Sustainability

Design Distributors initiated an ongoing program to reduce our corporate carbon footprint for a healthier environment and work place.

fsc-logo-colorHelping to Save our Forests

Design Distributors is a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified company. The mark of responsible forestry.

General Office Programs

  • All conference rooms and restrooms have motion sensor lights, which turn on when someone enters the room and turn off five minutes after he or she leaves.
  • Blue recycling baskets are in place for waste paper.
  • All office equipment is Energy Star-rated and goes to energy-saving mode after five minutes of inactivity.
  • Air conditioning (summer) and heat (winter) are turned off on weekends to save electricity and fuel consumption.
  • Our employees are encouraged to carpool and conserve whenever possible.
  • 86.3% of all employees are paid via direct deposit— no checks or no trips to the bank.
  • We've converted all fluorescent lights to High Performance Low Wattage T-8 fixtures, as defined by CEE (Consortium of Energy Efficiency).
  • Design Distributors, Inc. is an active participant in PowerPay, a New York Energy-Saving Program. Through careful planning and recycling, we are doing our part to help.

Printing Programs

  • By supplying our customers with Virtual proofing (PDFs), we save trees, ink and the fuel that would be used to deliver them.
  • By reconditioning and reusing printing blankets, we don’t need to buy newly manufactured blankets. This helps save energy.
  • Re-filtering and blending of any leftover inks from press fountains helps to reduce waste going to landfills.
  • Using only vegetable-based inks on our sheetfed and jet presses reduces our dependence on petroleum-based products for printing.
  • Our continuous form presses use vegetable-based inks on 65% of their runs.
  • By mixing our own ink, we reduce waste and the fuel to have them delivered.
  • Our Solvent recovery system limits the disposal of spent pressroom chemicals and the need to ship them to a recycling plant, thus reducing fuel and electric usage.
  • Our re-use of waste paper for setup of next print job saves trees and manufacturing costs.
  • We recycle all wood pallets, plastics and scrap paper.
  • All cleaning solvents are biodegradable.
  • We're a registered member of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.