Sustainable Printing

  • Environmentally Appropriate!
  • Socially Beneficial!
  • Economically Viable!
Environmental Practices

We have compiled a list of the daily actions that underscore our commitment to benefiting the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.

  • We encourage clients to use recycled paper as well as paper made from sustainable resources whenever possible
  • We re-use paper whenever possible and recycle paper when it can no longer be re-used
  • We use only vegetable based inks
  • We installed a computer to plate system, eliminating the need to use film which contained silver and mercury contaminants
  • We use water missable, alcohol free fountain solutions in all of our presses
  • We recycle aluminum printing plates
  • We recycle un-usable/expired inks
  • Ink Sentinels manage ink distribution on press to maximize efficiency and minimize waste
  • We use low VOC (volatile organic compound) solvents

Green Future Solar

Starting in January, 2018, Columbia Printing and Clean Room will implement “Green Future Solar” to provide 100% of our power requirements for all clean room and commercial production. Going forward 100% of our energy uses will implement a solar alternative. This transition is appropriate and in keeping with Columbia’s designation as one of The 100 Greenest Companies in Oregon.

Forest Stewardship Council

Columbia Printing & Cleanroom is also an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) – certified printer dedicated to sustainable, “green” printing practices. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is a pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities.

Within this forum, voices from the Global North and South, from organizations big and small, assemble to define environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management and identify the tools and resources that will effect positive, lasting change.*