Sustainability – the intersection of environmental, economic and societal benefits – can change the way you do business. Consider the chemicals you use, the energy used to create your products as well as keeping your building running or even the way you move your products out the door. Taking a look at your operations can not only decrease your operational costs, but your environmental footprint while increasing your sustainability footprint.
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The chemicals used by screen printing and digital imaging facilities to create products emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that impact the operation's environmental footprint. All inks, regardless of type, have a VOC content - even UV curable inks used for graphics and plastisol inks used for textiles.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines carbon footprint as “the total amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, family, building, organization or company.” Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. The GHGs that humans emit directly in substantial quantities are:
Taking steps to implement energy efficiency is a smart businesses move as energy consumption is harmful to the environment and costly. Energy efficiency protects the environment by reducing the amount of energy that needs to be generated and ultimately saves you money on utility bills.
One of the most valuable assets a company has is its employees and they play a vital role in the success of your operations sustainability program. As leading company's Incorporating safety and health into your sustainable business practices and engaging employees in your efforts supports productivity, promotes positive morale, and maintains profits.
The hazardous and nonhazardous waste generated by your facility needs to be properly handled and disposed of to minimize damage to both the workplace and the environment. It is important to understand the differences between the types of waste you generate, and the requirements you, as a facility operator, must undertake to handle these wastes.
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