Big Picture - April 2018 - 30
starting points for every shop
If you already recycle, explore what else you can recycle or repurpose.
Reuse packing materials.
Use paper backing and substrate excess as packing material.
Eliminate antiquated technology.
Consider a box-making machine.
Find suppliers who oﬀer quality green products - or will work with you to
develop what you need.
Swap out incandescent lighting for LEDs for cost/energy savings.
Research federal and local grants and rebates that could oﬀ set your costs
for recycling or purchasing more eﬃcient printers.
Explore local or regional certiﬁcations and organizations.
Get organized: Track everything.
are shipped instead of flat boards, which saves on shipping
and materials. LED-backlit graphics also provide the
customer energy savings over graphics illuminated with
an incandescent spotlight.
After Hurricane Sandy wiped out the last remaining two
printers using solvent inks and those printers were recycled
for scrap metal, Duggal completed the conversion to low-VOC
latex, UV, and water-based printing (the company has 31
wide-format printers), which supported a wider variety of
substrate options, including textiles. "With vinyl, we switched
a lot of clients to textiles and we found a lot of them were
receptive to that. It's lighter, crease-free, can be steamed, and
can be folded up into a square and shipped rather than in a
large tube," Griffi n explains.
Yes, not all customers prioritize sustainability, and are
instead driven by the bottom line or longevity of a product,
depending on the application. But Duggal always presents
the eco-friendly products as an option, Griffi n says. The
company's efforts in environmental stewardship cost more,
but they believe it's a worthwhile endeavor, adds CEO
"We are proud to be able to offer our clients fully green
solutions from printing on eco-friendly printers with VOC-free
inks, to using eco-friendly materials that are in turn produced
in our sustainable LEED gold facility, all while maintaining the
highest quality standards our customers expect," he says.
EVERYTHING, including the forks
Bolger Vision Beyond Print's founder, Dik Bolger, has always
been an environmentalist at heart. That's where the print
provider's pursuit of sustainable practices originates.