We continuously aim for zero waste, we recycle everything after use in production, including organic waste, papers, wood, metals, soft and hard plastics, leftover ink, electronics, press blankets, rags, pallets, UV bulbs, aluminum plates, batteries, solvents and even printing blankets. MET operates a Zero Waste Program and successfully diverts all waste from local landfills. We also constantly look for ways to upcycle our waste and strive for 100% compliance with ideas from local universities. Our Continuous Improvement Program modifies these production best practices and expands them beyond print and into the office environment. MET constantly implements new ideas to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and is a Climate SmartTM Certified business.
MET only uses green technology. Even our equipment choices symbolize the coexistence of the environment, people and nature. We always aim for a mutually beneficial balance among these elements. Our presses are designed to reduce paper waste and thereby consumables as well, save energy and conserve precious resources. Our presses comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) of the European Union and are manufactured in ISO 14001 certified production facilities, achieving zero emissions or industrial and ordinary waste with the aid of wind and solar power. A perfect partnership.
We also contribute to green innovation by working with partners such as Enviro Image Solutions, who pioneered a proprietary technology that extends the life of printing blankets and allows them to be reused multiple times. By reusing printing blankets, MET prevents over 8,000 lbs of rubber and fabric waste from entering local landfills annually. We also worked to successfully down-cycle some of these materials into track fields, highway sound dampeners and an alternative to solid fossil fuels. We are constantly searching for unique alternatives to upcycle everything in a context of social design. As part of our Zero Waste Program, MET also works with local artisans, schools and designers to form creative solutions.
MET actively encourages clients to print on FSC® Certified and/or other ethically sourced base papers and the use of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) stocks and Tree-Free Paper stocks. Paper is used multiple times during the make-ready process to save clean sheets and minimize production waste.
ANCIENT AND ENDANGERED FORESTS
MET is working with not-for-profit Canopy to encourage governments and the forestry sector to support and advance protection of the world’s ancient and endangered forests. We are committed and proud to contribute to the creation of conservation legacies in these landscapes of hope.
MET is conscious of the impacts of sourcing decisions on endangered species, high conservation value forests, communities and climate, in places like the Boreal and the Broadback Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests and Indonesian Rainforests. We are working closely with not-for-profit Canopy on policy implementation to ensure we carefully assess our fibre sourcing to avoid ancient and endangered forest regions.
MET is committed to the conservation of the world’s ancient and endangered forest ecosystems. As part of that commitment, we strongly support the North American commercial scale development of pulp, paper and packaging alternatives that are derived from agricultural residues like wheat straw as a way to diversity the fiber basket and meet our continued need for high quality, cost effective products.
MET has virtually eliminated all VOC’s from the manufacturing process. We were the first printer in Vancouver to use UV inks and the associated technologies to eliminate VOC’s from the ink drying process. We not only recognized the advantages of ZERO VOC’s, but also faster turn-arounds, greater colour fidelity and accuracy compared to conventional ink technologies. We raised awareness with our clients to help us all grow our economic ecosystem and develop a better place to live and work. We have also developed a Mitigation Strategy to reduce our Carbon Emissions. Within this strategy, we recognized many areas where we were able to save costs as well as benefit from ongoing initiatives. Further, MET Fine Printers’ Ancient and Endangered Forest Conservation Vision and Eco-Paper Procurement Policy is a key part of our continually evolving Zero Waste Recycling Program for compliance with our vendors, suppliers, customers and employees. Our in-house ink mixing machine also reduces ink requirements and eliminates couriers to and from our ink manufacturers. We are a proud member of FortisBC’s Renewable Natural Gas Program.