We make every effort to minimize environmental impact in every facet of our company.
ACG recognizes the need to preserve our natural resources for future generations. We are committed to sustainable practices such as recycling, cleaner operation, reduced natural resource consumption and chain of custody certification systems. We are certified through both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), giving us access to products that come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
Abbott Communications Group’s role in the chain of custody system includes purchasing FSC and SFI certified papers, keeping them separate from non-certified papers and making sure the FSC- and SFI-certified papers do not mix with non-certified paper. We must also place the proper FSC and SFI logos on the printed piece and obtain approval from FSC and SFI.
In the printing process, we wind up with a lot of leftover “waste-paper,” such as make-readies, spoilage and paper or corrugated packaging. We recycle all of that. In fact, each year we recycle about 610 tons of paper, the equivalent of 10,378 mature trees. We also recycle the aluminum plates used on our offset presses, resulting in over 11 tons of recycled aluminum each year.
Another way to make a positive contribution to our environment, inside and out, is the use of vegetable-based inks. These inks are less harmful to the environment than their petroleum-based counterparts and are widely recognized as an environmentally friendly choice. In addition, the goal to reduce VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) in ink, such as aldehydes and ketones, has resulted in high-performance inks with vastly reduced VOC’s. The result is cleaner air and water.
All chemical waste is disposed via the leading provider of environmental solutions to the commercial, industrial and automotive industry. Our onsite disposal system is inspected each year by the Seminole county Health Department.