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Sprinta leads the charge to be Tasmania’s 1st green printer

Thursday, 09 November 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

The company took the wraps off its new environmental processes at the Local Government Managers Australia Conference last week, with David Peck, managing director of Sprinta Print, claiming that the preliminary results of the initiatives have been very encouraging.

“Sprinta Print has been conducting several tests to find ways to clean up the printing process to become Tasmania’s first environmentally responsible printer,” says Peck. “So far, we have managed to reduce the use of chemicals used in the printing process by 35.25 per cent.”

This means a huge reduction in production costs for the company and less volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into the atmosphere. Sprinta has also shifted over to the use of vegetable-based inks and improved its recycling of waste materials by 29 per cent, reducing landfill in the process. The company has also produced what it claims is the first 100 per cent environmentally responsible brochure for the state of Tasmania.

“Using environmentally responsible machines and printing processes, it is possible to produce commercially acceptable printing in a cost effective manner,” says Peck.

Brian Inches, general manager of Break O’Day Council and a delegate at the conference where Sprinta announced its plans, claims both the private sector and various levels of government are increasingly recognising the importance of minimising their impact on the environment.

“Anything that can be done to make printing cleaner and reduce landfill is positive. We commend David and his team for developing environmentally responsible printing methods and support Sprinta Print because it is the responsible thing to do,” says Inches.

Sprinta Print claims it will continue to look for ways to improve the printing process and reduce chemical use, along with reductions in energy and environmental savings in other areas.

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