WHAT DOES GREEN REALLY MEAN?
Green products have risen in popularity which is a very good thing. Many of the largest corporations in America are now demanding earth friendly alternatives- including for their sign and display graphics needs.
We believe in the green initiative and are excited to offer real solutions for companies seeking to lessen their impact on our planet.
THE 4 FACTORS OF GREEN
Post Consumer Waste Content
Earth Friendly Manufacturing
Recyclable products are products that can be collected after their useful life and made into new products that have recycled content. When considering the recyclability of a product, there are two separate and distinct issues:
A.) Can the product technically be recycled (is there a method or company in existence that can recycle the product)? Many products claim recyclability, but there are not recycling channels available.
B.) In real life practical terms, can the product be recycled through existing methods or by recycling centers that are within reasonable proximity to your location.
We have carefully selected the best green products that allow us to provide large format digital printing solutions that are fully repulpable and can be recycled through the same methods and locations that recycle corrugated boxes and paper.
Biodegradability means that a product has the ability to break down safely and relatively quickly through biological means. The result of this is a product returning itself cleanly and naturally to the environment. Nature can generally biodegrade everything it produces back into basic organic building blocks. This allows new natural organic products to be made from the old.
Products containing inorganic or volatile organic compounds generally do not breakdown into organic material, and therefore are not biodegradable. Enzymes can be added to these products that attract microorganisms to consume and convert them to an organic state. The product cannot be inherently toxic to the microorganisms.
We source special print media and mounting substrates that are made of organic non-volatile compounds. These products are biodegradable naturally.
We also utilize products that are manufactured with an enzyme that attracts microorganisms normally found in landfills. These products are consumed and then converted into organic matter.
3. POST CONSUMER WASTE - RECYCLED CONTENT
Recycled Content and Post Consumer waste are terms associated with new products produced from materials that have passed through one or more useful life cycles. These recycled products are used produce new products instead of being disposed in landfills.
There are 3 levels to products that can be classified as recycled...
A.) Primary Recycled: The reprocessing and manufacturing of discarded materials into the same products that can again be recycled after their useful life.
B.) Secondary Recycled: The reprocessing and manufacturing of discarded materials into different but similar products that can again be recycled.
(We mostly use indoor and outdoor eco boards that are secondary recycled products)
C.) Tertiary Recycled: The reprocessing and manufacturing of discarded materials into products that are not likely to be recycled again.
(We also use products that are tertiary recycled)
4. EARTH FRIENDLY MANUFACTURING
Types of earth friendly manufacturing:
A.) Manufacturing processes where no solvents, in-organic or volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.) are used or emitted.
(We utilize non-solvent inks that are 100% recyclable and V.O.C. free)
B.) All compounds to produce a product are either converted 100 percent into the finished product, or are returned to nature without any measurable change from their native state.
C.) No in-organic or landfill by-products are produced. No dead end recovery or scrubbing processes are used in earth friendly manufacturing (i.e. solvent recovery systems or smoke stack scrubbers).
Digital Color Print Center is working with select providers of green products for the digital graphics industry. In 2007, we installed new large format printing equipment that is solvent free. Our research and testing allows us to provide a variety of products for POP signage, display graphics, decor, fine art, trade show and short term outdoor graphics that are earth friendly. While some products claim to be “recyclable”, we are excited to offer some of the industry’s only digitally printed graphics manufactured with 92% recycled content and are 100% recyclable at most any recycling facility (vs. only recyclable at a designated recycling center). Contact us for more information- help us Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
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