Recycled Papers & Post-Consumer Waste
The regulations vary from state to state regarding what % of Post-Consumer-Waste (PCW) is required in the end product to be considered a “recycled paper”. Coated papers require a lower percentage (typically 10-15%) compared to uncoated papers, which are normally required to be a minimum of 20% PCW in order to be labeled as recycled. NVO can print on a variety of recycled papers, which can be specified on your quote request. Recycled papers often possess small “specks” in the paper, which some clients view negatively & others positively. In addition, recycled paper tends to be a "softer” sheet with less pick resistance, costs more to manufacture (the de-inking process is more expensive & uses chemicals to remove foreign substances) is more expensive per hundred-weight.
Vegetable Oil & Soybean Oil in Inks
A common misperception is that soy ink (the vehicle component of the ink is made from soy oil) is the only ink suitable for the environment. It is simply one of many vegetable oils used in printing inks. Our standard process color inks have a vegetable oil content of 20-25%. Inks made from renewable resources such as vegetable and soy oils are also non-toxic, and emit less VOC’s than inks made from petroleum distillates. The use of either a soy or vegetable ink has the same low ecological impact. NVO is committed to the continued use of soy and vegetable oil inks, as the most viable environmentally friendly solutions for all of your printing products.
NVO has had an active recycling program for more than twenty years. We recycle waste paper from our manufacturing processes (pressroom & bindery operations), as well as aluminum plates & office waste paper. Each year, NVO recycles more than 16,300 pounds of aluminum & 978,000 pounds of paper.
The amount of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) emitted to atmosphere by a printing company are the primary mechanisms for measuring the environmental impact regarding their “carbon footprint”. VOC’s are present in printing inks, aqueous coatings & wash-up/cleanup solutions. The VOC’s emitted have to be documented by the printer & regulated by each states’ environmental agency, who in turn must report to the Environmental Protection Agency. At Nittany Valley Offset, we emit so few VOC’s to the atmosphere that we are below Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection reporting levels. Our inks emit less than 5% of their VOC content to atmosphere. The average ink we use is 15% VOC, so in terms of the total amount of VOC’s we emit per pound of ink, it is less than 1%. Our waste solvents are captured, transported to an electrical generation facility, burned for their BTU content & the residual ash is then recycled in the form of concrete. We will continue these practices in order to aid in the total reduction of carbon/organic compound emissions on our planet.
Our Environmental Policy
Nittany Valley Offset recognizes the importance of environmental protection and is committed to operating its business responsibly and in compliance with all environmental regulations relating to print manufacturing. It is our objective to cooperate with, and to maintain good relations with all regulatory bodies. It is our goal to carry out all measures reasonably practicable to facilitate the ability to continually improve our environmental performance. This includes minimizing energy and waste use, actively promote recycling of our products, utilizing low-environmental impact chemicals and inks, as well as reducing or eliminating any pollutants to the air, water or land. We will monitor and review our environmental performance and Statement in order to ensure its continuing suitability, and will implement improvements whenever appropriate.