BackAustralian Green Printers Directory

It's well recognised that printing on paper has the potential to have a huge negative impact on our environment in terms of pollution, deforestation, water and energy use. Thankfully in recent years, a growing number of printers have improved their practices to reduce this impact. I am often asked where people can find environmentally responsible printers and have created this directory in response to this.

In recent times, many printers are trying to 'green' their image with environmental policies that don't always cover all the bases in regards to true sustainability. Simply switching to vegetable based ink and computer to plate (CTP) technology (which is commonplace now anyway) but continuing to promote the use of unsustainable paper is one example.

I will only list those printers here who have made sustainability a genuine priority accross the whole of their business practice. This means they have gone the extra mile, like obtaining environmental accreditations, carbon offsetting or use of solar power. Ive done some of the research for you but can't take responsibility for any claims made by those printers listed. Please do your own research too and ask questions to make an informed descision. All the best with your green printing!

South Australia

:: Finsbury Green

1A South Road
Thebarton SA 5031
(08) 8234 8000

Finsbury Green have been the first in their industry on many environmental initiatives, including blending international quality and environmental management systems, low chemical manufacturing practices, low manufacturing wastes and high rates of recycling, carbon neutrality of their manufacturing operation, sustainability reporting, green procurement and industry benchmarking systems. Finsbury Green try and do things differently, by making ‘green’ seem normal rather than making normal seem ‘green’.

:: Printak
107 Sturt St
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8231 2352

Printak say their goal is to "the purest print on earth". They say that though they have always complied with environmental standards, used vegetable and soy based inks and promoted sustainable and recyclable papers, they wanted to do more.

Printak moved over to CTP chemical free plate making, installed CIP data to reduce 'makeready' sheets, began the SGP 'sustainable Green Print' program, and had a level 2 energy audit conducted; introducing many of the recommendations which has reduced their energy usage. They have converted more than 40% (and are continuing to convert more) hi-bay and T8 lighting to T5 and LED, have strict recycling and re-using programs in place. Printak have 4 100% Solar powered Printing Presses in their Green room including offset and digital, running entirely powered by the sun.

Victoria

:: Aegis Security Printing
25-27 Olive Grove Keysbough VIC 3173
(03) 8788 2800

Aegis has been created to develop a market presence for both Security and Commercial documents, utilising Waterless offset printing.  They explain that waterless printing means less waste and no chemicals or water are used.  Additionally 90% less carbon (VOC's) are emitted.  Aegis holds ISO 14001: 2004 certification and has installed energy efficient LED lighting throughout their premises reducing their annual greenhouse gas output by 60%.  They use the lightest weight paper applicable, FSC, PEFC and re-cycled substrates, vegetable based inks and have a toner cartridge recycling system.  Aegis hold a Finsbury Green 2 Star Rating.

:: Black Rainbow
(03) 5156 9353

Black Rainbow was Australia's first green printing company, established in 1987 to offer a printing service to those not wishing to be implicated in the destruction of earths native forests. They now operate using 100% solar power in all prepress and print production and still offer the highest environmental standards available in the printing industry.  Black Rainbow claim that no other Australian printer can compete with their environmental credentials. 

:: Complete Colour Printing
84-86 Herald St
Cheltenham VIC 3192
(03) 9585 7788

Complete Colour Printing's environmental management system includes adopting cleaner printing methods, continually employing their waste management system, participating with community groups with like-minded goals, implementing a Responsible Paper Purchasing Policy, educating & encouraging employees, suppliers and customers and using & recommending their online secure file transfer facility.

They are certified under the world class ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ECO-Buy members and the only print company to hold a Gold Waste Wise Certificate.

:: Finsbury Green
46 Wirraway Drive
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
(03) 9644 9644

Finsbury Green have been the first in their industry on many environmental initiatives, including blending international quality and environmental management systems, low chemical manufacturing practices, low manufacturing wastes and high rates of recycling, carbon neutrality of their manufacturing operation, sustainability reporting, green procurement and industry benchmarking systems. Finsbury Green try and do things differently, by making ‘green’ seem normal rather than making normal seem ‘green’.

:: Fishprint
447 Nepean Highway
Brighton East VIC 3187
(03) 9596 4807

Fishprint are not your garden variety Print House, although you garden may well thank you for using them. As a relative new comer to the Print community, they are only 8 years old and are already an award winning leader in environmentally sustainable print. How? By printing Waterless Offset, technology that is fast gaining international attention for its ability to improve print quality whilst saving thousands of litres of valuable drinking water. In addition to waterless offset, Fishprint operates a carbon neutral environment where the company wide focus is on sustainability. All technology is powered by solar and/or wind power, ink is made from renewable soy product, containers and other materials are recyclable or made from recycled materials. Fishprint boast a 98.2% recyclable work environment (Waste Wise certified) as well as attaining several other certifications and accreditations.

:: Mystique
25 Laser Drive
Rowville, VIC 3178
(03) 9757 9000

Mystique are Australia's first certified carbon neutral printer. They continually explore ways of integrating environmentally sustainable practices and standards to ensure that they are minimising the impact of their business on the environment over and above those measures required by law.

:: PrintTogether
771 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

PrintTogether uniquely specialise in 'Collective Green Printing' which identifies customers whose similar print requirements allow them to print together on the one press. By printing your materials side-by-side with others’, it saves you both time and money and most importantly, reduces the environmental impact of your printed materials even further, by reducing the amount of plates, paper, ink, energy and water required for each job.

PrintTogether offer a choice of economical and premium quality 100% post-consumer recycled paper stocks and use vegetable based inks.

NSW

:: Complete Colour Printing
Terrace 6
82-86 Pacific Highway
St. Leonard's NSW 2065
(02) 9439 9300

Complete Colour Printing's environmental management system includes adopting cleaner printing methods, continually employing their waste management system, participating with community groups with like-minded goals, implementing a Responsible Paper Purchasing Policy, educating & encouraging employees, suppliers and customers and using & recommending their online secure file transfer facility.

They are certified under the world class ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ECO-Buy members and the only print company to hold a Gold Waste Wise Certificate.

:: Finsbury Green
Suite 803, Level 8, 5-13 Rosebery Avenue
Rosebery NSW 2018
(02) 9662 2600

Finsbury Green have been the first in their industry on many environmental initiatives, including blending international quality and environmental management systems, low chemical manufacturing practices, low manufacturing wastes and high rates of recycling, carbon neutrality of their manufacturing operation, sustainability reporting, green procurement and industry benchmarking systems. Finsbury Green try and do things differently, by making ‘green’ seem normal rather than making normal seem ‘green’.

:: North Coast Print Solutions
12 Centennial Circuit
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6685 8264

North Coast Print Solutions have been operating in Byron Bay for 21 years. They are a Green Biz Check Certified printer and gained certification in 2008. They are an environmentally conscious business and promote the use of 100% Vegetable based process ink which is 100% VOC free and the use of 100% recycled Australian made paper. They stock a large range of recycled papers/card from around the world, promoting mainly Australian made ones.

In 2005 they won the Print Industries Associations of Australia, NSW Business Achievement Awards, for Best in Environmental Initiatives, Small Business Category sponsored by the department of Environment and Conservation NSW.

:: Pure Green Print
Studio 1, Level 4
35 Buckingham Street
Surry Hills  NSW  2010
(02) 9699 4872

100% Pure Green Print uses papers and print methods that are environmentally sound so you can enjoy the benefits of the print medium while keeping your environmental foot print to a minimum. 100% Pure Green Print's aim is to do the absolute best they can to ensure they are using the most considered means possible to create our print, and in doing so provide an environmentally friendly alternative. 

ACT

:: Canprint Communications – Union Offset Printers
16 Nyrang St, Fyshwick
Phone: (02) 6295 4422   

Canprint Communications - Union Offset Printers seek to reduce consumption of resources and improve efficiency in the use of these resources.  More than 90% of the inks they use are vegetable based and they are moving toward an alcohol free print process to be in place in 2011.  They say they are striving to continuously improve their environmental performance and integrate recognised applicable best practice into their business operations.

QLD

:: Austep Music
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Phone: 1300 363 794

Austep Music's mission is to switch the CD cover industry to cardboard packaging. According to Julie's Bicycle, CDs are the 2nd biggest polluter in the music business, but using cardboard packaging instead of plastic reduces the pollution by 95%. They offer a range of affordable cardboard CD packaging options. Their CD cases are printed with 80% post-consumer recycled stock and vegetable-based ink and they plant a native tree for each job they print.

:: Eco Digital
2/16 Central Court, Hilcrest QLD 4118
Phone: (07) 3800 1837

Eco Digital provide environmentally sound printing and paper products. They specialize in digital short run print on a great range of recycled stock. All of their stock is minimum of 35% recycled and up to 100%. Their method has minimal waste, uses less electricity than offset and no water. They also supply recycled envelopes, presentation folders, paper, cards etc through their online shop.

:: Fergies
37 College St, Hamilton QLD 4007
Phone: 07 3630 6500

Fergies Print have demonstrated their environmental commitment by gaining ISO 14001:2004 accreditation and more recently, certification within the FSC Chain of Custody program.  Their 3 tick Sustainable Green Print accreditation is the Australian printing industry's own recognisable certification program and Fergies are the only communications partner in Queensland with 3 ticks. Fergies were the first printer in Queensland to become an ecoBiz partner (the EPA’s signature partnership program). Fergies are also signatories to the United Nations Global Compact, further endorsing their leadership and vision in advancing the tenets of corporate sustainability and the principles of the UN Global Compact.

:: Inprint Pty Ltd
552 Bilsen Road, Geebung QLD 4034
Phone: (07) 3360 1111
E: bmoreau@pep.net.au

Inprint say they are an environmentally aware organisation with a strong focus on effective identification, management and control of environmental risks faced by their printing company. Inprint Group has achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation, the highest possible level of accreditation under the ISO standards. Inprint is also FSC® and PEFC accredited.  They say that consideration for our environment is pivotal in the daily operations of Inprint and environmental focus will continue to remain an integral part of their strategy as they work toward a cleaner and brighter future for us all.

WA

:: Abbott & Co Printers
21 Glassford Road, Kewdale WA 6105
Phone: (08) 9353 1166

Abbott & Co Printers were awarded City of Belmont 2013 environmental award. They are working toward Sustainable Green Print Certification and looking at ways to reduce energy consumption and recycling of waste products.  They use approved FSC papers with a focus to promote recycled paper and use environmentally friendly inks.

:: The Environmental Printing Company
305A Railway Parade, Maylands WA 6051
Phone: (08) 9271 1569

For the last 15 years the Environmental Printing Company has been using vegetable-based inks, recycled paper, sugar cane paper and many other environmentally friendly products. They produce high quality printing while reducing hydrocarbons (solvents) and other non-friendly chemicals from their printing process. Based in the Perth suburb of Maylands, Western Australia, all waste paper and by-products are collected for recycling, and they are committed to researching the latest in green alternatives in design and print through to waste disposal.

:: Label Makers
7 Karratha St, Welshpool WA 6106

Phone: (08) 9458 5100

Label Makers Pty Ltd are Green Stamp Level 3 certified, and say they are continually investing in new technologies to reduce their environmental impact. Recent investments include an upgrade of factory lighting reducing power consumption on lighting by 65%, installation of a 35kw solar power system, and a brand new state of the art rapid-changeover flexographic press designed to reduce setup times and reduce material wastage. They have a comprehensive environmental management system designed to go beyond legislative compliance, and to ensure they are continually improving our environmental and business practices.

:: Picton Press
7 Cleaver Street West Perth WA 6005
Phone: (08) 6242 0535

Picton Press were the first in WA to achieve Sustainable Green Print accreditation, the Green Stamp as well as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accreditation. They recently installed ink pumps to do away with over 10,000 empty tins of ink a year going to landfill. Picton Press are recognised as one of the premier print companies in Western Australia and leading the field in our environmental management practices, accreditations and certificates. In 2011 they were named Environmental Company of the year at the Print Industries WA awards ceremony.

:: Printline
64 High St Fremantle 6160 (cnr Pakenham)
Phone:(08) 9335 3954

Printline is a Green Stamp certified printer, environmentally aware & caring organisation making an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. By recycling everything from waste paper, toner cartridges, drums and other consumable parts, Printline effectively reduce landfill. Being fully digital also has environmental benefits such as no disposal of film, chemical solvents, non vegetable inks, wash ups and other toxic material.

Printline also offers Variable Data Printing (VDP direct marketing) and custom volumes in an effort to make printing more specific with less waste. They only use FSC certified papers and post consumer waste 100% recycled papers.

:: Scott Print
4 Aberdeen Street, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9223 7788

Scott Print constantly invest in new technology and ensure that all processes operate within formalised environmental management systems (FSC® / ISO14001 / ISO9001 / Green Stamp / Sustainable Green Print). They offer alternatives like the water based aqueous varnish, matt etching (as an alternative to spot UV), all of our presses are alcohol free and are currently working on process-less plate technology.

Scott Print say that environmental excellence is ingrained in their culture. They work with their suppliers to create more environmentally efficient techniques, are proactive and seek to alter the entire print process at a micro level, yet never lose sight of their macro goals.

:: Supa Stik Labels And Labelling Systems
9 Abrams Street Balcatta WA 6021
(08)9441 5000

As a Level 2 Green Stamp certified company, Supa Stik labels say they are going beyond legislative requirements to achieve good environmental practice standards. Supa Stik also uses Waterless Offset printing for a large portion of labels. This is an offset lithographic printing process that eliminates the water or dampening system used in conventional offset printing. They also use digital printing to minimise waste.

Everyone at Supa Stik is very conscious of minimising their environmental impact. They were very proud to be the first roll-feed label printing company in Western Australia to have achieved the Green Stamp accreditation, and say this will be their platform for continually developing their Environmental Systems and Processes moving forward.

Printers wishing to be added to this list, please email me and explain in approximately 100 words the specific ways you have made sustainability a genuine priority accross the whole of your business practice for consideration for inclusion. Please also include contact details & website address. There is no charge for your listing. Thanks - Heide Hackworth, Creative Director