Sustainability

Sustainability is much more than environmental responsibility.
The concept of sustainability is grown from environmental, economic, and social ideologies...

Economically, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging is dedicated to working with local suppliers, and local crafts people. We choose to support our local business community and our country. To promote business within Canada, we encourage our clients to proudly display a small “printed in Canada” on their finished product. Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging has actively given to World Vision Canada for over 20 years. As our charity of choice, we have sponsored children, events and families.

Glenmore’s 7 Commitments

1. A focus on localized economics

By focusing on relationships with local and environmentally responsible suppliers, Glenmore has a reduced dependence on long haul shipping. One example of this is Glenmore’s commitment to use a North American produced FSC certified stock as a standard house sheet. Flexibility, fast turnaround time, a healthy economy and reduced shipping emissions are all a by-product of Glenmore’s commitment to our community.

2. A focus on material and waste reduction

There is no denying that the production of pulp and paper is the largest factor effecting the environmental life cycle of a printed product. Over the past 10 years, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging has reduced paper waste through an improved sustainability management system, and a commitment to reduce sheet wastage, and product packaging. Further, Glenmore has reduced chemical waste through several processes, while discovering alternative ways for chemical disposal. Glenmore is always actively developing ways to reduce paper, water, and material waste to reduce the life cycle impact of printed products.

3. A focus on energy reduction

While material reduction is an important factor in reducing environmental impact, so too is a reduction in energy consumption. Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging consistently purchased the most modern, and energy efficient printing and finishing equipment to reduce energy usage. Further, Glenmore has also taken significant steps to reduce overhead and processes required to complete a job. These two factors have accounted for a significant abatement in Glenmore’s environmental footprint.

4. A focus on social responsibility

Social responsibility is a key factor in sustainability. Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging continually gives to charities such as United Way, BC Cancer Research Society, World Vision, and Union Gospel Mission. Charities such as these pave the way for a sustainable planet, as well as a healthy local and global community.

5. A focus on environmental certification

As an FSC certified printer, Glenmore prints jobs in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Forestry Stewardship Council. While this certification alone does not regulate environmental standards, Glenmore has set a goal to pursue an additional well known certification program regulating environmental management.

6. A focus on energy efficient print designs

The reduction of environmental impacts start at the drawing board. Glenmore sales and estimating staff often work with customers to create designs that are environmentally responsible. From changing design sizes, to suggesting the best process for finishing, Glenmore’s staff are trained to help clients conceptualize an energy efficient print design.

7. Employment of a licensed environmental manager

At Glenmore we’re serious about our goals to reduce environmental impacts. We employ a licensed environmental auditor who actively works on improving environmental responsibility. This employee is an associate member in good standing with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and holds a Masters degree in Corporate Environmental Management.


Our re-USEit Program

Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging has developed a new program to help you reduce your environmental footprint by giving you an option to print on paper that would have otherwise been thrown away. Our re-USEit™ program doesn’t involve carbon offsets, or paying extra to call your job environmentally friendly. This program matches overages and offcuts with end users who have a need for printed material. The result: printing with a significantly lower environmental impact that reuses paper before it needs to be recycled.

This system was developed after an environmental audit revealed that Glenmore’s number one source of wastage was wasted paper. There are several different ways in which paper is wasted on a print shop floor. Paper suppliers only give contract rates on full packages or full cartons often resulting in wastage of as many as 1,000 large sized sheets. Since printers are forced to buy much more for the same price, paper is often wasted in one of three ways:

  1. Paper is cut up for extra make-ready and overs for a job
  2. Paper is left on the floor for several months exposed to fluctuations in humidity and temperature, rendering the paper unprintable
  3. Excess paper and offcuts are thrown away for recycling

Think of us as the SPCA of paper. Glenmore’s trademarked re-USEit™ program attempts to match our clients with leftover paper, so that virgin unprinted paper is used for a live job instead of heading to a recycler. If your company has a small to medium sized print job without the need for a specific type of paper, let us know and we’ll use paper that has a zero environmental footprint from our re-USEit™ program.Through our paper recovery project, Glenmore has recovered and used over 500,000 sheets of paper in the last year, the equivalent of 68,000 lbs. This is over 2 semi truck loads of paper, or nearly 50 large mature trees.

This gives your company the opportunity to show that your printed material was printed on 100% salvaged and recovered paper. To illustrate this point, feel free to use our trademarked reUSE-it logo on your printed piece as a marketing tool to help your clients understand your commitment to environmental sustainability.

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