Fotoprint Ltd.
#100, 759 Courtney Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1C3

P250 382 8218
F250 478 5506
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Management plan

The following identifies environmental issues related to the printing industry and Fotoprint's ongoing management plan to counteract its effect on the environment.

Printing ink. (pollutes landfill)

  • We use stay open ink to reduce skinning (dried ink is unusable).

  • We use linseed oil based and waterless inks for lower ink toxicity and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Waterless ink conserve water and paper.

  • Our leftover ink is collected and returned for recycling.

  • Our ink containers are crushed and returned to suppliers.

Fountain solution. (Alcohol fumes pollute the air and waste solutions pollute sewage)

  • We do not use alcohol or substitutes.

  • Our waste solution is collected and recycled.

Premedia photographic work. (Silver in waste water)

  • We do not use traditional photographic methods of plate making. We are 100% digital CTP (computer to plate).

Aluminium plates. (Unnecessary aluminium in landfill)

  • We do not use traditional aluminium plates, only polyester CTP (computer to plate) which are recycled after use.

Paper. (Destructive forestry management and unnecessary paper in landfill)

  • We promote the use of paper from 'managed' forests, locally sourced, PCW (post consumer waste) and recycled paper. All of our in-house papers are sustainable forestry certified by one or all of the certification lobby groups including FSC, SFI and PEFC.

  • We segregate and recycle all waste paper.

Solvents for cleaning. (Vapours polluting the air)

  • Our buildings are continuously ventilated with air filters in the ducts.

Towels, shop cloths and cotton pads. (Paper, towels, cotton pads pollute the landfill)

  • We do not use laundered rags which pollute water with ink and solvents.

  • We use shop cloth towels and cotton pads which are recycled.

Chemistry supplied in metal/plastic containers. (All containers, metal or plastic recycled)

  • All containers, metal or plastic are recycled.

Twin loop binding. (Discarded coils pollute landfill)

  • Any wire coil waste is recycled to metal recyclers.

  • We do not produce "plastic" spiro binding.

Solvent storage. (Solvent vapours pollute the air and liquid spills pollute the landfill)

  • We tightly secure the barrels.

  • We store all solvents in a metal containment tray.

Toner based printing equipment. (Plastic cartridges pollute the landfill)

  • All our toner cartridges are recycled.

Aerosol cans. (Cans pollute the landfill)

  • We use liquid rather than aerosol.

Activator and stabilizer for plates. (Pollutes waste water)

  • Collected and recycled.

Exhausted fountain solution. (Pollutes waste water)

  • Collected and recycled.

Food scraps generated by staff lunchroom. (Pollutes landfill)

  • All food scraps are collected for composting.

White paper towels. (Pollutes landfill)

  • We use recycled kraft paper towels which are collected and sent for composting.

Paper cups for staff. (Pollute landfill)

  • We switched to non-disposable.

Plastic wrap, bottles and metal. (Pollutes landfill)

  • All materials are saved and recycled.