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.
Scientists Unveil Least Costly Carbon Capture System to Date
January 23, 2023 - The need for technology that can capture, remove and repurpose carbon dioxide grows stronger with every CO2 molecule that reaches Earth’s atmosphere. To meet that need, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have cleared a new milestone in their efforts to make carbon capture more affordable and widespread.
INX International Ink Co. emphasizes sustainability in new products
January 25, 2023 - With the label and package printing industry focusing on sustainability, INX International Ink Co. has designed its latest products with the environment in mind. Renee Schouten, vice president of marketing, sits down with L&NW to discuss how INX's latest innovations, such as Genesis washable inks, promote recyclability.
New Taxonomy Released to Combat Greenwashing in Investments
January 26, 2023 - Investors, insurers, and financial institutions in the EU have a new method for assessing the sustainability of their investments. Last week, the Observatory Against Greenwashing launched its independent Science-Based Taxonomy, in direct response to the EU Taxonomy system that some say is ineffective.
Connecticut governor backing EPR for packaging and other policies to increase state’s ‘self-sufficiency’
January 25, 2023 - Gov. Ned Lamont said a combination of EPR, waste diversion and improved organics management will help Connecticut reduce the growing amount of waste the state is exporting.
Closed Loop Partners launches compostable packaging degradation pilot
January 25, 2023 - The Composting Consortium, a collaboration of industry partners managed by Closed Loop Partners, has announced the launch of its Compostable Packaging Degradation Pilot. The group says the initiative is the most comprehensive collaborative study of real-world compostable packaging disintegration in the United States to date.
Recycling and the Circular Economy
January 3, 2023 - Our planet has finite resources. Thus, resources need to be used and preserved so that future generations can enjoy them, too. The circular economy is built on the idea that closed loops allow maximum value to be extracted from resources.
Companies Rush to Trace Sprawling Supply Chains as Sustainability Rules Loom
January 24, 2023 - Companies are rushing to more closely track materials across their sprawling supply chains ahead of expected new human rights and environmental laws.
US Government to Crank Lightbulb Efficiency Up to 120 Lumens Per Watt
January 25, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Energy is cranking up the minimum lightbulb efficiency level to 120 lumens per watt, up from the previous standard of 45 lumens per watt. The new standard, announced in December 2022, will collectively save consumers $20 billion and reduce carbon emissions by 131 million metric tons over 30 years, according to the White House.
Heidelberg launches energy efficiency drive
January 27, 2023 - Amid the Europe-wide energy price crisis, Heidelberg flagged “growing pressure on the print media industry to make the entire production process even more energy-efficient – and to do so quickly”.
The ‘Clock Is Ticking’: Is Fashion Ready for Increased Demand for and Scrutiny of Sustainability?
January 25, 2023 - Sustainability is trendy. Amid shifting consumer sentiment and mounting criticism in the press, international legislation is forcing change in how companies make and market their products.
Here’s what’s in the Inflation Reduction Act, the sweeping health and climate bill passed Sunday
August 8, 2022 - The Senate passed Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act on a party-line vote, delivering the long-awaited centerpiece to President Biden’s agenda.