Earth Friendly Principles at the Core of Our Business
American Litho is committed to responsible environmental business practices that protect the quality and diversity of life in all its forms, such that our world will be protected today and sustained for future generations.
American Litho has established and implemented responsible business practices that promote and foster the sustainability of our environment and our business. Our customers, employees, and neighbors alike can be confident that our priorities remain aligned with theirs.
We continue to seek ways to achieve the goals of our customers for high quality products in a manner that is protective of the world in which we live. Through the efficient and thoughtful use of our natural resources, American Litho believes that we can satisfy today’s needs while ensuring the protection of our planet for future generations.
Protecting our forests
At American Litho, we use sustainably sourced high quality paper stock containing maximum recycled content, and we recycle our scrap paper so that it can be responsibly repurposed.
American Litho is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), all of whom promote responsible management of the world’s forests.
Responsible forest management ensures biological diversity, serves to protect air and water quality, and promotes soil conservation. In addition, it maintains the unique and fragile ecosystems of the forests, and is protective of wildlife and aquatic habitats. By sourcing our paper stock from these certified sources, American Litho works to ensure the sustainability of our forests and their ecosystems.
Sustainable Printing Practices
American Litho utilizes energy efficient, low emitting printing technologies and materials to produce high quality printed products that consistently meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.
Our environmentally friendly soy-based heat set lithographic inks produce bright high quality images. Water-based digital ink jet web printing presses utilize infra-red dryers that eliminate the need for natural gas. Our UV cured printing operations do not use VOCs, and do not need dryers.
Our heat set web lithographic presses employ a centralized regenerative thermal oxidizer with a state-of-the-art heat exchanger that maximizes heat exchange effectiveness and heat recovery and minimizes the use of natural gas to clean the exhaust air streams.
Responsible Energy Utilization
American Litho is committed to minimizing energy utilization and the carbon footprint of our manufacturing operations, and has established a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Energy utilization and the associated carbon emissions are tracked with the goal of minimizing the direct and indirect emissions of Greenhouse Gases resulting from our production operations.
American Litho employs low energy and low emitting printing technologies that minimize the carbon footprint of our products while maintaining the high quality printed product that our customers expect.
Printing practices that safeguard the environment
Recycling – We recycle anything and everything – from paper and pallets, to toner cartridges. Our overhead removal system moves all excess paper to our recycling area to ensure we’re getting every bit into the recycling stream. Waste reduction practices that greatly reduce make-ready sheets are another example of resource conservation on our production floor.
Clean air – ALitho’s heatset web presses use a state-of-the-art air purification system to clean gases emitted by our ink dryers, assuring that the air quality is protected.
Water purification– Reverse-osmosis technology removes all minerals and impurities from our water, which ensures all our fountain solutions are pure and 100% phosphate-free.
Environmentally friendly, vegetable-based inks – Made mainly from soy, we use these inks to produce bright, high-quality images.
Water-based aqueous coatings – An eco-friendly alternative, these coatings add a high-gloss sheen to your printed materials while deterring dirt and fingerprints.