The printing industry often gets a bad rap for the amount of trees it goes through. But one local business hopes to change that by becoming the first green printer in Toledo, reports News 11's James Canterbury.
The folks at Metzger's Printing and Mailing recognize trees as a precious renewable resource. That's why they made it a goal to become certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a group dedicated to the responsible growth, care and use of trees.
"For every tree they cut down, they are planting a dozen and no one really talks about that stuff. So FSC is a great way for these paper mills to say, 'Hey guys, we're really doing it right. We're doing better than what everyone thinks,'" says Joe Metzger, president.
Printed on the back of FSC certified material is a special identification number, which "can track it back to where we bought the paper, to where the paper was made, the pulp, to the tree, back to the forest, back to the seed, to the water that watered the field," Metzger explains.
It's a chain of resource accountability that is very important to Metzger and his business.
"It's the right thing for the environment. It's the right thing to do for our paper, to make sure we're using the right forestry to make our paper and paper pulp," he says.
The paper isn't the only product held to higher standards.
"We use soy-based inks here at Metzger's and basically that's eco-friendly inks that aren't putting bad things in the ground, and they're not using as much energy to make the inks," Metzger says.
Green printing does make a difference. Thirty-nine trees were planted and 627 miles not driven to print 20,000 FSC certified materials. Metzger's plans to continue conservation efforts in other ways.
"Recycling through the whole company is the next step. Tracking the carbon footprint for what flies above our building," Metzger says.