Sustainability

Our paper procurement policy includes preference for Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified paper suppliers who maintain standards for the protection of ancient and endangered forests. Where feasible, recycled paper stocks and environmentally friendly vegetable based inks are utilized.

The Watermark Group recycles over 300,000 lb of paper each year. Committed to investment in workflow automation, our analysis of operational data is used in developing optimization methods and waste management goals across the entire company.

Our commitment to sustainable solutions planted the seed for TWG360solutions. Working closely with our client partners we combine sourcing and digital printing technologies with client-based demand planning. This results in effectively reducing our client’s quantity of obsolete and wasteful inventory, which means less waste sent to landfills.

FSC CertificationThe Watermark Group has received certification as an FSC Chain of Custody provider, offering south Texas companies the ability to label their printed materials with the FSC logo. The Chain-of-Custody process ensures the consumer that the FSC-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibly managed sources. For a consumer to purchase an FSC-certified product, every company that previously had ownership of the forest product material components of the end product would have had to be FSC certified.

Kodak Sonora AwardWe have reduced environmental impact by using KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates for offset printing. Traditional printing plates are imaged on a platesetter, and then the plates are run through a bath of chemical developer and water in the plate processing equipment. Once processed, the plates are put on the printing press to begin printing.

Process free plates are different. They use newer technology to skip the chemical processing step completely. Once they are imaged on the platesetter, they are “press ready” and can be put on press immediately for printing.

Skipping the processing step saves water and energy, removes chemicals and waste, and reduces the overall carbon footprint of printing. In addition, like most printing plates, SONORA Plates are made of high-grade aluminum, and used plates can be recycled as easily as soda cans.