PRINTING United Alliance recognizes that today’s global marketplace requires companies to address the needs of the environmental, social, and economic systems in which they operate, as well as the strong consumer demand for more sustainable products. A business strategy focusing on sustainability can add brand value, meet customer demands, increase efficiency, reduce costs, attract valuable talent, improve your environmental footprint, and create new business opportunities. The printing industry is committed to responsibly providing for future generations. Join us on the journey.
Carbon Footprint Calculator
PRINTING United Alliance’s Carbon Footprint Calculator for Printing Operations is designed to help you quantify the ‘E’ of environmental impact in ESG and demonstrate your sustainability progress. The tool allows you to calculate your Scope 1 and 2 emissions data and report it as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
The carbon footprint calculator is one of the Alliance’s sustainability tools that can help you create business value.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Reducing Carbon Footprint
The Three Pillars of Sustainability
Encouraging the incorporation of practices that benefit your triple bottom line, people, planet, and profit, through using innovative manufacturing methods, systems, and materials that gear toward a circular economy is the backbone of PRINTING United Alliance’s sustainability efforts. Learn more about the 3Ps.
Embracing the diversity of background, perspective, culture, and experience allows a company to grow and prosper. We have been working to promote diversity, inclusion, and equitable opportunity at all levels of the organization, system, and value chain. We provide human relations, safety and health expertise, to improve working conditions, workplace culture, and community engagement on a national scale.
Environmental sustainability is embedded in our work. The foundation of any environmental sustainability program is compliance with environmental regulations. Building on this foundation, actions addressing sustainability include a focus on energy efficiency, using clean energy, solid and hazardous waste reduction, water conservation, reducing air pollution emissions, improving facilities support functions, and improving the area outside the facility. Sustainability now extends to the supply chain and choices made for transportation of finished goods.
The U.S. printing industry is valued at $74.4 million and is the 16th largest manufacturing industry in America. The industry provides well-paying jobs, essential products for daily living, and an excellent return on investment. Our industry continues to innovate in product designs and manufacturing processes in a circular manner realizing greater financial and environmental value.
Stay informed with the latest news concerning sustainability developments impacting our industry.
White House releases climate guidance for permitting
January 6, 2023 - The White House issued a new policy directive that aims to spur clean energy development and fulfill President Joe Biden’s pledge to strengthen the green economy.
Where recycling and waste laws changed on Jan. 1
January 4, 2023 - California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C. are among the jurisdictions enforcing new recycling and waste laws, including bag fees, bottle bill updates and organics mandates.
US Plastics Pact makes varied progress on circular packaging; 2025 targets may be out of reach
February 27, 2023 - The US Plastics Pact released an annual report last week with data on its work toward a circular economy for plastics, including through rethinking packaging design. It reflects varied progress and suggests that some goals will not be realized by their 2025 target.
What Congress did — and didn’t — get done for waste and recycling in 2022
January 4, 2023 - Lawmakers made progress on multiple waste initiatives in 2022, including language in the recent budget, but bipartisan bills passed by the Senate didn’t make it and a key EPA nomination is stalled.
Brands advance sustainability – but use more plastic overall
January 3, 2023 - In 2021, major brands increased their use of PCR and cut back on “problematic plastics,” but the amount of plastic they put on the market grew by over 5%, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
New European Project To Provide Blueprint For Reducing Textile Waste By 80%
January 30, 2023 - The tExtended project will present an approach to textile waste recycling by developing a knowledge-based master plan for optimised recycling of discarded textiles.
Alaska’s Move to Eliminate Inflight Plastic Reveals Issues Within US Recycling Infrastructure
February 8, 2023 - The airline quickly hit a roadblock in the unrecyclability of paper cups with an integrated plastic lining necessary for beverage service.
5 reasons why sustainable timber must become a core global building material
February 13, 2023 - With the proper sourcing, biobased buildings can be hugely instrumental in combating climate change as they store vast amounts of carbon.
No time to waste - EU reform of the packaging and packaging waste regime
February 20, 2023 - Just before the start of the year, the European Commission introduced a Proposal for a Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste (PPWR) which will repeal the existing Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) and harmonise the packaging waste regime across the EU. The draft regulation will apply to all packaging of any material that is placed on the Union market and will thereby also apply to companies outside of the EU supplying packaging to EU customers.
Green ideas can propel textile industry to the next level
February 25, 2023 - As the 2030 time frame for achieving United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals nears, sustainability has become the topmost priority across sectors. India too has set green goals as a key agenda en route to achieving Amrit Kaal. Industries and businesses, therefore, are making conscious efforts to formulate strategies to walk the fine line between bettering bottom lines and adopting environment-friendly practices.
Eco-friendly NFC-tag labeling uses paper-based antenna substrate
January 25, 2023 - Tokyo-based Toppan has developed an eco-friendly near-field communication (NFC) tag labeling that uses paper material as the substrate for the antenna instead of conventional polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film. Europe is expected to be a promising market due to a high level of environmental consciousness.
Reusable take-out food containers can reduce plastic waste, emissions, costs, study finds
January 24, 2023 - In the effort to reduce plastic waste in the restaurant industry—single-use takeout containers, specifically—University of Michigan researchers compared the lifetime environmental impacts of single-use and reusable food containers. Their findings support the idea that the number of times a reusable takeout container gets used is a key factor impacting its sustainability performance.