Samco Printers is committed to protecting the environment
We believe that it is important to protect our valuable resources such as air, water and forests. Our commitment is to leave the smallest ecological footprint possible and to help you do the same. We are constantly looking for ways to help reduce our environmental impact and to reuse and recycle whenever possible.
COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Samco Printers is dedicated to minimizing its impact on the environment by committing to the following environmentally friendly practices:
- Wherever possible (determined by our clients needs) we use recycled, chlorine free and 100% post consumer waste papers.
- We engage in ongoing research and development in the use of papers that contain “sustainable” fibres from sources other than trees.
- We have minimized the use of harmful chemicals associated with the development of film and plates. Conventional offset presses has been replaced with direct-to-press waterless presses for offset colour and xerographic devices for digital colour.
- There are no harmful carbon emissions from any of our equipment to contribute to the “greenhouse effect” and global warming.
- We have reduced our use of couriers by using the internet and email for file transfers and “soft proofing”.
- We have reduced our use of energy by programming our equipment to revert to energy saving modes when idle during production periods and by shutting down equipment and lights when not in use.
- We participate in our building’s “green” program of recycling our paper offcuts and other office recyclables.
- Our employees are encouraged to use public transit. More than 85% of our employees either walk or use buses, skytrains, trains and sea-buses to commute daily.
- In January 2009, we upgraded all our fluorescent lights to higher energy-efficient 5000K lights to save even more energy. Having the viewing lights at 5000K, an industry-standard which simulates daylight on a clear midday, gives us the added benefit of being more precise when viewing colour.
The print industry is actually very environmentally friendly. It is one of the most sustainable industries around. The industry makes tremendous investments in applying renewable energy sources and creating environmentally friendly supplies. Here are some quick facts:
- Paper is a renewable resource, grown and replenished in managed forests.
- There are more forests in North America today than there were 50 years ago.
- The paper industry plants three times more trees than it cuts.
- In Canada, less than 0.5% of our forest resources are harvested.
- Only 13% of cut forest trees are used by the paper industry in Canada. In the US, it is 36%. Most harvested trees are used for lumber, not pulp and paper.
- Overall, 33% of fibre used for paper comes from wood chips and sawmill scraps.
- Reading a printed newspaper instead of reading it online produces 20% less CO2.
- An average person wastes 2.4 times more electricity on powering a single computer than the energy used to produce the paper they use in a year.
- 60% of the power used to produce paper in North America is supplied by on-site renewable energy sources.
- In comparison, email spam wastes 33 billion kilowatt hours annually — equivalent greenhouse emissions to 3.1 million cars using 7.5 billion litres of gas.
- Forestry is the most sustainable of all new energy and materials industries.
To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood sends signals to the marketplace to grow more trees.
Dr. Patrick Moore,
So go ahead and print that email — you’ll read it 10-30% faster and produce less CO2. If you really care about the environment, save energy by turning off your computer tonight.