PINC’S ENVIRONMENTAL INFO
We have always done little bits here and there to reduce our environmental impact on our beautiful planet, and to encourage eco-friendly processes – it was a big focus in 2018 and this year we plan to do more to be more environmentally responsible. Below is some info about where we are making changes in our methods and suppliers – if every business did little things like this in their business imagine the difference we could make to the planet! Let’s all do better together. At Pinc our team tries to limit all our outgoing waste and use our resources sensibly – our rubbish bag to landfill is currently about 1 bag per month. We recycle our paper trimmings and our soft plastics, we collect all food scraps and take them to home to put in the compost. Our paper off cuts go to local schools/day-cares, and we try to work with responsible, local suppliers. Below has more specific info about our operation here at Pinc. We are open to ideas and feedback, and love hearing about better eco-friendly products and processes.
In 2018 we moved away from using plastic bubble wrap to send our items out to you. We invested in a machine which produces a cardboard bubble wrap alternative, re-purposing waste (boxes). We have our local community on board, bringing us their “waste” to re-purpose, reducing the amount of bubble wrap currently being used. After huge interest was shown in our processes, we decided to make this available to everyone – after all, the goal was to do our bit for the world!
TO PURCHASE: We will send a box as big as our courier weight/volume restrictions allow for about $40 + GST nationwide – a small charge just to cover our time + wear & tear on our machine + courier costs. For more info, give us a call on 09 421 1157, flick through an email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in to see us at our studio in Silverdale Street!
If you’re interested in purchasing your own machine let us know and we can put you in touch with our supplier.
Cellophane bags for foil prints
CELLULOSE TAPE, WRAP + BOXES
Cellulose tape is a high quality film made from environmental-friendly, biodegradable cellophane film. The film is transparent and strong with a natural rubber solvent-based adhesive. We purchase this tape from Hardy Packaging.
We also use kraft paper tape for our parcels, which we purchase from Supply Planet, where we also get our cardboard boxes and rolls of kraft paper for wrapping parcels.
cardboard business card boxes
Instead of the clear plastic business card boxes Pinc now manufacture these ones on site here – die cut from an environmentally responsible white card stock, these are a much better option! With our ultra thick sandwiched business cards, you can no doubt imagine we go through a fair few boxes sending them out to you!
Pinc works with Fuji Xerox, who recycle over 99.7% of equipment returned to them, ours included, and they divert over 1,200 tonnes of branded equipment and consumables away from landfills each year. Fuji Xerox have a 100% take-back recycling policy for used equipment. Fuji Xerox offer a free take-back service and this Product Stewardship Scheme was the first in our industry to be accredited by the Ministry for the Environment. For toner cartridge recycling, Fuji Xerox are now partnering with Close the Loop so all the toner will go into a product called TonerPave™ which is an asphalt additive that has been used in over 1,000 km of roads to date. It lowers the carbon footprint of the road by up to 23%.
compostable courier bags
As we run out of the plastic track packs provided by our courier supplier, we are replacing them with compostable courier bags from Better Packaging Co. They are GMO free, made from corn starch and have a man-made binding agent added for flexibility. They are strong, waterproof but will biodegrade in a home compost in 3-6 months, also suitable in worm farms. When couriering envelopes and samples we line the track pack with an ultra thick piece of 910 gsm recycled cardboard to give it some rigid backing, and for bulky pieces we wrap it in eco-wrap (see post on the left) before popping your goodies in a track pack.
We have a range of paper stocks available at Pinc for purchase and used in-house for our own printing requirements.
Our standard white 350 gsm is a carbon neutral stock. Produced using Third Party Certified, ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) pulp from responsible sources, this stock is made Carbon Neutral, and carries the internationally recognised EU Ecolabel.
We also have a 100% recycled (but looks white) 300 gsm card, which is a first class, environmentally responsible paper, produced using FSC® Certified, 100% Post Consumer Recycled, PCF pulp. It is manufactured under the strict ISO14001 Environmental Management System, this stock has a number of internationally recognised environmental accreditations including the Blue Angel and Nordic Swan eco-labels and the Austrian Environmental Label.
All of the paper we use at Pinc adhere to some the following standards:
Fibre Source: Well Managed Forests (WMF) or FSC Mixed Sources – from well managed forests and other controlled sources.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): FSC certification supports responsible forest management worldwide. FSC certified forest products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain, ensuring the product is from responsibly harvested and verified sources.
Bleaching Process: Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF): ECF is a whitening technique that uses no elemental chlorine compounds for the bleaching of wood pulp for paper production.
Recycled Papers: Some of our papers are recycled (full or partially) which is where waste paper is returned into new paper products, either direct from the mill or through collected waste from commercial/residential properties.
Paper can usually be recycled up to six times before its fibrous quality becomes too unsuitable for reuse as paper. It is then usually either put through a waste management process or reused in a number of other ways (such as the bulking material put inside many modern office desks!) Don’t forget that paper is a natural product and is therefore biodegradable.
You can read a bit more about paper resources on our supplier’s website here – bjball.co.nz/toolbox/environment
FOIL & ITS RECYCLABILITY
Foil stamping is a totally dry, solvent free process, and card that has been foil stamped can be recycled. Our main foil supplier has provided information about independent studies conducted to determine the biodegradability and the recyclability of foil stamped paper, and these showed that foil has no visible effects in slowing down the rate of bio-degradation of the card. Foil also does not affect the re-pulpability of the paper substrate, and foil, like ink, can be successfully removed by the flotation de-inking process with no particles remaining once the paper was re-pulped. Our main supplier is constantly improving their environmental impact, and they are dedicated to creating effective waste management streams. This enables them to identify solutions to eliminate (100%) the need for landfill for foil or foil derivatives from their site, known as the Zero Foil to Landfill, backed by their local print industry federation.
With the paper stocks, foil printing, pocketfold manufacturing, die cutting, print calibration charts…we have some pretty great off cuts suitable for schools, day care centres, kindergartens, craft groups … these all go in to a separate bin which is available for collection, free to whoever stops in.