We encourage you to plan your publications so that they minimize
their negative impact on the environment whenever possible.
We are always looking for ideas on how to reduce the environmental
impact of our publications. If you have suggestions for information
and links to add to this page, please contact the publications officer.
Use recycled paper for your publication.
The university will switch all bond paper supplies to 100 per cent post-consumer waste content beginning January 1, 2008. As the range of papers with high post-consumer fibre content is growing, recycled stock is often an economical and environmentally friendly option for specialized print jobs as well.
Reduce chlorine. Consider using paper that was
not bleached with chlorine, which releases toxic chlorinated compounds
into the environment. This is a particularly important consideration
when choosing paper with post-consumer recycled content, which may
have been bleached with chlorine to remove ink residue and whiten
Think ink. Vegetable-based inks (as opposed to
petroleum-based inks) are more biodegradable, release less volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) in their manufacture and use, and are safer
for employee health.
Go direct to plate. Computer-to-plate technology
eliminates the use of film, which avoids problems involved in film
disposal, film storage and the chemicals used to process film.
Get an environmental audit. Ask your printer for
information on their environmental manufacturing practices and to
provide a customized environmental audit for your project.
Design for recycling. Ensure that your publication
is recyclable. Some bindings and coatings, for example, render a
publication unacceptable for recycling.
- The Forest Stewardship
Council oversees a process whereby manufacturers
of forest products may receive certification of environmentally
responsible, socially beneficial and economically sustainable
management of forests.