Being a “green” printing services company means so much more than just using recycled paper for the projects we produce for our clients. Howard Printing is committed to limiting our environmental impact and helping create a more sustainable future for us all. Here are some of the steps we are already taking:
We replaced the lighting throughout our facility with energy-efficient and auto-shut off lighting.
We can print on a full range of recycled and chlorine-free papers.
We print with Bio-Derived Renewable Resource Content (BRC) inks manufactured by Hostmann-Steinberg, a member of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM). NAPIM offers the voluntary BRC certification and labeling program to ink manufacturers to provide a method for consistently measuring, registering, and communicating the bio-derived renewable content of printing inks. Printers using this ink series may use the “printed with biorenewable ink” logo on printed products.
We use low-impact volatile organic compound (VOC) ink and press wash, and an alcohol substitute for our fountain solution.
We bypass the traditional film-stripping stage of printing and use a computer-to-plate (CTP) prepress process that eliminates the need for film, proofing materials, and chemicals and their byproducts. The CTP process also saves time and money while providing better quality.
In addition to traditional offset printing, we offer digital printing using toner, which is nontoxic and produces less chemical waste than offset inks. Digital printing also requires less make-ready, which translates to less paper waste.
We offer online PDF proofing to help reduce paper waste.
Over the course of a typical year, HPI recycles 1 to 1.5 tons of metal plates, about 40 tons of paper waste, and 100 to 200 pounds of ink waste. We also recycle our press-cleaning cloth rags, re-use shipping boxes and packing material, wrap items with Kraft paper instead of plastic, and donate paper scraps to local schools and art programs.