North Quincy, MA (PressExposure) July 16, 2008 -- âWe didnât enter into this decision lightly, it literally took months of investigation and study,â said Mike Cully, president of Air Graphics. âWe placed samples of both regular and recycled paper in front of a wide variety of customers and in all cases, our customers could not tell the difference.â
Air Graphics runs in excess of three million square feet of white bond paper through their large and small format devices every month. With the introduction of recycled bond for both large and small format copies, Air Graphics expects to save in the course of a year:
● 1,600 trees ● 4,619 lbs. of waterborne waste ● 679,722 gallons of wastewater ● 75,278 lbs. of solid waste ● 148,056 lbs. of greenhouse gases ● 1,133,333,333 BTU's of energy
Such a significant reduction in energy and environmental impact represents dramatic improvements in the production of âblueprintsâ. The original blueprint process, developed by the British astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842, involved a solution of ammonium ferric citrate and potassium ferricyanide coated onto paper. After exposure to strong light, these chemicals were converted to insoluble blue ferric ferrocyanide and subsequently washed off with water. The subsequent improvement invented during World War IIâthe diazo processâwas more efficient but equally unfriendly to the environment.
Only after the introduction of the large format bond printers â imagine your desktop laser printer growing to be five feet tall â it became possible to reproduce large architectural drawings without creating an environmental hazard as a byproduct. Thatâs when Air Graphics introduced the GreenprintÂ® to replace the blueprint.
âBond prints were hailed by our clients as a great technological advancement and we subsequently shut off our diazo machines shortly thereafter,â said Cully. âThe design community is especially sensitive to actions that impact our environment so weâre confident that our customers will embrace this move, if they even notice a difference at allâ¦but at least weâll know itâs the right thing to doâ
For more information about Air Graphics and its range of services, you can visit http://www.Airgraphics.com.