Here’s what we are doing at LEA Printers to help reduce our environmental impact, we are a FSC® certified printer (SGS-COC-005415), this helps us and our customers sustain our environment. We have looked at all aspects of the print production process to identify where there are opportunities to reduce environmental impact:
Reduce at Source – by using and discarding less material generally, segregating wastes and asking suppliers to take back packaging and re-usable containers.
Re-use and repair – by using re-usable chemicals and equipment, passing on to others and repairing preference to replacing where appropriate.
Recycle– by separating for recycling, such as mixed waste paper, cardboard, cans and printer consumables.
Responsible disposal – Complying with Environmental Protection Act 1990, and Duty of Care Regulations 1991.
Using LEA Printers, an FSCcertified printer and user of approved papers and boards, means that your printed products can carry the FSC logo showing your organisation is actively promoting the use of responsibly managed materials.
We offer a wide range of recycled papers and boards to meet even the most stringent quality and environmental standards. We should point out though, that the term ‘Recycled’ can be applied to papers or boards containing only 50% recycled waste and there are many grades and qualities to choose from. The majority contain a proportion of virgin pulp and it is important to know where this pulp has come from. The FSC COC program enables you to be sure of its origin.
Traditionally, most paper products were bleached using elemental chlorine gas. Because of the impact of chlorine related dioxins polluting water courses and because of chlorine’s damage to the ozone layer, the use of chlorine has been reduced.
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) papers and boards are bleached using chlorine dioxide and use much less chlorine in the bleaching process. The ECF process has eliminated dioxins from mill effluents and threat to water courses and to the ozone layer.
Other bleaching methods, such as oxygen bleaching have been developed to replace chlorine completely and LEA Printers can offer customers high quality, white coated and uncoated papers that are Totally Chlorine Free (TCF).
LEA Printers only uses vegetable based printing inks rather than traditional petroleum based inks. Inks made from soy and vegetable oils have much lower environmental impact. They can reduce worker exposure to potentially harmful VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) as vegetable based inks only contain about 1/10th of the VOC’s present in petroleum based ink.
LEA Printers has taken the leap to run alcohol free, meaning isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) to be removed from fount solutions.