Whether pushed by customer demand, industry regulation or motivated by personal conviction, printing "green" is an accelerating trend. The World Commission on Environment and Development defined the term sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
In today’s age, we are led to think about how we can continue to live, work and eat without harming our environment, while keeping it healthy for future generations.
Below are a few simple ways Greenhaven is turning their print-related activities into eco-friendly “sustainable” choices.
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Conserve a tree, institute a PDF workflow:
The PDF has allowed for us as a company to have a virtually paperless office by giving people the ability to create and send electronic documents back and forth via e-mail, rather than printing hard copies and mailing. This leads to a reduced demand for paper and energy used to operate printers and copiers, which means reduced emissions and lower costs for you, our customers.
Recycle, reduce, reuse:
We have paper available to our customers that contains 10, 20, 30 and up to 100% recycled content. Greenhaven also participates in an extensive recycling program, which includes paper recycling, metal recycling “plates”, oil, used ink, parts cleaner, office waste, plastics, cardboard, light bulbs, and pallets.
Web portal that allows our customers to submit files online:
Our website allows our customers to request an estimate and also submit files online. Not only does this speed the production process, it also reduces waste and carbon emissions through couriers.
Foregoing paper proofs for email proofing and approvals:
Traditional methods of securing proof approvals involve printing the job numerous times, deciphering customer comments, tracking and archiving detailed records, overnight mailing and couriers, audit trails, faxing and time spent shuffling the job back and forth. We utilize email proofing and approvals, which allows a quick and environmentally friendly process for our customers.
When leaving the office, we make sure to power down our equipment:
We use energy-saving features built into systems, setting printers and copiers to “standby” mode after 20 minutes of non-use. Simply activating the power-save features on desktops can save 50 or 60 percent of the energy wasted when computers are left on, and idle, for 24 hours a day. Dimming the monitor, spinning down the hard disks and putting the drive to sleep are all simple steps that help reduce air pollution.
Choosing Eco-Friendly Inks:
By using vegetable based inks with no or very low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), we greatly minimize potential health risks to ourselves and others.
Portions taken from article by:
Robin Tobin, Adobe Systems Inc in collaboration with A&R Partners Date: August 2007