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GREEN EFFORTS

What We Do

FSC Certification

PMI is proud to be an approved provider of FSC certified papers. By choosing to print on paper that is Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certified, you help create demand for responsibly managed resources, which in turn motivates more suppliers to adopt good stewardship practices.

What is a FSC Certification

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. The FSC standards for forest management have now been applied in over 57 countries around the world. The FSC certification process is based on a "chain of custody" that, in the case of virgin fiber for paper, starts with the forest in which the trees are grown and harvested and continues along the entire manufacturing path: to the mill at which the trees are made into paper, to the distributor that sells that paper to a manufacturer, and finally to the printer that turns that paper into a finished piece for a client. For recycled content, the chain of custody begins with the mill. By maintaining tight control of the transfer of product, it is possible to ensure that a final printed piece originated from sources that were managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. Learn more at www.fsc.org.

Soy Inks

PMI uses vegetable-based inks, which are less harmful to the environment than petroleum-based alternatives.

Material Reclamation

PMI recycles all paper trimmings and make-ready sheets. Press plates, solvents and waste ink are also collected and distributed to recycling centers, not landfills.

Computerized Prepress

Our electronic prepress methods skip the film stage and eliminates the need for photo chemicals and reduces the amount of water and energy used in every job.

Digital Printing

Projects printed digitally eliminates the plate stage all together.

How you can help?

Mailing Lists

Cleaning up your mailing lists to reduce the number of undeliverable pieces is one of the most important things you can do to reduce waste. For more information on how you can clean up your lists, visit www.usps.com/green.

Recycled Papers

By specifying papers that contain a high percentage of recycled content, you can reduce the environmental impact of your projects considerably. we offer a wide range of recycled papers to choose from, including FSC certified papers.

Understand

Learn the terms of green so you can make better production decisions. Here are some industry terms you will see in paper books and how they translate:

  • Virgin Fiber - 100% "pure" fiber from trees
  • Post-Consumer Content - Waste materials recovered and recycled from consumers
  • VOCs - Volatile organic compounds (such as those found in petroleum-based inks)
  • PCF - Processed chlorine-free
  • TCF - Totally chlorine-free
  • ECF - Elemental chlorine-free
  • FSC - Forest Stewardship Council
  • CFPA - Chlorine Free Product Association