"Our deep gratitude goes out to you and the staff at CRW Graphics for the outstanding
job you did on the Parsons Journal."
-Tom C., VP of Media Operations Saks Fifth Ave
New York City, NY
CRW Graphics Focuses On Environmentally-Friendly Printing
Being an environmental leader, CRW Graphics strives to think ahead regarding our global community and makes every effort to becoming self-sustaining. Among our many efforts, CRW Graphics is committed to finding new, more sustainable resources, more efficient technologies, developing new processes and procedures, participating in new environmental initiatives, and promoting and supporting sustainability within the printing industry. In partnership with our vendors, clients and employees, we pride ourselves on reducing our environmental footprint among the global community.
With environmental sustainability as a corporate goal, CRW Graphics is certified with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as a Chain-of-Custody printer since September 2007. We support their efforts and adhere to their high standards to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. We use the FSC logo on printed materials that are FSC certified to promote environmentally friendly printing and awareness.
CRW Graphics was also awarded the GreenWorks Environmental Recognition Award in October 2008, a special green initiative deployed by Agfa Graphics. By adopting green policies using advanced digital plate technology and in-house initiatives, CRW Graphics continues building our reputation as an environmentally-friendly printing company within the region.
On October 13, 2008, CRW Graphics in Pennsauken received a "Certificate of Stewardship" from the state Department of Environmental Protection for the company's efforts to "go green." Our employees spearheading the program: Cynthia Wollman, Bill Kitzinger, Mark Curry, Teri Pugh and Ret Gabriele.
We have also put many initiatives in place to promote environmental sustainability within our company on a regular basis in an effort to create awareness and lessen our carbon footprint. CRW has long practiced recycling of waste products, disposing of hazardous waste in a legal and responsible manner and reducing our energy usage.
- The bases for all of our lithographic ink (with the possible exception of metallic and pastel colors) are made from linseed oil, a natural and renewable resource.
- We no longer use film or any chemistry in our prepress and plating process.
- Our new plating process saves approximately 150,000 gallons of fresh water per year.
- All of our CRT monitors have been recycled and replaced with more energy-efficient flat screen monitors.
- We have retained a specialist who is currently evaluating all of our energy use and will make recommendations to reduce our carbon footprint.
- Our initial makereadies are on previously printed waste sheets, considerably reducing the count of clean makeready sheet. Our efficient presses use fewer sheets than older conventional systems.
- Blanket wash, pressroom solvents and used rags are all disposed of through a certified waste disposal company.
- All trimmed paper waste is baled and recycled. All waste sheets are banded and recycled.
- Waste ink is recycled.
- We recycle our aluminum printing plates.
- We repurpose the exhaust from the iGen digital press to help heat the plant in winter.
- Recycling efforts, including cans, bottles and paper.
- Offering recycled paper choices to clients for their projects.
Analyzing Our Carbon Footprint
Regulated Waste Disposal
"CRW has always been an environmentally responsible company. Our continuous improvement program, practiced throughout our operation, has allowed us to identify and implement work flows that consume fewer resources, minimize waste, and enhance quality," says Mark Weiss, president, CRW Graphics. "Credit for earning the GreenWorks Environmental Recognition Award from Agfa belongs to the entire CRW Team, including our customers, who have worked effectively with us to reduce our impact on the environment."
Green Printing Ideas
Use eco-friendly design elements when designing your printed material.
- Choosing a finished size that makes the most efficient use of standard paper sizes.
- Minimize ink coverage by eliminating full bleeds or large solid ink areas if possible. Using less ink often means saving press time, paper and money.
- Work with designers & printers early in the process to achieve the most environmentally friendly design.
Use the most eco-friendly papers available
- Choosing paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste.
Use soy or vegetable-oil-based inks for offset printing or low VOC toner when printing digitally
- These inks are environmentally friendly and can be recycled.
- Petroleum based inks contain carcinogens known to cause cancer.
- Use chlorine-free paper whenever possible.
Use bio-degradable, varnish or aqueous coatings when possible
- Start using environmentally friendly coatings on book covers, brochures, flyers or other printed pieces where press varnish or film lamination may have been used.