Sustainable printing should no longer be an option but a necessity.
The printing industry alone consumes a breathtaking amount of paper, from the books you read to the signage you see at stores, airports, trade shows, and everywhere else all around us.
The demand for such products is not going anywhere anytime soon, but printers and others in the industry can improve the situation by creating and innovating products that can be manufactured with earth-friendly materials.
By making sustainability a priority, the printing industry will continue to improve the products it provides, building momentum for others to follow. One example of such an innovation is using recycled materials to create paper products. Recycled material generally costs more than virgin material, but the benefits to our planet are invaluable. Other examples of sustainable printing practices include using vegetable-based inks instead of petroleum-based inks and investing in energy-efficient equipment.
The future deserves to be met with solutions that are both efficient and sustainable, which is why DVC is always looking for ways of improving our current practices. Our goal is to help set standards for future generations to follow.
Sustainable Printing is Possible Today.
Finding ways to be environmentally conscious is now easier than ever. Years ago, it was difficult to find sustainable solutions to packaging, custom printed wallpapers, fabric graphics, retail signage, direct mail, and other popular marketing products used through print. We work with partners who understand the need for eco-friendly products and provide solutions that we can now offer to our community.
How can you help?
Several brands, big and small, are paving the way by switching to sustainable large format and offset litho products mentioned above. The best way to help move in the right direction is to ask your printer for more earth-friendly products.
Small changes, Big Results.
The benefits of sustainable printing are immense.
When the Los Angeles Times switched to soy ink, they won an air quality award for reducing their VOC emissions by 200 tons per year!
And when other newspapers started using environmentally friendly materials like these inks and papers that do not contain any petroleum products or chemicals associated with gas station fumes, they were able to reduce their carbon footprint significantly while also improving overall employee health.
With the rise of eco-friendly initiatives, many brands are leaning towards environmentally friendly products. One such product that has recently seen increased popularity is printer ink. Why? Soy-based vegetable model oils for litho printers create brighter colors and higher quality prints than traditional petroleum-based models without leaching harmful VOCs into your document’s surface or compromising its recyclability during the production process.
Reforesting the paper consumed.
As a printing and custom fabrication provider in Los Angeles, CA, and Las Vegas, NV, the question was straightforward. What can we do as a business to help increase awareness and inspire others to act?
We took the slow months in 2020 to improve the products we offer and internal procedures like minimizing waste and recycling everything possible.
In addition, we have partnered with PrintReleaf, and with their support, we have started to offset the carbon footprint we leave behind by planting the accurate number of trees used based on a formula provided by PrintReleaf.
We are proud to have planted 2,725 trees in areas that need them the most worldwide.
Sustainable printing is not an easy task and requires the support of manufacturers, printers, and their customers to keep asking questions about what can be done.
If you are looking for a sustainable print partner with several eco-friendly solutions available for large format and litho printing capabilities, please get in touch.
We would love to have the conversation about which sustainable products are best for you to replace traditional products that are hurting the planet we all live in.