We serve publishers and businesses across eight different markets and offer a broad range of environmentally-friendly alternatives that are cost-effective and therefore easily attainable for customers. Eco-friendly processes have been built into all areas of our production workflow and various aspects of recycling material. We continually challenge our suppliers to provide more green solutions to continually improve on environmental savings.
We actively take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and introduce sustainable and environmentally-friendly paper options. We proudly maintain a transparent environmental policy, that holds us accountable for our environmental responsibilities as a printing company. As a company that utilizes nearly 7000 tons of paper per year, we take responsible paper sourcing very seriously. With the introduction of BookOnDemand and digital inkjet printing, not only have we reduced run sizes and thereby reducing obsolete inventory but we have increased efficiency and encouraged publishers to reduce their order sizes and carbon footprint.
Webcom received chain-of-custody FSC-certification early in 2007, providing you with the opportunity to use the well-recognized FSC logo on products manufactured with qualifying paper grades. Through our FSC® Chain of Custody certification, we ensure that the fibre used in our paper is sourced from well-managed forests and that land use choices and management practices contribute to the conservation of natural resources. As a result of several new FSC papers being added to our paper portfolio, we increased our FSC paper usage by 13% for the first half of 2018. Our usage of FSC recycled paper has also
Webcom is working with not-for-profit Canopy to encourage governments and the forestry sector to support and advance the protection of the world’s ancient and endangered forests. We are committed and proud to contribute to the creation of conservation legacies in these landscapes of hope.
Our eco-friendly legacy line of paper grades combines responsible practices of forest certification with the reduction of virgin fibre by offering high-percentage recycled content in popular grades. All legacy options are compatible with both offset and digital inkjet technology, allowing for easy transition and product consistency.
Webcom is committed to the conservation of the world’s ancient and endangered forest ecosystems. As part of that commitment, we strongly support the North American commercial-scale development of pulp, paper and packaging alternatives that are derived from agricultural residues like wheat straw as a way to diversify the fibre basket and meet our continued need for high quality, cost-effective products.
Webcom is conscious of the impacts of sourcing decisions on endangered species, high conservation value forests, communities and climate, in places like the Boreal and the Broadback Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests and Indonesian Rainforests. We are working to ensure we carefully assess our fibre sourcing to avoid ancient and endangered forest regions.
WEBCOM ENVIRONMENTAL AND PAPER PROCUREMENT POLICY
Webcom and the Circular Economy
A circular economy business model does not consider unused product ‘waste’ but rather a part of materials flow. There are 4 pillars that define the circular economy: recycle, parts harvesting, refurbish and service. At Webcom, we reduce the number of paper products that end up in landfills by sorting unused paper by printed/unprinted and paper type. This paper is then sent to a recycling facility to be re-used. Although we recognize that paper can become obsolete with age, we use old, unused papers for make-ready thus ensuring its value and reducing inventory waste. We also extend the lifespan of our presses by upgrading and repairing rather than replacing with new equipment.
Another way to contribute to the circular economy is to encourage customers to print smaller print runs, thus reducing obsolescence in warehouse inventory. By introducing BookOnDemand, customers have been able to cut run sizes and print what’s needed when it’s needed.
Misconceptions on Paper
Sometimes going paperless isn’t always the greener option and it’s a common misconception that going paperless will decrease your environmental footprint. However, sustainable decisions aren’t always black and white. The cost of switching to digital alternatives can contribute to other environmental factors. Sustainable forest management is an important part of the paper and printing industry. Infographics from www.twosidesna.org.