Sustainability is the capacity to operate in a way that meets present needs while providing for the needs of the future. Sustainable manufacturing has emerged to define a socially, environmentally, and resource-responsible approach to manufacturing. Sustainability encompasses more than just using recycled paper and ink.
Sustainable manufacturing for the printing industry embodies three principal concepts:
- Product--The design, the input materials used to make it, and the ultimate fate of the finished goods
- Process--The actual manufacturing process involving prepress, press, and postpress
- Envelope--The support activities that occur at a printing operation such as the building, grounds, maintenance, transportation, employees, etc.
For those new to the concept of sustainability, this guide will help you identify green printing practices and assess the strength of your green printing program.
The SGP Partnership is an industry-specific, voluntary program designed to reduce the environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the print and graphic communications industry.
To assist our members with determining the carbon footprint of their operation, Printing Industries of America has developed an Excel-based tool that is designed for calculating Scope I and II emissions of a printing operation.