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Green printing

We are committed to respecting and protecting the environment, and we understand the importance of seeking out green printing practices and doing our part to help ensure responsible environmental stewardship.

Conquest Graphics is a leading green printer. We employ many environmentally friendly and responsible practices in our printing operations and throughout our facilities. Please continue reading to learn more about our long-standing interest in green printing methods:

FSC Certification® 
We are proud of our certification in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Standards. Our certification status is a symbol of our commitment to eco-friendly printing, responsible forest management, and protecting the environment. Learn more about our FSC Chain-of-Custody certification.

We are also delighted to now offer an FSC-certified 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for our business card printing.

Recycled Paper
At Conquest Graphics, we are proud to announce that ALL of our standard papers are now FSC-certified recycled papers that are elemental chlorine-free and contain a minimum of 10% post-consumer waste. We are committed to doing our part to help our customers protect the environment!
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Why paper recycling is important to an eco-friendly printing operation
Paper manufacturing impacts the environment both upstream (where materials are acquired and processed) and downstream (waste-disposal processes). Recycling paper significantly reduces this impact. Here are some reasons why recycling is important:

  • Recycling paper saves trees. Recycling one ton of printing paper saves slightly more than two tons of wood. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies paper made from trees harvested according to policies and guidelines that are meant to ensure sustainable forestry practices. It has been estimated that recycling half the world’s annual paper needs would avoid the harvesting of 20 million acres of forested land.
  • Reduction of energy consumption. The Energy Information Administration claims about a 40% reduction in energy when paper is recycled versus manufacturing new paper from virgin pulp. Recycling one ton of paper saves about 4000 kWh of electricity, which is nearly equal to the amount of energy required to meet the heating and air conditioning needs of the average North American household for about six months.
  • Recycling reduces landfill use. Recycling 1 ton of paper eliminates 3 cubic meters of landfill waste. Paper decomposes in landfills, which releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane, along with carbon dioxide, is a potent greenhouse gas.
  • Paper recycling reduces pollution. The EPA states that recycling causes 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution than the production of virgin paper. Recycling paper decreases the demand for virgin pulp and reduces the overall amount of air and water pollution associated with paper manufacturing. The paper recycling process typically uses fewer bleaching agents than manufacturing new paper; however, paper recycling produces more sludge. Cross Pointe’s Miami, Ohio recycling plant generates 22 pounds of ink sludge for every 100 pounds of waste paper that is recycled.
  • Conquest Graphics is committed to being a green printing company offering our customers the highest quality printed products, at the lowest possible price, with the very smallest environmental impact.

    Energy Efficiency
    Several years ago, when we began our search for a new location for our manufacturing facility, we made the decision to consider only those facilities that employed energy-efficient construction methods. Our current green printing facility is constructed entirely from brick, block, stone and concrete, which not only makes for a durable and energy efficient structure, but also provides renewable and recyclable materials at such time that the structure is demolished and re-built. Our building also features a structural concrete roofing system, which helps reduce heat loss during the colder months, and helps regulate internal temperatures during the summer.

    Before we moved into our facility, we replaced incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting wherever possible. On our manufacturing floor, we replaced nearly two hundred 400 Watt metal halide lamps with newer, more efficient, and cooler-running 250 Watt bulbs. Then in 2011, we replaced all of the overhead lighting in our facilities with brighter, more energy efficient T8 fluorescent technology. The new T8 lighting is over 20% more energy efficient than the outdated T12 lighting we had in place. Plus, the T8 tubes are smaller in diameter, and use less material in their manufacture than T12 tubes. We also responsibly recycled the glass and mercury in the old T12 tubes, further reducing our impact on the environment. The bottom line is that Conquest Graphics is constantly looking for and investing in new ways to reduce our consumption of energy resources, and leave a smaller environmental footprint.

    We replaced most of our aging HVAC systems with new units with a SEER (a measure of energy efficiency) of 14 or higher. We also captured and recycled all of the waste refrigerant that was removed from our old systems, and sent our old HVAC units to a metal recycler.

    During the renovation process, we recycled construction waste whenever possible, and made extensive use of new, energy-efficient building and insulation materials.

    Clean Manufacturing
    Our commitment to green printing pushes us to look for eco-friendly alternatives throughout our process. In our press room operation, we use low-VOC soy-based inks, and alcohol-free dampening solutions. We also recycle 100% of our waste paper. We use water-based, low-ammonia emission aqueous coating on most of our printed products, which helps reduce fingerprints and marking, and is also much more environmentally-friendly than competing coating methods.

    In our prepress area, we have implemented a completely digital workflow, which allows us to operate without using photochemicals. There is no recyclable item that we don't recycle!

    The Digital Advantage
    As an eco-friendly printer, we are firm believers in the environmental advantages of digital printing. In addition to our full complement of multi-color offset presses, we also employ several state-of-the-art digital presses that utilize completely non-toxic dry inks. Our digital presses run use less electricity than an equivalent-sized conventional press with an IR dryer. We also re-purpose nearly 30,000 BTU’s per hour of digital presses' exhaust heat back into our building during the winter months.

    But the big environmental advantage of digital printing is due to its ability to reduce overall material and energy consumption for printed materials. By printing only the quantity needed, when it is needed, digital printing significantly reduces waste due to obsolescence. Also, by taking advantage of the customization capabilities of digital printing, marketers can now target their campaigns to those recipients who are most likely to respond, rather than mass mailing an entire area with non-relevant materials.