How to choose environmentally friendly stocks for printing

In 2014, going green is not only common sense, it’s good business sense. In fact, most Canadians care about the environment and are looking for ways to contribute to protecting the planet and ecosystem. These people generally try to purchase from companies whose values reflect their own. An increasing number of consumers include being green in the list of factors that influence whether or not they will make a purchase.

The first thing you should look for to become eco-friendly is whether your printer has recognized green certifications. If you are not working with a printing company that offers eco-friendly stocks for printing, such as recycled brown paper or chipboard paper, you are missing out on the opportunity to benefit from these certifications yourself. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, here are some questions to ask your printing company:

Is the stock sustainably sourced?

When you choose a certified sustainable paper stock, you know you are helping the environment. With Chain of Custody forest management, these stocks are derived from certified logs from a sustainable forest. Green stocks help reduce your environmental footprint, and you will enjoy endorsing an environmentally responsible company.

Sustainably sourced paper can be used just like traditional paper for all of your printing needs. Business cards, flyers, stationery, brochures, labels, tags and so much more can all be printed on green stocks. New stocks are being released regularly, so be sure to ask Super Printers what’s available.

What kind of environmental certifications are available?

There are a variety of environmental certifications for paper stocks. These include:

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC)
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)
SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative)
LEI (The Indonesian Ecolabel Institute)

When you choose to use an environmentally certified papers, you can communicate your values to your customers by placing the FSC, PEFC, SFI and/or LEI logo on your printed materials, depending on the certifications the particular stock you’re using has.

Should I be printing on demand?

With on-demand printing, you can save money and help the environment at the same time. Printing only what you need when you need it helps to eliminate waste and saves you money! In addition, by choosing to print locally, you can reduce harmful emissions into the environment from additional unnecessary shipping.

What does Super Printers do for the Environment?

At Super Printers, we care about the environment and proudly are Certified for FSC, PECF and LEI. To learn more about Super Printers and the Environment visit our About Us Page: Super Printers & Environmentally Friendly Printing