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Eco-friendly keepsake boxes from Smock

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.

Why bamboo? Bamboo is a truly sustainable and renewable resource. It’s the fastest growing plant on this planet; it grows without pesticides or fertilizers; and it requires very little water to grow. Bamboo also makes (hands down) the prettiest paper out there. We’re proud to say we were the first print shop in the U.S. to offer printing on a luxury bamboo paper. Today, we partner with a historic New England  paper mill to develop a pesticide-free, fertilizer-free, fine artisan paper just for us. Our bamboo paper is extremely soft, luxuriously thick, and elegantly textured. It’s also perfect for letterpress. Essentially, imagine the highest quality cotton paper. Now imagine something even prettier and without the pesticides used in cotton production. We consider bamboo to be a true wonder plant. Bamboo is harvestable in only 3 to 5 years (versus 10-20 years for most softwoods). Bamboo generates up to 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees, and absorbs 4 times as much carbon as hardwood. Bamboo can detoxify waste water and improve soil quality.

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.