Green Printing: Another Reason Why Smartpress.com is the Smart Choice
Reducing Our Environmental Footprint as a Digital Printer
Smartpress.com spares no effort to be a “green”, earth-conscious printer. With our recycled paper options, environmentally superior printing presses, and continued tree planting, Smartpress.com makes choices with Mother Nature in mind.
Digital Printing Advantage
With digital print, all the files can be stored electronically so plates do not need to be created. Because there is no plate, there is no by-product waste from creating a plate or the waste of the plate itself. Unlike many print shops out there that offer multiple types of printing, Smartpress.com is strictly a digital printer. This means we produce less waste than our offset competitors.
We Are Efficient and Non-Toxic
We use the newest, most efficient digital printing technology. Our digital presses are environmentally superior:
- Non-toxic, dry inks are used
- Inks are in closed containers with a transfer efficiency rate of nearly 100%.
- No wasteful ink spills.
- No generation or use of alcohols, chlorinated solvents, acids, or flammable materials.
- Clean presses (operators are not required to do any sort of hazmat training or facilities training).
- Dry-based inks require no drying time, saves valuable energy and space that would be used for the drying process.
- Nearly all the components of the press are recyclable or reusable.
Smartpress.com Offers FSC Certified Paper
Smartpress.com offers high quality paper choices that are also environmentally friendly. All of our papers are FSC certified, which means they are approved by the Forrest Stewardship Council of the United States. The FSC is a certification body that provides verification for paper and wood products to certify that the products have been sourced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.
Eco Friendly Stock
FSC certified papers are not recycled papers, though Smartpress.com does offer an Eco-friendly matte paper stock which boasts 50% recycled content. Our Eco-friendly stock is diverse and beautiful with exceptional print performance. Because it is manufactured using wind power and has a high content of recycled material, it is the ideal paper for designers who are committed to sustainable practices.
Smartpress.com makes every effort to conserve in the office and production areas. Recyclable batteries are used for electronics including keyboards, mice, thermostats, camera flashes, and calibration equipment. Ink cartridges for our printers are recyclable. Each office workstation has bins for recycling and there are recycling bins for trimmings and excess paper in the production area. In addition to paper, we recycle plastic wrap, plastic straps, styrene, PETG, acrylic, PVC, paper, and cardboard. We use recycled paper products in our office (hand towels, napkins, etc.), as well as, non-phosphate hand soaps. There is recycling for paper, plastic and aluminum in the lunchroom.
Energy Saving and Eco Friendly Materials
Programmable thermostats can be found throughout the building and we make every effort to conserve on energy. Instead of using excess air conditioning in the summer, the temperature is slightly warm (but comfortable). In the winter, the temperature is not overly warm saving unnecessary heat. All incandescent bulbs have been replaced with high-efficiency compact fluorescent bulbs. Solar shades are used on all windows.
Smartpress.com is Commited to Planting Trees
We have teamed up with Trees Water & People and continue to support their Reforestation Program. This program helps offset environmental impact and helps contribute to the restoration of trees and benefits local business. Read more about our partnership here.
We take pride in leading the industry in being environmentally conscious. Everyday, we do our part to help the environment and our earth-friendly printing practices are just another reason why printing with Smartpress.com is the smart choice.