and the Environment
Patsons has always been
in the industry’s vanguard, implementing new, environmentally
responsible technologies, such as:
use computer-to-plate technology for black and white
printing, which bypasses film altogether, eliminating
film disposal and the chemicals used to develop
film we do produce is all recycled and the chemicals
used in processing it are carefully reclaimed or
disposed of according to EPA guidelines.
Our house papers are all recycled (50% recovered
fiber, 15% post-consumer waste) and elemental chlorine
recycle film, metal plates, paper waste, and all
press by-products, including oil.
use only low-VOC, soy-based inks rather than petroleum-based
products. Our in-line varnish is an aqueous coating,
and the fountain solution in our Web presses is
so safe it's drinkable.
In recognition of our efforts, we were
awarded the Environmental Achievement Award for our silver recovery
program by the City of Sunnyvale, and were one of ten printers nationwide awarded New Leaf Paper’s Environmental Leadership certificate.
Patsons is Chain-of-Custody Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible management of the world’s forests.
In many forests around the world, logging still contributes to habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples, and violence against people who work in the forest and the wildlife that dwells there. Many consumers of wood and paper, and many forest products companies believe that the link between logging and these negative impacts can be broken, and that forests can be managed and protected at the same time.
FSC® certification enables us to pass on, through chain-of-custody, the certification of any paper we source for you that carries the FSC® label. Our FSC® license code is FSC-C015802.
Reducing Carbon Footprint
Recognizing the need for our industry – and the global economy as a whole – to move toward carbon neutral and sustainable practices, Patsons has joined hundreds of other California companies in Pacific Gas & Electric’s ClimateSmart™ program. This program seeks to offset carbon emissions by investing in sequestration and emission-reduction projects like the Lompico Headwaters Forest Project operated by The Conservation Fund, and California Bioenergy’s Dairy Manure Methane Capture Project.
To date, the ClimateSmart™ program has contracted for projects that will balance out more than 1.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars off the road for a year.