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About Smock - Green Printing

Green Printing

This is how we do business.

We print sustainably; doing things all responsible printers should do. We use only vegetable-oil based and low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) inks and solvents. We recycle our photo chemistry, film, paper offcuts, and photopolymer printing plates. Empty ink cans and old rags are kept out of landfills. We recycle and compost our waste. We use recycled packaging materials and reuse packing materials and corrugated cardboard from our vendors. We donate surplus paper and envelopes to our local public schools. We reuse paper scraps for office notes. Our retail packaging is biodegradable, tree-free, and petroleum-free. We package our custom work in keepsake boxes made here in Syracuse from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

We use bamboo to make our paper and envelopes because bamboo is truly sustainable. It’s the fastest growing plant on this planet and grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Our paper is totally acid free, chlorine free, and made exclusively for us by a historic New England paper mill.

We work to reduce our carbon footprint and are entirely wind-powered through Native Energy. We offer bus passes to employees to encourage public transportation usage. We subsidize 20-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships with a local organic farm, because we believe our food shouldn’t have to travel 1,500 miles to reach us.

Through 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of sales to environmental organizations who are doing essential work to save the Earth. Check out our Eco Partners page for more information. We encourage customers like you to do their part too. We encourage you to donate trees when placing your orders (if you plant a tree, we’ll plant a tree too).

We challenge ourselves to do better.