As a business, we have a responsibility to function in a way that not only benefits our community, but also our environment. Being in the printing industry, we’re very conscious about the impact that printing and paper have on our world. We practice sustainable manufacturing principles and are always working on ways to help eliminate waste. With changes that have been made by the paper mills and printers over the years, we are all working towards becoming more environmentally responsible.
What We Do Here At GMS
We have a recycling program that we run internally to reduce the amount of waste that’s produced. We recycle all of our paper scraps, plastic wrap, corrugated materials, and chemicals used during the printing process. On average we recycle about 8-10 trailers full of mostly paper and corrugated materials per month. We recently purchased a Komori Lithrone G40 offset press, which is an environmentally responsible press. With this press we can save energy and reduce the harmful chemical substances that are released during the printing process. We also have made changes throughout our building to reduce the amount of energy we use. By transitioning our office lighting to be on motion-activated timers, we have been able to reduce our energy use by about 18-20% per year. We will also be switching over to LED lighting later this year, which will help us save even more energy.
Changes Within The Paper Industry
With businesses and consumers becoming increasingly concerned about the environment and the need for sustainable practices, there have been great improvements made in the paper industry. Trees are a renewable resource that comes from managed forests and are maintained like any other crop. To reduce the amount of wood that is being harvested, 39% of the fiber used in paper production comes from recycled paper. Throughout the entire manufacturing process, paper mills have made changes to reduce the impact that they have on the environment. By producing their own energy using biomass and renewable fuel sources, pulp and paper mills have been able to reduce the pollution that they are producing. Water is another important resource used in the production of paper. Paper mills can reduce their overall water consumption by implementing water conservation systems that focus on reusing water. Some have reported they were able to reuse the water used in the manufacturing processes an average of 10 times.
Small changes have the opportunity to make a huge impact on our world. We plan on continually working to find more ways to reduce our energy consumption and responsibly handle any wasted materials. Thank you to our suppliers, customers, and employees for assisting with these efforts.