User login

Sustainable Best Practices: A New Approach to Printing

(August 2009) posted on Fri Aug 07, 2009

The popularity of sustainable printing is gaining momentum in the screen-printing industry. This discussion describes some of the ways you can actually make your operation more sustainable and highlights the cost savings associated with eco-friendly business decisions.


But the story does not end there! The delivery driver (let’s call him Fred) did double duty as the shipping manager. Fred decided to put his newly found free time to good use. After performing a survey of operations and materials entering on a routine basis, Fred was able to identify selected material that he could collect and reuse in place of virgin packing materials in the shipping department. Not only did this reduce materials going to the local landfill, thus reducing monthly trash costs, but it also prevented unnecessary expenditures on virgin packing materials.

All of this led Fred to think about the kinds of materials entering the facility that he could not reuse or recycle at his location, such as shrink wrap, and he opened a dialogue with the various suppliers that send in those materials as part of their normal shipments. Some suppliers changed to materials that could readily be used by the print shop in its internal reuse program or could easily be recycled. Several suppliers switched from shrink wrap to metal banding, which the printer recycled for a small profit instead of paying for disposal of the shrink wrap; other suppliers began an active internal campaign in their own organizations to eliminate use of those materials, which resulted in further cost avoidance from their reduction in generated trash.

Not exactly the most direct route to an answer, but the printer was able to reduce energy costs for deliveries and costs related to the purchase of virgin packing material and fees for trash disposal. The printer certainly didn’t seek out these additional answers, but the company was quite pleased to find them and benefit from the cost reductions!

That’s really what sustainability is about: looking at your operations and eliminating unnecessary practices or modifying existing practices for more useful purposes. Many changes made in the name of sustainability bring with them opportunities for cost reduction or avoidance. With cost savings comes the increased profitability for your long-term operation.

 

Karen Gross is executive director of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (www.sgppartnership.org), an organization that promotes sustainable printing practices and certifies print providers that meet established criteria and performance standards for sustainability. Her background includes more than 20 years of experience in the environmental, health, and safety field with a number of those years specifically in the printing industry. Gross also is a former OSHA-approved trainer and ISO 14001 auditor.
 


Terms:

Comments

dsgfgf says: Burberry Discount indeed saves your money Burberry Discount is quite a good promotion chance. Louis Vuitton Outlet on big sale now. Hurry to Burberry Discount site. This sale can bring you a lot of benefit. ...

Burberry Discount indeed saves your money
Burberry Discount is quite a good promotion chance. Louis Vuitton Outlet on big sale now.
Hurry to Burberry Discount site. This sale can bring you a lot of benefit. High-class quality Burberry Bags, lowest price, fast speed delivery. Wow, what kind of good news. Such a good time you can't miss. Take action, cherish this good time and good chance. Life is so easy.
When the sun raises in the sky, you will feel its sunshine. When you see Coach Outlet Store, you will feel the brand influence. Coach is like the morning sun, mild and full of energy. When Coach reaches to certain state, you will fullly feeling its excellent glamour. Good brand always can win appraciation. You know it!
Louis Vuitton Outlet has already been the noon sun. Its bright light shines to the world sky. No one don't know Louis Vuitton. It is a terrific brand. Its outstannding quality can be called the perfect. We all pursue a kind of comfortable life. Louis Vuitton can give you this feeling you love. Believe Louis Vuitton, believe your life.
Kanye West makes his runway shoes with Giuseppe Zanotti, but for sneakers, he’s a Nike man. (Well, with occasional pit stops at Vuitton.) The company announced today the official release date of its second sneaker with the rapper-turned-designer, the Air Yeezy II, which hits stores globally June 9. There are a wealth of minute details to puzzle over, from the “anaconda-texture leather” panels to the nods to ancient civilizations, like the hieroglyphics on the loop strap spelling out YZY and the falcon insignia on the tongue. (The Ancient Egyptian god Horus, god of the sky, war, and hunting, was commonly depicted with the head of a falcon.) And those looking to walk a mile in Kanye’s shoes will be particularly pleased. These boast a slimmed-down silhouette originally derived from tailoring the prototypes directly to West’s foot.

posted on: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 4:01am

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to the magazine.