Thanks to Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. we have moved to 100% recycled papers at JP Graphics! @MonadnockPaper manufactures premium printing and packaging papers that are made with the environment in mind. We’re celebrating this partnership with a video made by our production manager, Joe. We created these fun treat boxes to help showcase how far sustainable […]
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JP Graphics prints for a lot of interesting and unique companies which offer some cool and useful products and services. This month we’re announcing a new print partnership with Monadnock Paper Mills Sustainable Printing Products!
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For JP Graphics, sustainability started out as a differentiator and has evolved into a mission. When its president, Joan Escover, started the business in the late 1990s, she realized that she needed to find a way to stand out. “I couldn’t compete for a 10-cent piece of paper. I couldn’t compete running one shift. So […]
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Why Use a Branded Die Cut Mailer? Why go to a commercial printer to brand and print your business mailer when you could use standard mailers? The average person gets 2-3 pieces of mail per day. While that pales in comparison to email, (most professionals get more than 100 per day) it’s still competition. So […]
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JP Graphics is a certified woman-owned business, and one of the first certified Green Businesses in Santa Clara, CA. Santa Clara city staff interviewed Joan Escover, President of JP Graphics.
City Staff: Why did you decide to pursue the Green Business Certification?
Escover: One, I am an avid recycler and I always have been. But really, I started out with the solar panels. I installed them because of the incentives. This program was a no brainer for me. Also, we do a lot of printing for the City of Milpitas, which requires 40% post-consumer recycled paper, so it was a logical thing to buy and start carrying it for everyone. All papers we use here at JP Graphics have minimum 10% recycled content, all the way up to 100%.Read more
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Is there such as thing as environmentally friendly print products?
Paper sometimes gets a “Bad Wrap” when it comes to the environment. As a certified green printer we thought we would take a moment to dispel some of the myths surrounding the print industry and use of paper.
Paper Can Be Recycled up to 7 Times!
Paper is the most reused material in the United States, and 65% of the paper sold is recycled. (AF&PA, 2013) To be considered recycled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), uncoated/writing paper requires a minimum of 30% post-consumer materials. Coated papers used in high quality printing and for magazines need a minimum of 10%.
What are post-consumer materials?
Paper that you have used and then returned to a recycling plant is considered post-consumer waste. This includes office paper, magazines, packaging, and publications. The papers are then de-inked, washed, and whitened, and converted into new paper and print products.
How does this differ from pre-consumer materials?
Unpurchased magazines and newspapers, and the scraps created in the milling process are considered pre-consumer waste. Although they are usually reprocessed, these materials are often not considered recycled.
What about the trees?
Most of the harvested trees in the United States are used to make lumber, not pulp or paper. Almost 90% of the trees that are used for new paper come from private landowners, who maintain, sustainably manage, and renew the forests they harvest from.
Shouldn’t we worry about the “Carbon Footprint”?
Much of the energy used to produce paper is renewable. In fact according to a 2013 study by ECOFYS, a leading expert in sustainable energy solutions and climate policies, the entire pulp, paper, and print process accounts for only 1% of the world’s green-house gas emissions, making the paper and print production lifecycle one of the lowest industry emitters. Paperless solutions offer a different set of problems from manufacturing and e-waste concerns, to energy consumption, and the move to digital is typically a cost factor versus an environmental one.
How is JP Graphics green?
While many of the papers and products we use are recycled, we can also provide paper that is completely recycled upon request. Additionally, our facility recycles all of our leftover paper, packaging, ink, cartridges, and pre-consumer waste, and our entire building and print department is powered by solar.
What can I do to help?
Recycling paper has never been easier! Trash companies often provide bins, and many stores and shopping areas have paper recycling bins as well. The following products can be recycled depending on your waste management company:
– Writing paper, folders, stationary, business cards, notebooks, and colored paper
JP Graphics, a full-service printing company, is certified woman-owned and a small business by the state of California and is a Bay Area Green Company. Located at 3310 Woodward Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95054, our 33,000 sq. ft. facility houses a state of the art prepress department, numerous offset and digital presses, a complete bindery, including lamination, and diecutting. Additional services include fulfilment, large format, and mailing. We deliver all over the Bay Area and ship all over the world.