • DavidMa
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    ISO 14001, FSC, SFI and EPA Green Power Certified
    Zoned and controlled high-efficiency heating and cooling system
    Electricity from 100% wind generated sources
    Recycle about 12 million lbs. of paper annually and about 20 tons of aluminum
    Use only earth-friendly soy and other inks
    UV inks eliminate VOCs into our environment
    All presses are equipped with ink monitoring devices to reduce waste by 30%
    50% of ink is recycled; 50% converted into energy efficient fuels
    Solvents incinerated to destroy 95% of VOCs
    Inks are blended in-house to minimize waste
    Central location and careful logistical planning reduces carbon footprint
    Monitor drainage systems to protect groundwater from solvents and other pollutants
    Constantly seeking new ways to be greener



    **that's what is in our Green Book.**

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  • rbailleu
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    I have not bought one yet, but a customer of mine makes pellet machines. used to make pellets out of any thing. In our case paper. then buy a pellet burning stove. almost free heat.

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  • ifredsayred
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    > {quote:title=Miztrezzz wrote:}{quote}
    > Signs in every room telling you to turn off the lights if you arent in the room, all computer equipment to be turned off at night, airconditioners up to 85, print both sides of junk faxes or copier missprints, or padding sheets of fax paper into homemade postit notes. :.

    I'm always a bit suspicious when I hear consultants advise people to turn off computer equipment at night, given that [rebooting is one of the most energy-hungry processes a PC performs|http://www.techreviewer.com/viewpage.cfm/pi/29] . Turning off monitors nightly is a step in the right direction, though, and turning off peripherals makes sense.

    I like the ideas behind being "green" a lot, and try to be conscious of how I operate, but I think some of its advocates can't see the forest for the trees (npi). Printing on both sides of junk faxes and copier misprints may save paper, but re-using paper this way can cause other problems (paper jams making repairs necessary, buying higher-moisture/coated papers to avoid the jams, et al.) It's like the debate about paper plates - if you use them, you're consuming paper, but if you use traditional tableware and wash them, you're using water...which is more eco-friendly in the long run?

    I'm definitely going to start recycling used paper into notepads, though!
    -
    Jack

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