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September 19, 2014 | 24th Elul 5774
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Green Printing

Making Our Printed Materials “Green(er)”

One of the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint is by paying close attention to the materials we choose to print and how they are printed.

We can begin to do this by choosing to print on recycled papers with soy or vegetable based inks. Paper manufacturers provide information on recycled paper on their web sites. All printers should be able to accommodate requests for recycled paper and help you obtain samples of various paper options.

But we can go further – One of the many organizations involved in “greening” the printing industry is The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international organization that was “created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide.” One of their concerns is the paper we use and how it is made; and, the materials, equipment and procedures used by printers. The FSC has developed a rigorous certification process for those in the printing industry to help keep and maintain our environment.

Their website provides information on FSC certification and FSC certified products and services such as printers, paper merchants, etc.

  • For a list of FSC certified printers and paper products in the United States (by state), go to www.fscus.org and click on the Paper and Printing quick link. 
  • For a list of FSC certified printers in Canada, go to www.fsccanada.org/fscprinters.htm.

FSC Certification contracts are valid for five years and are audited by the FSC annually to maintain high standards. Please check these lists often as they are constantly changing and growing.

If you already have a “favorite” printer you can also pass this information on to them so they can find out how they can become FSC certified.


Special thanks to Helayne Friedland, Production Manager, Union for Reform Judaism, for preparing this information. 

 
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