Green Printing Using Eco Friendly Recycled Paper
PFL has been using environmentally sound printing from the very beginning. From our wind powered print facility to our commitment to sourcing responsibly produced paper the goal is always maintaining our natural resources. There are several elements that contribute to green printing, and it goes far beyond just using recycled paper.
PFL offers a variety of recycled papers on all of our products. We're also always happy to accommodate requests for 100% recycled printing paper. However, not all recycled papers are created with the same environmental impact, and an environmentally-conscious company should be selective when choosing the paper for their printing project. While printing on a paper with a high ratio of post-consumer content is a popular option that is beneficial for some projects, saving the environment is not that easy. Chemically de-inking post-consumer paper back into the clean white paper best suited for attractive full-color printing is a toxic process, one with high energy consumption and waste disposal challenges. The scrap paper from our production facility is recycled into newsprint, which requires far less energy, water and chemical treatment than recycling into white paper. Read about recycled paper myths
Let's explore a few recycling terms:
Post Consumer Fiber
The EPA defines this material as paper, paperboard and fibrous wastes from retail stores, office buildings, and homes. Used corrugated boxes, old newspapers, magazines, junk mail and mixed waste paper all fall under this group. These items have been diverted from the waste stream. The two key words to keep in mind are "end products" and "consumers". Scraps, cuttings, and loose ends from the paper mills do not qualify here.
Pre Consumer Waste
Also referred to as post-industrial waste, this is the by-product of the production process. Examples are "mill broke", paper off-cuts, make readies and rejected or surplus printed matter.
Waste paper that has had the ink, fillings and coatings removed before being recycled. Examples are magazines and newspapers that were printed but never sold.
At PFL we go out of our way to be a green printer, and we are excited about helping our customers who care about the environment through our green printing practices. We are proud to use paper made using environmentally responsible practices from farm, to pulp to paper. That means using pulp from recovered paper, and sourcing new pulp from sustainably managed tree plantations.
Additionally, our inks are vegetable-based, primarily soy, which is both gentle on the environment and produces bright, high-quality images. We also use water-based aqueous coatings to protect your printed pieces. It provides a high-gloss surface that deters dirt and fingerprints and is friendlier to the environment than the UV used as a standard by many commercial printing companies.
As part of our goal to be a green printer, a focus at PFL is reducing waste. By using top-grade paper with highly-trained press operators and efficient printing equipment, we have considerably reduced the number of test or "make-ready" sheets needed to produce your printing project.
While PFL considers all of its print jobs eco-friendly and green printing, if you'd like to have your printing project quoted on 100% recycled paper, or have questions about alternative eco friendly paper options, please let us know by calling us at 800-930-6040, or request a Custom Printing
quote on our Custom Pricing
page. We'll work with you in order to get the best product to meet your eco printing needs and suit your conscience.
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