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Imprints: Sustainability Matters

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Imprints print and copy centers offer a number of options that reduce waste and support sustainability.

At Imprints, we’re committed to preserving the planet. In support of UC San Diego sustainability initiatives, we continually find new ways to reduce waste and encourage recycling.


  • Business cards are printed on FSC and Green-e certified card stock that is carbon neutral, elemental chlorine and lignin free and is made using wind power.
  • More than 87% of our paper is 30% or higher Post-consumer Waste (PCW.)
  • 82.3% of our 8.5 x 11 paper is 30% or higher postconsumer waste (PCW).
  • We use papers certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and other organizations.
  • Our copier program supplies 100% PCW recycled letter-sized paper and 30% PCW recycled legal-sized paper.
  • Imprints encourages the use of 100% PCW papers when available.
  • TreeZero information (PDF)

Digital color printing

  • Dry inks in closed containers are non-toxic with a transfer efficiency rate near 100%.
  • Alcohols, chlorinated solvents, acids or flammable materials are not used or generated.
  • 80% of waste generated can be returned, reused or recycled.
  • Compared to a typical offset press, digital printing creates 80% less noise.
  • 97% of the components are recyclable or remanufacturable.
  • Storing projects for printing on demand reduces paper use.
  • Emissions such as ozone, dust, and volatile organic compounds are strictly controlled.

Printer and copier toner

  • If caps are missing, tape the opening of empty bottles shut.
  • Empty Minolta toner bottles with a ‘chasing arrows’ logo and the number 2 on the bottom belong in blue single-stream recycling bins.
  • To recycle empty Xerox toner bottles or cartridges, call the Imprints help desk at (858) 534-2377 with your 4-digit machine number. Based on your machine model, an Imprints representative will let you know how to recycle the empty toner bottle or cartridge correctly.
  • To recycle full Xerox toner waste containers for all models, close the container securely and tape the opening shut before placing bottle in blue single-stream recycling bins.
  • Recycle empty HP toner cartridges through STORE.

Print on demand

  • Keep waste out of landfills by printing only as many copies as you need, when you need them.
  • Print only the sections, pages or chapters you need, instead of printing a whole book.
  • Lower overall costs eliminates the need to print larger quantities to get the per unit price down.
  • Change, correct or update text for future printings without making unsold inventory obsolete.

Paperless ordering and print management

  • Imprints uses paperless ordering, invoicing and job management applications.
  • 95% of our orders are received electronically. Our goal is to reach 100% by 2020.
  • PrintConnection online portal allows paperless ordering from your home or office 24/7, eliminating unnecessary trips.
  • Imprints uses electronic online (paperless) applications for job tracking, job management, shipping, reporting and invoicing.

Revisiting Imprints' carbon footprint

  • Imprints introduced a streamlined delivery process to reduce vehicle traffic on and off campus. We schedule deliveries twice a day to specific campus locations. Find your delivery zone and times on the map.
  • Fuel consumption for Imprints deliveries has decreased by approximately 28% as a result of this new delivery process.
  • Imprints also partners with the Bookstore to deliver Bookstore orders to share resources and to reduce vehicle traffic.


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