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. 

Pinc's Eco-Wrap

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 info@printitpinc.co.nz, 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

Our A4 foil prints now go out in biodegradable cellophane bags (as opposed to the OPP bags we used to use). We are struggling to find cellophane bags in A3 size, so if you know of any please let us know! Our foil prints are sent in a biodegradable cellophane bag with 910 gsm backing card to keep the print safe in transport. We purchase our cello bags from Ayrpak.

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! 

PRINTING

Pinc works with Ricoh New Zealand, who have been carboNZero certified since 2008. This has been achieved by offering significant improvements for waste recycling (instead of landfill), more efficient internal systems, and reducing service calls and subsequent technician fuel consumption. Ricoh encourages customers to recycle used toner + waste toner containers. The Ricoh recycling program also covers end of life devices and spare parts from both Ricoh and 3rd party machines. Since the program started, over 180 tonnes of devices have been recycled into reusable materials. Ricoh are constantly trying to minimise the impact of their products on the environment. This is an integral part of their Product Stewardship policy, and we are proud to work with a company putting this much effort into sustainability. Read more at ricoh.co.nz/about-ricoh/environment/

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.

PAPERS

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. 

Off cuts

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.