Metropolitan Printers Obtains Environmental Certification
Vancouver, BC -- Metropolitan has become one of the first commercial printers in western Canada to obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification through the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. The designation recognizes Metropolitan's contribution to responsible forestry management and enables the company to use FSC-certified paper to print jobs as well as the official FSC logo.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international forestry certification system. Its chain-of-custody program tracks the source of wood product, from the forest floor to its final destination. As a large consumer of paper products, Metropolitan participated in a comprehensive assessment of its manufacturing practices to ensure that it is handling FSC-approved products according to the FSC's rigorous guidelines.
"Sustainability and superior environmental practices rate high on our priority list as well as on those of our clients," says Metropolitan President George Kallas. "We're always looking for ways to be a better environmental citizen and, as an FSC-certified company, we're thrilled to play a part in sound forest stewardship."
Metropolitan has long incorporated environmental management into its plant operations, using fully recyclable vegetable-based inks and papers. In 2004, the company was the first lithographer in BC to implement the environmental loop program, which enables its press team to clean equipment with fully recyclable manufactured rags in lieu of standard cloth cleaners. Its proprietary MET UV process is also environmentally friendly; it is completely recyclable and releases no volatile compounds into the air. According to the company, it is currently the only printer in North America offering UV in combination with 10-micron Staccato technology.
Established in 1990, FSC (www.fsc.org) is a worldwide network committed to responsible management of the world's forests. To date, more than 50 million hectares in more than 60 countries have been certified according to FSC standards, while several thousand products use FSC-certified wood and carry the FSC trademark.