This is a follow up to the previous blog titled “Going Green = Good Stewardship”. There are a lot of great ideas and it’s definitely a good start. The blog got me to thinking though, as I sit here listening to the presses winding up for the day, what about all that paper in the pressroom?
I did some research, asked our Press manager to help me and here are some of the things I found out:
LPi Corporate wide uses approximately 8.2 million tons of paper each year. The Milwaukee facility alone, which I am writing this blog from, uses approximately 3.9 million tons a year.
Sounds kind of alarming, at least to me. Fortunately, we here at LPi live on the same planet as you and we are very concerned about our environment. Here’s proof:
We purchase paper from a mill that is SFI certified and FSC Certified (click to find out more).
SFI Certification is a forest management program that promotes environmental, social and economic values for the conservation and sustainable use of our forests for a variety of purposes. This means that the paper we use is produced from a forest that is properly managed with a sustainable future clearly in mind.
FSC Certification has much the same purpose in mind. They were created to ensure forests, not just in North America but around the world, are properly managed. Initially created as a response to global deforestation concerns, the FSC certification means our vendor is responsibly managing a valuable resource, again with sustainability in mind.
We are constantly creating and improving methods to reduce overall paper waste. We use CIP technology to help color calibrate the press machines in less time with less paper waste and also provided the press team with larger monitors, to better see how well the color matches right away (no guesswork = less waste short and long term).
In 18 months time, we have reduced our paper waste by approximately 13% and any paper that is “wasted” is recycled. The initiative to continue reducing waste is ongoing, with new procedures and processes implemented regularly company-wide.
As I am finishing this blog, I am listening to the whir of the presses. I have a small stack of bulletins next to me that I always keep around for samples. And I am breathing a bit easier knowing that while we are a printing company, with the implication of paper waste attached to us; I know we are doing our part. The benefits reach even further too since less paper used and less paper wasted means a cleaner, more sustainable future AND cost savings to you, our customers!