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.
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 The new T8 lighting is over 20% more energy efficient than the outdated T12 lighting we had in place.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.
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!
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.