Today, there are printing technologies available that minimize negative environmental impact. Union Solidarity Graphics offers clients the opportunity to print with soy inks, on recycled paper, and at one of the few printers in New York City that has earned certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Got Soy?

Using soy-based ink instead of petroleum-based ink to print your materials helps the environment, supports U.S. agriculture, is healthier for print shop workers, and reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil—how are those for benefits?

Soy inks release less than 20% of the mass of volatile organic chemicals compared to petroleum inks (U.S. EPA), create less waste on press, and promote paper recycling because they are easier to de-ink during the recycling process. Soy inks contain 20% to 100% soy oil, which is a renewable resource. Plus, soybeans used for soy inks are grown in the U.S., creating a market for U.S. farmers and not for foreign oil companies. Soy-based inks do not cost more than petroleum-based inks. 

Hug a Tree

Recycled paper reduces consumption of fiber, water and energy. It also requires less bleaching and therefore generates fewer emissions. Recycling paper saves up to 64% of energy costs over virgin paper production and paper that is not recycled and is decomposing in landfills is a major source of methane emissions—and methane is a potent greenhouse gas and contributor to global climate change. (U.S. EPA)

The Union Solidarity Graphics plant is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Renewable Choice Energy, two organizations doing right by the planet.

Other Environmental Initiatives

Union Solidarity Graphics has further reduced its carbon footprint through the use of environmentally-friendly pressroom chemistry, the elimination and subsequent disposal of film negatives in its prepress department, and by practicing responsible waste management.

And while knowing you did the right thing may be its own reward, we can also add "bugs"—symbols indicating that a job was printed with soy ink and on recycled paper—to your printed materials so everybody else knows it too.

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