NBB enhances office sustainability with new, green printer

By | November 20, 2009
Among biodiesel's many advantages are its environmental benefits. The NBB office has made every effort to maintain the industry's commitment to sustainability. From recycled carpet to solar energy, the board office is a model sustainable building, and it makes sense that printing projects should be sustainable too.

While most NBB material remains electronic, there are still projects that include a hard copy component. For printed jobs, NBB has partnered with a local Forest Steward Council and Sustainable Forest Initiative certified printer, Lake Printing Co. Inc.

"Empowering our clients to make educated environmental choices about printed products they purchase is one way we help our clients, such as the National Biodiesel Board, make informed decisions about their print projects," said Gary Lorenz, CEO of Lake Printing. "Being green is not just about recycling, it's about preserving our resources for generations to come, and Lake Printing is committed to providing paper choices that promote sustainability."

The FSC is an independent, nonprofit organization formed to promote responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC chain of custody logo shows that every entity that has touched the final printed piece was certified and the paper was sourced responsibly. The FSC requirements include prohibiting conversion of forests or any other natural habitat, respecting international workers rights, prohibiting use of hazardous chemicals and management of areas in need of special protection.

SFI is another independent nonprofit group. SFI practices sustainability in all of its program participant forests ensuring the long term health and sustainability of millions of acres of forests. SFI chain-of-custody certification extends into the marketplace by tracking fiber content from certified lands through production and manufacturing to the end product. Consumers who buy products with the SFI "percent-content" label know they are buying assurance of well-managed forests.

Much like the BQ-9000 quality assurance program within the biodiesel industry, FSC and SFI both use third-party organizations to certify companies.

"With FSC and SFI chain-of-custody certification and using soy inks, Lake Printing is helping our customers like the National Biodiesel Board demonstrate their own environmental commitment," said Steve Truitt, president of Lake Printing.
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