Green Practices


Offsetting Our Environmental Impact

As an environmentally-friendly printing company, we have implemented a number of progressive, green programs and policies designed to reduce waste, minimize VOCs, and increase energy efficiency. These ecologically conscious advancements have earned Southwest Offset Printing an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certification. Find out more about some of Southwest Offset's green printing practices that help to protect our planet.

Southwest Offset Printing Green Initiatives

  • FSC Certified (SW-COC-003286)
  • Soy Based Inks
  • Low VOC Solvents
  • VOC Destroying After Burners
  • Lower Power Usage
  • 100% Paper Waste Recycled
  • Auto Plating Waste Reduction
  • Omni Pre Sets Waste Reduction
  • Omni Makeready Waste Reduction
 

FSC Certified

fsc_logo"Established as a response to concerns over global deforestation, Forest Stewardship Council™ is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management. The FSC® certification system provides an internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance, and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry."

As a print facility that has made a major commitment to the environment, Southwest Offset Printing is proud to be FSC® certified. Learn more about the FSC certification process.

VOC Reduction

At Southwest Offset Printing, we ensure that our volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions comply with all the parameters established by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). We have accomplished this by transitioning to lower non-VOC pre-press and pressroom products. As new products emerge in the marketplace, Southwest Offset Printing is among the first to test and adopt innovative solutions. Find out more about reducing VOCs.

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Soy Based Inks

Soy-based inks emit 70% fewer VOCs than traditional inks. They also use a mere 0.5% of the total energy that is needed to create petroleum-based ink products. Soy inks are biodegradable and assist in the process of paper recycling. During the de-inking cycle, soy products are readily purged from fiber, thus using less energy to re-deploy paper resources.

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Remote Proofing and Approval Management

Southwest Offset Printing was one of the first companies in Southern California to adopt remote monitor proofing. Hard-copy proofs require chemistry, substrates, and transportation. Remote proofing offers a digital approval process that can be accomplished in minutes rather than hours or days, saving your company valuable time and providing a competitive edge.

Recycling

Southwest Offset Printing has been a leader in the promotion and usage of recycled paper for 25 years. Our ongoing efforts towards ecological preservation also include the recycling of printing plates, motor and gear oil, ink, waste paper, pallets and toner.