Our Commitment to Sustainability

Being part of an industry that depends heavily on trees, water, and other natural resources, GSB Digital embraces the concept of extended stewardship. We examine our business with the objective of making our environmental footprint as small as possible. From simple activities like recycling to complex decisions about manufacturing techniques, and vendor selection, are considered. Our decisions from the manufacturing process to the finished product reflect our commitment to reduce environmental impact. Specifically in these ways included below:

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Digital on-demand printing allows you to print exactly what you need, when you need, and where you need it, as opposed to analog printing which encourages overproduction, resulting in large volumes of marketing collateral, books, and labels that are thrown away due to overprinting and obsolescence.

Chain of custody certification programs are validated through third-party audits assuring accurate tracking of wood fiber from a certified forest to the mill and then the merchant. We partner with material vendors and merchants that qualify for these various chain of custody certifications, the most prevalent being:

  • FSC:  The Forest Stewardship Council is an international certification well recognized and regarded around the world. The FSC logo identifies products, which contain wood from forests managed with respect for people and the environment. More information is available fsc.org.
  • PEFC:  The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is an umbrella organization that works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions. Visit pefc.org for further details.
  • SFI:  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is an independent, non-profit organization that aims to promote sustainable forest management.  US-based SFI is a member organization of PEFC. SFI-certified papers are available mainly in North America. More information at sfiprogram.org

We are committed to mitigating solid waste and as such we recycle many materials used in the plant including: wood pallets, packaging materials, plastic, inks, and printed-paper waste.

Most of our paper stocks contains anywhere from 10- 100% post consumer waste and are FSC and SFI® chain of custody certified. Additionally, our HP 5500 press uses an on deck oil recycling system that cuts our oil consumption in half by removing  water and reusing imaging oil. This press also utilizes HP electroInks that produce vibrant and durable colors with thinner applications.