Our Facility and Recycling
Many companies are working toward sustainability and improving their options to make themselves greener. A printing company has plenty of room to do so with all the options of using eco-friendly soy based inks, recycled materials and comply with the forest stewardship council. At Futura Color, Inc., not only do they strive to make sure that you are helping the earth by using their products over someone else's, but you would not be paying a lot more for doing so like some companies charge. There are plenty of recycling programs that a print company such as Futura Color, Inc. can participate in, and do, that make printing with them instead of a mass market company much more worth the time.
One of the coolest things that an earth friendly green printing company like Futura Color, Inc. does is use technology to create all their images with process-less plates that can form the same images you require on your copies without using chemical processes. The ThermoFuse technology used to create the image does so using tiny plastic particles. This means that your plastic materials can now be reused in a much more sustainable way than dumping in the ocean for sea creatures to find.
At Futura Color, Inc. one of our goals is to provide exceptional and creative products with top of the line technology. In addition, we deliver these quality green printing services along with the promise that they are aligned with our values of integrity and responsibility. This is why our sustainability efforts, which have been in practice since the early 70's, shadow what we believe in. Ideas upheld by our team that shares an interest for the environment by participating in recycling programs, offering green printing options technology and using FSC Certified vendors, we aim to ensure that our company practices mirror the very values that our print shop was founded upon. To do this we conserve energy by choosing to turn off all unused and unnecessary electricity, we work in a building with ample natural light and powered by LED, thus, reducing the need to use more energy.
Our Technology, Products and Services
Our digital press has made all the difference in helping Futura Color, Inc. uphold their commitment to environmentalism. The printing machine has become one of the top choices for customers looking for green printing options. The technology of the press ensures that its use does not generate or use alcohols, chlorinated solvents, acids, or flammable materials. All dry inks are non-toxic and have closed containers with a transfer efficiency rate of near to 100%.
Not only is digital printing personalized, accurate and cost effective, it is also better for the environment. Conserving time can sometimes mean more waste, but with digital printing efficiency is only the tip of the ice berg. This technology uses fewer chemicals, close to zero paper waste and utilizes a distribute-then-print process which reduces energy-intensive transportation, costly warehousing and landfill waste. While soy ink is an excellent alternative to petroleum ink, when set up against the digital printing method, soy ink only slightly compares to the chemical waste reduction of digital. Soy contains 86-percent non-biodegradable oil, digital printing on the other hand uses 100-percent non toxic toner.
Offset Printing with Soy Based Inks
Traditional petroleum printing based ink, which has been proven hazardous to the environment and human health, contains VOC's or Volatile Organic Compounds. These toxins, which seep into the air as the ink dries, are also known to contribute detrimental health effects and slither into the soil when printed papers end up in landfills. Futura Color, Inc. uses low and no volatile organic compound (VOC) inks, which means that our inks have an organic base rather than chemical, like the difference between soy and petroleum.
Paper requires large quantities of wood, energy and water for production. These resources are not always used in a sustainable manner. This is why Futura Color, Inc. chooses to do business with premium paper companies that reflect ecological practices.
Our decision to purchase from premier recyclers in the paper industry, like International Paper, is because we strive to support the distribution of sustainable green printing options. International Paper is one of the leaders in the sustainability initiative. Along with globally tracking and reporting all their greenhouse gas emissions from their sites, International paper has also developed and advocated for climate change principles with policy makers. Their commitment to voluntary emissions reductions and the reduction of fossil fuel use has ensured their increase of bioenergy and energy conservation. International Paper also commits participating in greenhouse gas trading programs in the U.S. and Europe. To top off their energy use commitments, recycling is not far behind- International Paper collects, consumes, and markets more than 6 million tons (or approximately 10%) of all paper recovered annually in the United States.
In addition to the voluntary participation in both state and federal environmental programs Mohawk Paper is an EPA Green Power Partner and a member of the EPA's Climate Leader's program. The paper company offers carbon neutral papers and offsets their thermal manufacturing emissions with VERs and emissions from purchased electricity with RECs from Green-e certified wind power projects. All Mohawk paper is made with electricity generated by renewable wind power and 100% of the electricity used is offset with certified wind power certificates.
With a strong belief that sound timber harvesting is good for the forest, the wildlife and society, Finch Paper company has used the power of the Hudson River for more than 100 years to generate hydroelectricity from the mill's attached facility. A total of 66 percent of the paper company's power consumption is generated from renewable sources. For biomass, all the solid waste of bark, sawdust and rejected wood chips are collected and burned to generate steam for paper drying (Green Steam) and for more electricity to run the paper machines. More than 75% of Finch's pulp is made on the premises using certified wood in a chlorine free process. This continuous process uses ammonium-based bi-sulfite to reduce biodegradable matter in waste water. All Finch paper is certified by the Sustainable Forest Initiative and is elemental chlorine-free.
Neenah Green's environmental commitment provides premium papers with the toughest environmental criteria. The paper company also uses Green Steam and certified renewable energy in their manufacturing operations from a combination of solar, hydro and wind, to lessen their greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to exceeding the highest environmental standards for sustainable products and processes, Neenah Paper also invests in the research and development of new, environmentally preferable products.