At SunDance, our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. For example, we were the first certified Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) offset printer in the state of Florida. Understanding the shared desire of our clients to adopt eco-conscious printing practices, we stand as a versatile partner with diverse capabilities spanning wide-format, packaging, and commercial printing. Here are five essential factors to consider before embarking on your next print project, empowering you to make conscientious and sustainable choices across our comprehensive range of printing services.
1. Certification Matters
When looking for a print partner, one of the first questions you should ask is, "What certifications does your printer have?" Certifications like those offered by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) are a clear indication that your print partner is committed to sustainability. These certifications confirm that a printer is following industry best practices for reducing waste, conserving resources, and minimizing their environmental impact. Partnering with a certified printer is a significant step towards a more sustainable print project.
2. Waste Management
Sustainability in printing goes beyond the ink and paper. Ask your print partner, "How do you dispose of waste?" A responsible print partner should have a comprehensive waste management plan in place. This includes recycling excess ink, reusing or upcycling materials like pallets, and reducing waste wherever possible. By choosing a print partner that prioritizes waste reduction, you're actively contributing to a more sustainable printing process.
At SunDance, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our waste management. We partnered with NuCycle Energy to help divert our landfill-bound materials into a fossil fuel replacement. NuCycle Energy converts waste into Enviro-Fuelcubes, which can be used as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels, which are nonrenewable energy sources. In 2023 alone, we have diverted over 80 tons of waste from entering a landfill!
3. Substrate Selection
The choice of substrates or materials used for printing can significantly influence the environmental impact of your project. Before starting your print project, discuss substrate options with your print partner. Consider materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable, such as FSC-certified papers. Choosing responsibly sourced substrates, such as those from Monadnock Paper Mills, helps conserve forests and supports sustainable paper production.
4. Eco-Friendly Inks
Inquire about the types of inks your print partner uses. Ask if they offer eco-friendly ink options. Eco-friendly inks are formulated to minimize harm to the environment. They contain fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are made with a focus on sustainability. Choosing these inks for your project is a straightforward way to reduce your project's ecological footprint.
5. Collaborate for Sustainability
Working towards sustainability in your print projects is a collaborative effort. Engage with your print partner and share your commitment to eco-conscious printing. Discuss your goals and expectations for sustainability, and together, explore opportunities to make your project more environmentally friendly. Your print partner's expertise can guide you in making the right choices for a greener print project.
Take the Steps Toward a More Sustainable Future
By considering these five essential aspects, you can take significant steps toward more sustainable printing practices. SunDance is dedicated to promoting eco-conscious printing, and we're here to help you achieve your sustainability goals. When you choose a print partner that aligns with your commitment to sustainability, you're not only enhancing the eco-friendliness of your projects but also contributing to a more sustainable future for us all.
Ready to start your next sustainable printing project? Give us a call at 407.734.7444 or contact us here!