Go Green. Zimmermann looks at protecting and investing in environmental stewardship not
only to be a good corporate citizen, but also as a way to reduce costs and increasing efficiency.
Use of high VOC alcohol was eliminated from the printing presses at Zimmermann in the early 1980's when most other printing companies continued using alcohol. Although it made the printing process more challenging and initially increased set up time, we found that our printing quality was better and our press rollers lasted longer.
Use of environmentally friendly aqueous based chemistry was used early on for developing plates and proofs.
High efficiency Orion LightingŪ fixtures were installed in the plant to increase the lighting capacity and reduce electrical usage by over 60%. As a bi-product, the light spectrum produced was closer to standard lighting for print viewing and made for a more pleasant work environment.
Our solid waster stream has been reduced. Paper and cardboard has always been recycled but now plastics, metal, and wood have been added to the recycling program which has reduced a weekly garbage pickup from once a week to once a month. We are working on an every other month program.
We continually look at other ways we can reduce our impact on the environment, again, not only for environmental stewardship, but to reduce costs and increase efficiency.