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“A. Maciel Printing is San Francisco’s Original Green Printer since 1984… before it was fashionable Offering value that goes way beyond the competitive pricing we offer…

Not all the printers that claim to print “GREEN” are created equal, A. Maciel Printing has been implementing ecologically sound offset printing practices for 25 years, we’re not jumping on the bandwagon, we helped create it!

Aside from printing on recycled papers with soy based inks, we offer the highest quality printing by offering…

THE PAPER

The coated and uncoated papers with the highest post-consumer recycled content in the market; we are part of the Stocking Printer Program of the New Leaf Paper Co. a San Francisco based national company— By participating in this program we help New Leaf with their warehousing, and New leaf helps us with pricing — By passing these savings on to our customers, we are able to offer these fine recycled papers at the same price as many non-recycled brands.

THE INK

We have for many years forsaken the use of petroleum based inks and now print exclusively with soy based inks, most of which are manufactured by Western Printing Ink, a local company that only uses soy oil for all their oil based inks. We also use soy based varnishes instead of the highly polluting UV Coatings which are in essence nothing more than diluted floor wax.

THE METAL PLATES

Our computer to plate system ( Kodak/Creo Magnus 400) produces chemistry free metal plates through a super fine laser direct imaging process that “burns” a first generation image on the plate, rather than the second generation images that go first to film negatives and then to metal plates, this way we no longer generate the highly polluting silver nitrate residue of the emulsion on negatives— this technology allows us to print 200 line screens on all our work, and to maintain a higher image retention than conventional methods; furthermore, the plates are recycled after use.

THE PRINTING EQUIPMENT

We further committed ourselves to sustainable printing by equipping our shop with the latest generation of energy efficient equipment by installing a brand-new press that consumes less than half the electricity used by presses of similar capabilities of even three years ago — This press also uses closed cassettes for roller and blanket washing, this system not only uses less polluting washes, but since it is enclosed, it puts even fewer VOC’s in the air.

FSC CERTIFICATION

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the world’s most respected ecological certification one can aspire to; We earned that honor and were awarded Chain of Custody No. SCS-COC-001715 after an independent laboratory conducted an exhaustive audit of our printing and business practices.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Ours is a 100% wind-powered operation accredited by 3Degrees as Green-E certified 100% Renewable Energy— follow the link and check it out, you may want to consider it for your home or business.

LOCAL

A San Francisco based company, that has been family owned and operated sine its inception.

UNION LABOR

We are proud to display our “bug” number 401 of the Allied Printing Trades Council of Northern Calif. Teamsters District Council No. 2

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