IDE Online Magazine Mayo 2017 - Page 78


KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates bolster Informco’s Long Term Commitment to Sustainable Printing

Informco is an integrated communications company with a seventy-year track record of success. The company, based in Toronto, began as an upstart operation serving the insurance industry with printing and consulting services and has grown to become a provider of integrated communications solutions to a broad range of industries. While recycling has always been part of their history, the company’s leadership in the environmental arena over the past thirty years is remarkable.

Over this time, Informco has chalked up a slew of awards and industry firsts for its work in this area. The company became the first printer in Canada to receive ISO 14001 certification and was recognized with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) award for its Pollution Prevention achievements. In gaining the ISO certification, years of good intentions and ad hoc environmental activities were formalized into a framework. It has created a culture where the company can set measurable goals that consistently reduce their operation’s impact on the environment

One of Informco’s most successful programs is the reduction of a major source of pollution coming from isopropyl alcohol –a 100% Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and a smog precursor. The total Canadian VOC emissions from printing operations are approximately 26.5 kilotons (kT), so finding ways to reduce its contribution to this problem is important. Attempts in the past to reduce or eliminate the use of isopropyl alcohol were unsuccessful. Working with a consultant, Informco discovered that the cause of the problem was associated with the municipal water supply’s quality.