Green Printing

More than a fad, “green printing” and "going green" have finally become a full-scale movement. The printing industry has been one of the first to acknowledge the need for more thoughtful stewardship of our forested areas and more aggressive recycling programs. Design Printing has acquired and maintains certifications that demonstrate our ongoing commitment to recycling from the ground up.

Going green is also smart business. Design Printing has found that “Green Printing” is actually more cost-effective than you might think. Recycled papers and vegetable-based inks not only emit fewer emissions, but they are easier and cleaner to recycle. Re-engineering how images are laid out on the press utilizes more of the print surface area, eliminating waste. Creative use of papers and cardboards with and without coatings can minimize constant reprinting and waste. Design Printing employs cutting edge technology, allowing us to complete projects more efficiently and produce designs that are rich in color and clarity – resulting in environmentally conscious end products that resonate with customers.

Recyling Electronics

Recycling Electronics

Design Printing has had a long standing commitment to environmental protections and doing our best to leave the smallest imprint on our planet. As well as recycling all paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and wood, we also regularly update our computer hardware and electronics. This assures we have the most efficient and environmentally sensitive machines.

Combined with our ongoing partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) , Design Printing looks to a future of quality product with the smallest possible footprint.


The term, sustainability, is thrown about in conversation these days and often without a clear understanding of what that means. Design Printing has, for some time, identified itself as a sustainable printer, but what exactly does that entail?

Green Ink

You may have heard about the transition from petroleum-based to vegetable-based inks, but you may also wonder what all the fuss is about.

Transition to Green

Perhaps you’ve recently changed your branding strategy or maybe it’s simply time for new business stationery. This, then, becomes the perfect time to incorporate “green” printing into your stationery design.

As an FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) printer, Design Printing will work with you to select quality recycled and recyclable paper for your stationery products and use vegetable-based inks during the print process. We can even assist in developing environmentally licensed logos that indicate your company’s concern for the environment.

What Does Green Really Mean?

As a designer and artist, you know what it means to be green, but often your clients do not. Helping your client make greener choices means everyone benefits in the end.

Take the time to explain that paper can be “virgin” (from new trees) or it may contain PCW (post consumer waste) with a percentage listing, indicating what portion of the paper was composed of recycled materials. Many large corporations including IBM, Coca-Cola and McDonalds are concerned with producing packaging and print materials (shareholder reports, for example) on 100% recycled post-consumer papers.

If You've Got It, Flaunt It: Show Your Green!!!

Being Green is more than a trend; it is a lifestyle and ongoing series of thoughtful choices. Printing is this day and age is more green than constantly upgrading and discarding electronic equipment, but you’d never know it by the way some are talking. Doing all things paperless is simply not good business; the print and paper industry has been one of the first to innovate and respond to environmental concerns.

Don't Be Afraid of Printing

Consider these facts about how print is recycled and reused:

87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop off recycling programs and 63.5% of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2010.

There are 12 million more acres of forest that exist in the U.S. today than 20 years ago.

1.7 million trees are planted every day by the U.S. paper and forest products industry; and 600 million annually worldwide.


Green Eco Facts

Different grades of paper are recycled into different types of new products. Old newspapers are usually made into new newsprint, egg cartons, or paperboard.

High-grade white office paper can be made into almost any new paper product: stationery, newsprint, magazines or books.

Design Printing recycles its paper and cardboard waste and participates in a metal plate recycling program.

SFI-certified, we assure that we give back to the earth.

How can printing be ecologically friendly when it uses paper?

• Paper has been the most energetically recycled material over time.
• In 2009, 63.4% of all paper used in the US was recycled and this percentage grows each year.
• When trees on paper producing tree farms are harvested, new stocks are planted. Three trees are planted for each one felled; over 1.7 million new tress are planted each year in the US.
• Only 11% of the world’s forests are used for paper, ( 28% for lumber and 53% for fuel)
• 12 million MORE acres of forest exist in the US than there was 20 years ago.

* 2010

More than Just Paper

Did you know that any metal plates we create are recycled as well? As is cardboard, and all other materials not used in printing. Less waste is just that, less. The need for first quality printed materials is as great as it has ever been, now our desire to create lasting memorable printed pieces with conservations of air, water, trees, energy and money. Let us know you how to Be Green and Be Thrilled with your products.

Why Go Green: A Fad?

These days everywhere you go, people are ‘going green’. This is more than a fad or a trend, this is a movement, and about time. Our awareness of our impact on the planet is greater every day, requiring even more of a commitment to thoughtful use of our earth’s resources.

The printing industry has been one of the first to acknowledge the need for stewarded forests and energetic recycling programs. Design Printing has acquired and maintains certifications ( link to that stuff?) that show our commitment to recycling from the ground up.

Design Printing - Green Statistics

Print gives private landowners a financial incentive to renew forests rather than convert land for other purpose such as agriculture or development. Most of the new wood fiber used to produce paper comes from ‘tree farms’ where trees are a crop similar to wheat or broccoli.

Print uses Waste:

33% of paper comes from woodchips and sawmill scraps; another 33% comes from recycled paper.

Print is Recycled:

In 2009 63.4% of all paper used in the US was recycled and this number increases each year.

How to Print, Be Green and Save Money

Beginning in August, Design Printing will be hosting a monthly tour and short information session on the how’s and why’s of green printing for artists, designers, communication directors and everyone who needs printing. We will show how to make the best choices of papers, finishes and styles to give your ad book, look book, invitation, brochure, catalogues and flyers that irresistible polish while keeping a close eye on budget and the planet.

Did you know?

These days many of us are seeking ways to maintain the look and feel of quality printing, while also keeping an eye on both the bottom line and our environment. It is well understood that paper comes from trees and trees from forests. How do we do best for both? As the recycling industry improves, better quality papers are being produced. In fact, some of our best quality stock papers contain recycled content.

GoGreen Expo 2011

Design Printing is proud to be an exhibitor at the upcoming GoGreen Expo next month, April 15-17, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Joining with other firms who stand out by the strong actions regarding sustainability and responsibility. As the only fully certified printer at this Expo, we are looking forward to showing how we can offer the best prices, best work and best way to care for the Earth.

Is Printing on Paper Not A Good Idea in this Age of Conservation?

In fact, the use of paper printing is even more important than ever. With certifications by the FSC Forestry Stewardship Council and the SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, we are acutely aware of how we create and use paper. With a commitment for recycling at our own plant, and supporting recycling for our clients- ask about our custom recycling bins!– we are making a very conscious effort to use paper resources wisely.

Complimentary & Biodegradable Gifts

Receive a Complimentary Goodie bag full of environmentally friendly gifts as a thank you for calling Design Printing for a quotation on your next print project. We have loaded our ECO-Friendly non-woven tote bag with a ECO-Aware sports bottle that utilized a revolutionary additive making it 100% biodegradable (made from as much as 70% recycled industrial regrind) and BPA Free.

Your Green Partner Design Printing Recycling Bins

Design Printing Los Angeles owners and brothers Paul Bina & Bijan Bina know that using recycled papers and vegetable based inks is only part of the story. Although, of course, they use high post-consumer recycled content, non-chlorine-bleached and “treeless” papers whenever possible. And because in most jobs, vegetable based inks work just fine, Design Printing avoids inks containing heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury, which are commonly used to produce some bright colors.

We are committed to the environment

Three ways to show we care about our forests.

Ever since the recycling symbol appeared, more and more paper products have been recycled. Today, there are other symbols to look for when you shop for paper products: the symbols of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and 
Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI®) mean that the product has paper content from sustainable forests.

Look around you...

Every where you look there is some form of printed material in your life that sooner or later has to be recycled or end up in a landfill unfortunately. Our hopes would always be to be recycled. But that isn’t always the case. There are situations where the opportunity to recycle has not been addressed. At Design Printing LA probably the first words out of our mouth when starting a project with our clients is “what kind of Recycled Stock were you thinking about to print this on?” or “can we suggest a recycled paper for you to use?”

About Vegetable-Based Ink

Vegetable-based printing ink is made with vegetable oil, such as soybean or corn oil, as a substitute for petroleum.

Vegetable-based inks significantly reduce the amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released into the air during printing. When the Los Angeles Times switched to soy-based ink, they reduced their VOC emissions by 200 tons per year and won an air quality award from South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Choose Paper That is Locally Recyclable

Ask for Recycled Paper. Help complete the recycling loop. Recycled paper may cost a bit more, but you can offset these costs by preventing waste printing fewer copies and fitting more words on each page. Remember to ask about the recycled content and the postconsumer content of the paper. Fifty percent postconsumer means that half of the paper is made of materials that were consumed and recycled. If the postconsumer content of recycled paper is not specified, it is probably made from manufacturing wastes which have not made a complete loop.