A Fresh Perspective on Responsible Manufacturing
For decades Continental Press has made a commitment to minimize our environmental impact and to strengthen our community partnerships. We continually implement new programs to recycle, reduce waste and conserve energy. Because of our efforts we are now able to recycle anything from paper and solvents to printing plates and plastic wrap. We send our waste ink to be blended into fuel and our warehouse and distribution centre is equipped with motion-sensor lighting. We can also support our customers in their "green" efforts by being a FSC® certified print provider. At Continental Press, we believe in causes that enrich our communities and improve the quality of life.
Our Commitment - Environmental Efforts
It is Continental Press's policy to utilize manufacturing processes that have a minimal impact on the environment. We use recycled materials at every opportunity. We use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or VOC-free solvents, inks and cleaning products. Nearly all of our waste is reclaimed - almost nothing goes into a landfill. As part of our daily operation, we follow sustainable manufacturing processes that include:
Recycling all plastic wrap, plastic and metal banding from skids and other shipments
Shipping waste ink off site to be blended into a fuel source used in cement kilns
Reducing press solvent waste by 60% over a 5-year period. What’s left is blended into fuel
Recovering, filtering and re-using solvents from parts washers and cleanup rags
Recycling all printing plates
Recycling all waste paper, including paper consumed in our front office
Recycling all corrugated cardboard and all wood pallets
Reusing all waste press sheets as press make-ready stock
Using conventional inks with a high level of vegetable oil content including soy, linseed, sunflower and Tung oils
Using VOC-free inks and coatings whenever possible
Eliminating virtually all isopropyl alcohol content from our fountain solutions and lengthening the life-cycle of fountain solution by filtering and reusing
Using low-VOC blanket wash towels in place of high-VOC blanket wash solution resulting in an 80% reduction in the amount of solution used.