Do you ever ask yourself the question, “What is sustainability and what does it mean to me as a print service provider?”
By definition, sustainability is “the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” A few years ago, sustainability was a little-known word in the printing industry and rarely understood, along with the impact it could have on printing operations from the print service provider to the end user. Now, sustainability is one of the hottest topics we encounter daily in the industry.
Sustainability. It’s a word not often directly associated with printing, but I beg to differ. With SGIA’s Sustainable Business Recognition Award program, we continue to see members taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainable footprints.
This year, we’ve recognized 30 facilities for their sustainability programs, focused on all three pillars: people, profit and planet. I’m sharing a few highlights to not only inspire you to take your first steps, but to show that a sustainable journey does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can start with the simple act of changing your lightbulbs.Read More
Is sustainability still a driver? Yes, according to the speakers at the Brands Talking Sustainability Luncheon at the SGIA Expo.Read More
In 2017, the SGIA Journal took an in-depth look at packaging and sustainability and how major corporations are setting targets for diverting packaging waste from landfill as well as reductions in the packaging materials themselves.Read More
Markets and consumer demands are changing, and retailers are being tasked with finding ways to use more recycled plastics in an effort to create a “green” culture. This has put greater pressures on wide-format printers to provide stellar products on imperfect materials. “We haven’t seen a big push, but more of a shift from clients,” said Scott Crosby, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Holland & Crosby Ltd., of Ontario, Canada. “The idea was that you had signage or bags that could be recycled — that was a bonus — but we found that items were being thrown away. Now, we’re seeing retailers say, ‘Let’s print on plastics that already have been recycled,’ because that makes them feel better and is seen as a more practical green solution.”Read More