At T&N we rocognize our responsibility to the environment and to the community where we live and work. We have been working hard to reduce waste, recycle and reuse materials whenever possible, and mitigate or eliminate environmentally hazardous materials from all our processes. These are our most recent conservation initiatives.
Certified Forest Stewardship
- In October 2009 we earned the Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council assuring our customers that, when specified, the printed materials we produce for them come from environmentally responsible sources.
- We have developed and follow an approved set of procedures to track and handle our use of certified papers from well-managed forests.
- A third party audit is conducted annually by Smartwood to confirm our adherence to all established protocols.
- FSC jobs may carry the FSC Checktree logo as well as the Rainforest Alliance logo enhancing your own marketing efforts regarding sustainability and reducing your organization‚Äôs global footprint.¬† For correct use of the logos, please consult the FSC Product Labeling Guide and the Rainforest Alliance Guidelines.
No More Isopropyl Alcohol
We have eliminated the alcohol-additive fountain solution in our presses, improving worker safety and the pressroom environment.
Reduced Volatile Organic Compounds
We have reduced the use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in our printing inks, emphasising alternative soy and vegetable oil based products.
Environmentally Friendly Aqueous Coatings
We have replaced on-press oil based coatings with environmentally-friendly aqueous coatings, eliminating petroleum and VOCs.
Eliminated Pre-press Film & Chemistry
The preparation of offset printing plates historically used caustic and hazardous chemicals. Our SCREEN direct-to-plate pre-press system eliminates the use of film and the chemistry entirely.¬† Additionally we recycle nearly 4,000 pounds of aluminum plates each year.
AGFA GreenWorks Program
AGFA has recognized T&N Printing with their GreenWorks program for reducing the environmental impact of our platemaking process. This was accomplished by lowering processing temperatures by 65% and reducing water requirements through recirculation and filtration.
Waste Paper Repulping & Remanufacturing
All of our waste paper and trimmings are now transported to a facility in Richmond for repulping and remanufacturing.¬† This reuse of materials averages 15-20 tons per month.