greenpiece: Smarting Up the Green
Braintree Printing, a Braintree, Massachusetts-based full-service commercial and quick printer, secured its commitment to being an environmentally friendly printing company.
It is one of the first printers in the New England area to install a Hewlett Packard Designjet L2550 printer, known for its green printing qualities. As Braintree replaces and expands its fleet of printing equipment, the company selects only energy-efficient equipment, resulting in a safer work environment and cost-savings for the company and its customers.
The HP Designjet produces large-format indoor and outdoor signs and operates with water-based HP latex inks. Odorless and pollutant-free, these non-toxic and non-flammable inks are safer for operators. Finished printed materials are better for the environment where they are displayed, a significant feature for settings such as hospitals and schools.
With an ENERGY STAR rating, the HP Designjet meets strict energy efficiency guidelines and, since printed materials dry immediately, there is no special ventilation equipment or external dryer required, reducing electrical use. Printed materials are 100 percent recyclable.
"With the Designjet, it's about sustainability every step of the way," Owner Jim Corliss said. "We are operating a machine that uses eco-friendly inks and emits no fumes, and we are producing high-quality printed pieces that can be recycled."
Corliss added, Braintree Printing has been working hard to promote environmental sustainability in the printing industry. The company is a certified printer in the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) Chain-of-Custody program and uses FSC-certified paper.
"We use only recycled cardboard boxes to package our printed materials and routinely offer clients recycled paper for their marketing materials," Corliss said.
Recently, Braintree Printing took the initiative to reduce energy consumption with an energy analysis by Energy New England in conjunction with the local electric company, Braintree Electric Light Department.
"We rewired offices with motion sensors, replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lights and gained better energy control over our entire press and bindery area," said Corliss, noting that Braintree Printing shaved 3 percent off its annual electric bill.